Stunning Spots to Explore During Autumn
Top featured photo: Qu'Appelle Valley, photo credit Kevin Dunn
Fall is the time to be outside! Whether you love hiking, a leisurely stroll, biking, or even a great chance to do some nature photography, fall is a season where you can enjoy long stretches outdoors without being too hot or too cold. This fall, be sure to check out some of these local favourites in and around the city, and to make a day of it, pack a picnic with goodies from your favourite local restaurant or the farmers’ market.
Autumn Treasures in Saskatoon
Chief Whitecap Park: Just outside the city, this spot is a haven of natural beauty, with bright colours all around and long stretches of sandy beaches that border the South Saskatchewan River. It’s a perfect place to sit for a picnic and there are also easy hiking trails that are great for an afternoon walk.
Wanuskewin Heritage Park: Wanuskewin is home to tons of hiking trails, and the colours of the valley really come alive in the fall. On some of the trails, you’ll also have stunning views of the South Saskatchewan River. Be sure to check out their events calendar before you visit for special programming and events.
University of Saskatchewan: For an experience in the middle of the city, check out the USask campus, which is home to gorgeous buildings from the 1900s, beautiful landscaped greenery and plenty of spots to sit, relax, have a picnic or coffee, and just take in the scenery.
Beaver Creek Conservation Area: Beaver Creek is a place of natural beauty, with lots of wildlife, trees, plants and natural flowers all around. There are lots of trails, bordering the Beaver Creek and along the South Saskatchewan River, and they vary in difficulty. It’s definitely a spot worth spending a full day, where you can disconnect from the city for a bit and connect to nature.
The Meewasin Trail: No fall list would be complete without mentioning the Meewasin Trail, which is a staple during Saskatoon’s fall. Trails run on both sides of the river, in and out of the city, and their versatility makes them unique. You can bike, walk or run these trails, or set up camp at one of the benches near the river to just sit back and soak it all in.
Autumn Gems in Regina
AE Wilson Park: This park wraps around Wascana Creek and has lovely scenery, complete with recreation trails, views of the water and plenty of natural plants and wildlife. There’s a play area for kids too, if you want to make a day of it and pack a picnic for a family-friendly afternoon.
Happy Hollow: Just 30 minutes from the city in Lumsden lays the Happy Hollow, which is nestled in the Qu’Appelle Valley. It’s also home to a corn maze and lots of kid-friendly activities, including a Kiddie Corral. Happy Hollow is sure to get you in the mood for fall too, with pumpkins and natural beauty galore.
White Butte Trails Recreation Site: Head out to White Butte, where you will find 12.7 km of hiking and biking trails, perfect for a weekend ride, walk or run. There is also a 5 km area that is pet-friendly, so bring your furry friend out for a fall walk with you! This area is also beautiful in the fall for photography.
Wascana Lake: Wascana is a must-do for the Regina fall, and there are trails you can walk all around the lake. The area is ablaze with natural tones of orange, earthy browns, and cheerful yellows during this time of year, which look all the more stunning against the water.
Qu’Appelle Valley: Take a day trip or even just a scenic afternoon drive through the Qu’Appelle Valley, which will amaze you with its rolling hills, all lit up with the colours of the season. If you’re feeling adventurous, head to Echo Valley Provincial Park, where you can escape into nature one last time this autumn.