10 Great Parks for Cross-country Skiing in Saskatchewan
In the winter months, Saskatchewan is bathed in sunshine under a big blue sky, and covered in sparkling snow. Cross-country skiing is a perfect family-friendly activity for all ages and skill levels.
Many groomed trails for novices and experts are located throughout the province. Trails are groomed for classic and skate skiing, with difficulty levels ranging from beginner to advanced.
Explore some of the province’s most beautiful natural attractions while gliding through these parks and recreation areas.
1. Meadow Lake Provincial Park
More than 20 km of groomed trails located at Greig Lake. Meadow Lake Provincial Park is one of the largest provincial parks in Canada.
2. Little Red River Park (Prince Albert)
Over 30 km of trails just outside of Prince Albert (plus 15 km in adjacent Nisbet Provincial Forest). Warm-up shelters on some routes. River Trail is lit for night skiing.
3. Great Blue Heron Provincial Park (Anglin Lake)
20 km of groomed trails with warm-up shelters. Connects to the Spruce River Highlands Trail in Prince Albert National Park.
4. Prince Albert National Park
7 trails of varying difficulty and length throughout Prince Albert National Park.
5. Lac La Ronge Provincial Park
62 km of groomed cross-country ski trails, including the Don Allen Trails and 5 km of lit trail at the Nut Point Campground. Trails meander and wind through the boreal forest and over the Pre-Cambrian rock outcrops.
6. Duck Mountain Provincial Park
More than 50 km of groomed trails, some with warm-up shelters.
7. Eb’s Cross-Country Ski Trail (Duck Lake)
Over 50 km of groomed tracks developed by the trail’s namesake, Eberhard Fass. Warm-up shelters located near both trail entrances.
8. White Butte Trails Recreation Site (Regina)
13 km of trails with two warm-up shelters, located just outside of Regina. Trails through treed sections of gently rolling hills.
9. Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park
Over 8 km of groomed trails (plus additional ungroomed trails) in wooded and undulating terrain of the Centre Block. Warm-up shelter located along Moose Trail.
10. Moose Mountain Provincial Park
Extensive trail system with 50 km groomed for both classic and skate skiing. Pass through the beautiful stands of aspen, birch, green ash and Manitoba maple that characterize this unique southern Saskatchewan forest.
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