Tucked away in Meadow Lake Provincial Park in northwestern Saskatchewan is a luxurious eco lodge on the waterfront of Grieg Lake. Once checked into Waters Edge, you won’t want to check out.
Shelly Pikowicz is the creative force behind this rustic-designed lodge in the northern boreal forest. A long-time dream realized with the help of her son and daughter-in-law, Kelly and Carolyn, the lodge offers eight spacious rooms as well as a rental cottage. Each room in the lodge is carefully decorated with attention to the smallest detail—from fluffy white towels and linens to a fresh-cut daisy on each bedside table. However, the best feature is the perfect view of the lake from the private deck, complete with rising sun in the morning.
Although not a restaurant, Shelly provides breakfast with the option for lunches or evening meals for her guests. A love of entertaining can be seen in both Shelly’s presentation of meals and the elegant yet cozy décor in the dining room, with a feature fireplace to enjoy during the cool autumn evenings.
Inside the lodge are reading nooks, a corner for puzzles and games, and an enclosed verandah to enjoy the evening. Dotting the lodge grounds are Adirondack chairs to appreciate the lake view, hammocks for relaxing and the use of canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards for a little more adventure.
The lodge also has both indoor and outdoor venues—perfect for weddings, family reunions and business conventions— that can accommodate up to 150 people. They offer guests plenty of room to converse, eat and relax.
My first visit to the provincial park, I was thrilled to have a few days of unscheduled wandering. I acquainted myself with the area by exploring the several kilometres of trails surrounding the Eco Lodge. Shelly packed a picnic lunch so I could eat on the go and I wandered into the boreal forest, getting lucky and spotting a few eagles’ nests in the aspen trees.
With more than 20 lakes in one of the province’s largest parks, as well as several rivers and streams, there’s no shortage of trails to hike, or views to enjoy. I particularly enjoyed my bike along the nature trail to Little Raspberry Lake for a view of the sun setting over the water.
For my final day, I connected with Lillian from the Park Office who took me on a tour of the west block of the park. From up-high views at the Humphrey Lake viewing tower to enjoying the fall colours reflecting in the water at Pierce Lake, my favourite was hiking along an esker, a winding ridge left behind by the glacier, on the Boreal Trail to see an unnamed lake next to Lac Des Isles Lake.
Autumn is the perfect time to explore the park with the brilliant yellow and orange leaves blanketing the paths and trails.The options for activities and hiking in the provincial park seem limitless, and my stay at Waters Edge Eco Lodge helped complete the experience.
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