Saskatchewan’s provincial parks are ready for visitors this long weekend and have officially opened their doors today, May 19. 

"The May long weekend has marked the start of a new camping season for many years now in our province," Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Laura Ross said. "It's the weekend where seasonal campers set up their home away from home for the summer, and the weekend where many families get to enjoy their first campfire of the year together. We are looking forward to another busy but memorable season in the parks."

The Saskatchewan Government reminds campers that daily and weekly park entry permits can be purchased online and printed at home in advance of their visit.

 If an annual entry permit was purchased but has not been delivered yet, campers will receive a temporary permit via email that can be printed and displayed in their vehicles until the actual permit arrives in the mail. 

Upon arriving in the park, campers can go directly to their campsite with their entry permit displayed to be automatically checked in. 

Many events and guided park programs will kick off this weekend, with many activities to explore such as crafts, hikes, campfires, night sky-gazing, geocaching, recreation sports and activities. 

Self-guided Park Discovery Packs will be available to borrow in most parks, states the Saskatchewan Government. The packs include everything needed to complete a craft, explore the park or conduct science experiments. 

The Government reminds campers that alcohol and recreational cannabis will be banned this May long weekend. Cottages, rental cabins and any business facilities serving liquor in licensed establishments in parks are not affected by the ban. 

Those looking to book a last-minute May long trip can do so by clicking here.