One of the best parts about winter in the prairies is the opportunity to explore serene parks and trails. Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in Saskatchewan are great ways to do just that! Wade through deep snow underneath the big blue sky on these ten trails near Saskatoon.

Note: Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing depends on current conditions. Check with local tourist and interpretive centres before hitting the trails!

1. Beaver Creek Conservation Area

Length: From 0.9 km to 3.2 km

Time: 1 - 4 hours

One of the many beautiful sites located in Meewasin Park, Beaver Creek offers well-marked, maintained trails and unique flora and fauna. Visit the Interpretive Centre for up-to-date trail info.

Where can I find this trail? The Beaver Creek Conservation Area is about 13 kilometres south of Saskatoon

Read more: meewasin.com 

 

2. Forest Park

Length: 2 km

Time: 1 hour

Cross-country ski trails right in the city? Sign us up! This groomed trail can be found near Forestry Farm Park, which is part of the Saskatoon Zoo. Originally the Sutherland Forest Nursery Station from 1913 to 1966, this National Historic Site once supplied the prairie provinces with willow, maple, elm and caragana trees.

Where can I find this trail? Right in Saskatoon, on Forest Dr.

Read more: saskatoon.ca 

 

3. Spruce River Highlands

Length: 8.5 km

Time: 2 - 3 hours

Prince Albert National Park connects winter explorers to 18 km of groomed ski trails. Don your skis or snowshoes and tackle the moderate Spruce River Highlands trail. The lake views are amazing, and the steady climbs will keep you warm.

Where can I find this trail? 230 kilometres north of Saskatoon

Read more: pc.gc.ca 

4. Wascana Valley Trails

Length: 15 km

Time: 5 - 6 hours

This spot is quite the drive from Saskatoon, but the 15 kilometres of marked trails that are appropriate for all levels are well worth the journey.

Where can I find this trail? Approximately 240 kilometres south of Saskatoon.

Read more: tourismsaskatchewan.com 

 

5. Cranberry Flats

Length: 2.9 km

Time: 1 hour

Another highlight of the scenic Meewasin Park, Cranberry Flats is home to stretches of beach and sweeping views of the South Saskatchewan River. The trails aren't groomed on this dog-friendly site, so snowshoers are welcome to carve their own path!

Where can I find this trail?  Cranberry Flats is about 14 kilometres south of Saskatoon

Read more: hikingproject.com 

 

6. Buffalo Pound Provincial Park

Length: 5 km

Time: 2 - 3 hours

Known as one of the best recreational areas in Saskatchewan, Buffalo Pound Provincial Park has more than 30 kilometres of hiking and mountain biking trails. Five kilometres are groomed for cross-country skiing in winter.

Where can I find this trail? North of Moose Jaw, off of Highway 2

Read more: saskhiker.com 

 

7. Eb's Trails

Length: 4.7 km

Time: 3 - 4 hours

This loop trail is an outdoor enthusiast's dream. Most of the area is groomed for skiing in the winter, but experienced explorers can venture off the path and into the rolling terrain. Stop at one of the warming huts along the way. 

Where can I find this trail? Approximately 100 kilometres from Saskatoon along Highway 11

Read moresaskatoonnordicski.ca

 

8. Little Red River Park

Length: 5 - 18 km

Time: 3 - 10 hours

Inhale deeply to breathe in the refreshing aroma of aspen and jack pine along these trails in this 1,200-hectare forested park. It's about an hour outside of Saskatoon and there are plenty of trails specially designated for exploring on snowshoes and skis. With the Spruce River running right through, this beautiful area is not one to miss.

Where can I find this trail? 145 kilometres north of Saskatoon

Read more: tourismsaskatchewan.com 

9. Diefenbaker Park

Length: 2.6 km

Time: 1 - 2 hours

Follow this single trail, which runs near the largest tobogganing hill in the city and offers river views. Bring your cross-country skis, snowshoes and sled for a snowy escape within the city. 

Where can I find this trail? Ruth Street and St. Henry Ave in Saskatoon

Read moresaskatoon.ca

10. Blue Mountain Adventure Park

Length: Various trails, 30 km

Time: 2 - 8 hours

The name says it all. There's no shortage of fun at Blue Mountain Adventure Park, with more than 30 kilometres of trails. There is also a cozy log chalet on the grounds to warm up after a day out in the snow, complete with a fireplace. Stay for the weekend in one of their cabins or just adventure for a day.

Where can I find this trail? An hour and a half outside Saskatoon on Highway 16

Read more: explorebluemountain.com 

   

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