Great Sandhills & River Routes Great Sandhills & River Routes

Uniquely Prairie

Take a vigorous walk, a casual stroll or just enjoy an opportunity to view spectacular scenery & wildlife. These locations provide an enticing glimpse of our unique prairie environment ...

The Great SandhillsThe Great Sandhills - photo by Kerry Wrishko
This unique region features sand dunes 15 to 35 m in height and covers several hectares of land. The dunes are fringed by native prairie trees, shrubs and grasses. The area is also rich in various types of wildlife and is well known for having one of the largest mule deer and sharptailed grouse populations in the province.

Checkerboard Hill
A scenic height overlooking the South Saskatchewan River Valley, with informative placards on site.

Sandy Point Park
Located on Highway 41, this park offers BBQ facilities, picnic area, playground, camp kitchen and campgrounds. Visitors can enjoy peaceful hiking trails and fishing along the river.

Leader Birding & Wildlife TrailDancing Grouse
Part of the Saskatchewan Birding Trail, this route offers bird watching opportunities in prairie, cottonwood and sandhills terrain.

Lemsford Regional Park
Nestled beside the South Saskatchewan River, the park offers camping, mini-golf, food services, outdoor pool, picnic area and playground. Open mid-May to September.
(306) 623-4638

Leader Millennium Garden
A beautiful garden featuring several hundred trees and shrubs, annual and perennial flowerbeds, gazebo, bronze memorial sculpture and walking paths that lead to four cairns honouring war veterans, homesteaders, and the first businesses. Prickly Pear Cactus in flower - photo by Laurel Skoda

Peter Fidler Campground
Located at the Village of Empress, this campground is a full service facility above the Red Deer River.
(403) 565-3938

Estuary Ferry Crossing
A quaint working ferry that provides a 3 minute trip across the river for 1 to 6 vehicles. The location offers opportunity for bird & wildlife viewing, fishing & hiking.

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