A Grasslands Paddle- Picnic-Yoga-Labyrinth Tour – Cruisin Christine
*Bonus points if you can come up with a catchy tour name*
One of the best things about getting involved in tourism in Southwest Saskatchewan is building relationships, networking, and seeing tourism businesses work together to create new experiences.
This past weekend, I joined Cypress Hills Destination Area, Carefree Adventures, The Crossing, Mary’s Labyrinth, Yoga with Norine, and Cypress Hills Winery on an adventure in the west block of Grasslands National Park.
When I travel, I like a balance of free time and guided tours. Jumping on an organized tour takes the logistics and planning out of the picture. Some people thrive off of organizing and day planning, but I am definitely not one of those people. Grace and I spent 2 nights in Grasslands, allowing for some free exploration, as well as a day of guided adventuring.
We started the day at The Crossing, a unique accommodation just outside of Val Marie. They have a beautiful yard with views of 70 Mile Butte and offer two one roomed suites and one with two bedrooms.
We then jumped in The Prairie Dog tour bus that was pulling a trailer full of Kayaks and took a scenic drive into Grasslands National Park. Carefree Adventures is a kayak tour company. They bring everything you need for a paddle: kayaks, life jackets, safety gear, paddles, and knowledge of the Frenchman River. As much as I would love my own kayak, the thought of hauling it around and cleaning it for inspection makes me happy to just use Carefree’s equipment. It’s also nice to have a guide that is familiar with the river and the plants and animals found in it. An added bonus for me was that I got to bring my step daughter. I loved seeing her enjoy kayaking as much as I do. She was a natural!