Beaver Creek Conservation Area

Beaver Creek Conservation Area is where prairie creek meets prairie river, a microcosm of the Meewasin Valley and home to an amazing diversity of wildlife! Conservation areas like Beaver Creek, are designated areas that are set aside to protect and enhance natural ecosystems and unique cultural resources. These important areas also provide habitat for rare, threatened and species at risk and contribute to a larger inter-connected corridor for wildlife.

The activities permitted on site are a different from a recreation area or park space; for example, house pets (cats, dogs, etc.) are not permitted at Beaver Creek. Please read the Visitor Information tab below prior to your visit.

Click here to view a trail map.

For more resources, including a self-guided walking tour, click here and download the Meewasin App.

For a virtual tour of Beaver Creek, click here.

As Beaver Creek is a conservation area, the activities permitted on site are a different from a park or recreation area. Review the following information to get an idea of the activities permitted at Beaver Creek; if you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact our staff and ask!

What To Do:

  • Visit for a hike: Beaver Creek has a few beautiful hiking trails of varying length (click here to see a trail map). Please note that due to the natural features of the terrain, Beaver Creek's trails are not considered accessible for visitors with limited mobility.
  • Bring a bottle of water: There is no potable water available at Beaver Creek, so make sure to bring some with you!
  • Ask questions: You can find our friendly staff at the interpretive centre, and they'd be happy to answer any questions you may have about the site.
  • Hand-feed the chickadees: To take part in this fan-favourite activity, just ask for some bird seed at the interpretive centre. All you have to do is grab some bird seed and hold your hand out - the chickadees will come to you!
  • Leave no trace: Please pack-out anything you brought with you, especially garbage. Take only pictures, leave only footprints!

What NOT To Do

  • Do not bring your pets: Cats, dogs, and all other house pets are strictly prohibited.
  • Do not bike on the trails: Meewasin has plenty of places to bike, but Beaver Creek is not one of them. Bikes are not permitted past the parking lot.
  • Do not venture off of the trails: Beaver Creek contains sensitive habitat, and venturing off of the trails can damage this fragile ecosystem.
  • Take pics, but don't pick: Everybody loves berries and wildflowers - leave them where they are so everybody can enjoy them. In other words: take a picture, it'll last longer!
Beaver Creek Conservation Area is located approximately 13km south of Saskatoon. Starting on Lorne Avenue, take Highway 219 due south. After approximately 12km, you will see a sign reading, "Hamlet of Beaver Creek (East/West)" - do NOT turn here. Continue past this sign, approximately 1km, to a sign on the right reading, “Beaver Creek Conservation Area.” Turn right (west) and follow the winding road to the parking lot.

Click here for directions on Google Maps
Wednesday to Sunday: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Monday, Tuesday: CLOSED

Please note that the gates will be locked at 4:00 PM sharp and all vehicles must be off-site. Thank you for respecting our staff by exiting on time.

Beaver Creek is closed for all federal and provincial statutory holidays.

Beaver Creek's hours of operation are subject to change at Meewasin's discretion. The site is also occasionally subject to unscheduled closures due to various circumstances (for example, in the case of extreme weather). Please contact Beaver Creek for any inquiries regarding hours of operation and closures.
Beaver Creek Interpretive Centre: 306-374-2474

Meewasin Office: 306-665-6887 or meewasin@meewasin.com
The history of Beaver Creek stretches back millennia, with human habitation and kill sites found on site being dated at over 5,000 years old.

The site has been designated as a nature park since 1913, but Beaver Creek Conservation Area as we know it today was established in 1979, with the interpretive centre opening in 1984. Beaver Creek runs from the Brightwater Marsh area to the South Saskatchewan River 90km away - with meandering taken into account, the Creek is more than 270km in length.

Featuring uncultivated moist mixed grassland and remnant sandhill prairie complexes, Beaver Creek provides a unique habitat for a large variety of species, including grassland birds, wildflowers, and numerous species at risk (Common Nighthawk and Smooth Goosefoot, to name just two).

The site's namesake beavers play a critical role in keeping the Creek teeming with wildlife; by building their dams, the beavers cause floods upstream that create ponds that serve as a nice, sheltered habitat for many plants and animals.