Saskatchewan’s provincial parks have been open since Thursday, but Saturday is the first day the parks will get a good workout.
Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Ken Cheveldayoff says Saskatchewan is fortunate to have so many parks to visit.
“Our parks are a real jewel for our province,” said Cheveldayoff. “Last year we saw nearly 4-million visits to our parks. We’re hoping for a very busy year again.”
It looks like the weather will mostly cooperate for the long weekend, but Cheveldayoff wants enthusiasts to remember about the alcohol ban this weekend.
As in past years, an alcohol ban will once again be in place until Monday, May 22 .
“The alcohol ban has been in place for about ten years,” said Cheveldayoff. “It’s just to ensure everybody has a safe and appropriate time in the parks. It’s worked very well, and people are respectful of it.”
This alcohol ban affects all campgrounds and picnic areas within provincial parks and recreation sites.
The ban is also in effect for several regional parks.
Cheveldayoff says everyone can enjoy the parks all season-long adding the good news about our parks doesn’t end with this long weekend.
“We are looking forward to celebrating Canada 150 in our parks this year,” said Cheveldayoff. “The federal parks will be celebrating as well. The provincial parks have many events and particular programs going on as well.”
Cheveldayoff says there will be free entry at all provincial parks on July 1 to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary, and again on July 15 for Canada’s Parks Day.