from Parks Canada
a national historic site, Fort Walsh was the
Northwest Mounted Police (RCMP) post from 1878 to
1883, and reopened from 1942 to 1968 to breed
horses for the famed RCMP Musical Ride. Visit the
old, townsite -- including two cemeteries and a
reconstructed Whiskey trading post. Self guided
trails lead along the Battle Creek Ridge. The fort
is found south of the Trans-Canada, near the U.S.
border, in the southwest corner of the province.
historic site is located south of Cypress Hills
Interprovincial Park. This park has two sections --
one directly north of Fort Walsh, and the other to
the east (see below).
two Trans-Canada routes cross the southern half of
the province -- the northern stretch leads in a
northwest direction through Saskatoon, North
Battlefield, and Lloydminster, while the main,
southern route runs east to west, about 80 miles
north of the U.S. border, passing through Regina
and Swift Current.
routes cross the vast prairie landscape. This is
cattle and wheat farming country, with gentle
hills, swales, and much flatland. On the western
side of the province, the South Saskatchewan River
flows between the two routes.
half-dozen provincial park are found within a
half-hour drive of the southern route, with only
two located close to the Saskatoon route.
across Saskatchewan is a unique Canadian experience
-- with endless prairie stretching to the horizon,
punctuated only by a succession of small farming
towns and hamlets.
Regina and Saskatoon are sizable
cities, with full visitor facilities, a range
of restaurants, hotels, motels, and private
RV parks. Swift Current, North
Battleford and Lloydminster are
smaller, but offer many of the same
the southern route, you'll find Moose
Mountain Provincial Park south of the
Trans-Canada, via Route 9 from Whitewood.
Crooked Lake, Katepwa, and
Echo Valley provincial parks
are north of the highway, east of Regina. To
get to Crooked Lake, take Route 201 at
Broadview. Echo Valley and Katepwa parks are
on opposite ends of Qu'Appelle, close to
Regina. Saskatoon Landing Provincial
Park is on the river, north of Swift
Current, via Route 4.
is also available at Cypress Hills
Interprovincial Park, south of the main,
southern Trans-Canada Highway, via Route 21.
An interesting circle route will take you to
this park, and then leads south on Route 21
-- to the junction with Route 13. Turn right
on Route 13 and travel only a few miles to
Route 615 (unpaved). Then take Route 615
north, to Route 271, and you'll see signs for
Fort Walsh National Historic Park and
the western section of Cypress Hills
Interprovincial Park (also with a
campground). Take Route 271 north to rejoin
Route 21 and the Trans-Canada highway.
the northern leg of the Trans-Canada, you'll
find Good Spirit Lake Provincial Park
just north of Yorkton (via Route 47), and
The Battlefords Provincial Park 20
miles north of North Battlefield (via Route