It's warm and sunny days like today that gets us in the mood for reveling in the fresh air and dreaming about summer. It always seems like winters in Saskatchewan will never end but once that sun starts to increase its visitation hours we know that it won't be long before summer is finally here.

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When it does decide to make its warm welcome official, we're going to make sure that we're ready to soak in every moment we can to get out and explore. So lace up your runners, grab your water bottle and some friends because we're about to do some serious Saskatchewan-style hiking.

Here are 6 beautiful hiking trails near Regina to explore this summer:


Wascana Trails 

Located 30 minutes northwest of Regina, the Wascana Trails are the best place to escape the city for the day. Nestled within the deep ravines of the Qu'Appelle Valley, the trails wind up and down throughout a beautiful scenic route that's a popular spot for hikers and cyclists.

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White Butte Trails

Within just a short 20 minute drive outside of Regina near the small rural town of Pilot Butte, the White Butte Trails make you feel like you're exploring through a mini forest. The trails are tucked away between a maze of trees where everything around you remains quiet except for the sweet sounds of nature.

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Beaver Creek Conservation Area

Located 10 minutes south of Saskatoon, Beaver Creek Conservation Area trails take you on a journey through prairie terrain and riverside views of Beaver Creek and the South Saskatchewan River. The trails are a hot spot for various kinds of wildlife sightings and feeding cute little chickadee birds.

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Cranberry Flats Conservation Area

Located south of Saskatoon, Cranberry Flats is the perfect scenic route for a casual nature stroll. The area is a mix of beautiful prairie views and large sandy beaches. If summer picnics are your thing, then you're definitely gonna want to have one here.

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Meewasin Trail

Located throughout the heart of the South Saskatchewan River, the Meewasin Trail is a scenic adventure that runs through Saskatoon's beautiful cityscape and into a great prairie oasis. You can spend the day exploring the route within the city or venture out further into the wild.

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Wanuskewin Heritage Park

Wanuskewin Heritage Park is a prairie oasis rich with First Nation cultural history. Spend a day taking in the beautiful views and exploring buffalo jump sites where First Nations used to run buffalo off cliffs during hunting excursions.