Grasslands National Park
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Grasslands National Park is one of the few remaining natural grasslands in North America, a testament to the prairies as they existed for millennia before they were turned under by the settler’s plough. Here visitors really can watch the buffalo roam, the deer and the antelope play. Once near extinction, the plains bison, swift fox and black-footed ferret have been carefully re-introduced to their natural habitat. Wander through a black-tailed prairie dog colony, where these cute creatures, known for their distinctive barks and yips, groom, frolic and carry on with their business. Travel back through the layers of history as you step through expanses of dinosaur fossils, traverse First Nations encampments filled with tipi rings and wander the ruins of prairie homesteads.
Hours of Operation
Grasslands National Park is open year-round. However, the visitor centre is open from late May to mid October, with reduced hours in spring and fall.
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How to Get There
The West Block is accessible from the town of Val Marie (site of the park’s visitor centre), which can be reached by Highway 4 and Highway 18. The East Block is accessible from Highway 18, south of Wood Mountain.
Drive a self-guided ecological and cultural tour, sign up for a weekend of interpretive programs and campfires or blaze a trail of your own, tent and provisions on your back.
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