Follow these established trails for first-hand encounters with rare birds and wildlife, historic First Nations' routes and scenic prairie views. Although some are a fair drive from Regina, the journey itself will give you a better understanding of the beauty Saskatchewan has to offer.

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Nicolle Flats Nature Area,

Buffalo Pound Provincial Park 

Length: 1.5 - 8 km
Distance from Regina: 85 km
Trailhead: Nicolle Flats parking lot, click here for map

The Qu’Appelle Valley is not only one of the most scenic features in Saskatchewan, it also holds great historical and cultural significance. A good way to experience the area is to combine the Nicolle Flats, Valley and Dyke Trails for a eight-kilometre loop that takes you around a marsh on the valley floor. Note: entry fees apply.

More information: tourismsaskatchewan.com  
 
 

The Great Trail,
Regina-Lumsden section

Length: 38 km total
Trailhead: Multiple; downtown Regina

The Great Trail - formerly known as the Trans-Canada Trail - connects the whole of Saskatchewan and passes right through Regina. Pop onto the trail at any point or spend a full day hiking from Regina to Lumsden. This urban-to-rural route will lead you along the 15-km Saw Whet Trail and the 6.3-km Wascana Trails, with an extra 17.4-km of gravel road to cover before reaching Regina.

More informationthegreattrail.ca/explore-the-map 

  

Blackstrap Provincial Park

Length: 5 km
Distance from Regina: 215 km
Trailhead: Parking lot off the main park road

The five kilometres of loop trails here are easily accessed from the park road. Broken into two loops of 3.3 km and 1.7 km, it's easy to choose the duration of your adventure. Hikers should be aware that the trail is shared with cyclists and cross-country skiers in winter. Note: entry fees apply.

More information: tourismsaskatchewan.com 

 

Meewasin Trail,
Saskatoon

Length: Up to 60 km
Distance from Regina: 259 km
Trailhead: Gabriel Dumont Park (southeast) to Sid Buckwold Bridge (northwest) and many in-between

The Meewasin Trail runs nearly 60 kilometres through the province, tracing the South Saskatchewan River. Hikers get both the urban and rural experience, with many points of interest along the way (museums, interpretive sites, parks, natural habitats, and more). Cree for "beautiful," the Meewasin Trail is used by pedestrians, joggers, cyclists, strollers, dog-walkers and rollerbladers, so be sure to practice good trail-sharing etiquette.

More information: Consult the official trail guide here.

 

Wanuskewin Heritage Park trail system,
Wanuskewin Heritage Park

Length: 6 km
Distance from Regina: 270 km

Wanuskewin means "gathering place." More than just a walk in the park, this hike will, quite literally, walk you back through time. The main trail, called the Path of the People, weaves past bison kills sites, by tipi rings and medicine wheels. With so much to appreciate, why not let a First Nations guide lead you on a guided walk? Embark on an educational journey on a Medicine Walk, Opimihaw Walk, Step Back in Time Walk, or a self-guided walk with map. If you've made the drive from Regina, stay the night in a tipi. See all tours here, as well as hours and entry rates. 

More information: Click here

 

White Butte Trails,
White Butte Trails Recreation Site

Length: 18 km total
Distance from Regina: 20 km
Trailhead: Located approximately 3 km north of Emerald Park; 3 km east of Pilot Butte

When the snow retreats, 12.7-km of glorious cross-country trails are revealed to hikers. Expect single track with gravel that passes through gentle rolling hills and forest. There's also a separate 5-km trail for walkers and their four-legged friends.

More informationreginaskiclub.com/white-butte-trails 

 

Wascana Trails,

Wascana Valley Nature Recreation Site

Length: 15 km
Distance from Regina: 28 km
Trailhead: Parking lot (equipped with washrooms)

Wascana Trails is a system of 15 trails. Each are well-marked and, in summer, well-suited to hiking, walking, trail running and mountain biking. Come winter, the rec site entertains snowshoers and cross-country skiers. (Note: trails are not groomed.) No matter the season, gorgeous Qu'Appelle Valley scenery woos visitors with rolling hills and mixed grassland.

More informationtourismsaskatchewan.com
 

Nature Trail,
Echo Valley Provincial Park

Length: 3 km 
Distance from Regina: 73 km
Trailhead: Near 'Hole in the Wall' group camping area

This gentle trail is a 3-km loop that won't take you more than an hour to hike. You'll pass through coulees, meander along the ridge of Qu'Appelle Valley and through scenic meadows. Once you're done, soak up the sun on either of the two beaches or cast a line. 

More informationtourismsaskatchewan.com

 

Cross-Country Trails,

Echo Valley Provincial Park

Length: 10 km 
Distance from Regina: 73 km

When the snow retreats, set out along the Echo Valley Cross-Country trails. Explore along Mink (4.9 km), Ermine (1.2 km), Fox (1.6 km) and Jack Rabbit (2.2 km). The trails are accessed from two parking lots: one off Highway 210 and one near Sioux Bridge.

More information: Click here

 

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