Winter Activities


Winter Recreation:



Downhill Skiing:



Wapiti Valley Regional Park boasts one of the best provincial down hill ski areas.  The Ski area has 10 runs and a quad chair lift.  The chalet underwent major expansion and renovations in 2005.  Everything you need for Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding is available for rent at the Pro Shop.  There are day passes, family passes, and seasonal lift tickets available.  There are also discount rental rates available at the Ski hill for tenants of “The Outerbanks”.  Please click here to access lift ticket as well as ski and snowboard rental information.  You may also contact Wapiti Valley Ski Park for more information at 306 862 5621










North East Saskatchewan boasts some of the best and consistent snow fall in the province of Saskatchewan.  “The Outer Banks” is located along the Saskatchewan river, which connects to Nipawin Via Codette Lake.  Approx 30 miles of snowmobiling to Nipawin, along Codette lake and the Saskatchewan  River. 

“The Outer Banks” is adjacent to the Fort a La Corne forest reserve which has hundreds of miles of marked and unmarked trails.

Snowmobilers can head north across the Saskatchewan river towards Choiceland and the northern provincial forestry.  Approx ½ hr snowmobile ride will get you to the forest fringe from where you can access trails leading to Narrow Hills provincial park, Lower fishing lake, and the well known “Eskers”.





Gas is available 6 km east at Wapiti Valley Ski Resort or in the town of Gronlid, located 14 Km south.


For additional information you can contact the following snowmobile associations

Melfort Snowmobile Club - Melfort

Twinlakes Trail Blazers – Nipawin

Lower Fishing Lake Esker/Bear Snowmobile Association


Please click here to access snowmobile rental information.





Cross Country Skiing:


The Outerbanks is located adjacent to the Fort a La Corne forest reserve and is approximately 10 minutes from the “Gronlid Ski Trails”.  The Melfort Cross Country Ski Club maintains and grooms over 30 kilometers of trails within the forest.  You can access the Gronlid trails off highway 6 south of the Wapiti Ski hill, or 2 miles directly south of The Outerbanks along the trail road.  A second set of trails located NW of the Outerbanks approx 5 minutes away (which may or may not be maintained, depending on recent snow conditions).  Originally known as the Tomilin Trails, the Melfort club periodically maintains these trails.  There is a 3rd set of trails toward the town of Codette approx 10 miles to the NE.



Please click here to access Melfort Cross Country Ski Club's website which provides detailed maps and descriptions of the cross country ski trails just minutes from your doorstep at The Outerbanks.







 Sledding Hill:


For our Guests we offer a fantastic sliding hill 200 meters from your door.  The hill is approx 200 meters long and curves to the North West.  We encourage you to bring your own sleds such as crazy carpets, tire tubes, saucers, etc.  Kids will spend hours on this sliding hill.




Ice Fishing:


“The Outerbanks” overlooks Codette Lake, with access to the fishing area within 5 minutes from the Chalet.  The Saskatchewan River and Codette Lake may be accessed with a pick up truck or snowmobile.  Codette Lake has become a popular destination for ice fisherman, as it is upstream of the well known Tobin Lake.  Make sure to bring your own ice fishing shack, fishing gear, and bait.  We ask that fish are not cleaned and processed in The Outerbanks facility.  However, guests wanting to process fish can make arrangements with us for cleaning facilities in our farm shop.




If you are adventuresome and enjoy the outdoors, snowshoeing is a great way to spend the day.  Considering you can go off on your own without having to stick to groomed trails, you have limitless places to explore and travel.   The Fort a La Corne forestry offers miles and miles of area to discover.



Skeet/Clay Pigeon Shooting:


For guests at “The Outerbanks” we offer you the opportunity to shoot Skeet/Clay pigeons off our patio Deck.  We do supply a skeet thrower however you must supply shotguns, skeets, and ammo. Sportsmen require a hunter safety to partake in this activity.  Please enquire with The Outerbanks if the skeet thrower is available.




R&R - Rest and Relaxation:


Clearly one of the most underrated activities but one of the most rewarding , is to just sit and relax at “The Outerbanks”   Our location and choice of building site offer people from all walks of life an opportunity to just take in the beauty of the world around you. We offer 5 star accommodations with all the amenities in a  truly remote country wilderness setting.  If you value quality family time “The Outerbanks” clearly presents you the opportunity to spend time with family and friends.



Fall Recreation:


Over the years Saskatchewan has become a very well known destination for hunters.  Although many Non Resident and Canadian resident hunters come to Saskatchewan, there is also a growing trend of resident hunters hunting in different regions within the province.  Our facility is well suited to accommodate the needs of  Canadian residents, Non Residents, and Saskatchewan residents. 


The Outerbanks Chalet is situated along the Fort a La Corne Forest Reserve, overlooking the majestic Saskatchewan River.  Our location is ideal to access big game and waterfowl opportunities alike.



Bird Hunting: Non-Resident Freelance Waterfowl Hunters:


The waterfowl season opens Sept 01 and runs through November.  The best dates are in September and October.  There are specific regulations for Non resident waterfowl hunters.  All hunters need to refer to the “Saskatchewan Hunting Guide” at and familiarize themselves with the current hunting and firearm regulations.  When staying at “The Outer Banks” You can expect to have opportunities to harvest Greater and Lesser Canada geese, Snows and Blues and some Whitefronted (Specklebelly) geese.  Waterfowl hunters can expect to harvest Mallards and Pintail, along with widgeon, teal, gadwall and northern shovelers.  Hunters wanting to set up on larger water bodies can expect to see most diver species including, ringnecks, blue bills, canvasbacks and redheads etc.


Big Game Hunting:


The Fort a La Corne Forest Reserve has its own regulations on seasons, access, draw seasons etc.  If you are planning a big game trip in this Island Forest it is critical to be sure as the rules specific to this piece of forestry.




Saskatchewan Resident Hunters:


Canadian Resident Hunters:


                Whitetail deer