Summer/ Fall Activities

 

 

ATV's:

 

During the summer, Spring and Fall seasons, ATV�s or Quads are commonly used in the area for recreation.  Many of the trails used for x country skiing, and snowmobiling second as ATV trails in the summer.  We do ask that you use the trails with respect.

 

Mountain Biking:

 

Mountain bikes are well suited to use in our area.  We have Hundreds of trails suitable for mountain bikes. 

 

Hiking:

 

For those of you interested in hiking, the x country ski trails offer well looked after trails for your hiking pleasure.  The �Gronlid Trails� are approx 2 Miles South of The Outerbanks Chalet, and the �Tomilin Trails" are approx 1 mile NW of the chalet.  The "Codette Trails" are approx. 10 miles NE of the Chalet.  We can provide more specific directions upon arrival.

 

Sandberg Camp

 

Only several miles from �The Outerbanks� chalet, Sandberg camp is a unique rest area and picnic spot right in the Fort a La Corne forest reserve.  This camp situated along the Saskatchewan River offers some beautiful views of the river valley easily accessible by Bike, ATV, Snowmobile, Hiking, Cross Country Skiing, etc.

Canoeing

 

For the intermediate paddlers, canoeing on the Saskatchewan river can be very rewarding. We encourage guests to launch their canoes North of Kinistino at Weldon Ferry, where they can paddle down stream toward Codette Lake.  The distance is approx 50 Miles. Make sure you leave a pick up vehicle at The Outerbanks Riverside Cabins so you are able to return back to your Chalet at the end of the day.  This is an all day trip but likely consider overnighting. We suggest getting an early start. Pack some survival gear and a first aid kit. Clearly anyone undertaking this activity needs to be a good swimmer and in good physical condition.  Always wear your life jacket.

 

 

Fishing, Swimming, Boating

 

Codette Lake is upstream of the world famous Tobin Lake.  Both lakes were created by damming the Saskatchewan river.  Codette Lake is smaller and less known than Tobin Lake but clearly has a similar fishing reputation.  Both summer and winter offer excellent fishing opportunities for Walleye and Pike, although many other species are caught too.  Both swimming and boating opportunities exist on Codette Lake.

Sea-Dooing/Jet Boating:

 

For the adventuresome outdoorsman heading upstream on seadoos has proven to be very entertaining.  Although you have to be careful of sand bars and floating debris in the river, running rapids upstream and downstream on Seadoo is clearly exhilarating.  For those of you that have a jet boat you will enjoy a 1.5 hour jet boat ride upstream to where the North and South Saskatchewan River meet. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sailing:

 

Codette Lake is a long lake which is suitable for sailing.  Although surrounded by forestry the wind can really blow on Codette lake especially from the North West.  Sailing is not very popular on Codette Lake although the opportunity does present itself.

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Boat and SEA-DOO RENTALS

 

Saskatoon Sled & Sea-Doo Rentals www.saskatoonssr.com  Saskatoon(306) 227 7533 sled 

LeisureLee Boat Rentals

http://www.leisureleeboatrental.ca

 

Prince Albert

(306) 960 5112

(306) 960 2768

leisureleeboatrentals@gmail.com

Horseback - Trail Rides and Pack Trips:

The Outer Banks is very well situated for the horse and Outdoor enthusiasts.  The region in which The Outerbanks is situated offers breath taking views of the Saskatchewan River valley.  Our facilities are set up to accommodate cowboys and cowgirls. We have fenced in pasture where horses are free to roam and graze.  We are situated close to many country trails which make for ideal trail rides. For the more adventuresome there is plenty of opportunity to set up an overnight pack trip, or simply embark on day long trail rides.  Sandberg Camp is a good destination to have lunch and a mid day break.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Torch Trail Bible Camp:

Another public swimming option while staying at The Outerbanks is located at Torch Trail Bible Camp.  The camp is located about 20 minutes north of The Outerbanks, just south-west of Choiceland. Torch Trail Bible Camp has a large outdoor pool and offers public swim times at (306) 428-2989.

 

Torch Trail Bible Camp is located just 20 minutes north of The Outerbanks.  This may provide a perfect opportunity for you to relax while enrolling your children in summer camp.  They offer a variety of camps for different age groups, lengths, and activities. Information in regards to dates, camps, and activities is located at www.torchtrail.ca

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:

  • Bear

  • Elk

  • Moose

  • Whitetail deer

Fishing Maps:

 

The Outerbanks is located on the Saskatchewan River and only a few kilometres away from the start of Codette Lake.  Codette Lake is upstream of the world famous Tobin Lake. Both lakes were created by damming the Saskatchewan river.  Codette Lake is smaller and less known than Tobin Lake but clearly has a similar fishing reputation. Both summer and winter offer excellent fishing opportunities for Walleye and Pike, although many other species are caught too.  Both swimming and boating opportunities exist on Codette Lake.

 

 

 

Codette and Tobin Fishing Map

Ice Fishing Access Points map

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.

Outdoor Hot Tub:

For guests staying at the Riverside Cabins that would like to rent an outdoor hot tub, please contact Jerry Letaine at (306) 921-7383 for inquiries.  Jerry in located in Melfort and will arrange a natural heat, wood burning hot tub, to be delivered for your stay at the Riverside Cabins.

 

 

  

Dining In or Eating Out:

- The Bears Den, located in Grolid (15minutes south of The Outerbanks) has a bar/fast food menu for dining in or take out as well as and separate steak pit and restaurant which can be reserved for smaller functions.  For further information contact Jeannie or Gary (306) 277-4775 or Jeannie`s cel (306) 203-4757.

- Wapiti valley Ski resort chalet has a bar and basic fast food menu. Call (306) 862-5621 or (306) 862-3244 for hours of operation and further information.

 

 

Melfort Wave Pool, Water Park and Northern Lights Palace Arena:

The Melfort Northern Lights Palace has a large water park and wave pool. Contact the pool for public swim times at 306 752 7200 or 752 2177 (info line).

If you are interested in watching Melfort Mustangs Hockey ? contact arena at 306 752 9399 (arena box office) or 306 752 7200.

 

 

Melfort Dynasty Twin Cinemas:

 Check out local movie listings at www.dynastytheatres.ca or call (306) 752-5499 or  (306) 752-5523.

 

 

Catering:

 

If you require catering services for your small or large function there are a few local options available:

- Jeannie at The Bears Den in Gronlid (306) 277-4775.

- Sheryl O Flanagan CATERING in Melfort (306) 752-3763.

Winter Recreation:

Cross Country Skiing Maps:

 

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 kilometres 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.

 

 

Cross Country Skiing Trail Map

Riverside trails (Sandberg camp) map

Melfort Cross Country Ski Club Trail Information

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 Outerbanks 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 Outerbanks 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 1/2hr 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

Lake Country Rentals

www.lakecountryrentals.ca

 

Prince Albert(306) 940-8949 (cel)

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Saskatoon Sled & Sea-Doo Rentals www.saskatoonssr.com  Saskatoon(306) 227 7533 (sled) 

Snowmobile RentalsSaskatoon(306) 653 4330

Snocruise

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

Saskatoon(306) 242 6716

 

 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. 30 minutes 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 30 minute 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.

DJ and Music Services:

If you require DJ and Music services:

- Steve Yaremy in Melfort (306 752 2544)

- John Jonnason in Tisdale (306 873 4977)

 

 

Tent Rental:

If you require tent rentals for your small or large function please ensure you coordinate tent rentals with The Outerbanks as well. 

- Hodgins Auctioneers in Melfort (306 752 2075)

- Terry?s Tent Rentals in Tisdale (306 873 5383)