This summer I had the opportunity to revisit Douglas Provincial Park. We stayed in one of the few remaining non-electrical sites on the edge of the campground. It was cozy, quiet, and a five minute walk to the beach/store or service centre. Most sites look well-treed with some privacy from neighbours.
Diefenbaker Lake is very low this year and as a result the mud shoreline is extensive. You could probably walk for miles along the shore. The mud beach is smooth, dry, and ideal for building sandcastles. The lake was still enjoyable as it is very deep and long. We went for dips in the cool water and rented kayaks one morning. Paddleboats, water bikes, stand up paddle boards, and plastic canoes are also available to rent.
One morning we biked the Trans Canada Trail south on Wolf Willow and the Qu’Appelle paths. The trails are mostly mowed grass, so a bit of a workout and not as enjoyable as dirt trails. We stopped at South Beach to take in the views. South Beach is known for its privacy and beautiful sand. It is accessible by vehicle down a grid road/goat path. However there are no amenities there.
A unique feature of Douglas Provincial Park are the Sand Dunes. We were fortunate to attend a guided moon hike. It is about a four kilometre hike to the dunes. It is a neat area to explore and observe. A storm threatened overhead of us during our hike, but we made it out dry.
A trip to the town of Elbow was also a part of our experience. We took in the marina, art gallery, and an antique store. Elbow also has a museum and sod house to visit.
We plan on visiting Gardiner Dam and hiking the full dune trails next time we visit!