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With school out for the summer and plenty of sunshine in the forecast, camping and spending time in Saskatchewan Provincial Parks seems to be the perfect summertime escape.
Back in April, Sask Parks’ new campsite reservation system went live and saw more than 340,000 campsites booked for the 2021 camping season. For many folks, their plans revolve around a couple of key weekends where they set up shop in one of Saskatchewan’s beautiful campsites with a beverage in hand, a fire blazing, and the sights and sounds of nature surrounding them.
Over the past year, increased workplace flexibility for many has allowed Saskatchewan residents more time to spend enjoying our parks, not just the few and far between weekends during an already short summer season!
Tia Coffin is an elementary school teacher from Regina who takes full advantage of her summers in Saskatchewan. Tia and her family book several weeks in Moose Mountain Provincial Park each summer and also tack on an extra week exploring somewhere new. This year, they will enjoy Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park.
Tia and her husband John haul their trailer to Moose Mountain Provincial Park, where John leaves Tia and their two girls during the week, returning every weekend. “It’s great; it feels like a cabin, without the work of a cabin. I know my family is enjoying themselves, and I look forward to joining them on the weekend for a break from the city!” he said.
“Our girls have practically grown up in Saskatchewan Provincial Parks and wouldn’t change their summers for anything,” said Tia. “There is nothing better than the serenity of our parks during the week in the summer; everything feels slower, and there are more opportunities to take advantage of the great park offerings like the beach, waterslides or horseback riding stables during the week!”
For Payton, aged 11, and Brett, aged 9, there hasn’t been a summer not spent in the parks. They take advantage of the campground playgrounds and park activities whenever they are offered, but the best part of spending nearly the entire summer in parks is “the smell of campfires and fresh rain,” said Brett.
Just like many teachers, Tia ends her summer vacation in August to start prepping for the upcoming school year, but she can do this right from the campsite, rather than heading back into the classroom. “It’s a nice way to start easing back into the new school year. I can start planning from the comfort of our campsite and keep enjoying the best part of summer making memories with my family.”
While Saskatchewan Provincial Park campsites were scooped up quickly in April, there are still many sites available for campers with a little flexibility. Fall camping is another great option to secure campsites that are generally booked during the busy summer months.
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