The Town of Eastend
Location: Eastend, Saskatchewan
Located on highway 13, or the Red Coat Trail (named one of the top 9 scenic drives in Canada in Canadian Geographic Summer 2016 travel magazine) – welcome to the Town of Eastend also known as…Dino Country.
Take a moment to explore this beautiful prairie town surrounded by the picturesque hills of the Frenchman River valley. Located at the eastern end of the rolling Cypress Hills of southwestern Saskatchewan, Eastend is approximately 40 miles from Cypress Hills Inter-Provincial Park and 62 miles from the Town of Maple Creek.
Home to the nationally recognized T-Rex Discovery Centre, operated by the Royal Saskatchewan Museum, and home to Scotty the T-Rex, Canada’s most complete T-Rex dinosaur ever found, Eastend is also home to a plentitude of artists, artisans and potters who make use of the infamous White Clay that is prolific throughout the Valley.
While in Eastend you can enjoy an afternoon browsing some of the Town’s local shops, studios and galleries, or take a tour of the writer’s retreat located within the Stegner House, former home of American author Wallace Stegner. You can also take in one of the many surrounding local attractions which include Chimney Coulee or the nearby Wilkinson Observatory that takes advantage of the incredible dark sky views the area boasts.
If looking to see more of the surrounding area you can take one of many scenic hiking/driving tours developed to allow tourists to explore, or enjoy the iconic Jones Peak tour named after Harold Saunders “Corky” Jones a local amateur paleontologist, or the Chocolate Peak tour, with its interesting history. You may even want to just ask one of the locals or interpreters up at the T-Rex Discovery Centre to point you in the right direction for the best place to go fossil hunting or take in one of the many guided hikes available.
With three parks located within the Townsite, a first-come-first-serve municipal campground located alongside the lazy meandering Frenchman River, an outdoor pool and the Streambank Golf Course, there’s no better place to spend a relaxing day, weekend or extended stay.
Take the time to explore and discover the wonderful treasures located in and around Eastend, Saskatchewan, it just might be the highlight of your trip to the Cypress Hills Destination Area.
Click on the video below to see more of this incredible Town.