Buffalo Pound Provincial Park

What to do while you are here

Water Recreation

Buffalo Pound Provincial Park offers exceptional water recreation, including swimming, fishing and boating.

Buffalo Pound features Elmview Pool, a heated outdoor swimming pool, which is open to mid-August and offers swimming lessons each summer. Swimming lessons can be booked using the reservation system.

Soak up the sun on either the Elmview or Maple Vale beaches, or enjoy the large grassy areas and picnic tables and barbecues. Both beach areas offer designated lake swimming areas.

A boat launch is available east of the pool. 

Fish Buffalo Pound Lake for walleye, pike and perch, or try the wheelchair-accessible trout pond for shore fishing.


Buffalo Pound has beautiful hiking trails and some of the best mountain biking trails in the province.

Bison View Interpretive Trail

In 1972, a herd of 12 bison was moved from Elk Island National Park in Alberta to Buffalo Pound Provincial Park. The park maintains the herd to this day.

The Bison View Interpretive Trail is a 2.9 km walk that provides opportunities to view the herd of bison against a backdrop of the Qu'Appelle Valley. The trail winds along the bison paddock and the marsh area and features rest areas along the way.

Dyke Trail/Trans Canada Trail

This 8 km trail will take you completely around the marsh. The dyke is one of several structures that were built to regulate the water levels fo the Qu'Appelle River and its tributaries. As many wetlands have been developed, the dyke has helped to maintain Nicolle Flats as a productive wetland for waterfowl and other wildlife. The Dyke Trail is a portion of the Trans Canada Trail.

Mountain Bike Trails

There are more than 30 km of maintained mountain bike trails located in the park. These well-marked trails follow the natural contours of the valley and range from gently rolling scenic rides to technical trails with challenging climbs and descents. The local cycling club, the Moose Jaw Pavers, help to maintain the trails and offer a detailed map on their website. An interactive map is available through TrailForks.

Nicolle Flats Marsh Boardwalk Interpretive Trail

The boardwalk trail is a short, 0.5 km stroll, but is not to be overlooked. The marsh is a magnet for wildlife, and you may spot a variety of birds and animals, including yellow-headed blackbirds, great blue herons, American bitterns, muskrats, pintail ducks, canvasback ducks, shoveler ducks, grebes and western painted turtles. There are interpretive signs located along the boardwalk to tell the story of the marsh world.

Nicolle Flats Trail

This 3km, one-way trail connects the marsh area with the Nicolle homestead. It is an easy, pleasant walk through prairie grasslands and wooded coulees. A shady maple grove oasis awaits you at the homestead, where you can rest. 

The Nicolle Flats Interpretive Area is located at the original homestead of the Nicolle family. This area features marshes, grasslands, rivers and woodlands, which provide shelter and homes for a variety of wildlife. In the summer, great blue heron can be spotted, and in the winter, it's the home of white-tailed deer.

Valley Trail

Located on the east side of the interpretive area, this 1.5 km trail takes you through one of the most beautiful parts of the Qu'Appelle Valley - where the Moose Jaw and Qu'Appelle Rivers meet. 

Winter Recreation

Buffalo Pound Provincial Park features 7 km of ungroomed cross-country ski trails, and excellent ice fishing.

Other Amenities

Buffalo Pound Provincial Park offers a variety of other services, including a mini-golf, bait and tackle shop and grocery store. Visit our What's Nearby page for more information.

Dated: Jan 12, 2018