3 Trails for Winter Hiking in Northern Saskatchewan

Explore winter by trail

Winter hikes make great day trips – when many of Saskatchewan’s hiking trails become cross-country skiing, fat biking and snowshoeing trails.

While walking on skiing trails is discouraged, hiking, biking and snowshoeing trails are perfect for exploring some of the province’s most beautiful places blanketed in snow.

Also, biting insects, like ticks, mosquitoes and horseflies, are nowhere to be found.

Winter cross-country skiing

 

Watch winter wildlife

Winter is an excellent season to view wildlife, too. Creatures are more visible against a white background and trees have less foliage to camouflage birds. Even river otters don’t hibernate – they remain active under frozen water by breathing through breaks in the ice.

Follow trails dotted with the hoof and paw impressions of bison, deer, moose, foxes and rabbits. Catch a glimpse of a snowy owl or an American three-toed woodpecker.

lynx in winter

 

It’s easy to stay warm

Coniferous trees provide natural protection from the wind. With appropriate lightweight layers of wool, silk or synthetic clothing, hiking is a simple, warm way to explore nature. Physical activity generates ample warmth, too. The three-layer system is designed for fluctuating body temperatures.

Explore the trails of Saskatchewan’s forested valleys and tree-lined lakes, creeks and rivers. They’re magical places to embrace the beauty of winter.

 

1. Kingsmere Lake Walk, Prince Albert National Park

The 6.4 km Kingsmere Lake Walk is the first section of Grey Owl Trail – the 20 km trail to Grey Owl’s Cabin.

The national park is home to majestic wildlife such as bison, black bears, elk, moose, white-tailed deer, wolves, foxes and even cougars.

“I do love the winter… to get out there and see a fox and how it pops with the snow. You’re taking pictures in a different light, so you never know.”  –Duane Larsen, Wildlife Photographer

 

 

2. Maymont Conservation Area, Glenburn Regional Park

The area is part of the Aspen Parkland Ecoregion located on the south banks of the North Saskatchewan River, across from Glenburn Regional Park.

Catch a glimpse of a red fox or a great horned owl. Wander through ancient cottonwood tree groves and native grasslands.

“You will discover, as you hike, numerous animal trails carved throughout the bush. Follow these for the paths of least resistance.” –Jay Brown, SaskHiker

 

3. Narrow Hills Trails, Narrow Hills Provincial Park

Immerse yourself in rugged beauty and hilly, wooded terrain. You’ll find breathtaking views of the boreal forest, Gem Lakes and a museum that was once a former park ranger station (circa 1938).

“Given its extensive trail system, unusual terrain, many lakes and streams… Narrow Hills seems poised to benefit from an increasing interest in backpacking and eco-tourism.” –Dave Yanko, Virtual Saskatchewan

These are just a smidgen of the best trails. Saskatchewan’s forested valleys, tree-lined lakes, creeks and rivers are magical places to embrace the beauty of winter.

 

Remember… step carefully

Snow conceals tripping hazards. Some trails aren't groomed so there are places trip and fall or roll an ankle. Also, be cautious around frozen lakes and rivers. The ice may be thinner than it appears - especially in the early spring.

 

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