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Wild bison in Grasslands National Park, Saskatchewan, Canada

Photo: Parks Canada/Nigel Finney

Grasslands National Park is where plains bison roam free, where you will see the black-tailed prairie dogs, and where you can look for the elusive black footed ferret.

Grasslands is the only one of our 39 national parks that represents prairie grasslands and is one of the darkest Dark Sky Preserves in Canada. Unique formations of land and climate have created niches for rare plants, birds and animals including the pronghorn antelope, sage grouse, burrowing owl, ferruginous hawk, short horned lizard and prairie rattlesnake.

Travel the 80 km self-guided Ecotour Road in the West Block to discover stunning landscapes, cultural history and working conservation. Within park boundaries there are over 12,000 ancient teepee rings, and the East Block of Grasslands National Park is the richest resource for dinosaur fossils in the country.

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, Rockglen and Wood Mountain.

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

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