Saskatoon, Saskatchewan's Parks on the Trans-Canada Highway
The city has a number of fine larger parks scattered around the city (clockwise from the northeast):
- Silverspring Park (Nelson Rd, off Attridge) This park is one the eastern fringe of the city and is wrapped around the Forestry Farm Park and Saskatoon Zoo. This is one of the city's
largest parks, and offers cross country skiing in the wintertime.
- Lakewood Park (Mckercher Drive & Around Lakewood Civic Centre) This park, nestled against an artificial lake that is also part of Wildwood Golf,
which connects with a 6 km cross-country ski trail in the winter. The park has a civic centre & library, a Waterslide Pool, and is home to the Lakewood Indoor Tennis
- Nutana Kiwanis Park (Porter Street & McEown Avenue) This park, right behind Market Mall, has a skating arena and the Nutana Curling Club, and is connected to
several park areas across the streets that surround it.
- Diefenbaker Park (St. Henry Avenue & Ruth Street) This park is wrapped along the east bank of the South Saskatchewan, and hidden behind the
Exhibition Grounds. The park offers 13 kilometres of fine walking trails and excellent cross-country skiing in the winter. There is also an equestrian bridle path.
- Gordon Howe Park (End of Ave P South, off 11th Street West) This park in the cities southwest is a very busy park, because it has so many fine
athletic facilities. It is home to the C.D. Speedskating Oval, Gordon Howe Ball Fields, Gordon Howe Football Bowl, the Bob Van Impe [ball] Field, the Kinsmen
Arena, a concession stand, and a campground (975-3328). The Holiday Park golf course to the south also offers 7.4 km of cross-country ski trails in the wintertime.
- Umea Park (Primrose Drive & Pinehouse Drive) This park in the city's River Heights / Lawson Heights area is connected to a number of other parks
in community forming the core of a large green space. The park is home to the Lawson Wave Pool (the city's only) and the Lawson Civic Centre. The Lawson
Heights Mall across the street gives easy access to picnic food as well as a public library.
- Meewasin Park (alongside Whiteswan Drive) This park, stretches along the west bank of the South Saskatchewan River in the city's north end.
It forms the northern end of the Meewasin Trail system, which extends almost 10 km southwards to Victoria Park. The southern end has two cross country ski
loops, totalling almost 13 kilometres.
- Kinsmen Park (Spadina Crescent & 25th Street) This park in the downtown core is right beside the City of Saskatoon Hospital, and is connected to the riverside Meewasin Trail system. The park is home to the Mendel Art Gallery and Conservatory, Kiwanis Park Rides, a play pool and ball diamonds, picnic grounds, and offers 2 km of groomed cross-country ski trails in the winter. Just to the south is the Meewasin Outdoor Skating Rink at Kiwanis Memorial Park, next to the Delta Bessborough Hotel.
The city also has a number of significant natural areas in and around the city:
- Beaver Creek Conservation Area
13 km south of the city, Lorne Avenue South to Highway 219
Five nature trails winding through prairie, forest, creek, and river valley habitats. Interactive displays and river rides on an 8-person voyageur canoe help to round out this experience.
- Meewasin Valley Trail
402 3rd Avenue S
This trail travels along the South Saskatchewan River through the heart of Saskatoon. Take advantage of the year round recreation while breaking occasionally for scenic views along the way. There are over 19 km of Cycling, jogging, cross-country skiing or walking trails taking you through beautifully landscaped parks and natural areas. Open from 9:00 am to 5:00 p.m. weekdays and 10:30 am to 5:00 p.m. weekends and holidays. There are special programs offered on Sunday at 2:00 p.m.. Admission is free.
- Saskatoon Natural Grasslands
Located on Central Ave.
This unique urban park has approximately 200 species of plants and a large amount of native birds and animals, including over 25 kinds of butterflies.
- Circle "H" Ranch
There's lots to do here, with access to 3 ball diamonds, 1 sand volleyball court, hay rides, buggy rides, carriage rides, sleigh rides, horseshoe pits, dances. Groups anywhere from 30 to 250 people are welcome.
- Cranberry Flats Conservation Area
8 km south off Lorne Avenue
An excellent place to do picnicking or take the family hiking and picnic. Very scenic with extraordinary views of the river, access to beautiful natural beaches. There are wheelchair interpretive trails as well as self-guided nature trails. Open from May to October from 9:00 am to 9:00 p.m..
- Poplar Bluffs Canoe Launch
Located on Valley Rd, 7 km south of city
Take your time to enjoy all the natural wonders and animals, as you make your way to Saskatoon. It is a 3 hour paddle, and you can pick up an EcoCanoe Tour Guide for more options. Open daily from May to August 9:00 am to 9:00 pm and weekends only in September, October from 9:00 am to 5:00 p.m.
- Wanuskewin Heritage Park
located 5 km northeast of Saskatoon
This National Historic site surrounds a picturesque valley and view of the South Saskatchewan River. Excavations are still going on, with discoveries providing 6000 years of habitants in the area. There are many self guided trails taking you past such landscapes as a medicine wheel, buffalo pound and tipi rings. Available within the site are a restaurant, gift shop, art gallery and tipi camping programs. Open daily, 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m,. from the long weekend in May until Labour Day and open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. the rest of the year. Admissions is $6.00 for adults, $2.50 for children, $4.50 for seniors, and special family rates. No admission when visiting the restaurant or gift shop.