About Saskatchewan Parks
Saskatchewan Parks Mandate
The provincial parks system began with the establishment of six provincial parks in 1931, shortly after Saskatchewan assumed responsibility for natural resources. Provincial parks were established for three purposes: recreation, protection, and "social welfare". The "social welfare" purpose was not stated in legislation or policy, but was referred to in Premier Anderson's speech on the opening of the chalet at Moose Mountain Provincial Park in 1932. The other purposes were referenced in The Provincial Parks and Protected Areas Act, 1931, as follows:
The mandate of the provincial parks system is defined in The Parks Act as:
Provincial Parks System
The provincial parks system has grown to be one of the best parks systems in Canada. Vast natural areas, unique landscapes, scenic features, historic sites and access points to outdoor recreation are protected. Each park or site provides an opportunity to experience a different part of Saskatchewan's heritage, including the solitude of a northern forest, the comforts of a modern resort, or the experience of walking in the steps of those who came before us.
There are 194 separate, legally designated park lands located throughout the province comprising 1.25 million hectares. Different classifications under The Parks Act, 1986 outline different purposes for these lands. These classifications and the number of park entities under each classification are as follows: