Best Hiking Trails in Saskatchewan Canada

Best Hiking Trails in Saskatchewan Canada

Top Hikes on the Trans Canada Trail in the Prairies

5 Great Hiking Routes in the Prairie Province of Saskatchewan

Our list of the best hiking trails in Saskatchewan Canada includes some of our all-time favourite hikes on the Trans Canada Trail in the Prairie Provinces. At 28,000 km in length, the Trans Canada Trail (formerly the Great Trail) is the longest recreational pathway in the world. Amazingly, over 1,450 km of this national system of pathways and waterways are located in Saskatchewan. The grassy tracks, backcountry roads, rail trails, paved cycling routes, and tiny river ferries can be walked, cycled, biked, canoed, kayaked, snowshoed, skied, or completed on horseback, ATV, or snowmobile. Those who explore the Trans Canada Trail in Saskatchewan are taken through rolling grassland prairies, stunning river valleys, gorgeous provincial parks, and some of the friendliest communities in Canada. In 2022, Sean and I became the first couple to walk, photograph, and blog more than 14,000 km of the Trans Canada Trail between Cape Spear, NL and Victoria, BC during our Come Walk With Us Royal Canadian Geographical Society Expedition. What follows is our list of the best hiking trails in Saskatchewan, whether you're planning a family vacation, a weekend getaway, or a once-in-a-lifetime long-distance backpacking adventure.
Best Hikes in Saskatchewan, Canada. Photo credit: Sean Morton
Trans Canada Trail in Sask, Canada. Photo credit: Sean Morton

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Best Hiking Trails in Saskatchewan include Good Spirit Lake Provincial Park

Good Spirit Lake Provincial Park features approximately 39 km of trails which can be enjoyed year-round by hikers, cyclists, birdwatchers, nature photographers, cross-country skiers, and snowmobilers. Located a half hour drive northwest of Yorkton, SK the park boasts one of the top ten beaches in Canada according to MacLean's Magazine, as well as opportunities to camp, fish, swim, play mini golf, disc golf, and beach volley, or visit the food concession stand.

Trails in Good Spirit Lake Provincial Park

In Good Spirit Lake Provincial Park the Trans Canada Trail is a grassy track that meanders for through the entire park, taking hikers and bikers through scenic woodlands, along wooden boardwalks, and onto pristine, sandy beaches. The route is well marked and easy to follow, offering multiple opportunities for taking breaks at benches, picnic tables, and in a warm-up shelter for cross-country skiers. In addition, it provides access to the park's other major trail, the Dune Discovery Interpretive Trail (3 km), which takes visitors to unique and towering sand dunes on the shores of Good Spirit Lake.


Insider Tip: The Trans Canada Trail visits several other provincial parks in Saskatchewan including Duck Mountain Provincial Park and Buffalo Pound Provincial Park, both of which are hidden gems.

Qu'Appelle Valley

The Qu'Appelle Valley is next on our list of the best hiking trails in Saskatchewan, Canada, and is perhaps one of southern Saskatchewan's most awe-inspiring geological features. Amazingly, this deep river valley was gouged by ancient glacial melt waters around 14,000 years ago when a continental ice sheet stalled, carving out a 400 km long channel. The 83 km long Trans Canada Trail in this section follows a quiet backcountry road that runs along the valley bottom, parallel to the beautiful Qu'Appelle River. Specifically, the road includes a few paved sections, long stretches of good quality gravel range roads, and a few expanses of packed earth that can transform into impassable prairie mud in wet weather. While road walks rarely rank among our favourite sections of the Trans Canada Trail, the deeply peaceful, spectacularly beautiful valley which offers breathtaking scenery is without doubt part of the quintessential prairie trail experience.  Definitely a must-see!

Trekking Through the Qu'Appelle Valley

Trekking through the Qu'Appelle Valley we passed historic villages such as Ellisboro, where people were able to the cross the Qu'Appelle River at Racette's Crossing in the 1880s. Furthermore, we visited pristine beaches, like the one at Katepwa Point Provincial Park, and walked through bustling resort towns like Sandy Beach. In addition, we passed through Lebret, a historic town on the shores of the Mission Lake, one of the four 'Fishing Lakes' in the Qu'Appelle Valley. Finally, we arrived at Fort Qu'Appelle, a Hudson's Bay Company trading post established in 1852 between Mission and Echo Lakes. Best of all, we spent hours walking among large cattle ranches, the sweet smell of hay and cows carried on the warm wind, Swainson's Hawks soaring silently overhead, and the soft grassy slopes of the coulees providing breathtaking scenery all around us.

Wascana Center Trail, Regina

The Wascana Center Trail is roughly 10 km long, looping around Regina's historic Wascana Center. This large urban park circles around Wascana Lake, an artificial water body created in the 1800s. Understandably, the flat, paved multi-use pathway is popular with cyclists, joggers, walkers, and cross-country skiers. Furthermore, it is lined with many points of interest including Saskatchewan's Legislative Buildings, the historic Albert St. Bridge, the Royal Saskatchewan Museum, the Saskatchewan Science Center, the University of Regina, the First Nations University of Canada, the Habitat Conservation Area, as well as numerous monuments, memorials, and outdoor art exhibits. Best of all, throughout the year several festivals are held in the park, and the lake is a center for multiple water sports, making Wascana Center a community hub for Regina. These are just a few of the reasons the Wascana Center Trail ranks among the best hiking trails in Saskatchewan and is one of our favourite sections of the Trans Canada Trail in the Prairies.


Insider Tip: The City of Regina Trails system was recently assessed by AccessNow and the stretch around Wascana Lake with its accessible washrooms, ramps, and spacious trail was deemed to be access friendly! In addition, the Wascana Center Trail is one of the accessible birding hotspots on the Trans Canada Trail!

Meewasin Trail, Saskatoon

The famous Meewasin Trail is next on our list of the best hiking trails in Saskatchewan. In the Cree language 'meeswasin' means 'beautiful' and this is a perfect description of the lush, green oasis of the Meewasin Valley. Extending roughly 60 km from Pike Lake to Clarke's Crossing, the Meewasin Valley followings the course of the South Saskatchewan River as it makes its way through Saskatoon. The Trans Canada Trail follows the Meewasin Trail system for approximately 50 km. Fortunately, this trail system is highly developed and very well maintained.  As a result, these extensively-signed, paved, and crushed stone dust pathways are popular with walkers, joggers, hikers, and cyclists, especially as they follow the South Saskatchewan River through Saskatoon.

Sightseeing along the Meewasin Trail

Highlights along the Meewasin Trail include visiting a string of beautifully landscaped parks and natural areas along the river, including Chief Whitecap Park, the Kiwanis Memorial Park, and Gabriel Dumont Park. Several overlooks provide views of the glass towers in downtown Saskatoon, as well as the nine bridges that span the river, giving the city the nickname 'Bridge City' and the 'Paris of the Prairies.' We were delighted to see Indigenous, Metis, and European cultures celebrated alongside each other on the shores of the river. For example, the tent for the Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Theater was located next to the wooden Indigenous Contemplation Circle. Subsequently, we saw the silhouette of the historic Canadian National Railway chateau-style Bessborough Hotel rising above the riverside cottonwoods. Finally, we arrived at the Wanuskewin Heritage Park, a sacred meeting place for Indigenous Peoples for over 6,000 years, and site of the longest-running archaeological digs in Canada. In short, art, culture, gorgeous scenery, and all the conveniences of the modern environment make this one of our favourite trails in Saskatchewan.

Insider Tip: The Canada Adventure Seekers have some great advice if you're looking for additional ways to enjoy the sights of Saskatoon, especially if you're visiting Saskatoon in winter

Northern Trails of Saskatchewan

The Northern Trails of Saskatchewan are a 516 km stretch of the Trans Canada Trail in the northwestern portion of Saskatchewan. It begins in Saskatoon and passes through the Battlefords before heading west to the Alberta border near Onion Lake. The idea of meandering along more than 500 km of dusty backcountry roads on foot or by bike might seem unappealing at first. However, the route defies every expectation of the prairies someone who isn't born to this unique, wide-open, and completely stunning landscape could have! From rolling hill scenery, to rich prairie history, to the Redberry Lake UNESCO Biosphere Region, to more ferry crossings than in any other province, to stunningly beautiful landscapes, the route offers countless highlights.

The Trails of 1885

The historical Trails of 1885 intersects with the route followed by the Northern Trails of Saskatchewan portion of the Trans Canada Trail in several parts of the Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. Interestingly, the Trails of 1885 features a series of historic sites where important battles or significant events occurred during the North-West Resistance in 1885. Specifically, in Northern Saskatchewan hikers and cyclists can visit the sites of the Battle of Tournond's Coulee/Fish Creek, Middleton's Camp, Batoche National Historical Site, the Battle of Duck Lake Regional Interpretive Center, Fort Pitt, Frenchman Butte and Fort Battleford. As a result, those adventurous at heart can learn a lot about an incredibly important chapter in Canadian history, and gain a better understanding of the reasons behind the Northwest Resistance.

Prairie to Pine Corridor Birding Trail

The route followed by the Northern Trails of Saskatchewan also overlaps with the Prairie to Pine Corridor Birding Trail. Essentially, while there are many birding hotspots in Saskatchewan, the Prairie to Pine Birding Trail includes some of the best locations. Interestingly, it visits a variety of habitats that support local breeding birds, as well as large flocks of migrating birds annually. Specifically, these birding hotspots are located in communities such as Vawn, Meota, Edam, Turtleford, and St. Walburg. In particular, we enjoyed the trail in St. Walburg, where over 250 species of birds have been reported! This means that beyond the amazing route and history of the region along the Trails of Northern Saskatchewan visitors have the opportunity to connect with some of the province's top birding hot spots as well!

In Conclusion

In conclusion, with opportunities to experience endless skies, open horizons, rolling hills, stunning sunsets, and amazing moments of beauty on urban pathways, the Trans Canada Trail in Saskatchewan will dare you to challenge your expectations and assumptions of Canada's heartland. The great trails and cycling routes of Saskatchewan reveal what Canadians can experience if they take the time to explore, look, listen, and foster a deeper connection to the land. The trails of Saskatchewan are definitely a worthy item on everyone's bucket list!

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Comments 13

EH Canada Marketing Group on Sunday, 13 August 2023 16:49

I totally agree. Saskatchewan is under rated. There are so many wonderful adventures and opportunities for birding.

I totally agree. Saskatchewan is under rated. There are so many wonderful adventures and opportunities for birding.
Kim Kenyon on Monday, 14 August 2023 00:40

Thank you for continuing to share your stories Sonya and Sean. I hadn't thought of Saskatchewan as a hiking destination before, but those photographs changed my mind particularly the horizon-to-horizon ones. I plan on visiting Regina within the next year and have noted the Wascana Center trail as a convenient way to see some of the major sites of the city in an organized way. I really like the modern signs and would like to explore some of the other trails as well and the Wanuskewin Heritage Center. Would love to be ferried across a river on those little ferries, although surprised they have not been replaced by a bridge. As always love those 2 second a day videos. I guess another good thing about hiking through Saskatchewan, particularly when carrying your camp gear, is that it is for the most part flat!

Thank you for continuing to share your stories Sonya and Sean. I hadn't thought of Saskatchewan as a hiking destination before, but those photographs changed my mind particularly the horizon-to-horizon ones. I plan on visiting Regina within the next year and have noted the Wascana Center trail as a convenient way to see some of the major sites of the city in an organized way. I really like the modern signs and would like to explore some of the other trails as well and the Wanuskewin Heritage Center. Would love to be ferried across a river on those little ferries, although surprised they have not been replaced by a bridge. As always love those 2 second a day videos. I guess another good thing about hiking through Saskatchewan, particularly when carrying your camp gear, is that it is for the most part flat!
Sonya Richmond on Monday, 14 August 2023 14:42

Yes! I would highly recommend exploring Saskatchewan - it deserves a place on everyone's bucket list. Surprisingly, although a lot of our route was pretty flat, the southern and western portions of the province are pretty hilly! It was absolutely amazing, and defied all our expectations. As a side note, if you get a chance to visit he Wanuskewin Heritage Center, there are also excellent looking trails through the property. Glad you enjoyed the adventure!

Yes! I would highly recommend exploring Saskatchewan - it deserves a place on everyone's bucket list. Surprisingly, although a lot of our route was pretty flat, the southern and western portions of the province are pretty hilly! It was absolutely amazing, and defied all our expectations. As a side note, if you get a chance to visit he Wanuskewin Heritage Center, there are also excellent looking trails through the property. Glad you enjoyed the adventure!
Janet Guthrie on Monday, 14 August 2023 13:19

Great article Sonya. We are thinking of camping at Pike Lake soon. I didn't realize that it was part of the beautiful Meewasin Trail I explored last winter. I will be sure to check out the trail from this end as well. We loved discovering Wanuskewin Heritage Park last winter too. It is such a fascinating place. Definitely a must see for anyone visiting the Paris of the Prairies.

Side note - so cool that you linked to my blog! I think that is the first time that has happened.

Great article Sonya. We are thinking of camping at Pike Lake soon. I didn't realize that it was part of the beautiful Meewasin Trail I explored last winter. I will be sure to check out the trail from this end as well. We loved discovering Wanuskewin Heritage Park last winter too. It is such a fascinating place. Definitely a must see for anyone visiting the Paris of the Prairies. Side note - so cool that you linked to my blog! I think that is the first time that has happened.
Sonya Richmond on Sunday, 20 August 2023 16:18

I love the idea of exploring the same place in different seasons, and from different perspectives, which is one of the great things about how Eh Canada Travel presents travel stories. I think we've visited quite a few of the same spots, so there is lots of opportunity to link our experiences together!

I love the idea of exploring the same place in different seasons, and from different perspectives, which is one of the great things about how Eh Canada Travel presents travel stories. I think we've visited quite a few of the same spots, so there is lots of opportunity to link our experiences together!
Janet Guthrie on Tuesday, 22 August 2023 12:43

You're right Sonya. It will be neat to see how all of our (The adventure Seekers) adventures connect to paint a well rounded picture of each location

You're right Sonya. It will be neat to see how all of our (The adventure Seekers) adventures connect to paint a well rounded picture of each location
Andrea Horning on Monday, 14 August 2023 13:26

I love this! Saskatchewan is an absolute gem. Thank you for sharing so much of Saskatchewans beauty. I have only done the Wascana loop from this list. I will keep these in mind when I head back to Sask. Thanks for sharing your awesome experiences

I love this! Saskatchewan is an absolute gem. Thank you for sharing so much of Saskatchewans beauty. I have only done the Wascana loop from this list. I will keep these in mind when I head back to Sask. Thanks for sharing your awesome experiences
Sonya Richmond on Sunday, 20 August 2023 16:21

I hope you get a chance to explore more of this amazing province. The Good Spirit Lake Trails would be a great choice for the littlest adventure seeker - lots of sand dunes, sandy beaches, a lake for swimming, and amazing camping. Have fun!

I hope you get a chance to explore more of this amazing province. The Good Spirit Lake Trails would be a great choice for the littlest adventure seeker - lots of sand dunes, sandy beaches, a lake for swimming, and amazing camping. Have fun!
Sonya Richmond on Monday, 14 August 2023 14:30

EH Canada Marketing Group Saskatchewan was one of the most exciting provinces to explore - it defied all our assumptions about 'flat and boring' prairies, and it just kept on amazing us with its incredible beauty. I will never forget looking up at the skies just filled with migrating geese and waterfowl!

EH Canada Marketing Group Saskatchewan was one of the most exciting provinces to explore - it defied all our assumptions about 'flat and boring' prairies, and it just kept on amazing us with its incredible beauty. I will never forget looking up at the skies just filled with migrating geese and waterfowl!
EH Canada Marketing Group on Monday, 14 August 2023 17:24

Yes, we let everyone know that if you want to appreciate Sask you need to get off the TCH. You took it to the max. LOL.

Yes, we let everyone know that if you want to appreciate Sask you need to get off the TCH. You took it to the max. LOL.
EH Canada Marketing Group on Monday, 14 August 2023 17:25

Sonya Richmond Yes, we let everyone know that if you want to appreciate Sask you need to get off the TCH. You took it to the max. LOL.

Sonya Richmond Yes, we let everyone know that if you want to appreciate Sask you need to get off the TCH. You took it to the max. LOL.
Diana Mohrsen on Tuesday, 15 August 2023 18:25

Another great blog! I've visited a few spots around Saskatchewan and find the scenery very appealing. I like how you included the video with two seconds a day look at Saskatchewan.

Another great blog! I've visited a few spots around Saskatchewan and find the scenery very appealing. I like how you included the video with two seconds a day look at Saskatchewan.
Sonya Richmond on Sunday, 20 August 2023 16:22

Saskatchewan definitely has some fantastic scenery, not only the endless skies, although those are stunning as well!

Saskatchewan definitely has some fantastic scenery, not only the endless skies, although those are stunning as well!
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