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Soggy start to Saskatchewan parks week

July 10-17 is Saskatchewan parks week, but it may be a soggy celebration in some provincial parks.
July 10-17 is Saskatchewan parks week, but it may be a soggy celebration in some provincial parks. File / Global News

Parks week is off to a soggy start in some parts of Saskatchewan.

The provincial government has proclaimed July 10-17 as Saskatchewan parks week.

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Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Mark Docherty kicked off the week at Blackstrap provincial park, where 63 new campground sites were officially opened.

“Saskatchewan’s provincial parks are the jewels of our province,” Docherty stated.

“We know that access to recreational opportunities and nature are two things that make the quality of life in Saskatchewan so enviable.  Each of our provincial parks offers something special for visitors to discover.”

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Provincial parks will be hosting a number of activities throughout the week to celebrate and the Saskatchewan Express will be performing at eight different parks.

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However, those festivities may be dampened with parts of southern Saskatchewan under a rainfall warning.

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There are also new programs being offered all-season long in provincial parks, including learn to camp, learn to fish and the cultural access pass, giving newcomers free entry to day-use areas of the parks.

The festivities wrap up on Saturday with Canada’s parks days.