|Blackstrap Provincial Park|
Provincial Park is a landmark in southern Saskatchewan thanks to the unusually
large hill that emerges from the top of the valley and towers high over the
prairies. The hill, appropriately titled Mount Blackstrap, is man-made and
provides downhill skiers one of a few areas to ski in the province. The hill
overlooks Blackstrap Lake and was created to provide a venue for some events at
the 1971 Canada Winter Games. The park is 530 hectares and has Nordic ski trails
extending from the bottom of the ski hill near the chalet. The area has been
home to many mountain bike races in recent years. Trails are very well marked
and provide "Level of Difficulty" classifications.
Difficulty: Beginner to Advanced - The single and double track areas are straightforward and free of difficult sections. The main concern in the area is descending Mount Blackstrap. Grasses on the hill can cover small holes that can be dangerous if encountered at high speeds. Always ride within your ability and do not take foolish chances. When in doubt, get off your bike and walk down.
Directions: Blackstrap Provincial Park is located 32 kilometers south of Saskatoon via Highway 11, and 8 kilometers east of Dundurn via Highway 211.
What to Bring: Tire punctures are the most common breakdown at many of the races at Blackstrap, so pack spare inner tubes and take all your tools Temperatures can sometimes play tricks as cold winds blow off the lake. In the spring, when ice remains on the lake, the coolness can sometimes last throughout the day. Be sure to bring the appropriate clothing. The nearest store is in the Town of Dundurn, about 10 kilometers away. If you plan a full day at Blackstrap Provincial Park, make sure you have all the food and fluids you need.