7 Family-friendly Winter Resorts in Saskatchewan

Swoosh… crackle… slip… slide…

Have you ever walked in snowshoes or zipped down a snowy slope on an inflatable tube?

Saskatchewan is a playground for winter enthusiasts – especially kids. The season is perfect for snowy adventures and bonfires, marshmallow roasting and even camping.

Adventures in snow

Hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobile trails crisscross the province. And there are plenty of giant hills for tobogganing, snow tubing, snowboarding and downhill skiing. Many winter resorts provide free or rental equipment for guests. All you need to participate is cold weather gear. It’s easy to stay warm with winter layering.

In the Prince Albert National Park area, Sundogs Excursions outfitters offer guided adventures like dogsledding, snowshoe wanders and puppy camps for families with young children.

Winter is for wildlife

While playing in the snow you might see a snowy owl, river otters sliding across a frozen lake or a lumbering moose. Some wildlife are easily spotted against backdrops of sunny blue skies and bright white snow at this time of year.

Winter’s living skies

At night, when the conditions are right, the northern lights join the stars and illuminate Saskatchewan’s living sky. Shooting stars and the Milky Way galaxy might even appear for stargazers.

These are some of Saskatchewan’s favourite places to stay and play – and make fun, frosty memories:

 

1. Blue Mountain Adventure Park, North Battleford

“The memories we created, the great time we had! The staff being so amazing with us! We loved every bit of it. Tubing was awesome, food was good, cabins were perfect. We had an awesome time!” – Danyelle S., resort guest

Activities:
Snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, snow tubing, tobogganing, ice skating on a lake, marshmallow roasting, bonfires, walking trails, log chalet with fireplace

Equipment Available:
Snow tubes are complimentary. Snowshoes and cross-country skis are available to rent.

Bring Your Own:
Ice skates

Accommodations:
Cozy cabins, bunk houses and suites

Area Attractions:
Western Development Museum in North Battleford

 

2. The Resort at Cypress Hills, Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park

“Just had some winter family fun here. The best place and scenery for hiking, snowshoeing, hills and skating. Now it will be an annual escape for winter. Great for families!” – Ron B., resort guest

Accommodations:
Cabins with outdoor fire pits and townhouses with gas fireplaces

Activities:
Cross-country skiing, ice skating, snowshoeing, tobogganing, ice fishing, birding, wildlife viewing, fat biking, mountain biking,
hiking, snowmobiling

Equipment Available:
Cross-country skis and snowshoes

Bring Your Own:
Ice skates, ice fishing gear, toboggan, mountain bike, fat bike, snowmobile

Area Attractions:
Cypress Hills Dark Sky Preserve

 

3. Waters Edge Eco Lodge, Meadow Lake Provincial Park

“Snowshoes, board games and a beautiful fire provided for the ideal winter weekend getaway.”  – Haley G., resort guest

Accommodations:
Lakefront lodge with 8 guest rooms

Activities:
Ice skating on Greig Lake, cross-country skiing trails, snowshoeing, hiking, lodge with fireplace and games

Equipment Provided:
Snowshoes, snowman accessories

Bring Your Own:
Ice skates, cross-country skis

Area Attractions:
Boreal Trail

 

4. Elk Ridge Resort, Prince Albert National Park

“Excellent place to take the family to enjoy winter. Beautiful scenery, free skating, skiing, snowshoeing, tobogganing, water sliding... Our family always has a grand adventure at Elk Ridge.” – Jaimee L., resort guest

Accommodations:
Lodge guest rooms, cabins, cottages and townhouses. Most accommodations have natural gas fireplaces

Activities:
Ice skating on an outdoor rink, tobogganing hill, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing,
hiking, curling, crokicurl, snowmobiling, dog sledding

Equipment Available:
Ice skates, snowshoes, cross-country skis, hockey sticks and pucks, curling rocks.
Snowmobiles are available to rent.

Bring Your Own:
Toboggan

Area Attractions:
Prince Albert National Park, Waskesiu Lake townsite, Trans Canadian Snowmobile Trail, Sundogs Excursions

 

5. Lost Creek Resort, Prince Albert National Park

“This is the most beautiful place at Waskesiu. The cabins are beautiful and cozy, everything we need is there. This year we sat on our deck and watched the elk move about the cabins. We also saw a bear two days in a row, just walking thru on to his next adventure.” – Lynda A., resort guest

Accommodations:
Cabins with gas fireplaces and hot tubs

Activities:
Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing,
hiking, ice fishing, hot tubbing, indoor ice skating with a heated warming area in Waskesiu townsite

Equipment Available:
Borrow snowshoes and cross-country skis from the Hawood Inn in Waskesiu, provided by
Parks Canada.

Bring Your Own:
Ice skates, ice fishing gear

Area Attractions:
Waskesiu Lake townsite

 

6. Northern Green’s Resort, Nipawin

"One of the best places to stay in Saskatchewan.  The staff is terrific - very friendly and helpful.  Love coming here - as good as it gets." –Mike L., resort guest

Accommodations:
Guest rooms and suites, some with fireplaces and Jacuzzi bathtubs

Activities:
Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, snowmobiling, ice fishing, curling, downhill skiing, snowboarding, steambaths. Customized snowmobile, ice fishing and cross-country ski packages in the Nipawin area and downhill ski packages at Wapiti Valley Ski Area.

Equipment Available:
Rent snowmobiles and ATVs at
Lake Country Rentals in Prince Albert

Area Attractions:
Tobin Lake,
Wapiti Ski Valley, Trans Canadian Snowmobile Trail, Nipawin and District Regional Park

 

7. Thompson’s Resort, Missinipe, Lac La Ronge Provincial Park

“Our trip to Otter Lake and Thompson’s Camps was incredible. Our family of 12 really enjoyed the experience, from the great customer service to the beautiful log cabins, our stay was awesome.” – ThompsonsCamps.com

Accommodations:
Cozy log cabins with wood burning stoves, the Moose View Lodge and condominium-style accommodations

Activities:
Ice fishing, snowshoeing, ice skating, hockey, skate skiing,
snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, fat biking, tobogganing, outdoor fire pit cookouts, campfire and fresh bannock with stories about growing up on a trap line in the boreal forest

Equipment Available:
Snowshoes, snowmobiles, toboggans, ice fishing shelters, ice augers, rods, tackle, toboggans and hockey sticks. Thompson’s Resort arranges other equipment rentals for guests:

Bring Your Own:
Ice skates

Area Attractions:
Robertson Trading Ltd., Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Nistowiak Falls

Winter Trail Information:

 

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