Many of us usually escape the bitterly cold Saskatchewan winters by travelling somewhere warm and soaking up some sunshine on a warm beach. With travelling restrictions in place this year, this may not be possible. But don’t despair.
You can still “get away” this winter by enjoying the great outdoors of Saskatchewan. Keeping warm is easy just by moving your body and being active. It’s a great way for family and friends to get together safely, create memories, and stay healthy. Regular physical activity helps improve mental health as well as your physical wellbeing as stated by the Canadian Mental Health Association and ParicipACTION Canada.
Whether it’s a day trip or an overnight vacation you’re seeking, we have some fun, kid friendly activities and destinations right here in our own Saskatchewan backyard. Before we dive into where we can go, let’s prepare for the trip first.
What to wear to stay warm
Staying warm and comfortable in the winter is going to help ensure you fully enjoy your getaway. Layers and natural fabrics are your friends in all outdoor activities.
CAA members can earn CAA Dollars® and save when buying these winter essentials at our stores and at our CAA Rewards® partners including Roots, Altitude Sports, SAIL, The Last Hunt, PRFO Sports, Carter's OshKosh B'gosh, and more. Have your membership pay for itself!
Family winter activities
Now that you’re fully prepared to comfortably enjoy the great outdoors, where can you go in Saskatchewan? What can you do? We have you covered with some hidden gems to explore and some activities you can enjoy close to home.
Snowshoeing - You can rent snowshoes at many of our National and Provincial Parks. At some locations, snowshoes are free with your park admission. Some local leisure centers and outfitters also rent snowshoes. You may have to call ahead and make arrangements.
Wapiti Ski & Board Resort. Photo credit: Tourism Saskatchewan/Rob Weitzel Graphic Productions
1. Table Mountain, just 20 minutes out of North Battleford, off Highway 40.
2. Wapiti Valley Ski & Board Resort, located near Nipawin on Highway 6 North.
3. Mission Ridge Winter Park located in Qu’Appelle Valley/Fort Qu’Appelle.
4. Duck Mountain Provincial Park, near Kamsack off Highway 57.
5. Ski Timber Ridge, near Big River off Highway 55.
Skating and playing hockey – Lacing up your skates and taking the family to a local rink or lake is an easy and affordable way to stay active together in the winter. There are also indoor rinks that you can contact and book your time to enjoy a family skate. Looking to take a road trip? We have some destination skating rinks as well. Remember to check local weather and road advisories and never skate on thin ice.
Now you just need to decide if you’d like to go on a day trip or make it a fun family road trip and stay longer. Overnight accommodations are available at or very close to all the locations mentioned. Either way you’re bound to have fun and make new memories.
We’ve got some great safety tips and fun activities for the whole family in our CAA Family Safety Booklet. Pick up a free copy at any of our CAA Stores or download your copy today.