Saskatchewan is gorgeous in the summer: lush green trees, endless blue and white skies, and the hot sun beating down. It's the best time to get off the couch, push pause on Netflix & chill, and see a little bit of what the prairies have to offer!
Saskatchewan is home to 35 provincial parks, 2 national parks, and over 60 regional parks — basically A LOT of parks. No matter what part of the province you're headed to, there's guaranteed to be a hike waiting for you there.
Whether you're a hiking pro, or you're new to the game (or you just really want to do a nice walk so you can Insta it later), Saskatchewan has you covered. Check out these trails with incredible views and gorgeous scenery!
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Hikes at a beginner level:
Boundary Bog Trail // Prince Albert National Park
Boundary Bog is a hike that makes for a beautiful morning or afternoon adventure. It has a boardwalk covering most of the trail that takes you through the forest and a nearby lake. This hike is a 2km loop, and takes about 1 hour.
Checkerboard Hill // Town of Leader
This hike takes you to the top of the "Checkerboard Hill," where you will find stunning views of the South Saskatchewan River. It takes about an hour to get to the top, and off trail, there are also beautiful scenes to explore in the area.
Pike Lake Hiking Trails // Pike Lake Provincial Park
Just a 30 minute drive from Saskatoon, you'll find Pike Lake Provincial Park. The park is home to a beach, pool, picnic sites, tenting areas, and of course, some beginner hikes that make for a nice stroll. The average trail is 1 to 1.5 km in length, taking 35-50 minutes.
The Great Sandhills Trails // Town of Leader
In the South of Saskatchewan, you'll find this gem of a natural beauty. The Great Sandhills are beautiful to explore, and the trail here is about a 1km loop, taking around 40 minutes.
Wanuskewin Heritage Park Trails // Saskatoon
The full trail at Wanuskewin is 6km, taking roughly 3 hours, but you can easily break that up and just do part of it. The ground is mostly flat here, but you will still be lucky to see breathtaking views of the South Saskatchewan River valley.
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Hikes at an intermediate level:
Spruce River Highlands Trail // Prince Albert National Park
On this hike you'll find beautiful rolling terrain, great photo opps, and a viewing tour to look out from. This hike is an 8.5km loop, taking about 4 hours, so make sure to pack snacks and plenty of water!
Gem Lakes Hike // Narrow Hills Provincial Park
This hike is a 5.5km loop, and it takes 2.5 hours, going around all seven of the Gem Lakes. Along the Gem Lakes trail you will see incredible views of the water and surrounding nature.
Borden Bridge Hike // Borden
Although there's no marked trails for this one, it's a 3km loop to the bridge and back, starting along the west side of the North Saskatchewan River. This hike will take around 1.5 hours, plus a little longer if you stop for fantastic photos of the bridge.
Buffalo Pound Trails // Buffalo Pound Provincial Park
There are over 30km of hiking and biking trails to be found at this provincial park. There's a map at the trailhead to help you find a hike that suits you best, but whatever you choose, you're sure to find breathtaking views from the valley hills.
Douglas Provincial Park Hiking Trails // Douglas Provincial Park
At Douglas Provincial Park you'll find gorgeous stretches of sand for miles. There are a few different trails here you can explore. Check out the TransCanada Trail, which is anywhere from 1.5km to 30 km, depending on which adventure you choose.
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Hikes at an advanced level:
70 Mile Butte // Grasslands National Park
The 70 Mile Butte takes you on a 5km trail for about 2.5 hours to the highest peak in the park. From there, gorgeous views await you and your hiking squad. This one's definitely Insta worthy!
Grey Owl's Cabin Hiking Trail // Prince Albert National Park
If you're up for a challenge, then try taking on this 40km round trip hiking trail. Getting to Grey Owl's cabin will take two days, and you'll have to spend the night, so this one's not for the faint of heart. If you're ready for an advanced trail though, the peace and quiet here is so worth it!
Nut Point Trail // Lac La Ronge Provincial Park
This trail is another overnight one, stretching 30km and taking 2 days to complete. It's a beautiful find up in the Northern part of Saskatchewan, and the trail is well-marked and has beautiful sights to see.
Scissors Creek Hike // Rocanville
This hike is 22km, meaning you can make it in a day if you're ambitious. The trail follows the former tracks of the Canadian Pacific Railway, and stretches between Rocanville and Tantallon.