Fall and winter are perfect seasons to enjoy Saskatchewan's diverse provincial parks. The parks offer exciting outdoor adventures including cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, fishing, ice fishing and cultural events.
Moose Mountain Provincial Park has a winter recreation complex that includes a groomed toboggan hill, a warm-up shelter with camp stoves and many kilometres of snowshoe, cross-country ski and snowmobile trails. Duck Mountain Provincial Park, on the eastern side of the province, boasts snowmobile and cross-country ski trails, an outdoor skating rink, toboggan hill and warm-up shelter. In addition to a snowmobile and cross-country ski area, Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park also offers ice fishing, skating on the lake, tobogganing and snowshoeing.
In addition to exciting winter activities, year-round accommodations are available in Duck Mountain, Greenwater Lake Provincial Park, Moose Mountain and Cypress Hills parks. These lodges and cabins offer varying levels of accommodations and services during the winter months. Communities near all the parks offer accommodations and services that will help make your winter vacation complete.
From snowmobiling to skiing to fishing, Saskatchewan's provincial parks are the perfect destinations for winter outdoor adventures.
Seven provincial parks offer snowmobile trails within the park, with many other parks having trails adjacent to the park. Chitek Lake Recreation Site is the hub of over 400 km of groomed snowmobile trails that are part of the Provincial Snowmobile Trail, while Meadow Lake Provincial Park has 115 km of snowmobile trails, 40 km of which are groomed.
The Prince Albert area is an excellent destination for snowmobiling - the recreation sites at Anglin and Emma lakes are located next to the groomed trails of the Provincial Snowmobile Trail, while Candle Lake Provincial Park is surrounded by 300 km of the provincial route.
Moose Mountain, in the southeast corner of Saskatchewan, has 120 km of groomed snowmobile trails. The eastern side of the province is home to two provincial parks boasting snowmobile trails: Duck Mountain has 75 km of groomed snowmobile trails, including the Trans Canada Trail, while Greenwater Lake has 100 km of groomed snowmobile trails.
Cross-Country Ski Trails
13 provincial parks offer cross-country ski trails. Cypress Hills is a beautiful winter destination, with 11 marked cross-country ski trails that cover 27 km, 12 km of which are groomed. Moose Mountain boasts 5 km of cross-country ski trails, with five warm-up shelters, grommed for classic, skate skiing and 4 km of night skiing in Fish Creek Campground.
Discover the beauty of the Qu'Appelle Valley in the winter: Echo Valley Provincial Park has two warm-up shelters and 12 km of groomed cross-country ski trails for all levels of skiers. Lac La Ronge Provincial Park is well known for the quality and beauty of its cross-country ski trails, offering 60 km of trails, suitable for all ages and levels, for classic and freestyle skiing. Night skiing is possible on the park's four km of lighted trail.
Ice fishing is a popular winter activity at many provincial parks. Meadow Lake, Makwa Lake Provincial Park and Chitek Lake in North West Saskatchewan are all popular ice fishing destinations. In the southern part of the province, fall and ice fishing are popular on both Echo and Pasqua lakes at Echo Valley Provincial Park. Buffalo Pound Provincial Park has ice-fishing on its barrier-free trout pond, while Rowan's Ravine Provincial Park hosts an annual ice fishing tournament after Christmas. Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park, located along the shores of Lake Diefenbaker, is always busy with anglers in both summer and winter months.