It was a cool long weekend at the lakes

It seems to be a tradition – to get cool weather and sometimes even snow on the Victoria Day long weekend.

Due to the weather conditions, campgrounds at the lakes certainly weren’t overcrowded.

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Marie Littlechief, interim park manager at White Bear Lake, says “It was pretty slow due to the cool long weekend weather. So far we only have the seasonal campers in.”

“We opened full camping at the beginning of this week,” explains Littlechief. “The seasonal campsites are basically full throughout the summer.”

“There is nothing planned for the upcoming season as of yet but everything is dependent on COVID restrictions, bylaws and guidelines,” says Littlechief.

“Despite a cool long weekend, campgrounds were not quite half full due to the weather,” says Ainsley Sauter, park administrative supervisor at Moose Mountain Provincial Park.

“Because of the cold, rainy weather there weren’t as many people around,” says Sauter.

“All 60 seasonal sites were booked within minutes on launch day back in April,” she added.

“One event we have planned so far for the summer is the Canada Day Parade. Visitor experiences will advertise programming and events in the future depending on the COVID-19 situation and where the re-open plan is at. Be sure to follow SaskParks on Facebook and Instagram for updates and notifications on events and programming,” she said.

Kim Brown, park manager at Moose Mountain Provincial Park, adds:

“An additional event this summer includes the Cabin Fever Art Festival at Moose Mountain Provincial Park on Saturday, July 24.”

“Tickets will be available two weeks prior to the event date. Register on Saskatchewan Parks special event to let us know that you're joining us for the fun. Admission to special events is free with valid park entry.”

Pick up a trade, practice an art or learn a craft at Moose Mountain's Cabin Fever Art Festival. Moose Mountain is home to a small colony of cabins that house local artists throughout the summer. On July 24, witness art take over the park with exciting art lessons, thrilling demonstrations, and captivating performances.

Pre-registration for guided interpretive programs is required. Visit Eventbrite for a complete listing of programs available for pre-registration.

Vendors will be set up throughout the park's beach and chalet grounds and include blacksmith, woodworking and pottery demonstrations; sculpture and beading workshops; music, dance and spoken word performances; and last but certainly not least, a variety of scrumptious food and refreshment vendors to refuel.

Sask. Parks continues to follow the safety guidelines outlined in public health orders and adjust public events and services as needed. For the latest information on our ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, visit


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