With lovely Saskatoon weather a-plenty, there’s no better way to pass a temperate day than with a hike! Hiking is a great way to keep fit, have fun, and enjoy the great outdoors. Best of all, it is something that everyone in the family can enjoy. That’s why Family Fun Saskatoon has compiled this handy dandy list of…
5 Hikes In and Around Saskatoon
1/ Meewasin Valley Trail (City Limits)
Let’s start with the obvious! The Meewasin Valley Trail is well-known to Saskatonians and runs through the heart of all-things Saskatoon. With kilometre upon kilometre of paved paths, this South Saskatchewan River-side trail is perfect for families. Grab your stroller, walking, shoes, and spirit for adventure and get hiking. Check out this trail brochure to help choose the right path and distance for you!
2/ Beaver Creek Conservation Area (13km South on Highway 219)
Difficulty: Easy – Moderate
Beaver Creek offers a range of hikes from the Discovery Trail at just 0.9km to the more hefty 3.2km Living Sky Trail. The terrain is hilly, treed, and comes with all the bumps and beauties nature has to offer. Stroller-walking might be challenging at Beaver Creek as trails can be narrow and have stairs at times. People of all ages are likely to enjoy the fascinating interpretive centre at Beaver Creek! Check opening times.
3/ Wanuskewin Heritage Park (off Highway 11 on Wanuskewin Rd.)
Difficulty: easy to moderate
This natural heritage site just minutes from Saskatoon offers a range of day hikes filled with awe-inspiring prairie scenery and history. Feast your eyes on the waters of the South Saskatchewan and the Opimihaw Creek while you walk the plains where prairie peoples have walked for over 6000 years! Trails are well maintained, well-marked, and there is a variety to choose from. With archeological dig sites, buffalo jumps, and a world-class interpretive centre, there will never be a dull moment at Wanuskewin. Entry fees and opening times apply.
4/ Cranberry Flats Conservation Area (South on Strathcona Ave. 7km)
Difficulty: Easy to moderate
Open sunrise to sunset, Cranberry Flats is a popular destination for families. Just a short walk down a boardwalk (suitable for strollers), one will find stunning vistas of the South Saskatchewan and the sandy Wilson Shepley Island. Those wanting to hike further will enjoy unspoilt prairie riverbank scenery and a few (steep) trails that lead straight down to the river. ***Swimming in the river is strongly discouraged***
5/ Chief Whitecap Park Trail (parking lot near Riverside Golf & Country Club or Diefenbaker Park near Gordie Howe Bridge)
Difficulty: Easy to moderate
The Meewasin Valley Authority recently opened this beauty of trail leading from the new-ish Gordie Howe Bridge to Chief Whitecap Park. This is a 3km hike (one way), but obviously, families can choose to park at either end of the trail and hike whatever distance suits them. The park itself offers lovely views of sandy beaches, open prairie, Yorath Island, and, of course, the South Saskatchewan River. It should be noted that dogs are allowed off-leash on this section of the trail.
Happy Hiking Saskatoon families! Pull-on your comfiest pair of walking shoes, and see you on the trail!