Meewasin Valley Trail picnic
With summer officially here, take advantage of the beautiful parks and natural areas Saskatoon has to offer. Pack a picnic and head to one of these 5 hotspots – to only name a few.

1. UMEA Park
Primrose Drive and Pinehouse Drive
Named after Saskatoon’s sister city Umea, Sweden, Umea Park was developed in the early 1980s. Sitting just behind Lawson’s Civic Centre (home of Saskatoon’s only Wave Pool), this green space connects itself to a variety of other parks. Before finding the perfect spot to settle down for your picnic, grab a book to read from the Rusty Macdonald Library branch across the street, or pick up some last minute picnic treats at the Lawson Heights Mall.

2. Lakewood Park
McKercher Drive and Heritage Crescent
Following alongside a manmade lake, Lakewood Park connects to a cross-country ski trail, which intertwines around two baseball diamonds, a soccer field, and BMX hill, there will be a lot of action for you to check out as you position yourself at one of their picnic tables. Don’t forget to stop off at their children’s playground.

3. Kinsmen Park
25th St. E and Spadinea Crescent E
Saskatoon’s oldest park development, you’ll find Kinsmen Park in Saskatoon’s downtown core, running into the riverside Meewasin Trail system. Complete with a children’s play area, a wading pool and a few outdoor sports areas to be found, you’ll enjoy the luxury of their BBQ pits and washroom facilities.

4. Diefenbaker Park
off Circle Drive
With two different picnic sites, complete with picnic tables and BBQ Pits, Diefenbaker Park is a must-do for the history buff in your family. As a wilderness park, it is the perfect location to appreciate the nature in our area, while remembering our first settlers – the Temperance Colonists. This park actually contains the Pioneer Cemetery.

5. Meewasin Valley Trail
Meewasin Valley Trail is really the heart of Saskatoon’s Parks and Recreation. This network of trails encompasses over 60 km of riverside access. Spend the entire summer exploring the whole thing, never picnicking in the same area twice. You definitely won’t get bored.