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Wild bison in Grasslands National Park, Saskatchewan, Canada

Photo: Parks Canada/Nigel Finney

Grasslands National Park is the only one of our 47 national parks that represents prairie grasslands, and where you will find the wild plains bison. It also carries the distinction of being one of Canada’s Dark Sky Preserves.

Travel the 20 km self-guided Ecotour Scenic Drive in the West Block to discover stunning landscapes and cultural history. The 11km Badlands Parkway in the East Block is an equally impressive drive and the Rock Creek Badlands are one of the richest resources of dinosaur fossils in the country.

Unique formations of land and climate have created niches for rare plants, birds and animals including the pronghorn antelope, black tailed prairie dog, burrowing owl, sage grouse, ferruginous hawk, short horned lizard and prairie rattlesnake.

MUST SEE ATTRACTIONS: Grasslands National Park, Wood Mountain Post Provincial Park, McCord & District Museum, Notekeu Heritage Museum in Ponteix and Prairie Wind & Silver Sage Museum in Val Marie.

IF YOU GO: The West Block of Grasslands National Park is 120 km south of Swift Current, and the East Block is 214 km south of Moose Jaw. Surrounding communities include Val Marie, Ponteix, McCord, Mankota, Rockglen and Wood Mountain.

BOOKS:
“Wild Prairie” by James R. Page
“Frontier Farewell” by Garrett Wilson

VIDEOS: Grasslands