2016 Keystone Hideout
2016 Keystone Hideout
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North Battleford lies in southwestern Saskatchewan, two hours west of Prince Albert and an hour and a half northwest of Saskatoon. This historic town is bordered on the south by the North Saskatchewan River, which separates North Battleford from its smaller sibling city of Battleford. Finlayson Island lies between the two towns and is home to a large, beautiful nature preserve.
Like many other Canadian towns, North Battleford owes its existence to the railroad. It was incorporated in 1913 and has since played a significant role as a distribution center for Saskatchewan’s lumber, farming, and food exports. The Battlefords are characterized by rolling prairies, lakes, and rivers. The best time for camping in North Battleford will generally be between early May to late September when the temperatures are high and most of the campgrounds are open. But many campers bring their Saskatchewan rental RV to North Battleford year-round for the abundance of recreational opportunities. Book an RV in North Battleford and see what the city has to offer.
Finlayson Island Nature Park offers over 14 kilometers (eight miles) of hiking trails and a day-use area for picnicking. The park is popular in summer months but is open for recreation year-round. When it’s warm, visitors participate in hiking, fishing, and birdwatching. In winter months, the trails turn into cross-country and snowshoeing trails. All trails feature informative interpretive signs to educate visitors on the diverse ecosystem of this small island. You’ll find marsh and wetlands in the east, sand dunes in the middle, and dense forest in the west, making it a truly diverse environment.
There are several excellent trails through North Battleford, the most prominent being a section of The Great Trail. The section of the trail that runs through North Battleford is just over 12 kilometers (nearly eight miles) long, paved, and open for year-round activities. There’s also the multipurpose North Shore Trail, another year-round trail along the Saskatchewan River. This 25-kilometer (15-mile) manicured natural trail is enjoyed by hikers, birders, mountain bikers, and cross-country skiers of all abilities.
Battlefords Provincial Park is just 30 minutes outside of North Battleford, and in addition to providing overnight options for your rental RV in Saskatchewan, it also offers numerous recreational opportunities. This park is situated along Jackfish Lake and is home to a boat ramp for fishing and kayaking, beaches, nature trails for hiking and biking, and a spectacular 18-hole golf course.
There’s even more outstanding natural areas to the north. Take your Saskatchewan motorhome rental up towards Glaslyn, where you’ll find plenty of forests, provincial parks, and national parks.
Although it’s on the south side of the river, Battleford Eiling Kramer Campground is next to Fort Battleford National Historic Site and a great seasonal option for your motorhome rental in Saskatchewan. This campground is only open late spring to early fall and offers 74 total RV sites. Seventeen of these sites have full hookups while the rest offer only electric and water; electric service is both 30-amp and 50-amp. Campground amenities include modern bathrooms with showers, flushing toilets, internet, and a dump station. Each site has trees for shade and picnic tables. The campground is pet-friendly and also offers wheelchair-accessible facilities.
The David Laird Campground is on the northern outskirts of the city. This 20-acre park is open late spring to early fall and has a total of 50 sites for your camper rental in North Battleford. The sites are a mix of full-service, partial service, and non-serviced. There’s also a dump station for those who can’t get a site with a sewer connection. Campers will find a small trout pond for fishing, as well as volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, and a children’s playground. Other amenities include internet, bathrooms, showers, picnic tables, and fire pits. David Laird Campground is pet-friendly and features plenty of trees for shade.
One option for year-round camping is Battlefords Provincial Park, a half-hour north of North Battleford, next to Jackfish Lake and the Murray Lake Bird Sanctuary. This large RV park offers more than 300 RV sites, most of which have electric hookups from 15 to 50 amps. Most sites are back-in, but a few are pull-through. This campground offers bathrooms, showers, and laundry. It’s pet-friendly, and each site offers picnic tables and fire rings.
Sports play a significant role in North Battleford, and sports enthusiasts will find many fun things to do. Visit the North Battleford Sports Museum & Hall of Fame or the Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame in Battleford. If you want to participate yourself, you’ll find plenty of golf courses, ballfields, and bowling alleys. Feast on comfort food served up at many of the city's excellent restaurants to recoup your energy afterward.
There’s plenty for art lovers in North Battleford also. You're sure to find a show at the Dekker Center for the Performing Arts, and North Battleford is especially proud of its First Nations collections. Both the Chapel Gallery and the Allen Sapp Gallery feature fantastic works of art celebrating indigenous heritage.
Just across the river in Battleford, explore historic Fort Battleford National Historic Site. This late-19th-century fort was established to protect early traders and settlers and today offers self-guided tours, interpretive exhibits, and artifacts from the period. Several other smaller historic sites give you plenty of history to learn about as you park your motorhome rental in North Battleford.