Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park
A view of Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park looking south, August 2018
Map showing the location of Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park
Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park Location
Map showing the location of Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park
Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park (Saskatchewan)
LocationSaskatchewan, Canada
Nearest townStewart Valley
Coordinates50°39′N 107°59′W / 50.65°N 107.99°W / 50.65; -107.99Coordinates: 50°39′N 107°59′W / 50.65°N 107.99°W / 50.65; -107.99
Area57.35 km2 (22.14 sq mi)
Established1973
Governing bodySaskatchewan Parks
WebsiteOfficial website

Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park (often shortened to Sask Landing[1]) is a provincial park in Saskatchewan, Canada. It is located in the valley of the South Saskatchewan River and the west end of Lake Diefenbaker, about 50 km (31 mi) north of Swift Current, Saskatchewan.[2] The park is 5,735 hectares in size.[3]

The park is centred around the South Saskatchewan River, which forms the west end of Lake Diefenbaker. In the valley, there are coulees leading up the prairies. Popular activities include hiking, swimming, and fishing.[3]

History

The location is believed to be a former Métis river crossing and part of the historic Swift Current-Battleford Trail. There are many pieces of evidence supporting the theory: ruts left from carts crossing the river, teepee rings, trails, and the Goodwin House (a large stone building built by Frank Goodwin in 1897). It is believed that in the early 1900s, Saskatchewan Landing became a stopover point for travellers, supported by the Goodwin House.[3]

Visiting

Ridges and Ravines trail, August 2018
Ridges and Ravines trail, August 2018

Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park is located about 50 km (31 mi) north of Swift Current on highway 4. There is an entry fee of $7/day or $75/year for access to all Saskatchewan Provincial Parks.[4] At the south east side of the park, there is a visitors centre, located at the Goodwin House.[5] On the north end of the park, there is a total of 5 campgrounds with a total of 354 campsites. Most are located along the South Saskatchewan River/Lake Diefenbaker.[6]

Activities

South facing photo from beach area at Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park.
South facing photo from beach area at Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park.

There are many activities in Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park. At the north-west section of the park, there an unsupervised swimming area and beach. East of the beach, there is a boat launch and fishing is very popular.[4] There are also three main interpretive hiking trails: Prairie Vista, Ridges and Ravines, and Rings, Ruts & Remnants within the park.[6] There is a full 18-hole golf course on the north side of Lake Diefenbaker.[7]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Sask Landing Marina". Retrieved 22 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park". Tourism Saskatchewan. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  3. ^ a b c "Lake, hikes and history draw visitors to Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park". The National Post. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park at Lake Difenbaker". Swim Guide. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park Map" (PDF). Tourism Saskatchewan. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  6. ^ a b "What to Do - Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park" (PDF). Tourism Saskatchewan. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  7. ^ "Course". Saskatchewan Landing Golf Resort. Retrieved 25 August 2018.