New Adventures Await in Saskatchewan Provincial Parks

There are unique new ways to stay outdoors this season at Sask Parks.

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Camping season in Saskatchewan is upon us, with an array of new adventures and ways to stay outdoors.

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Sask Parks is introducing new summer programs and events this year as well as a first-ever hammock camping experience. It has also expanded its Camp-Easy program for 2022, a fully equipped camping experience.

“It’s become very popular,” says Deanna Jacobs, director of visitor experiences and public programs for Sask Parks.

“It takes a lot of stress to get to the park and unpack, and make sure everything fits in your car,” she says. “You only bring personal items, food, pots and pans, and you’re good to go.”

New this year is hammock camping at Buffalo Pound Provincial Park, a unique way to spend the night and connect with nature under the stars. The hammocks hang from a structure called a weaver, which allows up to six hammocks for group camping and outings. Campers can bring their own hammock or rent one for $10 a night – regular and zip-up hammocks (a great option for keeping bugs and the elements out).

“It’s something a little different,” says Jacobs.

Hammock camping is offered at Elmview Campground in Buffalo Pound for $50 a night.

A new experience this season is hammock camping at Buffalo Pound Provincial Park.  It's a unique way to spend the night and connect with nature under the stars.  PHOTO: SASK PARKS
A new experience this season is hammock camping at Buffalo Pound Provincial Park. It’s a unique way to spend the night and connect with nature under the stars. PHOTO: SASK PARKS

CAMPING COMFORT

With the Camp-Easy program, each site has a tent structure or yurt – large round canvas structures on wooden platforms – that can accommodate six people.

The sites are equipped with camping chairs, a fire pit, a camping stove with propane tank, laundry tubs, a picnic table, an ax and an outdoor shelter. All visitors should bring food, bedding and cooking utensils. A complete suggested packing list is available at saskparks.com.

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Each Camp-Easy site will have a queen bed for extra comfort, in addition to four bunk beds.

Those looking to upgrade their yurt experience can book the Mongolian Style Yurt at Anglin Lake in Great Blue Heron Provincial Park. It is furnished with a queen bed, two double futons, a table and chairs, a small refrigerator, an electrical outlet, a heater and lamps.

The Camp-Easy program was piloted in 2018 with six structures and now includes 22 units in Saskatchewan provincial parks.

Overnight fees for Camp-Easy sites are $80, with the Mongolian Yurt $110 per night.

Four day-use lodges are also new at Blackstrap, Buffalo Pound, Echo Valley and Pike Lake Provincial Parks. They become available for hire from July 25.

“They’re great for weddings, family reunions, and birthday parties,” says Jacobs.

THEMATIC DAYS

In addition to camping, Sask Parks offers educational and recreational programs such as guided hikes, geocaching and canoeing. New this summer, theme days at the weekend.

“We hold special themed event days on weekends at our parks that offer interpretive programs,” says Jacobs.

Each Saturday features a themed day exploring a variety of topics, such as When the Park is Dark, Bird Bonanza, and Sandy Saturday. Theme days feature unique programming, special guests, and hands-on experiences, including crafts and interpretive outings.

A self-guided activity option is the Parks Discovery Packs, available to borrow daily. Discovery Kit topics range from astronomy to birds and insects, and include everything needed to complete a craft, explore the park, or perform a science experiment. Visitors can get a pack for free at the park office or at the entrance gate.

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“We also have SaskExpress going out, movie nights and special event days,” says Jacobs.

Also worth noting are the guided tours and interactive programs at historic Saskatchewan parks, such as Fort Carlton, Wood Mountain Post, and Cannington Manor.

“You can go back in time and immerse yourself in Saskatchewan’s history,” she says.

MAKES A SPLASH

A trip to one of Saskatchewan’s provincial parks wouldn’t be complete without some fun on the water. Family-friendly floating water parks are available at Rowan’s Ravine, Greenwater Lake, Duck Mountain, Regina Beach, Buffalo Pound and The Battlefords, with two new water adventures added this year at Candle Lake and Meadow Lake Provincial Parks.

Water parks offer a mix of seesaws, trampolines, slides, swings and other water adventures.

For more information, visit saskparks.com.

This story was created by Content Works, the business content division of Postmedia.

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