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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snowmobiling:

 

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

 

SNOWMOBILE RENTALS

Twin Lakes Snowmobile Rentals Nipawin        (306) 862 3396         (ask for Jerry)
Saskatoon Sled & Sea-Doo Rentals www.saskatoonssr.com   Saskatoon (306) 227 7533 (sled) 
Snowmobile Rentals Saskatoon (306) 653 4330
Snocruise

http://www.snocruise.com/snofleet.html

Saskatoon (306) 242 6716

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 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.

 

 

 

Horse Drawn Sleigh (Winter) and Wagon (Summer) Rides:
Mark Hodgson has offered sleigh and wagon rides for families and group functions for many years. You can either travel 45 minutes south to his farm or he would likely come directly to The Outerbanks.  If you book this fantastic winter or summer activity, plan on taking your kids out for a wiener roast/campfire or simply a ride through the forest. Call Mark Hodgson (306 921 7584) for more information and to discuss options for a horse drawn ride.
 
 
 
Dog Team "Musher" Excursions:
There is a young 15 year old musher located in Choiceland (approx. ½ hour north) of the Outerbanks.  You can contact Kaidan Nilson or his dad Kirk Nilson (306 428 2191h, 306 862 7181 cel) to inquire about the possibility of organizing a dog sled trip.  Most sled dog trips occur north of Choiceland  in which you can experience an amazing afternoon with Kaiden and his dog team.
 
 
Curling:
Guests of The Outerbanks have rented ice time in the past booked at the Choiceland or Ridgedale Curling Clubs.  If you are interested in curling while staying at The Outerbanks, you can contact the Choiceland curling club at (306) 428-2260 to coordinate rates and rental times. Choiceland is approx. 20 minutes North of the Outerbanks. You can also contact the Ridgedale Curling Rink Lounge at (306) 277-2072.  Ridgedale is approximately a ½ hour drive southeast of The Outerbanks.
 
 
Gronlid Rink:
If you are interested in renting ice to skate or play hockey, the Gronlid skating rink can be reached at (306) 277-4653 or Kent Mooney at (306) 921-9016 for rates and times.  Gronlid Rink is an old style hockey rink with natural ice, located 15 minutes south of The Outerbanks.
 
 
 

 

Snowshoeing:

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 liability reasons we no longer allow skeet shooting from any of the cabins at The Outerbanks.  Please contact The Outerbanks for information and safe locations where skeet shooting is permitted at your own risk.

 

 

 

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: Self-Guided 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 http://www.environment.gov.sk.ca/hunting and familiarize themselves with the current hunting and firearm regulations.  When staying at The Outerbanks 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