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Provincial Parks are opening this week, just in time for May long weekend camping.

A scarce few days before Victoria Day, Provincial Parks across Saskatchewan are opening on May 17.

“Camping is a summertime staple here in Saskatchewan,” Parks, Culture, and Sport Minister Gene Makowsky said in a recent media release. “This weekend marks the start of a new and exciting season for our park guests.”

The parks are not opening just for regular camping activities of relaxing, boating, hiking and exploring, but will also have programs and fun goings-on for the whole family to enjoy this season.

Programs like Learn to Camp, Learn to Fish, and other programs will be offered at several parks.  For example, a program called Camp-Easy Equipped Camping, a program designed for first-time campers, will be offered at Echo Valley, Buffalo Pound, and Pike Lake.

“With a variety of programs and events taking place this year, there will be lots of fun activities to keep our visitors busy,” Makowsky continued. “Whether you’re a family heading back to your favorite park, or an adventure-seeker looking to explore a new place, each park has a unique experience to offer.”

In keeping with past tradition, the upcoming long weekend will be maintained as a family-friendly weekend with the alcohol ban in effect in provincial parks from Thursday, May 17 to Monday, May 21. According to the media release, the “alcohol ban applies to all campgrounds and picnic areas within provincial parks and recreation sites.”

Since the conditions remain dry throughout many areas of the province, visitors are reminded to keep close tabs on their fires, by not allowing them to become too large, and by attending them at all times. However, in some parks, fires may be banned altogether due to the extremely dry conditions. Campers are encouraged to check out the website www.saskparks.com to know which park is allowing fires during the long weekend.

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Mallorie Rast
Born and raised in the Kindersley area, Mallorie has a deep appreciation for rural living and the importance of a community spirit. Farm girl to the core, she is passionate about training and working with stock dogs and sheep on the family ranch. When she’s not working on the farm or writing for Kindersley Social, she loves diving into history and apologetics.