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Fort Walsh National Historic Site

Fort Walsh National Historic Site

Step back in time to the 1870s and discover what life was like on a working fort in the lawless time of rotgut whiskey runners. Imagine the scarlet serge-clad NWMP marching on parade, hear Métis legends handed down through generations and learn traditional crafts and skills. 

The Historic Fort Walsh is located in the West Block of Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park, on the Saskatchewan side. A 2km hike from the Fort will bring you to the site of the Cypress Hills Massacre, an event that played had a huge impact on the history of southwest Saskatchewan.

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Grasslands National Park

Grasslands National Park

There are no shortage of things to do and see in Grasslands National Park.   Divided into two sections, the East Block and the West block, each side offers amazing views and experiences.

Be sure to check in with the office to see what guided tours are available during your stay.  Choose from front- country, back-country, equestrian camping, or stay in one of the A-framed Otentiks.

Enjoy the views of the best dark skies around and hike the various trails that are available.

West Block:

Wildlife viewing is a popular thing to do in the West Block of Grasslands National Park.  Visit the protected Prairie Dog Colonies to see the social creatures interacting with eachother.  Spot free roaming bison along the hillsides.  Find deer, coyotes, badgers, and all sorts of birds.

Drive the scenic road through the Frenchman Valley and stop at scenic lookouts for the best sunsets and sunrises around.  Learn the history of the area from the interpretive signs at each stop.

The Frenchman Valley Campground   has 4 Otentiks and 20 electrical tent/ RV sites.  

Be sure to visit 70 Mile Butte, Eagle Butte, and Two Trees day use area located south of Val Marie.

 

East Block:

The East Block of Grasslands National Park is where you'll find the breathtaking Badlands Parkway.  Look out over the Valley of 1000 Devils and see unique dome shaped formations that have been eroded, showing layers of time.  Search for dinosour fossils as you explore this side of the national park.  

Rock Creek Campground  has 8 Otentiks available and 24 electrical sites.  

 

 

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Badlands Parkway

Grasslands National Park

This scenic road experience was carefully designed to provide you with outstanding vistas while protecting some of the very things that characterize this badlands landscape – unique habitats, rare and common wildlife species, hidden archaeological secrets and a timeless horizon.  The Parkway is an 11 km, single lane, paved road designed for two-way traffic. It rises and falls along an escarpment, much of it an historic trail, with westward views across a wild prairie expanse. Along the way, there are 20 pull-offs placed throughout to allow oncoming traffic to pass.

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Ecotour Scenic Drive

Grasslands National Park

While visiting the West Block of Grasslands National Park, taking the Ecotour Scenic Drive is the thing to do. 

This self guided drive features stunning landscapes, rich history, and active conservation. This 20 km tour takes you through the Frenchman River Valley and usually takes about 2 hours. Information panels along Ecotour Road provide interpretation of the prairie landscape. Enjoy our walking and hiking trails or have a picnic at one of the day use areas along the way!   

Visit a prairie dog colony and look for bison along the way.  They have been known to use the interpretive signs for scratch posts!

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Guided Hike - Going, Going, Gone

Grasslands National Park

If you are looking for things to do while exploring the West Block of Grasslands National Park, why not join a guided tour?

Some of the famous, yet elusive Grasslands species are facing trouble in this endangered ecosystem. Are we looking at a “Going, Going, Gone” situation for our friends, or is there something we can do to help them out? Learn about the endangered species that call Grasslands National Park home and about the conservation efforts in the area.

Approximately 2.5 hours, 3.5 km

For additional informatoin on dates and times, please click on the More Info button

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Guided Hike - Footprints in Time

Grasslands National Park

If you are looking for things to do while exploring the East Block of Grasslands National Park, why not join a guided tour?

Take a walk back in time. Let the grasslands reveal those who have come before you.   The park staff will share their passion and knowledge of this unique landscape.

Approximately 3 hours, 7 km

For additional information regarding dates and times, please click the More Info button below.

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Art on the Prairie

Grasslands National Park

Are you looking for something for the kids to do while exploring the West Block of Grasslands National Park?

Children ages 6 - 12 can join this creative art session and learn more about the history of the park.

Prairie people have created art for thousands of years for purpose and pleasure. Create your own masterpiece inspired by lifestyle and landscape.  For more information regarding dates and times, please click on the More Info button.

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A Hike in the Park

Grasslands National Park

Trails are one of the best ways for you to connect with the landscape and experience the immeasurable beauty and solitude of this park. 

Both the East and West Blocks of Grasslands National Park have trails for you to enjoy.  Grasslands is a prairie wilderness with limited services and preparation is key to having a safe and enjoyable experience.  Whether you are outback hiking or following the marked trails, you will be in awe of the vastness and beauty to be found.

Trail maps are available at the visitor centres.

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Beyond the Big Dipper

Grasslands National Park

Taking in the dark skies is something you must do while visiting Grasslands National Park.  

You can view the night sky like never before, during one of a few  "Beyond the Big Dipper" events.

Throughout the season, in both the East and West Blocks of Grasslands National Park, members of the Royal Astronomical Society set up their telescopes, deliver an enchanting presentation, then walk the visitors through an amazing night of viewing the vast skies. 

Check the park website for dates.

Pre-registration is required and the price is $14.70 per person. 

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Cowboy Campfire

Grasslands National Park

 The Cowboy Campfire  meet up is another great thing to do while visiting the East Block of Grasslands National Park.

Set a relaxed pace for your Sunday morning and make connections like prairie neighbours. Allow our interpreters to regale you with stories of days past and provide a glimpse of the local ranching heritage that still exists today.

Campfire coffee will not be served at this time.  For additional information regarding date and times, click the More Info button.

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Fireside Chats

Grasslands National Park

After a day of exploring, if you are looking for more things to do while in either the East or West Blocks of Grasslands National Park, why not join a group campfire?

Whether it be stories, stars or serenades, one thing is for sure – any evening is a good one to share around the campfire with friends! Join our interpreters for an evening of entertainment and conversation.  For more information on dates and times, please click on the More Info button.

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Fossil Fever

Grasslands National Park

POSTPONED TO 2022

Always wanted to dig into the past? Join the Royal Saskatchewan Museum as they uncover the secrets of the past. YOU can be part of the dig, a paleontologist for a day! Enjoy Fossil Talks each evening. Pre-registration required. 

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Lakota Legends

Grasslands National Park

This experience is available on certain dates throughout the summer season in both the East and West Blocks of Grasslands National Park.

Watch the canvas come alive as Lakota First Nations artist and storyteller, Kim Soo Goodtrack, illustrates the Star Nation in pastel as she speaks. Following the presentation, create your own artwork in Lakota design. Approx. 2 hours

For addtional information on dates and times, please click on the More Info button.

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Two Trees Recreation Area

Grasslands National Park

The Two Trees Recreation Area is part of the West Block of Grasslands National Park. It is located south of Val Marie, Saskatchewan, and makes a great picnic area.  There are easy hiking trails, picnic tables, a BBQ, and toilets.

 

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Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park - Saskatchewan

Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park - Saskatchewan

650 campsites ranging from unserviced to full-service await! The Saskatchewan side of the Interprovincial Park is divided into two separate blocks: Centre Block (Core Area), and West Block (Wilderness Area).

The Centre Block (south of Maple Creek on Highway #21) is where the majority of the campsites are located, as well as all the park’s front country services and amenities.  There are many things to do in this portion of the park.  Try ziplines, e-bikes, segway tours, paddle board rentals, horse back tours, mini golf, golf, and more! 

The West Block Wilderness Area (near Fort Walsh on Highway #271) features limited unserviced campsites as well as the equestrian campground.  Visit the stunning Conglomerate Cliffs, Historic Fort Walsh, and the site of the Cypress Hills Massacre.

Cypress Hills is the highest point in Canada between Labrador and the Rocky Mountains, and the only place on the prairies in Canada where a lodge pole pine forest occurs naturally. Cypress Hills is also one of Canada’s largest Dark Sky Preserves! 

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Let's Learn About Coffee

The Daily Grind Roastery & Coffee Shop

If you are looking for something unique to do in Maple Creek, Saskatchewan, visit The Daily Grind for a tour of the roastery.

Learn about roasting, curing, grinding and brewing a perfect cup of coffee using a variety of methods, and go home with a half pound of one of their house roasted blends. Email thedailygrind@sasktel.net for more information or to book a group.

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Wilkinson Memorial Observatory

Town of Eastend

The Wilkinson Memorial Observatory, in Eastend, Saskatchewan, is one of the best equipped observatories in western Canada. You can see the amazing rings of planet Saturn, follow the space station as it soars through outer space, and feel the vast expanse of our incredible Universe. Arrive in Eastend early so the family can enjoy the other great things to do in Eastend as well.

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Downward Goat Yoga

Grotto Gardens Country Market

Are you looking for a unigue experience in Maple Creek, Saskatchewan?

Stretch your body and clear your mind with this unique yoga session. Connect with nature as the goats roam around and laugh as they visit you mid "downward goat."

Grotto Gardens Family Fun Farm many activities to add to you " things to do" list.

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Silk Sellinger Photography

Silk Sellinger Photography

Silk Sellinger Photography focuses on capturing emotive storytelling images, your authentic selves & the moments that truly make your family unique. Multiple packages & payment plans available with 10% of all proceeds donated.

Gather your family, friends, partner, or take solo photos in amazing locations around Maple Creek and southwest Saskatchewan.  From Cypress Hills to the Great Sandhills, alpaca walks to seasonal themes, Silk Sellinger's photos and videos will be keepsakes to treasure forever.

 

 

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The Great Sandhills

Town of Leader

One of the best things to do in southwest Saskatchewan is to explore the Great Sandhills.

The Great Sandhills encompass 1900 sq. km of land and are one of the largest set of active dunes in the country. The view from the top of the hills is breathtaking, and visitors to the area consider it a once in a lifetime experience. The largest sand dunes are 25 meters in height and cover several hectares of land.

Climb the set of dunes right at the parking lot, or hike west from the boot monument to an even larger set.

Be sure to visit the Sandhills Museum and Interpretive Centre in Scetre.

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Larger than Life Statues

Town of Leader

Finding roadside attractions is something many people love to do.  Leader, Saskatchewan, has several for you to discover.

Explore Leader’s nine famous wildlife sculptures. Created by the late Ralph Berg of Cabri, SK and Grant McLaughlin of Moose Jaw, SK, these larger than life sculptures depict several of the area’s amazing animal inhabitants. The wildlife sculptures are open and accessible year-round, so come anytime.  Download the TripVia Tours App to get audio and sound effects to go along with the sculptures.

As you tour through the town, you will spot several other quirky attractions, including huge big red chairs.

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Stegner House

Town of Eastend

Apply to stay at the childhood home of great American and Pulitzer Prize winning author Wallace Stegner. It is here, in Eastend, Saskatchewan, that he was inspired to write his novel Wolf Willow. Now an artist retreat where artists and writers are provided a quiet and attractive environment in which to work, while the house is not open to the public, the yard and dedication plaque can be visited. Those artists or writers who wish to do a residency at the Stegner House, must forward their resume a year in advance to be reviewed.

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Broken Spoke Fine Art Gallery & Gift Store

Broken Spoke Fine Art Gallery & Gift Store

This "hidden gem" art gallery housed in an iconic heritage building features Western Canadian Artists.  The gallery gift shop ffeatures unique artistic gifts, gemstones, artifacts, fossils and jewellery.

If you are looking for something different to do in Maple Creek, mine for gems in the garden out back of the art gallery.  

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Carefree Adventures

Carefree Adventures

Join Carefree Adventures one on of their many guided kayak tours.  From the Frenchman River in Grasslands National Park, Eastend dam, Cypress Lake, or other locations in the area, you are sure to enjoy your time on the water and the ease of having all the equipment provided.

Beginner kayak lessons are available.

While searching for things to do in southwest Saskatchewan or southeast Alberta, check Carefree Adventure's calendar for unique tours that often include yoga and a locally sourced picnic.

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Historic Reesor Ranch

Historic Reesor Ranch

Gather your herd at the Historic Reesor Ranch a year-round ranch vacation destination that offers romantic getaways, family vacations and group retreats.

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ATV Adventure

Historic Reesor Ranch

Explore the scenery at the Historic Reesor Ranch on a guided ATV tour through their beautiful property.  This is just one of the many things to to while staying at this heritage ranch.  

 

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Horseback Riding

Historic Reesor Ranch

Enjoy one of Canada’s signature tourism experiences with authentic western horseback riding adventures at The Historic Reesor Ranch.  Located just outside of the west block of Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park, this property offers stunning views and a horseback ride is the perfect way to take it all in.

Be sure to check out all of the other things to do while staying at the ranch.

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Old Man on His Back Nature Conservancy

Old Man on His Back Nature Conservancy

Old Man on His Back Prairie Heritage and Conservation Area is now a Nocturnal Preserve! The Visitor Centre is open weekends from mid-May to the end of September. For information, or to arrange a visit during the week, please call interpreter Alan Dumontel at 306.662.7809

One of the highlights of visiting this nature conservancy is seeing the herd of bison roaming the land.

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Alpaca Walk

Grotto Gardens Country Market

Enjoy a 30 minute guided Alpaca walk.  This experience is for families, friends, couples, or just for you to enjoy on your own.