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Doing Business in the Provincial Park System

Doing Business in Saskatchewan Provincial Parks

Winter or summer, our provincial parks are a great escape from the hustle and bustle of life. They offer a place to slow down and enjoy the wonders of nature and to share time with family and friends. 

More and more, visitors to our parks are also looking for activities and services that only small businesses can offer. In every corner of our huge province, there are opportunities to develop or expand businesses. Private sector lessees can provide a variety of visitor services and recreational opportunities, from inflatable water parks to accommodation rentals, on the water or in the snow – the opportunities are only limited by your imagination. 

Do you have an idea for a business or want to expand an existing business? Here is where you apply.


1. Benefits

Saskatchewan Provincial Parks are home to a wide variety of services made possible by longstanding private and public sector collaboration. Private sector park businesses offer profit potential while providing visitors with an outstanding experience and encouraging new visitors to explore our parks.


2. Eligibility

Review the following before you complete the application and proposal:

Checklist for Commercial Development Projects

Policies Affecting Business Operations in the Provincial Park System in most cases, construction of facilities on park land requires a Development Agreement, which outlines the terms and conditions for constructing buildings and utilities.


3. How to Apply

Fill out the appropriate application form

Filling and saving PDF forms: 

  1. Download and save the PDF fillable/savable form in a folder that you will easily find on your computer.
  2. Launch Adobe Reader (free and required for fillable forms).
  3. Browse to the folder where you saved the file, and open it from within Adobe Reader. You can now fill and save your PDF form.

If a signature is required, completed forms must be printed and signed by hand.

Email completed to:

We will be in contact throughout the process.


4. What Happens Next

New development applications and proposals will undergo an internal review process to ensure that the type of business proposed is appropriate for the park.

  • If the application is deemed appropriate, the ministry will consult with stakeholders.
  • Opportunities are limited in provincial parks, so following stakeholder consultation, there will be a public advertisement, usually through a Request for Proposal (RFP) process*.
  • See Business Development Review Process.

Contact us well in advance of the time you hope to begin operating or expanding your business as there are several steps to the process.

*Depending on complexity of the application and the number of other applications in progress, the length of time between submitting an application and the awarding of an RFP can vary greatly. Depending on the scope of the project, Order-in-Council approval may be required (e.g., if invested capital is more than $250,000). In addition, approvals from other regulatory agencies may be required. All permits, licences and applications must be in place before construction may begin.

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