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“Wonderful Park - slightly marred by Visitor Centre staff”

Grasslands National Park
Ranked #22 of 478 things to do in Saskatchewan
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed July 9, 2012

Finding the coffee shop closed unexpectedly, we went to the Visitor Centre first.
The lady was very helpful. We asked to see the wildlife video and explained that one of us has 'snake phobia'. She thought that giving them a booklet with snake photos was helpful - Wrong!
Later, we gave up on the video because of noise from the staff (speaking very loudly to the next visitors and noisy chatter among themselves).
The drive is really wonderful. Although un-paved, the road is well graded.
The grasslands are inspiring - no fences and very few buildings in sight.
We saw 2 Bison, many birds and several Prairie Dog communities. The Prairie Dogs warned of our presence by an interesting loud squeak.
The drive took 2.5 hours with several short stops.

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Reviewed January 18, 2012

My boyfriend and I spent a great weekend in the West block of Grasslands National Park. The main driving tour and pullouts with little walking trails only take a few hours. The Prairie Dog colonies are funny and interesting to watch.
We wanted a chance to camp in complete solitude, so we bought a "back country" camp pass from the main office in Val Marie. Due to a fire ban, we stopped at one of the designated camp areas to cook our supper on a camp stove we had brought. Before sunset we headed off to find our own little camp site. The rules for back country camping include: Must be one mile off the main road. Must not be visible from the main road.
We parked in one of the pullouts and walked our tenting supplies over a large hill to the edge of a coulee for some great sunset views.
The mosquitos were bad as dusk fell because the wind was down, so bring lots of bug spray! After dark we were the interest of 3 very large great horned owls who were out hunting. They circled very close to our heads trying to get a better look and figure out what we were doing.
The park is a dark sky preserve, so it is the perfect location for star gazing! We were very lucky in that the moon didn't rise until after midnight and there were no clouds. I don't know much about stars or constellations, but it was absolutley gorgeous!!!
The next day we did the "70 Mile Butte" trail. It is the most used trail in the park, so it is well marked. It is a bit steep in places, but affords amazing views of the entire West block and surrounding area once you reach the top. It took us about 2.5 hours round trip.
This is a place to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. There are very limited camp spots, although they are working on a new larger campground which should be ready either 2012 or 2013 for trailers.

6  Thank JGG112
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Reviewed July 8, 2011

This park provides minimal services and is certainly not for tourists seeking a "resort" type atmosphere. There are many hikes in the region. The park staff were knowledgeable and very willing to help. We loved the EcoTour Drive and the River Walk Trail. If you are looking for a remote area with unspoiled prairie vistas this is the place to visit.

5  Thank lled
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Reviewed August 12, 2009

Due to the location we were staying, we went to the east bloc instead of the more tourist oriented west bloc. We just planned to hike a trail for an hour or two but after a couple of hundred feet, we couldn't find the trail anymore! This is obviously a seldom used part of the park. There were two other vehicles parked there when we got there - one person was just leaving his car and looked like a photographer and the other car (whose occupants returned while we were there) seemed to have been back-country camping.

There is limited information at the site, mainly just a map and information on what to do if bitten by a rattlesnake. I would have appreciated pamphlets being available so I could have taken it on our hike. There is no running water, just an outhouse. Unless you are planning to back-country camp, this entrance to the park is probably not that interesting to visit.

I would have loved to hike for an hour or two but was terrified of getting lost.

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