Common menu bar links

Grasslands National Park

Events and Activities - Learn, Discover, Explore

The Events of the Summer!

Guided Programs and Other Events


Grasslander Classic

Proudly presented by the Village of Val Marie and Grasslands National Park

Kick off the weekend Friday in Val Marie by welcoming hometown NHL hockey legend Bryan Trottier, followed by an evening of dinner and entertainment. Enjoy a pancake breakfast, parade and local marketplace in Val Marie Saturday morning before heading to the Frenchman Valley Campground for kayaking, wagon rides, a kids activity pavilion, bison facility tours, archery and more! Pre-register a team for the ball hockey tournament and battle it out for the title. Dance the afternoon away and into the evening at the outdoor concert with Guy and the Fellas, local band Navajo, and Buckshot. A Canada 150 celebration like no other!

July 28 to 30, 2017 West Block, Frenchman Valley Campground and Village of Val Marie

Friday July 28th – Val Marie

2:00pm Book Launch "The Grasslanders" Ranch stories from Grasslands National Park by local Author Thelma Poirier

3:00pm Val Marie Historical Walking Tour

6:00pm Dinner, Entertainment, Fundraiser Auction with Guest speaker Bryan Trottier

Come see a collection of Bryan's trophies including the Calder, Hart, Art Ross, King Clancy, Conn Smythe.

Kids activities, fun for the whole family!

Cost Dinner: $25.00/Adult, $10.00/Child 10 & Under

Saturday July 29th - Val Marie

8:00am to 10:00am Pancake Breakfast

9:00am to 1:00pm Mainstreet Outdoor Market

10:30am Parade

Cost Pancake breakfast: $5.00/person

Grasslands National Park Activities at the Frenchman Valley Campground

Starting at 2:00 p.m. Ball Hockey Tournament, Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame Travelling Exhibit, Kayaking, Bison Facility Tours, Wagon Rides, Archery, Kids Activity Pavilion, Outdoor Concerts featuring Guy and the Fellas, Navajo, Buckshot and more!

Cost: $10.80/Adult, $4.90/child, 5 & under Free
Ticket price does not include camping.

*Food concession and beer gardens available

Sunday July 30th – Val Marie

9:00am - 12:00pm Farewell reception with Bryan Trottier, get your autograph and picture with the legend!

Cost Farewell: By Donation

For advance tickets: or contact the Visitor Centre 1-877-345-2257.

Reserve a campsite in the Frenchman Valley Campground.

In the event that the campground is fully reserved, all people wishing to camp will be accommodated in the overflow areas. You can self-register for overflow camping upon arrival, reservations are not necessary. 

Badlands Blast Weekend

Dig into an extravaganza of fossil fun for all and hop on the wagon to view the badlands! Hear the adventures of the paleontological masters of the past and the present. Enjoy a delicious supper rubbing shoulders with a paleo crew, before kicking up your heels at a Rock Creek hoe down. End the evening relaxing by the embers of the campfire.


August 19 to 2:00pm, East Block, Rock Creek Campground.

Horses pulling a wagon
© Parks Canada 

Fossil Fever

Got the Fever? Fossil Fever? Dig for a day with McGill University Palaeontologists as they retrieve 65.5 million year old fossils in search of the secret to dinosaur demise. An exclusive opportunity to experience palaeontology with world renowned palaeontologists.

Cost $73.60/person

August 16 to 20, 9:00am East Block, Rock Creek Campground. Please pre-register at the McGowan Visitor Centre (East Block). Space is limited.

Visitors looking for dinosaur bones
© Parks Canada

Guided Programs and Other Events

Build Your Own Awesome Adventure!

Ecotour Road Interpretive Tour

Stunning landscapes, rich history, and active conservation! Take a journey with us across a landscape replete with stories of past and present, and experience first-hand the natural and cultural history of Grasslands National Park.

Cost $14.70/person

May to June

9:00 am, West Block Visitor Centre
9:30 am, Ecotour Stop 2

July to August
Mondays and Wednesdays,

9:00 am, West Block Visitor Centre
9:30 am, Ecotour Stop 2

Fireside Chats, Stories and S'more!

Fridays have never looked so good! Roasting marshmallows until golden brown, sharing stories of your first bison sighting! Join a park interpreter by the campfire for stories and S’more!

Free of charge

May to August
Fridays, 7:00pm, Frenchman Valley and Rock Creek Campground.

People singing by the campfire
© Parks Canada

Junior Naturalists

Hey kids, looking for a fun way to explore the only Prairie Park in Canada? Join us for hands on activities.

Free of charge

July to August
Saturdays, 4:00pm, Frenchman Valley and Rock Creek Campground

Visitors at picnic table
© Parks Canada

Wagon Trails

This wagon ride is bad to the bone! View the buttes and scan the badlands for evidence of dinosaur extinction and quicksand.

Cost $7.30/person

July - August
By Request on Saturdays
, East Block, Rock Creek Campground.

Visitors being pulled by a wagon
© Parks Canada 

Wood Mountain Wagon Train:

Let the horses do the walking. Hop up on the wagon as the Wood Mountain Wagon train retraces the homesteader trails. July 2-7, East Block.

Cowboy Coffee

Kick start your Sunday morning with leather crafting as you enjoy a cup of traditional, brewed-over-the-campfire, cowboy coffee! Join us as we regale in tales of ranching days and the characters who played a part in the preservation of the prairies.

Free of charge

Sundays, 9:00 am,
West Block, Frenchman Valley Campground

A Walk in the Park

Eagle View
Soak up 360 degrees of grasslands. Let the lay of the land entice you as it flaunts the flowers of the season in the highs and lows of the rolling plains. More than a bird’s eye view. Approximately 2 hours.

Cost $7.30/person

May to August
Sundays, 9:00 am, East Block, Rock Creek Campground

Visitors walking in the park
© Parks Canada

Prairie Stories
Experience the stories that capture the character of this amazing land on a hike to one of the tallest buttes in the park, 70 Mile Butte! Approximately 2 hours, 5 km.

Cost $7.30/person

May to June

Saturdays, 9:00 am, West Block Visitor Centre

Going, Going, Gone?
Some of our famous, yet elusive species are facing troubles…are we looking at a “going, going, gone” situation for our friends? Is there something we can do to help them out? Learn about endangered, threatened, extirpated, extinct and reintroduced species of our native prairies.

Cost $7.30/person

July to August
Tuesdays, 9:00 am,
West Block, Frenchman Valley Campground

A Hike in the Park

Footprints in Time
Explore hoo doos and coulees tracing the steps of the First Peoples, the homesteaders and the ranchers. A 70 million year time scape. Approximately 3 hours. 

Cost $14.70/person

May to June
Saturdays, 9:00 am
, East Block, Rock Creek Campground

July to August
Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9:00 am, East Block, Rock Creek Campground

People on top of a hill
© Parks Canada

Bison Backstage Tour

You’ve heard the roar of the bull bison and marveled at the herds grazing in park pastures. Now get a VIP backstage pass to discover the secrets of how the plains bison was brought back from near extinction and how its continued safety and health are ensured. Get a fresh perspective of these 2,000-pound beasts as park staff lead you through a labyrinth of corrals, catwalks, alleys and gates, demonstrating the techniques behind the successful conservation program.

Cost $7.30/person

July to August
Thursdays, 9:00 am
, West Block, Frenchman Valley Campground.

Bison with calf
©James Page

Astronomy: Beyond the Big Dipper

The new moon opens the door to the skies beyond. Let the Royal Astronomical Society guide you through the Grasslands National Park Dark Sky Preserve.

Cost $7.30

May 27th - 8:00pm, East Block, Rock Creek Campground.

People looking at stars
© Parks Canada 

Learn to Camp

Come and experience the Saskatchewan outdoors in true Canadian camping fashion! You will learn how to set up a campsite, start a campfire, cook delicious & easy outdoor meals, go on a hike, and share stories around the fire with s’mores and more! Whether you participate in our day program, or choose the over-night camping experience, you will gain valuable knowledge and skills to use on future camping excursions!! So, what are you waiting for? Bring your family and friends and Learn to Camp at Grasslands National Park!

Self-Guided Experiences

Xplorers for Kids!
Do your kids like to Xplore? They can have FUN doing activities and collecting COOL souvenirs with Grasslands National Park and Parks Canada in Saskatchewan. Go to either Visitor Centre and ask to become a Parks Canada Xplorer.

Discovery Packs for Kids! Kids stop by the Visitor Centre and borrow a discovery pack. Discovery Packs allow you to become the Interpreter! The packs are full of great, hands on activities.

Kids getting a picture taken
© Parks Canada

Driving, Hiking, Camping, Geocaching and Interpretive Programs! Let our friendly and knowledgeable staff help you plan your Grasslands experience.

For more information:
Phone: 1-877-345-2257