It seems like it has been a long time since we did a Saskatchewan travel blog entry! This weekend was a long weekend so we decided to take a day trip to a place called Echo Park, about an hour out of town.
The route to the park goes through Fort Qu’appelle and the Qu’appelle Valley. It’s a scenic one-lane route through some very beautiful Saskatchewan back country. We stopped in Fort Qu’Appelle to find lunch and visit the outdoor farmer’s market there. There were lots of bakers, some jewellery tents, and lots of produce. We bought some beets and some beans and resolved to learn how to cook with beets!
After picking up something for lunch, we got back on the road and continued to Echo Park. A day pass gives you access to two beaches and some hiking trails. We had lunch by Echo Lake and watched some massive dragonflies. There are a lot of great houses circling the lake and the roads look very Vancouver island-like. After lunch, we found a hiking trail called Hole in Wall and climbed to the top of a big hill to get a view of the lake. Then the bugs came and we bravely decided to turn back.
You don’t have to go far in Saskatchewan to see some really great nature. Hopefully we get to see some more of it before we move!