Summer Getaways in Saskatchewan
Above: Flora Bora Yurts, photo credit Karen Wasylyk
If you think you need to go far to get away and relax, think again! Saskatchewan is home to truly beautiful and unique spots that make it easy to unwind in stunning nature, or to treat yourself to a glam holiday — whatever suits your style! Whether it’s a trip with family, friends or your partner, there’s plenty to see and do in our prairie province and many local places worthy of a visit.
Rent a yurt: Yurts are a round tent assembled in latticework using pieces of wood or bamboo for walls. If you like camping, but aren’t a fan of tenting, then renting a yurt is a perfect alternative. At Nesslin Lake, yurt rentals come in small or large sizes and start at $112 per night. The yurts are located steps from the water, and there’s no cell service in the valley, so if you’re looking to really unplug from modern life, this is an excellent choice. At Emma Lake, you can rent yurts at Flora Bora Forest Lodging, where the yurts are pedestrian only via a short walk from the parking lot. With Christopher Lake and Prince Albert National Park nearby, there’s a lot to do in the area!
Flora Bora Yurts photo credit Karen Wasylyk
Waters Edge Eco Lodge: Waters Edge Eco Lodge is nestled on the shores of Greig Lake in Meadow Lake Provincial Park. With a focus on environmental sustainability through initiatives like energy efficiency, water conservation, organic gardening and more, the lodge is a place you can feel connected to nature and unwind in peace and quiet. The expansive, luxurious lodge starts at $165 per night during the summer season, and they also have lakefront cottages for rent.
Waters Edge Eco Lodge photo credit Carolyn Brander
Resort Village of Manitou Beach: This quaint little town boasts one of Saskatchewan’s best kept secrets. Little Manitou Lake is actually a saltwater lake, unique to the Western Hemisphere with a mineral density three times that of the ocean. In short, you can lay back and float in this lake! The Manitou Springs Resort and Mineral Spa makes for a great place to stay and relax, and just steps away is the iconic Burger Buoy, serving up burgers, milkshakes and more. Bonus: Manitou makes a great day trip too! It’s a 1.5-hour drive from Saskatoon or a 2-hour drive from Regina.
Manitou Beach photo credit Naomi Zurevinski
Book an Airbnb: Yes, that’s right — Airbnb your own province and you’ll be surprised by the options. This makes for an excellent choice if you’re accommodating a large group of people for something like a family reunion vacation. If a longer getaway isn’t in the cards this summer, book a staycation in your own city and play tourist for the weekend.
For 16-plus guests, check out Cherry Lane Mansion, which includes a hot tub, or book this Safari River Lakeside Lodge on the shores of Green Lake, which includes a beautiful patio and accommodates 16 plus people. For a Saskatoon staycation, check out this stylish and sleek downtown loft, or this charming and quaint loft. In Regina, stay at this luxury suite complete with a pool table and sauna, or this character home on Albert Street, right across from Wascana.
Historic Reesor Ranch: Indulge in a little country vacation at Reesor Ranch, located in Cypress Hills. The ranch was built in 1904 and has been designated a Provincial Heritage Site. They have a beautiful Bed and Breakfast that includes a hearty ranch breakfast in the morning, or you can opt for one of their log cabins. On-site, they offer horseback riding, walking tours featuring picnics and wine, and there’s plenty to do in Cypress Hills, too.
Historic Reesor Ranch photo credit Robert Berdan