News Release - May 20, 1999
1999 PARK SUMMER SEASON OFFICIALLY OPENS
Environment and Resource Management Minister Lorne Scott announced
that the provincial parks' summer season officially begins today.
Although Saskatchewan's provincial parks are open year round with
limited services available, the parks offer most vacation services
beginning the Victoria Day long weekend, and provide full services and
park programs during the summer vacation period. Park entry and
camping fees remain the same as last year.
"Saskatchewan's provincial parks and recreation sites offer an
experience for just about everyone," Scott said. "We are fortunate in
this province to have such a wealth of natural and cultural resources
to enjoy and I invite Saskatchewan residents and visitors to explore
our parks this summer."
Provincial parks provide a number of holiday services. Vacationers
can take advantage of the Reserve-a-Site program at eight
participating parks. The Seasonal Camping Program allows park users
to set up camping units in 23 different parks and recreation sites for
the entire summer at reasonable rates. Group camping is also
available in most parks. Accessible campsites, trails, picnic sites,
facilities and accommodations for persons with disabilities are
available in several parks.
During the summer, Saskatchewan parks offer a variety of special
events and activities ranging from beach volleyball and fishing
tournaments to a kite festival.
Visitors can also take in a wide variety of family entertainment
such as the Saskatchewan Express Parks Tour which kicks off on
Canada Parks Day on July 17, continues until July 28, and is
co-sponsored by Saskatchewan Wheat Pool and SERM.
To ensure park visitors have a safe, enjoyable holiday, parks
staff will again be enforcing the responsible use of alcohol.
Individuals abusing alcohol, or otherwise creating a disturbance,
will be charged or evicted from the park.
"In addition to providing a place for Saskatchewan families and
visitors to our province to relax, enjoy themselves and partake
of an exciting array of recreational activities, our parks also
provide economic benefits to surrounding communities through
increased tourism activity," Scott said.
Saskatchewan's provincial parks attract more than 2.5 million
visitors each year. These visitors spend $54 million annually
including $22 million which is spent in rural Saskatchewan in
close proximity to the parks.
For more information on Saskatchewan Parks, pick up a copy of the
1999 Guide to Saskatchewan Provincial Parks available at any SERM
office or visit our website at: www.gov.sk.ca/govt/environ/.
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For more information, contact:
Environment and Resource Management
Phone: (306) 787-2854
Toll-free parks inquiry line: 1-800-667-2757 (in Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan Parks Web Site: www.gov.sk.ca/govt/environ/