Saskatchewan provincial parks are preparing to welcome back guests for this camping season.
Reservations for seasonal sites opened up yesterday, April 18, while nightly, Camp-Easy and group campsites became available at 7 a.m. this morning. Guests can book a stay daily until April 26.
The Buffalo Pound Provincial Park reservations will open on April 25, while Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park reservations will start on April 26. Reservations for Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park opened this morning.
Experience for Sask Parks Executive Director Robin Campese said that the Sask Parks website and parks would contain many new features this year.
“We have something called campsite comparison, and so you can compare up to three sites at once,” she said.
“And that’s really nice. You can bring them up. It will tell you how long they are, what type of barbecue, if they’re shade or sun, and then based on those three sites, you can sort of make a decision which is quite a handy feature.”
New features include campsite favorites, print-at-home entry, and upgraded maps. Visitors will also find other new features spread across the park.
This year, Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park will debut its brand-new campground called “Pine Hill,” adding 55 new sites to the park. Hammock camping will also make its first appearance this season, located at Buffalo Pound Provincial Park.
“We’ve purchased the structure that will hang,” Campese said. “You can hang hammocks off them, and so it’s something crazy and wild to try out with friends if people are interested.”
Other features include six new Camp-Easy yurts in various provincial parks and four new day-use pavilions at Blackstrap, Buffalo Pound, Echo Valley, and Pike Lake Provincial Parks.
Campese said that well-known programs would be returning, while visitors would enjoy new activities such as themed weekends.
“Our programming’s back, basically full throttle,” she said. “We have more plans than I think we ever have before, and so I think that’s really exciting because we can gather and do fun things together again. And so, I think that day users and campers will find that there’s just a lot going on in our parks this summer.”
The complete reservation schedule for 2022 is as follows:
April 19: Saskatchewan Landing, Good Spirit Lake, Candle Lake, Meadow Lake
April 21: Echo Valley, Douglas, Pike Lake, Narrow Hills, Makwa Lake
April 22: Rowan’s Ravine, Danielson, Greenwater Lake, Great Blue Heron, The Battlefords
April 25: Moose Mountain, Buffalo Pound, Duck Mountain, Bronson Forest
April 26: Crooked Lake, Cypress Hills, Blackstrap, Lac La Ronge
Reservations will begin at 7 a.m. each day.
This article originally appeared on Discovery Weyburn.
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