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Beach life in the prairies: Saskatchewan's most popular lakes

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Good Spirit Lake - Credit: Tourism Saskatchewan/Paul Austring

A warm breeze, sand between your toes, clear water and the sounds of your family making memories – it’s the perfect summer day. With over 100,000 lakes and rivers, the prairie province of Saskatchewan in the heart of Canada offers more beaches than you might imagine.

Here is a list of some popular and beautiful spots to help you narrow down your search:

Meadow Lake Provincial Park

With more than twenty lakes dotted throughout Meadow Lake Provincial Park, you’re sure to find a beach that suits your needs. Kimball Beach is a popular spot for families, with plenty of space for a spot to spread out your towels or throw a Frisbee. Here you will find good parking, nearby camping, a playground, and a general store to grab an ice cream. Don’t be surprised if you have a hard time rounding up the troops when it’s time to leave.

Prince Albert National Park

Discover big sandy beaches and clear cool waters at Prince Albert National Park. It’s the ideal place to plan a summer beach getaway. There are plenty of easily accessible beaches along the edges of Waskesiu Lake. The most popular ones are the Main Beach, located right in the Waskesiu townsite, and Paignton Beach, found along the southern shore. A bit further from the townsite are the beaches at Sandy Lake and the south end of Kingsmere Lake.

Lake Diefenbaker

Southern Saskatchewan’s largest lake boasts some of the most dramatic shorelines. Ragged cliffs, rolling hills and big sandy beaches with shallow waters make it a perfect destination for swimming and sightseeing. Three provincial parks are located along Diefenbaker’s shores: Saskatchewan Landing, Douglas and Danielson, all with their own beaches and plenty of nearby amenities. Palliser Regional Park, near the Riverhurst Ferry Crossing, is also a good choice for an afternoon at the lake.

Candle Lake Provincial Park

With three beaches to choose from, the waters of Candle Lake are perfect for a dip on a hot summer day. The soft sand and shallow waters of Waskateena Beach are well-suited for children. Minowukaw Beach, on the east side of the park, has very fine white sand that almost sparkles in the sun and is adjacent to beautiful sand dunes. Campgrounds, picnic areas, stores and playgrounds are all within a reasonable distance.

Good Spirit Provincial Park

The warm shallow waters and the weed-free, sandy bottom of Good Spirit Lake make its beaches ideal swimming destinations. Take your family to play in the natural sand dunes and go for a hike along the Trans Canada Trail.

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