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Published August 29th 2013
Be an ecosystem explorer
One does not have to travel far to experience a bit of the wild. A perfect place to go for a nature break exists 13km outside of the city of Saskatoon. Beaver Creek Conservation Area presents a microcosm of the Meewasin Valley and a great way to explore nature.
Beaver Creek Conservation Area. Photo credit: Lisa Gulak
Beaver Creek Conservation Area consists of a sheltered creek, river valley and a prairie habitat. It contains one of the few remaining uncultivated short grass prairies left in Saskatchewan. Beaver Creek Conservation Area has an interpretative centre and staff to provide helpful material to discover the natural treasures within the conservation area.
Many birds and wildlife make the Beaver Creek Conservation Area their home. Songbirds, shorebirds, waterfowl and predator birds can all be spotted in the area. Wildlife includes beavers, muskrats, minks, and frogs. Beaver Creek Conservation Area is an all season destination. In the summer months, the area is popular with bird watchers, hikers, and those wanting a nice picnic spot. In winter, some of the trails are used by cross country skiers.
There are five marked walking trails at Beaver Creek Conservation Area. The trails pass through different elements of the ecosystem and include forested paths, the sandy banks of the creek and the open prairie grassland. The Orange Trail is the longest one at 4km and it runs in a loop. The Red Trail is 0.8km and explores the forested banks of the creek. The Yellow Trail is 1km and is also a forested path. The Green Trail is 1.5km and is an interpretative trail that follows the banks of Beaver Creek. The Blue Trail is 0.5km and brings the visitor closer to the creek to view beavers and wildlife.