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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

Experience the beauty of Grasslands National Park with a jam packed weekend of fun for the whole family! Starting Friday evening, join the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada to observe the brilliance of the night sky and camp out in the Frenchman Valley Campground. Begin your Saturday afternoon kayaking the heart of the West Block on the Frenchman River, then enjoy wagon rides and stories of the open range. Make sure to stop by the Activity Tent for face painting, temporary tattoos, crafts, games and more! Dance your way into the evening with an outdoor concert featuring award-winning Canadian country music artist Aaron Lines with opening performance by Navajo! Enjoy a Sunday morning sunrise in the park and wind up your weekend with more family fun activities!

July 22 - 24, West Block, Frenchman Valley Campground. 

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.

Ticket Pricing

Weekend Pass (includes concert)


Concert only
$36.70/advance ticket
$41.60/at the gate


Purchase advance tickets from Grasslands National Park Visitor Centre in Val Marie or visit the Cypress Hills Destination Area website

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Kids programming & activities
7:00 pm, Guided interpretive program
8:30 pm, Fireside Chats, Stories & S’more!
10:00 pm, Royal Astronomical Society Presentation & Stargazing

Saturday - Main Event
2:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Kayaking, Bison Facility Tours, Wagon Rides, Interpretive Program, Kids Activity Pavilion
8:00 pm, Outdoor concert
11:00 pm, Royal Astronomical Society Stargazing

Supper concession and evening beer gardens available

9:00 am,  Pancake breakfast ($5/person)
10:00 am - 12:00 pm,  Guided interpretive program, Kids Programming and activities

Kayaking on the River
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Cattle Trails and Cowboy Tales

Cowboy Up and ride the old West on this two day / two night experience. Trail cattle on the open range with a local rancher, enjoy cooking from a chuck wagon and sleep on a bed roll under the brilliant night sky. Reconnect with nature, cowboy culture and each other.

Basic riding ability required. Limited to six participants, ages 13 and up. All meals, range tent accommodations, and horse use included.

Cost: $595.00/person
Two rides to choose from in 2016:
June 19, 20, 21
September 2, 3, 4

Day 1:

  • 11:00 am - meet Parks Canada Staff at the Frenchman Valley Campground
  • 12:00 pm - arrival at camp, chuck wagon lunch
  • Program introduction, meet the outfitters, horse orientation, saddle demonstration, basic riding lesson
  • Afternoon of riding
  • Campfire supper and entertainment
  • Evening programming

Day 2:

  • 7:00 am - breakfast
  • All day ride (packed lunches) - trail cattle
  • Campfire supper and entertainment
  • Evening programming

Day 3:

  • 7:00 am – breakfast
  • 10:00 am – Arrival back at Frenchman Valley Campground

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 13 - 2:00pm, 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.

Cost $73.60/person

August 11 – 15, 9:00am 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 20 -September 2.

People singing by the campfire
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Junior Naturalists

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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Sunset Horseback Adventure

Enjoy a one-of-a-kind evening guided wildlife horseback experience. Search for some of Canada’s rarest prairie creatures, from the majestic Plains Bison to the prehistoric Short-horned lizard. Ages 10 and up. Approximately 2 hours. Enhanced fees apply, preregistration required.

Cost $66/person

Saturdays 7:00 pm July 2, 9, 16, 30 and Aug 6, West Block, Frenchman Valley Campground. 

A family enjoys a sunset horseback ride in the park.
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Wagon Trails

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

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 2nd, July 30th, September 3rd , 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 3rd – 8th, East Block.

A Walk in the Park

Where the Buffalo Roam
Take a walk back in time and experience a historical reverie of bison and their importance to the First Nations peoples. Witness archeological treasures, and take away a better understanding of what life was like for the first people of the prairies. Approximately 2 hours. Fees apply.

May - August 
Sundays, 9:00 am, Frenchman Valley Campground.

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. Fees Apply.
May - August
Sundays, 9:00 am, Rock Creek Campground

Visitors walking in the park
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A Hike in the Park

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. Fees apply.

May 21- June 25
Saturdays, 9:00 am
, West Block Visitor Centre

Haven of Species
Explore nature at its finest deep in the heart of the park, including life on a prairie dog colony and the snake hibernaculum! Approximately 4 hours, 7 km. Fees apply.

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:00am, West Block, Frenchman Valley Campground

Walking with Dinosaurs
Yes! Stand on the KPg Boundary, the line of the mass extinction, 65.5 million years old. 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. Fees Apply.

Saturdays, 9:00 am
, East Block, Rock Creek Campground

Tuesday and Thursdays, 9:00 am, East Block, 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. Fees apply.

June – August
Wednesdays, 9:00 am
, West Block, Frenchman Valley Campground (unless other event scheduled).

Bison with calf
©James Page

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.

May 28th - 8:00pm, East Block, Rock Creek Campground.
July 23rd - 10:00 pm, West Block, Frenchman Valley 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.

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
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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