The Best Autumn Hikes in Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan’s landscape is richly, surprisingly diverse in the fall. Wonderfully unexpected places to wander, climb and camp are everywhere – from the blanket of boreal forest and clear lakes in the north to the hills and grasslands in the south.
“Saskatchewan is the perfect backdrop for any hiker and nature lover to get out there and experience wondrous, scenic beauty. If you thought the province was flat with just grass and fields as far as the eye can see, then you’re in for a surprise.” –todocanada.ca
Discover the natural autumn attractions that make this province uniquely, unforgettably stunning.
Wander through Wanuskewin Heritage Park, a gathering place for Indigenous peoples who roamed the Northern Plains. Choose from six trails or register for a guided walking tour. Discover buffalo jump sites, an ancient medicine wheel, archeological dig sites, tipi rings, remnants of artifacts, birch trees and more.
Photo by Jeff Wizniak
Choose from four clearly marked trails for a family-friendly hike in the Beaver Creek Conservation Area. See autumn colours come to life in the densely forested valley walls.
Ancient Echoes Interpretive Centre provides guided hikes on protected virgin prairie land. Discover Indigenous petroglyphs, Herschel’s birthing stone, the vision quest site, a turtle effigy, prayer stone, ribstones and more.
Follow the Pelly Point Nature Trail on a long, narrow peninsula stretching out into beautiful Madge Lake. The 4.4-km trail leads you to some of the oldest blazing red Manitoba Maples in the park. Trail recommended for advanced hikers due to elevation changes.
Take in Prairie Vista Trail’s breathtaking views of the South Saskatchewan River valley, Lake Diefenbaker and the steep coulee.
Top of the World Trail, Pine Cree Regional Park
Hike through the trees along the Top of the World Trail to the highest point in the park. Wander back down and along a babbling brook.
Explore Timbergulch Trail's valley rims and deep coulees along the way. This 17-km hike makes for a great overnight backpacking trip in the fall.
Discover steep, treed valleys among five sparkling little lakes named after precious stones—Jade, Diamond, Opal, Sapphire and Pearl. Brilliant fall colours reflect on the mirror-like lake surfaces.
Narrows Peninsula Trail is a rolling 3-km loop featuring an ostrich fern bed and expansive views of Waskesiu Lake.
Nut Point Trail follows a long peninsula through dense forest, rocky outcrops and muskeg typical of the Canadian Shield.
On the 135-km Boreal Trail, watch birch and pine leaves turning, see rocky cliffs and wander on the shores of northern Saskatchewan’s massive lakes. A variety of start and end places and well-maintained backcountry campsites are available.
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