Are you one of those people who relish the chance to get outside and hike, view stunning landscapes, observe wildlife and enjoy the smell of a crackling campfire?
But, and maybe this is a big but, you are not a fan of camping?
A solution for you outdoorsy, but not-so-happy campers may be just Camp-Easy, available at several provincial parks all over Saskatchewan.
I had an opportunity to enjoy the canvas yurts at Echo Valley Provinical Park with minimal effort and preparation on my part. These round, tent-like shelters give you the experience of camping with advantage of bringing you up off the ground, resulting in a warmer and drier night.
My effort was so minimal that I forgot my sleeping bag! Good thing I had a few blankets in the Wanderer-mobile that I normally carry for the inevitable riverbank picnic.
The tents come equipped with a few canvas cots inside. Outside you have a firepit, picnic area with a mosquito net and - the part that I enjoyed the most - a big box filled with all you need for a perfect night beside the fire. Inside are a couple of lamps, kindling, matches and a propane stove. How is that for camping made easy?!
As setting up camp was so quick, I had a lot of time to explore the visitor centre and learn about the area. To my delight, they have some mega discoveries on display. These now-extinct mammals roamed the Earth during my favourite era, the Pleistocene Epoch. The short-faced bear is an Ice Age animal I'd love to learn more about.
Next Fozzy and I enjoyed a stunning hike along the hills of the Qu'Appelle Valley. Just a few steps into the hike and you come across a great view of the valley, its lakes and of course the beautliful fall colours.
Thanks for reading friends.