Grasslands National Park

Events and Activities - Learn, Discover, Explore

THE Events of the Summer!

Sleep-Under-The-Stars Party Weekend
Sleep? Who said anything about sleeping? Begin your day kayaking the heart of the West Block on the Frenchman River, then enjoy an evening of wagon rides and stories of the open range, followed by acoustic music - all before seeking out the elusive Black-footed ferrets in the dark. Whew! Now that’s a full day! Fun for the whole family! Start the next morning with a pancake breakfast and guided hike.
July 26 - 4:00 pm, West Block. Special Event Fees apply. Don’t miss Fireside Chats, Stories and S’more on Friday evening and A Walk in the Park on Sunday morning. Register at the Visitor Centre in Val Marie.

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 16 - 4:00pm, East Block. Special Event Fees apply. Don’t miss Fireside Chats, Stories and S’more on Friday evening and A Walk in the Park on Sunday morning. Register at the McGowan Visitor Centre (East Block).

Fossil Fever
Got the Fever? Fossil Fever? Dig for a day with McGill University Paleontologists as they retrieve 65.5 million year old fossils in search of the secret to dinosaur demise. An exclusive opportunity to experience paleontology with world renowned palaeontologists.
August 14 – 18, East Block. Enhanced fees apply, please pre-register at the McGowan Visitor Centre (East Block) Space is limited.


Guided Programs & Other Events

Build Your Own Awesome Adventure!

My Family’s Greatest Adventure Weekends
Join a park interpreter on Friday nights by the campfire and roast marshmallows or bannock at Fireside Chats. Come out Saturdays for a new adventure each week! Cap the weekend off with a guided walk on Sunday morning. Oh! And don’t miss the Xplorers program for kids. Fun for the whole family!

Friday Fireside Chats, Stories and S'more! 
Fridays in July and August have never looked so good! Join us at both Frenchman Valley and Rock Creek Campgrounds for an unforgettable evening. 7:00pm. Free with park entry.

Astronomy: Beyond the Big Dipper
Join the Astronomical Society of Canada and explore the Grasslands National Park Dark Sky Preserve. From the rings of Saturn to a glimpse of another galaxy - the sky has no limit. May 31st - 8:00pm, Rock Creek Campground.

Family Super Saturdays

Unforgettable family memories! Whether you’re in the East or West Blocks, your family will be sure to love one of the exciting family fun events listed below.
July and August, Fees apply.

Rock Creek Campground, East Block, 7:00pm

Ride the Rim: This wagon ride is bad to the bone! View the buttes and scan the badlands for evidence of dinosaur extinction and quicksand. Every Saturday in July & August.

Frenchman Valley Campground, West Block, 4:00pm

June 28
Dog town chatter - What are those Prairie dogs talking about? Sneak up on a prairie dog colony and listen to the barks and calls as they announce our arrival. Discover clues to how the animals depend on each other for survival.

Prairie Cinema - Movie under the stars. Dusk.

July 5
Cowboy Up! - Immerse yourself in Cowboy Life. Lasso throwing, leather tooling, cowboy cooking and more. Adventures galore await as you explore a 100 year old ranch stead!

July 12
Wicked Water Adventures - Make a splash and slide away! Ditch your shoes and dip your net in the Frenchman River. Can you find any water critters? Don’t forget your bathing suit!

July 19
Dog town chatter - What are those Prairie dogs talking about? Sneak up on a prairie dog colony and listen to the barks and calls as they announce our arrival. Discover clues to how the animals depend on each other for survival.

July 26
Sleep-Under-the-Stars Party & Concert (West Block) - THE Events of the Summer

August 2
Tipi Treasures - Bison and tipi rings, cracked rock and arrow heads, oh my! Journey through time and discover evidence of people who used the land before us.

Prairie Cinema - Movie under the stars. Dusk.

August 9
Wicked Water Adventures - Make a splash and slide away! Ditch your shoes and dip your net in the Frenchman River. Can you find any water critters? Don’t forget your bathing suit!

August 16
Cowboy Up! - Immerse yourself in Cowboy Life. Lasso throwing, leather tooling, cowboy cooking and more. Adventures galore await as you explore a 100 year old ranch stead!

August 23
Tipi Treasures - Bison and tipi rings, cracked rock and arrow heads, oh my! Journey through time and discover evidence of people who used the land before us.

August 30
Dog town chatter - What are those Prairie dogs talking about? Sneak up on a prairie dog colony and listen to the barks and calls as they announce our arrival. Discover clues to how the animals depend on each other for survival.

Prairie Cinema - Movie under the stars. Dusk.



A Walk in the Park
With an interpreter, discover the secrets of what makes Grasslands so special. Fees Apply. 

May 17- June 29:
Saturdays and Sundays
Guided Hikes - beginning at 9:30 am. Meet at the Visitor Centre. Contact us for more details. 

July & August:
Sundays:
Guided Walks - Bring your family for a leisurely stroll. Meet at the Frenchman Valley or Rock Creek Campground at 9:30 am. Approx 1 ½ hours. 

Tuesdays and Thursdays:
Guided Hikes - A hiking adventure deeper into the heart of the park. Contact us for location details. 9:30 am start.

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.

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

Fall Fun
Escape with your family for self-guided fall fun and camping.

Starry Sky Come explore the night sky with us!
© Parks Canada

For more information:
Phone: 1-877-345-2257
Email: grasslands.info@pc.gc.ca