I recently returned from camping at Moose Mountain Provincial Park. It was my first visit in many years. I had a site in the small Lynwood campground. This area had electricity, water, flush toilets and showers. Most sites are semi-private at best, but are still better than the crammed sites at Fish Creek campground.
Activities are spread out through the park. The beach is over two kilometres from the campgrounds. However, there is a bike path along the road. There are five main hiking trails ranging from 2 to 4.5 kilometres. I enjoyed the Beaver Lake Trail (4.5km). This connects with Youell Lake Trail, so a 7.5km hike is possible. I found the Peninsula Trail less engaging. It had no interpretive signs and the path is cut grass. I did spot several birds – a northern flicker, yellow-bellied sapsuckers, yellow warbler, American crows – a wood frog, and red squirrels during my hike.
The beach is large, clean, and has soft sand. A store and change rooms/showers are very close to the beach. The beach was very popular while I was there. To the east is the visitor centre and artists’ colony. Kayaks, canoes, geocaching equipment can be rented at the centre. The park also offers events such as guided hikes, arts, crafts, and educational programs; mainly geared towards children.
During my stay I also spent time in Carlyle due to rain. The town has a busy coffee shop called Michael’s, which serves delicious cinnamon buns. I visited Cannington Manor Provincial Historic Park one morning as well (this deserves its own blog).
I would return to Moose Mountain Provincial Park. It is moderately close to Regina (a two hour drive), has several hiking/biking trails, an excellent beach, a small lake to kayak or canoe on, and has several attractions nearby (Red Market Barn, Prairie Dog Drive In, and waterslides…).