When that classic Saskatchewan summer heat has you wishing for winter (yeah, I just said that), there's no need to fret. The thing you need to escape the heat is a road trip to the closest Saskatchewan lake town near you, and you'll soon be making the most of the sun.
There are oh-so-cute stores to shop at, delicious ice cream to eat, endless stretches of beach to lounge on, and nature all around. Check out these lake towns the next time you're looking for something to do on a weekend, and enjoy all that Saskatchewan has to offer this summer!
Note: Driving times listed below are calculated with Google Maps using Saskatoon as the starting destination.
Town of Wakaw // Wakaw
From historic old buildings to a beach that's calling your name, the Town of Wakaw is a great place to stay. You can camp nearby at Wakaw Lake Regional Park, and rent a canoe or paddle boat at the beach. Hungry? Try the food at Jigger's Lakehouse Eatery & Pub for dinner.
Time: 1 hour, 7 minutes.
Village of Christopher Lake // Christopher Lake
Time: 1 hour, 46 minutes.
Town of Blaine Lake // Blaine Lake
There are several lakes and campgrounds that are just a short distance from the Town of Blaine Lake. If you want to make the town your main destination, be sure to stop at CrossRoads 12-40 for some local pub food.
Time: 52 minutes.
Village of Manitou Beach // Manitou Beach
This little village is nothing short of perfect. Check out their Mineral Spa, or have a little bit of fun with mini-golfing, bowling, or watching a movie at their drive-in theatre. There are plenty of places to eat as well, including the seasonal Burger Buoy.
Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes.
Waskesiu Lake // Prince Albert National Park
Waskesiu Lake is a great destination for a beach vacation. Everything you could want is all in one place! Spend your day on the beach, catch a movie at Twin Pine Cinemas, stop for ice cream at Big Olaf Sundaes, and grab dinner at Pete's Terrace. There are plenty of cabins to rent here, or you can stay at their campground.
Time: 2 hours, 35 minutes.
Resort Village of Candle Lake // Candle Lake
Delicious ice-cream shops, an adorable magical-themed mini-golf, walking trails, and purple sand beaches — Candle Lake has it all! If you want to splurge, stay at the Candle Lake Golf Course for the night in one of their cabins.
Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes.
Town of Regina Beach // Regina Beach
Looking for a Sask lake town that is bursting with things to do? Regina Beach is the answer! They have canoeing, sailing, hiking, cycling trails, a picnic area, and great spots to grab a bite to eat. Try Blue Bird Cafe for a diner vibe, the Ugly Mug Cafe for coffee and a patio, and the Waterfront Beach Bar & Grill to enjoy dinner and drinks on a patio by the beach.
Time: 2 hours, 45 minutes.
Resort Village of Cochin // Meota
At the Village of Cochin you can see the only lighthouse in Saskatchewan — and climb it too for a fabulous view of the lake! Relax on the sandy beach, or canoe, kayak, and grab ice cream at The Dairy Shoppe.
Time: 2 hours, 18 minutes.
District of Katepwa // Katepwa Beach
Time: 3 hours, 30 minutes.
Lumsden Beach // Lumsden
Lumsden Beach has adorable cottages all along the water, which make a great view on an afternoon stroll. Check out the nearby Town of Lumsden for shopping, dining, and camping options.
Time: 3 hours.
Bird's Point Resort Village // Round Lake
Enjoy the beautiful scenes nature has to offer at Bird's Point as you hike on nature trails. There's also canoeing, sailing, a beach, and picnic areas to relax at! Grab some food at Billy's Pub & Grill, which is located at Round Lake.
Time: 4 hours, 20 mins.
Resort Village of Fort San // The Calling Lakes
Fort San is located on Echo Lake, one of four lakes in the region. There are walking and hiking paths nearby, and if you're interested in learning a little bit about Saskatchewan's history, check out the Fort San Sanitarium.
Time: 3 hours, 15 minutes.
Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your adventure.
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