3 Trails for Winter Hiking in Northern Saskatchewan

Winter hikes make great day trips – when many of Saskatchewan’s hiking trails become cross-country skiing, fat biking and snowshoeing trails. While walking on cross-country skiing trails is discouraged, hiking, biking and snowshoeing trails are perfect for exploring some of the province’s most beautiful places blanketed in snow. 

Enjoy these trails along Saskatchewan’s northern forested valleys and tree-lined lakes, creeks and rivers.


1. Kingsmere Lake Walk to Westwind Campsite, Prince Albert National Park

The Kingsmere Lake Walk is the first section of Grey Owl Trail (the 20-km trail to Grey Owl’s Cabin) and is 3.3 km one-way to Westwind Campsite. 

The national park is home to majestic wildlife, such as bison, black bears, elk, moose, white-tailed deer, wolves, foxes and even cougars.


2. Maymont Conservation Area, Glenburn Regional Park

The area is part of the aspen parkland ecoregion located on the south banks of the North Saskatchewan River, across from Glenburn Regional Park.

Catch a glimpse of a red fox or a great horned owl. Wander through ancient cottonwood tree groves and native grasslands.


3. Narrow Hills Trails, Narrow Hills Provincial Park

Immerse yourself in rugged beauty and hilly, wooded terrain. You’ll find breathtaking views of the boreal forest, Gem Lakes and a museum that was once a former park ranger station (circa 1938). 


It’s easy to stay warm

Coniferous trees provide natural protection from the wind. With appropriate lightweight layers of wool, silk or synthetic clothing, hiking is a simple, warm way to explore nature. Physical activity generates ample warmth, too. The three-layer system is designed for fluctuating body temperatures. 


Remember…step carefully!

Snow conceals tripping hazards. Some trails aren't groomed, so there are places trip and fall or roll an ankle. Also, be cautious around frozen lakes and rivers. The ice may be thinner than it appears – especially in the early spring.


Watch for winter wildlife

Winter is an excellent season to view wildlife, too. Creatures are more visible against a white background and trees have less foliage to camouflage birds. Even river otters don’t hibernate – they remain active under frozen water by breathing through breaks in the ice.

Follow trails dotted with the hoof and paw impressions of bison, deer, moose, foxes and rabbits. Catch a glimpse of a snowy owl or an American three-toed woodpecker.


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