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TRAIL CLOSURE!

The trail from Gordie Howe Bridge to the Sanitorium Site will be closed for an estimated two weeks for repairs and improvements. Please watch our website and social media for further details and re-opening dates.

Beaver Creek Hours: Wednesday – Sunday, from 10 am – 5 pm!

Due to COVID-19, a capacity limit is in place of 125 people or 40 cars on site at one time.  The Interpretive Centre is currently closed to the public; however, washroom facilities are open for use by one household unit at a time. While visiting and hiking the trails, please observe physical distancing guidelines and do your part to keep everyone safe! A note that the best time to avoid crowds is first thing in the morning and on weekdays.

Meewasin requires the use of masks to access the washroom facilities in our Interpretive Centre.

Meewasin works with children under 12 at Beaver Creek Conservation Area as regular visitors to our site and during our school programs. As this age group is not yet eligible for vaccination, masks continue to be an important tool to help us prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Until the children we serve are able to be vaccinated, Meewasin’s team members will wear masks in the Interpretive Centre and any time we are working with children. We ask that members of the public wishing to use our washroom facilities wear a mask to enter the building.

Thank-you for helping keep our staff and our youngest visitors safe!

These policies were informed by guidelines from the World Health Organization, the CDC, and the Infectious Diseases Division of the Department of Pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine. 

Beaver Creek is typically open Wednesday to Sunday, from 10am to 5pm. Due to COVID-19, a capacity limit and other restrictions are in place. Call the staff at Beaver Creek for more info at 306-374-2474

Call Beaver Creek for an update on capacity or trail conditions at (306) 374-2474. View Beaver Creek trails on this map.

Meewasin Skating Rink @Nutrien Plaza: Closed for the season

*Please note that due to the news surrounding COVID-19, the Meewasin Main Office will be closed until further notice. Contact Meewasin by email: meewasin@meewasin.com and by phone: 306-665-6887

Please be a courteous trail visitors, and follow the Physical Distancing Guidelines, and follow all regulations set out by the Government regarding COVID-19. More information can be found here.

The Meewasin Trail lives in and outside of the City of Saskatoon, on both sides of the river, and includes several sites and services to help you make the most of your adventures. Explore the natural habitat along the riverbank, discover culture at museums and interpretive sites, and take advantage of enhancements such as parks and canoe launches. Our Trail Guide which includes a map, is sponsored by the Saskatoon Road Runners, and is available at our office.

Many parks and sites are located along the Meewasin Trail, a must-see attraction. The trail runs over 90 km along both sides of the river, winding under the bridges, and through beautifully landscaped parks and natural areas. Residents and visitors flock to the trail to cycle, jog, stroll or simply gaze at the scenery.

Exploring the trail is easy! Access points are found throughout the city, with maps and interpretive signage along the route. View our Meewasin Trail Guide 2018 for site information and a detailed map of the trail on the Meewasin Trail Map!

Meewasin Trail Enhancements

Beaver Creek Conservation Area

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Explore and learn more about Beaver Creek Digitally here.

Meewasin is excited that Beaver Creek Conservation Area is now open an extra day!

Hours of operation are Wednesday to Sunday from 10am-5pm.

Due to COVID-19, a capacity limit is in place of 125 people or 40 cars on site at one time.  The Interpretive Centre is currently closed to the public; however, washroom facilities are open for use by one household unit at a time. While visiting and hiking the trails, please observe physical distancing guidelines and do your part to keep everyone safe! A note that the best time to avoid crowds is first thing in the morning and on weekdays.

Meewasin requires the use of masks to access the washroom facilities in our Interpretive Centre.

Meewasin works with children under 12 at Beaver Creek Conservation Area as regular visitors to our site and during our school programs. As this age group is not yet eligible for vaccination, masks continue to be an important tool to help us prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Until the children we serve are able to be vaccinated, Meewasin’s team members will wear masks in the Interpretive Centre and any time we are working with children. We ask that members of the public wishing to use our washroom facilities wear a mask to enter the building.

Thank-you for helping keep our staff and our youngest visitors safe!

These policies were informed by guidelines from the World Health Organization, the CDC, and the Infectious Diseases Division of the Department of Pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine. 

If you have further questions about restrictions and any COVID policies before your visit, please contact the Interpretive staff at Beaver Creek at 306-374-2474.

Please follow all regulations set out by the Government regarding COVID-19. More information can be found here.

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. Practice stewardship when you visit this special place and help Meewasin keep Beaver Creek healthy and vibrant for current and future generations to come.

Here a few things to keep in mind while visiting:

Take a pic, don’t pick – Everybody enjoys wildflowers and it’s fun to pick up sticks while exploring the trails, but everything must be left behind. Take a picture instead, it will last longer!

Stay on the marked trails – This helps to protect the sensitive habitat of the creatures that make Beaver Creek their home.

The trails are for hiking – A reminder that the trails at Beaver Creek are meant for hiking, so please leave your furry friends and bikes at home (dogs and bikes are not permitted). If you are looking for dog-friendly nature experiences, you can visit other Meewasin sites such as Cranberry Flats Conservation Area, Chief Whitecap Park or Sutherland Beach.

Pack-it-in and pack-it-out – Your lunch and snacks may be tasty but please take your litter home to keep this special place clean, vibrant and healthy.

Hand-Feeding Chickadees – Black oil sunflower seeds are best for these feathered friends! Talk to Interpreters at Beaver Creek to ask for their preferred seed and please don’t bring your own wild bird seed mixes. A note that while the ground squirrels and chipmunks on site are really, really, cute please don’t offer them food – unlike the chickadees they can become dependent on this food source and can become aggressive.

If you have any questions about what you can do on site, please contact our friendly interpretive team at 306-374-2474.

Beaver Creek contains remnant sandhills prairie complexes which provide a unique habitat for grassland birds, wildflowers and home for numerous species at risk including the sand-dune reliant Smooth Goosefoot, and the ground nesting Common Nighthawk. The beavers that live there play an important role in keeping the creek habitat teeming with wildlife.  Beavers build dams that flood waters upstream, creating beaver ponds.  Many plants and animals make their homes in these sheltered ponds. The Interpretive Centre and staff provide opportunities to discover nature during all four seasons along a selection of nature trails.

*Please note that no dogs are allowed at this site.

Beaver Creek Conservation Area offers the general public and schools opportunities to discover the wonders of nature. Hands-on activities in the Interpretive Centre give children the opportunity to learn more about Saskatchewan’s wildlife. Their experience is enhanced through creative play such as the puppet theater, and the SaskEnergy Beaver Pond. A selection of four nature trails are available year-round for all ages to enjoy. Please visit the Meewasin Events Calendar for information on upcoming events and programs at Beaver Creek Conservation Area.

Group Programs by Request: Beaver Creek Conservation Area is pleased to offer a variety of year-round nature programs to organized groups upon request. Please visit the education page for program details.

Hours of Operation

Beaver Creek Hours of Operation (beginning September 10th, 2020)

Wednesday –  10 am to 5 pm

Thursday –  10 am to 5 pm

Friday –  10 am to 5 pm

Saturday –  10 am to 5 pm

Sunday – 10 am to 5 pm

Monday and Tuesday – CLOSED

Please Note

  • No site access (vehicle or foot) is permitted outside of the hours of operation.
  • Beaver Creek will close if temperatures reach -30°C with or without windchill. 

Directions

Beaver Creek Conservation Area is located approximately 13 km south of Saskatoon. Starting at Lorne Avenue, take Highway #219 south of Saskatoon. After about 12 km you will see a sign Beaver Creek East, do not turn here, continue past this sign about 1 km to a sign on the right reading “Beaver Creek Conservation Area.” Turn right (west) and follow the winding road to the parking lot.

History

Located 13 km south of Saskatoon off Highway #219, BCCA was established in 1979.  An interpretive centre opened in 1984.  Beaver Creek Conservation Area runs from the Brightwater Marsh area to the South Saskatchewan River 90 km away. When meandering is taken into account, the length of the creek is more than 270 km. Habitation and kill sites found at Beaver Creek indicate the area has been occupied for more than 5,000 years. One of a small number of uncultivated short-grass prairie areas preserved in Saskatchewan, the current site has been used as a nature park since 1913.

Cameco Meewasin Skating Rink @Nutrien Plaza

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Given current warming temperatures and expected forecasts for early to mid-March, the Cameco Meewasin Rink @Nutrien Plaza will be closed for the season as of Friday, March 5, 2021.

We want to thank everyone for supporting the Cameco Meewasin Rink @Nutrien Plaza this season!

The Meewasin Rink is closed for the season due to prolonged temperatures above 0 degrees Celsius, as it has led to melting and ponding conditions that are unsafe for skaters.

Located in Kiwanis Memorial Park North beside the Delta Bessborough Hotel, this beautiful outdoor rink is closed for the season.

The Meewasin Skating Rink, has the best skating views in Saskatoon! Its located on the edge of the South Saskatchewan River valley in the heart of downtown; a true gem within the community! This welcoming space that features an outdoor skating rink, fire pit, twinkling lights, and hosts several skating parties every year, needs donations to maintain activities! Over 45,000 people per year visit so even a small donation can go a long way to supporting the facility.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you need to register to skate?

Yes, registration is required for admission into the skating rink area for the 2020/21 season.

Skaters must bring their own skates, wear masks and physically distance from others not in their group.

Is entry to the skating chalet and skate borrowing available?
Access to the skating chalet beside the rink will be restricted to Meewasin employees only, which also eliminates any storage for personal belongings as well as the lending of shared skates to the public in the 2020/21 season.

When are the skating parties going to be held?

To celebrate the opening of the rink, we have created a video of the lighting of the Tim Hortons twinkle lights and posted it to our social media channels!

Are hockey sticks and pucks allowed at the rink?
No, hockey sticks and pucks are never allowed.

Does the rink get closed for any reason?
Yes, the rink will close if the temperature dips below -30 degrees Celsius or equivalent wind chill. Also, prolonged temperatures above 0 degrees Celsius can lead to melting and ponding conditions that may require a closure.

Can we skate on the ice outside of regular rink operating hours?

Access to the ice surface will not be restricted outside of regular operating hours (1:00pm to 8:00 pm, Wednesday through Sunday) and will be posted with ‘Use at Own Risk’ information (similar to community rinks within Saskatoon).

Is there an admission charge?
No, there is no cost for skating at the rink. Donations are welcome and appreciated. Donate online to reduce cash transactions.

Does Meewasin accept donations of skates?
Typically, donations of skates are welcomed, but due to COVID-19, we will not be accepting skate donations during the 2020/21 season.

Is it possible to book a group function at the rink?
Since all skaters must register (up to two weeks) in advance for ice time this year, group functions will also need to book through this process, with a maximum of 24 participants. Please email us to book a time more than 2 weeks in advance.

Who is the contact person for the rink?
Please contact the rink attendants directly at 306-229-8827 for further information during the skating season. During the off-season please contact the Administration office at 306-665-6887.

Are there washrooms at this site?
Yes there is an accessible, public washroom facility adjacent to the rink, operated by the City of Saskatoon.

When does the rink open?
This varies from year to year and is completely weather dependent. Three to five cm of snow and an extended period of cold weather are needed to make ice. The rink does not typically open for skating until mid to late December.

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Meewasin Northeast Swale

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The Meewasin Northeast Swale is an ancient river channel that begins at Peturrson’s Ravine and carves a 26 km long path adjacent to the South Saskatchewan River. The Meewasin Northeast Swale contains considerable areas of native prairie grasslands and offers high quality biodiversity, proximity to urban areas, economic benefits for recreation and education and a natural filter for our air and water. The swale contains wetlands that provide a means of flood control for the surrounding community.

The site is open from sunrise to sunset.

Click here for a location map of the Meewasin

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The greater swale has signs of human habitation and use over the past several centuries, including a remnant section of the Moose Woods – Batoche Trail, Middleton’s staging camp on the trek to the Battle of Batoche, the site of the telegraph line that linked North America to Europe by way of Russia, the site of the old town of Clarkboro and tipi rings from the encampments of the original residents of the Saskatoon area. More recent archeological remains are the lime kilns near the swale and the holes left by the movement of large limestones used to build the University of Saskatchewan.

PETS are not permitted in the ecological core of the Swale but are permitted in the recreation zone on leash. Please pay attention to signage on site. Check out the Map that shows the two areas.

Cranberry Flats Conservation Area

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Cranberry Flats is located just outside the City of Saskatoon and is a scenic area with large sandy beaches and a wheelchair accessible trail leading to a valley lookout.  This is a popular spot for families. Dogs are allowed but must be on leash. Fines will be issued for dogs off leash and contravention of site hours.

The site is open from 8am to 8pm to enjoy the sun and sand.

Head south on Lorne Avenue (Highway 219). Turn right onto Grasswood Road (Road 360). At the first intersection, turn left onto Strathcona Avenue (Road 3055). The parking lot is about 2.75 km from the intersection on the right.

For more information please call 306-665-6887.

Wilson (Shepley) Island, South Saskatchewan River

Wilson (Shepley Island) is a small island in the South Saskatchewan River south of the city of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. This island is protected by the Meewasin Valley Authority. The island is not accessible but can be seen from a lookout point at Cranberry Flats.  Wilson Island (then known as Shepley Island) from 1943 to 1951 was home to a sea cadet camp under the command of Lieutenant P.K. Wilton.

Saskatoon Natural Grasslands

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The Saskatoon Natural Grasslands (SNG) is a 34 acre (13.8 hectare) parcel of native Saskatchewan grassland persisting in a surprisingly natural condition.  It lies within the area known as Silverspring (located in the northeast sector of Saskatoon, 8 kilometres from the city centre along the South Saskatchewan River).  This fescue grassland is not just grass, but an ecosystem – a complex association of grasses, flowering and non-flowering plants, birds, animals and insects representing 10,000 years of natural history since the glaciers receded.

The site is open from sunrise to sunset.

Meewasin's River Landing Water Spray Feature

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to walk from Saskatoon to Edmonton?  Well now you can, and it will only take you a few short minutes.  Count your steps – every step you take is approximately 100 km.  Measure your way across the Prairies…or explore your way across, discovering treasures, the routes of the rivers, the old fort trails, the geological formations, the mineral resources and the flora and fauna that make us in the Saskatchewan River Basin unique.

In the River Landing water spray feature you can find water bodies, cities, forts, borders, animal tracks, footprints and various embedded shapes. The area is ideal for parents and care givers as they educate their children about the river basin providing descriptions of the embedded features. It is a model of the 420,000 square kilometers of the Saskatchewan River Basin that spans three

Canadian provinces and one American state.  Its themes are based on the geography and hydrology of the basin as well as its people, its wetlands, its wildlife and its history.

A Walk Along the River – Saskatchewan River Basin Water Spray Feature map

Opened in the summer of 2009 as part of the Meewasin Riverfront at River Landing development, the Saskatchewan River Basin Water Spray Feature is a Meewasin creation made possible through the support of the City of Saskatoon, the Government of Saskatchewan, the Government of Canada and corporate donors and public donation.

The Saskatchewan River Basin and its tributaries are essential to the well being of Saskatoon and area.  The waterways provide water for our industries, for agriculture (millions of hectares of farmland and pastureland) and for drinking water (for more than three million people).  They are also used for recreation and to generate electricity.

Crocus Prairie

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Located north of the Regional Psychiatric Centre on Central Avenue, the Crocus Prairie, informally named for the beautiful native crocuses found there, is a very ecologically sensitive site. The parking lot off Central Avenue marks a trail head that meanders south along the top of the riverbank towards Sutherland Beach. Please respect the land and refrain from picking wildflowers.

North of Crocus Prairie is Petturson’s Ravine. Restored after many years of pollution and abuse, this unique bog is now an environmental success story.

NOTE: Petturson’s Ravine is on private land and is not open to the public.

The Great Trail

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In 1992, visionaries had a dream to connect Canada and its people with a multi-use trail. Today, The Great Trail stretches almost 24,000 km across Canada from coast to coast, linking over 1000 communities and over 33 million Canadians. It is the largest trail system in the world and runs along 20 km of the Meewasin Trail through Saskatoon.

The Great Trail node at Gabriel Dumont Park
The Great Trail node at Gabriel Dumont Park

The Great Trail enters Saskatoon from the north parallel with Wanuskewin Road, jogging over to start following the river’s western shore by the Silverwood Golf Course. From there it continues south through Meewasin Park, eventually reaching the Kinsmen Park area. It continues from there through the downtown core and River Landing. Here it crosses the river over to the east side at the Senator Sid Buckwold Bridge and enters Rotary Park. It heads south through Gabriel Dumont Park, where The Great Trail pavilion showcases more than 4000 names in support of this great legacy. It then crosses Diefenbaker Park and then out of city limits, finishing its Meewasin leg at Chief Whitecap Park.

Wanuskewin Heritage Park

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One of Meewasin’s proudest accomplishments is the development of Wanuskewin Heritage Park. Their Visitor Centre is the gateway to the incredibly beautiful unspoiled natural prairie landscape with 360 acres of scenic trails, interpretive sites, archeological digs, fauna, flora and herbs. Learn the stories and lifestyles of the Northern Plains Indigenous peoples who have gathered at this one meeting place for over 6,000 years. Experience Northern Plains culture through hands-on demonstrations and events, traditional cuisine, art galleries, gift shop, indoor and outdoor activities, and overnight Tipi Sleepover programs. For more information please visit their website.

In 1983, in conjunction with its participating parties, Meewasin contributed in purchasing the land to begin development for what is now an award winning National Historic Site that depicts the history of Northern Plains Indigenous Peoples. Wanuskewin is currently undergoing a large revitalization project, and has been named to Canada’s Tentative List for UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Park was opened in 1993 with the help of various groups and all levels of local government. Wanuskewin Heritage Park is now under its own board of directors.

Other Locations

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Trail Hikes & Maps

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View Map of the Meewasin Valley, which includes many loops and their distances.

Featured recommendation for hikes, loops and paddles along the Meewasin Valley!

*Thanks to SaskHiker for featuring several Meewasin hikes on the Central Saskatchewan page of his website: Beaver Creek Conservation Area, Cranberry Flats Conservation Area, Saskatoon East Bank Trails, Meewasin Northeast Swale, Wanuskewin Heritage Park, & Chief Whitecap Park Trail

*Saskatchewan River Canoe Guide: River Eco Canoe Guide & Maps

* May not be up to date.

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You can keep the Meewasin Valley healthy and vibrant!

Meewasin relies on donations to steward Saskatoon and area’s most treasured space, the Meewasin Valley. We could not provide the river experience we do without help from you, please consider supporting Meewasin through a one time, yearly or monthly donation.

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