Quest for the best: Spots to enjoy nature in and around Saskatoon

With warmer weather well on its way, there’s no time like now to get outside and enjoy nature. Grab your favourite hiking runners, pack a picnic and dig out your sunscreen, as you get ready to soak up some of Saskatoon’s best natural wonders, farms, gardens, and scenic spots. You don’t have to go far to find beautiful views or get your nature fix — we have it all right here, in and around the great outdoors of Saskatoon.

Black Fox Farm & Distillery – 245 Valley Road

Photo via Black Fox / @mollyjeanine

Every year, Black Fox has a U-Pick flower field, beginning in July, where you can fill up a bucket of flowers for $35. The flowers are gorgeous and fill the fields with amazing colours and smells. Throughout the summer, they also host events and festivals, including Gin & Tonic in the Field nights, which are every Wednesday starting July 24, and Sunflower and Gladiolus flower festivals in August.

Farm One FortyBox 530 3J0, Vanscoy, SK

Photo via Farm One Forty

Farm One Forty is a local and holistically managed farm just outside the city. You can visit the farm and purchase some of their products, or they also host events including family-friendly farm tours (coming summer 2019), fully catered farm-to-table meals, cooking classes and campfires.

Cranberry Flats Conservation Area – Range Rd 3055

Photo via Brett Tataryn 

Cranberry Flats is a stunning spot, just 15 minutes outside the city where you’ll find walking and hiking paths, sandy banks and views of the South Saskatchewan River. It’s a perfect place to bring a picnic and spend a sunny afternoon exploring the natural prairies — or catch a summer evening sunset!

Forestry Farm Park – 1903 Forestry Farm Park Drive

The Forestry Farm is a little haven of green, with paths for walking, running and biking, and plenty of fire pits and space for picnicking and enjoying the sunshine. There’s also a Fishing Pond and the Secret Gardens, which are a serene spot filled with beautiful trees, plants and flowers.

Rhodes’ U-Pick RR3 Site 300 Box 45

Photo via Rhodes

If you want to pick your own raspberries, black currants and Saskatoon berries, head to Rhodes’ where you will be surrounded by acres of berry bushes and can bring home delicious locally-grown fruit. Picking season usually starts in July, but watch their website for the season’s official opening.

Crossmount Cider Company30 Glen Road, Crossmount, SK

Photo via Crossmount Cider Company

Just five minutes south of Saskatoon is Crossmount Cidery, where you can enjoy the best of both worlds — nature and locally made cider! It’s a lovely place to unwind and relax, surrounded by a pond, prairie views and blue skies.

Wanuskewin Heritage ParkRR 4, Penner Road

Photo via Wanuskewin

Visit Wanuskewin for tons of hiking trails, which vary in difficulty and are family-friendly too. There’s lots of outdoor programming and activities on throughout the year, and post-hike, be sure to check out their restaurant for delicious meals like Rabbit Pot Pie or soup and bannock.

Beaver Creek Conservation Area – Corman Park No. 344

Photo via Meewasin

Beaver Creek features hiking trails and various family-friendly activities at their Interpretive Centre. Only 15 minutes from city centre, at Beaver Creek there’s plenty of natural beauty, including forest, the rippling creek, and the South Saskatchewan River nearby.

Bring nature to you!

The Berry Barn – 830 Valley Road

Photo via The Berry Barn / @steal_ing_beauty

Head to the Berry Barn for beautiful scenery, views of the South Saskatchewan River and their greenhouses, for all your gardening needs. (Grab a slice of Saskatoon Berry Pie too, of course!) The vibrant colours of the areas are sure to get you in a planting mood.

Dutch Growers – 1818 Central Avenue

Photo via Dutch Growers / Ireland Jones Photography

Dutch Growers’ expansive greenhouse has all you need for gardening, planting, and house plants too, if outdoor planting isn’t in the cards for you. Their greenhouses are stocked with all the best for planting season, and the bright and dynamic colours make for a great photo backdrop too.

 

Naomi Zurevinski

Naomi Zurevinski is a freelance writer, editor and researcher based out of Saskatoon. She is the former Editor-in-Chief of the Sheaf, and her past work includes CAA Saskatchewan magazine, Narcity Media, and the Saskatoon StarPhoenix, among others. When she’s not writing, she loves to read, bike, cook and sip on red wine or coffee.

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