The Beauty of the Prairies
When we think of the Canadian Prairies National Parks we think of flat fields of wheat swaying in the breeze. There is actually so much more to this area that we can miss if we do not take the time to stop and look. Saskatchewan and Manitoba are home to some of the largest deposits of dinosaur bones, wildlife and rare vegetation in Canada. Rent an RV and take a trip through the Canadian Prairies.
Grasslands National Park
Grasslands National Park is located in southwestern Saskatchewan right on the US border. This National Park is a great place for kids of all ages. The Badlands in the east block of the park are home to the richest source of dinosaur fossils in Canada. There are many events throughout the year that will allow you to accompany paleontologists to a real dig site as you scour the landscape for bones. A great way to spend the day is to take your rental RV on the Ecotour Scenic Drive. This drive is about an 80 km round trip, with lots of stops for hiking and stops with information panels that talk about the stunning landscape, rich history and active conservation of the area. Keep your eyes open as there is so much wildlife to be seen, such as bison, prairie dogs, lizards and ferrets.
Prince Albert National Park
Prince Albert National Park is located 450 km north of Regina and covers one million acres of land and encompasses 1500 lakes and streams. This year-round destination offers hiking, boating, swimming, and golf in the summer and in the winter you can cross country ski, ice skate and snowshoe. The northern section of the park is home to moose, wolves and caribou while white elk, deer and badgers inhabit the southern part of the park. There is even a herd of bison that roam the southwestern corner of the park feeding off of the fescue grass in this area. Beaver Glen and Red Deer campgrounds are close to the city of Waskesui, have full hookups for your rental RV and are clean and well kept.
Wapusk National Park
Wapusk National Park is located 1400 kilometres north of Winnipeg and is only accessible by plane or VIA Rail train. It is not a trip you will take in your RV rental but this astonishing park is still worth mentioning. This park lies at the transition from boreal forest to the arctic tundra. This park protects one of the worlds largest polar bear maternity denning areas. Along with polar bears be on the watch for arctic foxes, arctic hares, wolves, caribou and wolverines.
Riding Mountain National Park
Riding Mountain National Park is located 250 kilometres northwest of Winnipeg Manitoba. The area of the park captures three distinct ecosystems, the grasslands, the mixed wood forests and the eastern deciduous forests. With all this distinct untouched wilderness it is the perfect location to spend a few days with your RV rental. Onanole RV Resort has great reviews and is located right in the park with easy access to Clear Lake. Riding Mountain National Park and Clear Lake are a year-round RV camping destination. In the summer enjoy hiking, biking, bird watching, fishing and water activities. In the winter you can cross country ski, snowshoe, skate and go ice fishing.
Rent an RV for a few days or a few weeks and spend some time in the great outdoors of the Canadian Prairies National Parks.
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