Winter Fun Continues In Saskatchewan Provincial Parks!
Sask Parks is offering more winter activities this year than ever before. With ten special events taking place throughout February and March, there is still plenty of opportunity to get out to a park for some winter fun the whole family will enjoy.
“So far this winter, we’ve had hundreds of Saskatchewan residents take part in our winter activities,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Gene Makowsky said. “With a variety of events planned around skating, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and more, there is still plenty of opportunity to get out and discover what winter in the parks is all about.”
Valentine’s Day in Sask Parks is sure to be a special one with two popular events taking place. Visitors are invited to Moose Mountain Provincial Park on February 14 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. to take part in a candle-lit cross-country ski through the park followed by a hotdog roast and hot cocoa around the campfire. Guests can bring their own skis or rent a pair at the Kenosee Inn on a first-come, first-serve basis. Also on February 14, a romantic “Skate the Park” evening will be held from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Echo Valley Provincial Park. Visitors can lace up their skates and enjoy an evening skate through Aspen Campground with their loved ones. A bonfire and food truck vendor will also be available throughout the night.
Other events to look forward to this winter include:
- Snowshoe Through Time at Last Mountain House Provincial Historic Park, February 1 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Travel back in time to when this iconic trading post was in its prime. Enjoy snowshoeing, learn about fur trapping, visit with historic characters and more.
- Winter by the Lake at Great Blue Heron Provincial Park, February 1 and March 7 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Join Sask Parks staff and guests for a cross-country ski and/or snowshoe adventure along the trails at Anglin Lake followed by a bonfire with hot beverages and cookies.
- Winter Fun Day at Buffalo Pound Provincial Park, February 15 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy a day filled with tobogganing, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, plus hot cocoa, marshmallows and hotdogs around the fire.
- Winter Fun Day at Douglas Provincial Park, February 23 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Take in the frosted beauty of winter on Diefenbaker Lake with guided and self-led snowshoe treks through the park, plus horse-drawn sleigh rides and hotdogs, hot cocoa and marshmallows.
- Winter Carnival at Duck Mountain Provincial Park, March 14 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Experience winter in the park with an entire day full of fun, including a pancake breakfast, snowshoeing, sleigh rides, skating, tobogganing, downhill tubing, an ice-cube hunt, a perogy supper and more.
- Winter Escape at Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park, March 14 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Stick it to winter with an afternoon of snowshoeing, quinzee-building and survival skill sessions and warm up around the bonfire with hotdogs and hot cocoa.
- Learn to Ice-Fish at Blackstrap Provincial Park, March 21 at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Learn how to ice-fish on one of the most popular ice-fishing lakes in the province. While the afternoon session is currently full, spots are still available for the morning. Equipment is provided and all participants are required to sign up in advance.
Full details for all events can be found at https://www.saskparks.com by clicking on Provincial Park Events, or by following SaskParks on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/saskparks/. Visitors are encouraged to use #saskparks when posting photos in provincial parks this winter.
A valid park vehicle entry permit is required to visit provincial parks year-round. The purchase of a Saskatchewan Provincial Parks Annual Entry Permit is a great way to enjoy park activities and events both in the summer and in the winter.