3 must-try hikes for Saskatchewan Trails Day

Saturday is Saskatchewan Trails Day, so what better way to celebrate it than by getting out on the land?

Saskatchewan Trails Association member Dorothy Rhead names a few of her favourite hikes

The Saskatchewan Trails Associations recommends being prepared if you plan on heading out for a hike this weekend. (submitted by Saskatchewan Trails Association)

Dorothy Rhead, one of the founding members of the Saskatchewan Trails Association, says she walks to get away from it all.

"It disconnects you from the rat race is what it does," she said.

"It sort of rejuvenates you, it makes you feel alive. It puts everything aside that's been bothering you, or things that really don't have that much bearing on life in general — puts it all aside and you go out there and you breathe the fresh air and you look at all the beauty around you.

"It's just very, very relaxing."

Walking is second nature to Rhead, who grew up on a farm and walked to school and back every day. She's been a member of several walking clubs and helped form the Saskatchewan Trans Canada Trail Council. 

Some of Saskatchewan's trails have breathtaking views, says Dorothy Rhead. (submitted by Saskatchewan Trails Association)

Saturday is Saskatchewan Trails Day, so what better way to celebrate it than by getting out on the land? CBC Radio's Saskatchewan Weekend asked Rhead to recommend a few of her favourite trails in the province.

"They're all favourites," said Rhead. "But when it comes to picking out a few …"

West Block trail at Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park

Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park has three main areas: one in Alberta and two in Saskatchewan, near Maple Creek. 

"It's a challenging walk, but when you get up on the vista, the view that you get from up in there …" said Rhead. 

"[It's] an area that's been untouched by the glaciers. There's plants and stuff in that area that grow nowhere else in Saskatchewan, so that's one of my favourites."

Echo Valley trail at Echo Valley Provincial Park

Echo Valley Provincial Park is located just outside Regina, near Fort Qu'Appelle.

"There you're going on some flat areas, and you're climbing up the side of the hills," said Rhead.

"You get quite a variety of terrain around you and some really nice views from up in there. But it can be a bit of a trying walk at times."

Duck Mountain Provincial Park

Duck Mountain Provincial Park is located in an area of boreal forest near the Manitoba border, east of Kamsack on Highway 57. It's known as a winter getaway, but the trails are great year-round, said Rhead.

"Duck Mountain Provincial Park has got some nice walks. I've skied that and walked it."

Stay safe

Different trails appeal to different people, she said, as the walks all have their own idiosyncrasies, whether it's the material the path is made from, or the flora or fauna you see along the trail, or how it looks in different seasons.

If you plan on heading out for a hike this weekend, Rhead recommends making sure you've got a good pair of walking shoes, a hat, water and a snack, sunscreen, and insect repellent.

Also, always tell someone where you're going and when you'll be back.

with files from CBC Radio's Saskatchewan Weekend