The Best Autumn Hikes in Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan’s landscape is richly, surprisingly diverse in the fall. Wonderfully unexpected places to wander, climb and camp are everywhere – from the blanket of boreal forest and clear lakes in the north to the hills and grasslands in the south.

Explore hidden treasures like giant sand dunes, peaceful rivers, native grasslands, plunging valleys, and the beautiful badlands.

“Saskatchewan is the perfect backdrop for any hiker and nature lover to get out there and experience wondrous, scenic beauty. If you thought the province was flat with just grass and fields as far as the eye can see, then you’re in for a surprise.” –todocanada.ca

Discover the natural autumn attractions that make this province uniquely, unforgettably stunning.

CENTRAL

Petrofka Orchard, Waldheim

Wander Petrofka Orchard’s groomed trails through apple orchards, along the North Saskatchewan River.

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Wanuskewin Heritage Park, Saskatoon

Wander through Wanuskewin Heritage Park, a gathering place for Indigenous peoples who roamed the Northern Plains. Choose from four walking trails or register for a guided walking tour. Discover buffalo jump sites, an ancient medicine wheel, archeological dig sites, tipi rings, remnants of artifacts, birch trees and more.

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Beaver Creek Trails, Beaver Creek Conservation Area, 1 – 4 km

Choose from four clearly marked trails on this family-friendly hike in the Beaver Creek Conservation Area. See autumn colours come to life in the densely forested valley walls.

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Ancient Echoes Trail, Herschel

Ancient Echoes Interpretive Centre provides guided hikes on protected virgin prairie land. Discover Indigenous petroglyphs, Herschel’s birthing stone, the vision quest site, a turtle effigy, prayer stone, ribstones and more.

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SOUTH

Pelly Point Nature Trail, Duck Mountain Provincial Park 4.4 km

Follow the Pelly Point Nature Trail on a long, narrow peninsula stretching out into beautiful Madge Lake. The trail leads you to some of the oldest blazing red Manitoba Maples in the park.

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Prairie Vista Trail, Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park, 5 km

Take in Prairie Vista Trail’s breathtaking views of the South Saskatchewan River valley, Lake Diefenbaker and the steep coulee.

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Top of the World Loop, Pine Cree Regional Park, Cypress Hills, 5 km

Hike through the trees along Top of the World Loop trail to the highest point in the park. Wander back down and along a babbling brook.

Timbergulch Coulee, Grasslands National Park, 16 km

Explore Timbergulch Coulee’s valley rims and deep coulees along the way. This hike makes for a great overnight backpacking trip in the fall.

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NORTH

Gem Lakes Trail, Narrow Hills Provincial Park, 5.5 km

Discover steep, treed valleys among five sparkling little lakes named after precious stones—Jade, Diamond, Opal, Sapphire and Pearl. Brilliant fall colours reflect on the mirror-like lake surfaces.

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Narrows Peninsula Trail, Prince Albert National Park, 3 km loop

This rolling trail features an ostrich fern bed and expansive views of Waskesiu Lake.

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Nut Point Trail, Lac La Ronge Provincial Park, 30 km

Nut Point Trail follows a long peninsula through dense forest, rocky outcrops and muskeg typical of the Canadian Shield. Camp in the Nut Point Campground or hike out to Nut Point and stay the night.

Boreal Trail, Meadow Lake Provincial Park, 120 km

On the Boreal Trail, watch birch and pine leaves turning, see rocky cliffs and wander on the shores of northern Saskatchewan’s massive lakes. A variety of start and end places and well-maintained backcountry campsites are available here.

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