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Grasslands National Park

Events and Activities - Learn, Discover, Explore

THE Events of the Summer!

Guided Programs and Other Events

Sleep-Under-The-Stars Party & Concert 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 outdoor concert - all before seeking out the elusive Black-footed ferrets in the dark. Before calling it a night join the Astronomical Society for star gazing in the Darkest Dark Sky Preserve in Canada! Whew! Now that’s a full day! Fun for the whole family! Start the next morning with a pancake breakfast and guided walk.

July 25 - 4:00 pm, West Block, Frenchman Valley Campground. Special Event Fees apply. Don’t miss Fireside Chats, Stories and S’more on Friday evening!

Kayaking on the River
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Friday July 24th:
4:00pm Kids Activities & Programming
5:00pm Drama production for kids - Prairie Detective Agency
7:00pm Night time on the Prairies walk
8:30pm Fireside Chats, Stories, and S'more
10:00pm Royal Astronomical Society of Canada presentation & star gazing

Saturday July 25th:
4:00pm Registration
4:00pm - 8:00pm Kayaking, Wagon Rides, Hikes featuring Species at Risk
4:00pm - 9:00pm Kids activity tent, bouncy castle, waterslide
5:00pm - 7:30pm Supper
8:00pm - 11:00pm Concert featuring local band Navajo
11:00pm - 12am Black Footed Ferret Spotting Adult & Kids programs
11:00pm - 1:00am Royal Astronomical Society of Canada star gazing

There will be a concession booth available throughout the day on Saturday.

Sunday July 26th:
9:00am Pancake Breakfast
10:00am Guided Hike -Where the Buffalo Roam
11:30am Kids Activities and Programming

Cowboy Adventure

Saddle-up and ride into the last of the old west and live your own cowboy adventure! Drive cattle on the open range, enjoy cooking from a chuck wagon and sleep on a bedroll under the brilliant night sky! Reconnect with nature, the cowboy culture and each other! 
Day trips and overnight excursions available. Limited to 6 participants (13 years and up), Enhanced fees apply; pre-register and call for details, space is limited.

Day Trips on July 14, 15, 16 and August 11, 12, 13
Cost: $147.20/person

Overnight 3 day trip on September 1, 2 & 3
Cost: $593.20/person

Visitors telling stories by a chuck wagon
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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 15 - 4:00pm, East Block, Rock Creek Campground. 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.

Horses pulling a wagon
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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.

August 13 – 17, East Block, Rock Creek Campground. Enhanced fees apply; please pre-register at the McGowan Visitor Centre (East Block) Space is limited.

Visitors looking for dinosaur bones
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Guided Programs and Other Events

Build Your Own Awesome Adventure!

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!

Fridays, 7:00pm, Frenchman Valley and Rock Creek Campground. May 15 -September 4.

People singing by the campfire
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Hey Kids, looking for a fun way to explore the only Prairie Park in Canada? Join us for hands on activities.

Saturdays, 4:00pm, West Block, Frenchman Valley Campground. July, August.

Visitors at picnic table
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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.

Saturdays, 7:00pm, East Block, Rock Creek Campground. July, August.

Visitors being pulled by a wagon
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Prairie Cinema - Movie under the stars.

Saturday, Dusk, July 4th, August 1st, September 5th, West Block, Frenchman Valley Campground.

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 6th-10th, East Block.

A Walk in the Park

With an interpreter, discover the secrets of what makes Grasslands so special. Approximately 2 hours, 2 km. Fees Apply.

May 17-June 28
Sundays, 9:00 am, Frenchman Valley and Rock Creek Campground.

July, August
Saturdays, 7:00pm, West Block, Frenchman Valley Campground.
Sundays, 9:00 am, Frenchman Valley and Rock Creek Campground.

Visitors walking in the park
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A Hike in the Park

A hiking adventure deeper into the heart of the park. Approximately 3 ½-4 hours, 6 km. Fees Apply.

May 16- June 27
Saturdays, 9:00 am, West Block Visitor Centre and Rock Creek Campground

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:00am, West Block, Frenchman Valley and Rock Creek Campground

People on top of a hill
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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.

June 8 – 9:00am, Frenchman Valley Campground
July 1 – 9:00am, Frenchman Valley Campground
July 8 – 9:00am, Frenchman Valley Campground
July 29 – 9:00am, Frenchman Valley Campground
August 5 – 9:00am, Frenchman Valley Campground
August 19 – 9:00am, Frenchman Valley Campground
August 26 – 9:00am, Frenchman Valley Campground
September 2 – 9:00am, Frenchman Valley Campground

Bison with calf
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Astronomy: Beyond the Big Dipper

Join the Astronomical Society 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.

September 12th - 7:00p.m., East Block, Rock Creek Campground.

People looking at stars
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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.

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

Kids getting a picture taken
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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