Looking Forward to Camping Season
Saskatchewan Provincial Parks are a spectacular part of our province. We have such diverse geography that there is something, somewhere in our Provincial Parks, for everyone. Our parks continue to be an important destination, attracting visitors and creating economic benefits to the entire province.
Campsite reservations for the 2019 season kicked off April 2nd. This is the first year that seasonal campsites and group campsites are being booked on the new online reservation system. While reservations for seasonal campsites and group camping sites opened last week, reservations for nightly sites will be rolled out from April 8th – 18th, with reservations opening for different parks on different days. For the provincial parks in this area, Buffalo Pound, Douglas and Danielson Parks, reservations are available starting April 12th. All information is available on the saskparks.com website.
For a smooth booking process, campers are urged to create a new account and become familiar with the new system prior to reservations opening for the park of their choice. All reservation information, including tutorials for creating a new account, are available at www.saskparks.com by clicking Important 2019 Camping and Reservation Info on the homepage.
The Government of Saskatchewan is continuing to invest in our Provincial Parks. Boat launch improvements at Buffalo Pound Provincial Park are ready for this season. A total investment of more than $11 million for planned improvements throughout the provincial park system in 2018-19 will increase total investment in parks to nearly $110 million since 2008. These improvements included:
- New service centres;
- Additional full-service campsites;
- Major road upgrades;
- New visitor reception centres; and
- Electrical campground expansions and upgrades.
New at Buffalo Pound is the expansion of the Camp-Easy program. Camp-Easy is an excellent opportunity for those new to camping, or for those interested in a convenient camping trip that requires minimal preparation and effort. Each Camp-Easy site has a structure equipped with six sleeping cots, a camp stove and propane tank, lanterns, wash bins, camp chairs and roasting sticks. All users need to bring is food, blankets and cooking supplies. Buffalo Pound, with two Camp-Easy tents, is one of eight provincial parks with the Camp-Easy program. Camp-Easy sites can be booked through the online reservation system or through the call centre at 1-855-737-7275.
After the close of the fishing season March 31st, fishing enthusiasts in the southern Saskatchewan must wait for the new season to open May 5th. Fishing in central and northern zones open later in May.
The Government of Saskatchewan wants to show our appreciation for the commitment and sacrifices of Canadian Armed Forces veterans. Starting this year, angling and hunting licenses for veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces are free. Also, Saskatchewan residents over 65 are reminded that they do not need to purchase a fishing license. Verification of eligibility is required for both veterans and seniors. For further information on eligibility requirements, please visit saskatchewan.ca/angling.
The longer, warmer days certainly bring summer activities to mind. To all outdoor enthusiasts, enjoy exploring and experiencing the natural wonders our province has to offer.