In case you missed the memo, it's Canada's 150th birthday this year and it's a pretty big deal. In celebration, the Canadian government wanted to gift us with a little something special for the event. I'm assuming it was too difficult of a task to ship us all cakes with 150 candles on them so they chose something that was less messy and more memorable - free national park passes!
The Parks Canada Discovery Pass provides free access to all National Parks, National Marine Conservation Areas, and National Historic sites across the entire country all year long. If traveling more is one of your goals for 2017, this is the perfect opportunity to get out and see the beautiful landscapes of Saskatchewan and beyond.
Here are two national parks within Saskatchewan to add to your must-see list:
Prince Albert National Park is home to Saskatchewan's magical boreal forest. With a picturesque scenery of winding wooden paths to waterfront landscapes, it's a great destination for exploring the wilderness and going completely off the grid. It's also home to one of Saskatchewan's most popular resort villages, Waskesiu.
How to get there: North of Prince Albert on highways 2, 264 & 263.
Grasslands National Park is the ultimate prairie oasis. It's vast rolling terrain known as the Saskatchewan badlands spans across an open horizon that you can see for miles and miles. It's the best place for adventure seekers to pitch a tent, catch a breathtaking view of the sunset, and make friends with wildlife.
How to get there: South of Swift Current on highway 4 & South of Moose Jaw on highway 2.