It's snow winter days like today that has us dreaming of warmer places far far away from Saskatchewan. An ocean view, a sandy beach, and a margarita in hand are sure to cure a bad case of the winter blues but I've discovered something else that might also do the trick.
Summer adventures in Saskatchewan. You might think I'm crazy to suggest that we ditch the thought of paradise for exploring our own province but believe it or not Saskatchewan has a few destinations that are worth daydreaming over. To be honest, I haven't even thought of the snow outside because I'm so excited about Saskatchewan summer adventures and you should be too.
Here's a list of surreal places in Saskatchewan you have to visit at least once in your life.
Athabasca Sand Dunes Provincial Park
The Athabasca Sand Dunes is a breathtaking landscape spanning over 100km in Northwest Saskatchewan. It is the largest sand surface in all of Canada and is home to one of the world's most precious ecosystems. However, this isn't the place for your average camper, the park is only accessible by float plane making it a true wilderness experience for those who aren't afraid to be completely off the grid. Aircraft access points include Uranium City, Stony Rapids, and Fond Du Lac.
Fort Walsh Historic Site
Located in Saskatchewan's Cypress Hills, Fort Walsh is a historic adventure back in time to late 1800's where the Canadian RCMP once roamed the territory to protect the border from illegal whiskey trading. The historic site is an educational adventure with walking trails and backcountry hiking. Rural access point located at Maple Creek.
Lake Diefenbaker is a beautiful manmade lake that spans over 800 km of shoreline. The beach is known for its sandy beaches, beautiful parks, and must-see landscapes such as Gardiner Dam, Sand Castles and Sunken Hill, and the Skytrail. Rural access points include Outlook, Beechy, and Elbow.
Cypress hills is a historic wonderland of lush greenery and rolling hills. The Interprovincial Park is a beautiful escape to the great outdoors for adventure seekers who love to camp, hike, and simply enjoy the sunset/sunrise over the vast horizon. The Saskatchewan access point is located at the Maple Creek junction.
Located in Prince Albert National Park, Wakesiu Lake is where lake life meets wilderness. Tucked away in Nothern Saskatchewan, Waskesiu is one of the most serene places in the province to explore wildlife, relax on the beach, or go hiking in the backcountry. The rural access point is 90km North of Prince Albert by Highway 2 or 264.
Great Sandhills of Saskatchewan
The Great Sandhills are the mini version of the Athabasca Sand Dunes. Escape to this sandy paradise and take in a landscape that resembles desert terrain. Rural access points include Sceptre, Swift Current, and Kindersley.
Located in the famous Big Muddy Badlands, Castle Butte is a historical wonder left behind from the ice age. In other words, it's one of the best hiking destinations in Saskatchewan. Take a road trip to the quaint little town of Bengough and make a drive 22 km South to experience Castle Butte.
Known as Canada's Dead Sea, Manitou beach is home to one of the coolest water experiences in Saskatchewan. Little Manitou Lake is a unique salt water lake that literally lets you float on top of the water all day long. The beach village of Manitou is also a great destination for camping, shopping, and even dancing. Rural access point is located at Watrous.
Lac La Ronge Provincial Park
Located in Northern Saskatchewan, Lac La Ronge Provincial Park is another beautiful destination for escaping into the wilderness. Deep within the boreal forest, this place is home to Saskatchewan's best location for watching the Northern Lights dance across the night sky. Access pointed located at La Ronge.