The endless skies and vast fields of Saskatchewan make for incredibly striking scenery. Pair that with hundreds and hundreds of lakes, lush forests, and friendly locals and you’ve got a good spot to get outside.

 

Though Saskatchewan is full of amazing parks, these top spots should definitely inform your next trip to this prairie province.

 

Good Spirit Provincial Park

Looking for one of the best beaches in Canada? You can find it at Good Spirit Provincial Park. Around three hours from both Regina and Saskatoon, this lush park is home to fishing, mini golf, volleyball, and, of course, swimming. If you’re looking for a bit more adventure, walk the section of The Great Trail that runs through the park and be sure to stop at the sand dunes. These dunes can reach 5 stories in height and are definitely worth a look (and a photo or two!).

 

Buffalo Pound Provincial Park

Historically used by the area’s First Nations as a space to corral bison, today, Buffalo Pound Provincial Park is a scenic prairie park dotted with green trees and a lake. After you hit the trail on foot or on a bike, to stop by the paddock where a captive herd of bison is still kept. If you’re looking to connect with the great outdoors, be sure to pack a tent and camp in one of the area’s scenic campgrounds.

 

Meadow Lake Provincial Park

Looking for almost 10,000 kilometers to explore? You’ll find just that at Meadow Lake Provincial Park if you don’t mind a bit of a road trip — the park is just under 4 hours from Saskatoon. Set out into the wild and explore the 20 lakes, rivers, and streams in one of Canada’s largest provincial parks. If you’re into hiking, the Boreal Trail is perfect for all levels. And be sure to pack your camping gear too — there are over 800 sites!

 

Lac La Ronge Provincial Park

Lakes are the main thing at Lac La Ronge Provincial Park. Considering there’s almost 100 of them, it’s not surprising that the majority of good times at this park will happen on the water. Explore in a canoe (there are over 30 routes), go for a swim, or try your hand at fishing. In winter, there are tons of opportunities to partake in winter sports too. Cross-country skiing is a local favorite.

 

Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park

Between Saskatchewan and Alberta, you’ll find Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park. Here, you’ll be treated to amazing views in a certifiably rustic setting. But don’t worry, you won’t be too far from amenities that will make your day trip — or overnighter — comfortable. There’s a resort in the park as well as a swimming pool and even ziplining for the adventurous. Plus, the park is one of the world’s largest Dark Sky Preserves, which means is the perfect spot for stargazing.

 

Pike Lake Provincial Park

Only 20 minutes from Saskatoon, this park is full of things to do and perfect for a day trip. There’s an outdoor pool, volleyball, and a 1-mile hiking trail to keep you busy after exploring urban Saskatchewan. Nestled along the South Saskatchewan River, you’ll find beautiful nature and a cool breeze during those hot summer days.

 

Greenwater Lake Provincial Park

No matter the season, Greenwater Lake Provincial Park is worth a visit. During the warmer months, lay out on the beach after trekking through the woods (there are trails for all levels). If you’re into fishing, this is a great spot too. Same for birdwatching — there are over 200 species of birds in the park. When it cools down, take a spin on the skating rink, or snowmobile and cross-country ski the trails.

 

Known as a the province of 1000 lakes, it’s not surprising Saskatchewan is also home to gorgeous parks waiting to be explored. Head to the prairies and take in some nature.

 

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