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From songbirds and burrowing owls to white-tailed deer and moose, a wide and diverse array of wildlife call Saskatchewan home. Wildlife viewing is inevitable in a big and expansive province like ours—and one of the best ways to enjoy the local natural beauty. Keep reading for our top scope out spots near Swift Current.
Located just an hour south of Swift Current, Grasslands National Park is one of Saskatchewan’s two national parks (and, in 1874, it was the site of western Canada’s first-discovered dinosaur remains!). The park protects the few remaining untouched prairie grasslands and features a unique landscape that is harsh, semi-arid, and has been shaped by years of glacial meltwater. Keep a lookout for short-horned lizards, hawks, rattlesnakes, and black-tailed prairie dogs as you explore the park’s many nature trails.
Saskatchewan’s second national park is quite the opposite terrain-wise from Grasslands. Prince Albert National Park is green and aquatic, and protects nearly 4,000 kilometres of boreal plains and natural region. The lush habitat makes it home to plenty of wildlife, including the Sturgen River bison herd—one of the few remaining free ranging plains bison in Canada’s historic range. Take a scenic drive through one of the main roads that cut through the park and provide access to lakes and trails. Or enjoy a picnic at one of the many designated sites in the park, complete with scenic views.
Wildlife viewing is a great way to enjoy Swift Current’s natural beauty while keeping safe and socially distanced. Home Inn Swift Current is conveniently located in the heart of town, making it a prime choice for a local staycation. Along with a fantastic location, our Saskatchewan hotel also offers clean, spacious, and modern suites equipped with impressive in-room amenities including luxury linens, mini-fridges, and Keurig coffee makers. Get in touch to book your stay with us today.