When the Snow Falls: Top Saskatchewan Winter Destinations
While the province is still blanketed in white, strap on some cross-country skis or skates, hit the trails on your snowmobile or stay cosy by the fire with some hot chocolate. Embrace the snowy season at some of the province’s most popular parks and four-season destinations.
As the snow settles in the lush lodgepole pine and white spruce forests of the Cypress Hills, pull out your cross-country skis or snowshoes and explore the 17 km of groomed trails in the Centre Block. Winter fun in Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park also includes tobogganing, skating, and snowmobiling (only in the designated area in the Centre Block).
Where to stay: The Resort at Cypress Hills
Bordering small lakes and scenic viewpoints, Moose Mountain Provincial Park has an extensive trail system that allows winter enthusiasts to enjoy the beauty of the park. Travel through this unique southern Saskatchewan forest on 120 km of groomed snowmobile trails, 50 km of ski trails groomed for both classic and skate skiing and 10 km of snowshoe trails.
Discover a hidden winter wonderland as you explore the park and surrounding area by snowmobile. After a day of riding through untouched powder and witnessing breathtaking scenery, nothing beats roasting a hotdog and enjoying a hot chocolate at one of the warm-up shelters along the trail. This park, located in central Saskatchewan, offers access to some of the province’s most cherished snowmobile trails. There are also more than 25 km of groomed cross-country ski trails, a skating rink and a tobogganing hill.
While the Alaskan huskies bark and yelp around you, snuggle in your sled with a blanket and wait in anticipation as your musher readies the team for takeoff. Sundogs Excursions, located at Anglin Lake on the northern boundary of Great Blue Heron Provincial Park, offers afternoon trips and overnight dogsledding adventures. This area is also ideal for snowmobiling. The Lakeland snowmobile trail system encompasses more than 350 km of groomed trails in and around Great Blue Heron Provincial Park and connects with Elk Ridge Resort.
Breathe in the fresh northern air as you head out for a cross-country ski or snowshoe at Elk Ridge Resort. Experience the boreal forest in all of its winter glory as you glide through or hike the resort’s more than 10-km groomed trail system. Then strap on some skates and hit the ice. The lodge overlooks a frozen pond with a skating loop and hockey rinks. Before the day is done, enjoy a rousing game of crokicurl near Walleye’s or hit the resort’s toboggan hill where you can jump on a tire tube and race to the bottom.
Where to stay: Elk Ridge Resort
At Prince Albert National Park, explore winding, scenic trails on cross-country skis or by snowshoe. Hit the ice for some indoor skating at the Paul G. Horne Memorial Arena or venture out on the frozen lake for some ice fishing. After a day of outdoor recreation, warm up by the fire in the enclosed camp kitchen near the Main Beach.
Northeast of Big River, the Ness Creek Site, home to music festivals and cultural events in the summer, transforms into a winter oasis hidden in the boreal forest. The site has 10 winterized cabins, designed and furnished to keep visitors cosy through all seasons. Onsite activities include skating and 25 km of groomed cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails.
Where to stay: Discover Ness Creek
In the province’s northwest, Meadow Lake Provincial Park is the ideal location for winter adventure. With more than 20 lakes, rivers and streams within its boundaries, the park has no shortage of ice. Set up a hut, drill some holes and spend the afternoon ice fishing. Explore the expansive park by snowmobile on more than 115 km of trails – 40 km of which are groomed. Make All Season Waters Edge Eco-Lodge at Greig Lake your home base as you spend the day snowshoeing, cross-country skiing or skating.
Where to stay: All Season Waters Edge Eco-Lodge