Top 5 Saskatchewan Beaches According to Locals
Ask a local – “What is one of your favourite things about summer in Saskatchewan?” Chances are the answer involves visiting a lake or beach. Saskatchewan has nearly 100,000 lakes and waterways, so it’s common for people to have more than one favourite. Here are some of the most popular spots for fun in the sand and on the water.
1 | Meadow Lake Provincial Park
With more than 20 lakes dotted throughout Meadow Lake Provincial Park, there’s a good chance you’ll find a beach to enjoy. Kimball Lake and Greig Lake are popular spots for families, with both having plenty of space to lounge or toss a Frisbee.
“...the beautiful white sand beach of Kimball Lake with its beautiful birch trees, Greig Lake with its amazing natural sandy beach where you can walk out ¼-mile and it’s still only to your waist. Wonderful for family, this lake is nestled in beautiful pine tree forest.” – Ruth S.
Trip planning tip – Don’t forget your hiking shoes. If you’re into hiking, there are lots of trails to wander and explore. See the map of trails here.
2 | Prince Albert National Park
Big sandy beaches and clear cool waters make Prince Albert National Park ideal for a summer beach getaway. There are easily accessible beaches along the edges of Waskesiu Lake. The most popular ones are the Main Beach, located in the Waskesiu townsite, and Paignton Beach, found along the southern shore.
“Waskesiu's infrastructure is astounding, and continues to expand every year. The beach is outfitted with a brand-new playground, washroom/changeroom/shower, paved pathways, and a wave break that's not so new. Mature spruce trees are dominant in the townsite.” – Dean J.
“I can attest to the beauty of a few of the beaches at Waskesiu Lake…in particular the beaches off the Narrows road or on the way to the marina. Still popular but less traffic and a great place to swim, launch your board or kayak and hang out for the day!” – Carolyn W.
Locals tip – If you have some time on your road trip up to the park, take the scenic route on Highway 263. The scenery is beautiful and there’s a good chance you will come across some wildlife.
3 | Lake Diefenbaker
Lake Diefenbaker, southern Saskatchewan’s largest lake, boasts some of the most dramatic shorelines. Ragged cliffs, rolling hills and big sandy beaches with shallow waters make it a perfect destination for swimming and sightseeing. Three provincial parks are located along the lake’s shores: Saskatchewan Landing, Douglas and Danielson, all with their own beaches and plenty of nearby amenities. Palliser Regional Park is another great choice for an afternoon at the lake.
“Ahh, Lake Diefenbaker. Close your eyes and imagine that you are 10 years old again. Every day is filled with new adventures with your family and friends. Simple pleasures, like playing in a sandbox all day with your friends. Now open your eyes and see a sandbox that is 225 km long and 800 km around. It does not get better than that.” – Curt K.
“The best time to visit the miles and miles of beaches around Lake Diefenbaker is in June and July before the water begins to rise. And if you’re like me and can’t sit still, it’s the perfect time to do a little beach combing, you never know what you’re going to find! Growing up, the best beach to hit up in the summer at Diefenbaker was at Palliser Regional Park – endless stretches of sand and river rock to explore while watching the Riverhurst Ferry makes its way back and forth across the lake.” – Denise S.
Did you know? You (and your car) can hop on the Riverhurst Ferry. The ferry crosses Lake Diefenbaker, linking Riverhurst on the east bank to Lucky Lake on the west bank. The ferry is toll-free and operates 24 hours a day.
4 | Candle Lake Provincial Park
With three beaches, Candle Lake Provincial Park is the perfect spot for a dip on a hot summer day. The soft sand and shallow water of Waskateena Beach are well-suited for children. Minowukaw Beach, on the east side of the park, has very fine white sand that almost sparkles in the sun and is adjacent to beautiful sand dunes. Campgrounds, picnic areas, stores and playgrounds are all within a reasonable distance.
Trip planning tip – Bring your fishing rod. Other travellers have had good luck reeling in northern pike and walleye.
5 | Good Spirit Lake Provincial Park
The warm shallow waters and weed-free, sandy bottom of Good Spirit Lake make its beaches ideal swimming destinations. Take your family to play in the natural sand dunes and go for a hike along the Trans Canada Trail.
“Good Spirit is my favourite lake to recommend for families. The sand is soft and so enjoyable to walk on, especially at the dunes. The water is beautifully clear and also very shallow, which is great for the kids.” – Michelle M.
Did you know? Good Spirit Lake Provincial Park was named by Maclean's magazine as home to one of the Top 10 Beaches in Canada.