Warm weather is in the air, and all of Meewasin’s rural sites and trails are now open!

Meewasin sites that were closed in the snowy season due to access and maintenance of the sites are now reopened. The following areas are now open for the season:

  • Fred Heal Canoe Launch
  • Poplar Bluffs Canoe Launch
  • Paradise Beach
  • Meewasin Trail Section along Wanuskewin Drive

These areas have all seen a significant melt in snow and ice conditions, allowing visitors to use these sites from sunrise to sunset.

Meewasin wants to remind the public to take caution near the river as the current and sandbars can be unpredictable. “Due to the scouring action of the river, access to these sites may be a bit more difficult to traverse and the sandbars that used to be there may be receded or gone completely.” Warns Meewasin Resource Management Officer, Renny Grilz.

Meewasin would like to recap some safety precautions to keep top of mind when visiting the Meewasin Valley:

  • Strong Current: Water outflows from the South Saskatchewan River are still high as the river melts, resulting in a very strong current. Please be cautious near the river and do not leave children or pets unattended.
  • Physical Distancing: COVID-19 precautions are still in effect, with physical distancing guidelines available on our website and on many of our trailhead signage.
    • Please avoid crowded areas and don’t park on the road. Offenders will be ticketed.
    • To report infractions of the Public Health Order Related to COVID-19 please contact Public Health: at COVID19@health.gov.sk.ca or 1-855-559-5502. Find more information HERE


To report issues contact the RCMP at:

Paradise Beach & Poplar Bluffs: Warman RCMP 306-310-7267

Fred Heal Canoe Launch and Cranberry Flats: Saskatoon RCMP 306-975-5145

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