|Buffalo Pound Provincial Park|
Background: There are many trails in the coulees and valleys
of the Buffalo Pound area. The region blends the scenic beauty of the
Qu'Appelle Valley system with the vibrant wetlands of the Nicolle Flats
Nature area. Established in 1963, the area was named after evidence
suggested that Plains Indians hunted bison in the region. Plains bison
were introduced to the park in 1972 and a small herd remains.
Difficulty: Beginner to Intermediate - There is nothing too troubling about the trails at Buffalo Pound Provincial Park. Most of the riding is within valleys and coulees, and over grasslands. Riders need not anticipate anything too demanding. One of the more pressing concerns is getting lost. Even though the area is completely mapped and well marked, it is sometimes easy to confuse your directions. Establish landmarks that will help you develop a sense of your location.
Directions: Buffalo Pound Provincial Park is located 27 kilometers northeast of Moose Jaw via Highway 2 and Highway 202, or Highway 301.
update October 2012 - pdf of the trails
update December 2010
This network of mountain biking trails is a favourite place to ride for members of the Offroad Syndicate, South Sask Mountain Bike Club, Moose Jaw Pavers, and other cyclists in the region. Located just 27 KM northeast of Moose Jaw and situated on the shores of Buffalo Pound Lake in Qu’Appelle Valley; these trails boast scenic views of surrounding valley that makes up Buffalo Pound Provincial Park.These trails have a rich history of hosting some of the highest level of mountain bike racing in the country.On two occasions the Buffalo Pound Trail Network has hosted Canada Cup mountain bike competitions. It has also hosted numerous provincial and club level competitions and events. Currently it has been the venue for Saskatchewan’s largest mountain bike event, XC8 for past 6 years.The quality and success of these trails are mainly due to the hard work of local riders and clubs who help maintain these trails for everyone to use.
Some of the trails to keep an eye out for are Weeping Fee, Roots, Heaven, Jack the Ripper (for the downhill crowd) and Elevator (one challenging climb). This is a great location for a multi-day biking location as it is located in Buffalo Pound Provincial Park that boasts full service camping, beaches and a general store. The best season for riding at Buffalo Pound is from May to October.