As you may have heard this a.m. on CBC Saskatchewan’s morning edition, I shared with host Stefani Langenegger some of my top picks for Family Day weekend in and around Regina. It’s time to take it outside folks and make the best of what is truly a winter wonderland here in Saskatchewan.
Without further adieu, here are some of my favourite picks for having fun the long weekend:
1. Red Bull Kite Farm (Feb 15).
Just minutes out of the city (3 minutes northwest of Regina off Hwy 11) for the first time ever, Red Bull Kite Farm – an endurance snow kite event – will be taking place in Saskatchewan. Not only do we have sufficient snow, but also with the bright open space of the prairies combined with an abundance of winter wind, this is the ideal place for world-class kiteboarding. So put on your winter gear, bring your hot chocolate and enjoy this free public event. It’s sure to be a brilliant sight! There will be a snow slide, sleigh rides, warming huts, concession and more for the kiddos. More info on this premiere event can be found here. For more info on kite boarding in Regina visit Explore Sports.
2. Ski or Snowboard at Mission Ridge in beautiful Qu’Appelle Valley (just 45 minutes of town)
Take the whole family out for a snow day. Don’t ski or own gear? No problem. Mission Ridge has a learn-to-ski program for both kids and adults, and all of equipment can be rented onsite. Open Feb. 14 and Feb 16.
Or, if flat surfaces are more your family’s style, strap on snowshoes or cross-country skis and head to nearby Wascana Trails (20 km from Regina) or White Butte Trails (20 minutes east of the city).
Both offer beautiful winter scenery and many kilometres of groomed trails (Wascana Trails -15 k / White Butte 12.7 km). A great way to work in some exercise while having a lot of fun outside. Check out TourismSaskatchewan.com for more info.
3. Get the whole family together and then some to book a custom sleigh ride at Beaver Creek Ranch.
Located 15-20 minutes out of the city, near Lumsden, you and your family and friends can tour the beautiful Qu’Appelle Valley by horse drawn sleigh. The sleigh accommodates up to 14 people and fireworks are available upon request. Visit BeaverCreekRanch.ca.
4. You don’t have to leave town to find a winter adventure. Take in some ice-skating in the heart of the city – Victoria Park, or on Family Day (February 16), go on an Artic Adventure at the RCMP Heritage Centre.
Take part in an afternoon of fun, prizes, and excitement that include crafts, mock ice fishing, scavenger hunt, snowshoe course, dog sled demos, and more. Regular admission applies and there are complimentary hot drinks to be enjoyed. 1 – 4 p.m. Visit website for more information.
5. Take advantage of a nearby lake and try your hands at reeling in the big one over the long weekend.
Take your pick of Pasqua, Long Mountain or Buffalo Pound Echo and Katepwa Lake. Pack the hot chocolate and warm soup! Bonus: it’s free
fishing weekend in Saskatchewan from Feb 14-16! Need some assistance with equipment or want to rent an ice shack? Give Regina Beach Outfitters a call and check out ifishSask for more info.
And now for a great contest courtesy of CBC Saskatchewan
Show CBC how you will be spending the long weekend and family week with your kids and be entered to win! Send your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet to @CBCSask @CBCSaskatoon to win dinner and movie passes for a family of four! (One package for each city). Check out your submitted photos here.