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Saskatchewan travel restrictions: Where you can go in May 2021

Keen to start travelling again? Here’s what you need to know about local restrictions.

While interprovincial travel is reserved for essential journeys only, Saskatchewan residents are permitted to travel around the province freely. There are still restrictions and guidelines in place, but these are slowly being eased as the “Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan” is rolled out.

Here’s what you need to know about where you can stay, how you can get around and what you can do in Saskatchewan right now.

Accommodation in Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan residents should avoid travelling for non-essential purposes, both within and outside of the province. However, hotels, holiday homes and boat accommodation all remain open for members of the same household.

Staying with family or friends

Currently, you are not allowed to stay with friends or family unless you live alone or are part of a co-parenting arrangement. Private outdoor gatherings are permitted for a maximum of ten people as long as members from different households keep at least two metres apart.

Staying at hotels

Hotels are open in Saskatchewan and are accepting bookings of up to ten people from the same household. Visitors must book rooms in advance and wear face coverings in all public areas. To keep customers safe, hotels are increasing cleaning in common areas and implementing one-way systems where necessary.

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Staying in a holiday home

You are allowed to stay in a holiday home with up to ten members from your own household. This can be your own holiday home or something you’ve booked on a website such as VRBO.

Staying at hostels

All hostels in Saskatchewan remain closed.

Camping and caravanning

Campsites and caravan sites across Saskatchewan are currently open and operating at full capacity. Reservations must be made in advance for all parties, and where possible, payment should be made using contactless methods.

Bookings can be made for up to ten people. However, members of different households must stay two metres apart at all times. All communal facilities, including washrooms and laundry facilities will be open with social distancing measures in place.

Boats and yachts

Boating is permitted in the province of Saskatchewan. There is a maximum of ten people per booking, and everyone should be from the same household.

Tourist attractions in Saskatchewan

The majority of Saskatchewan’s major tourist attractions are open and operating at 50% of their usual capacity. Most venues are using timed admission to limit the number of visitors at one time, and booking is essential for all visits.

Everyone must wear a face covering and maintain a distance of at least two metres from other parties while indoors. All venues have increased social distancing measures and increased hygiene stations across the venue.

Popular attractions that are currently open include the following:

  • Wanuskewin Heritage Park
  • Saskatchewan Science Centre
  • Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park and Zoo
  • Royal Saskatchewan Museum
  • Fort Walsh National Historic Site

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National parks

Both of the national parks in Saskatchewan are now open for business. Some trails and visitor centres remain closed, and group events and programs are suspended until further notice. When you’re out exploring, be sure to keep a two-metre distance from people outside of your immediate household.

The following parks have reopened:

  • Grasslands National Park
  • Prince Albert National Park
  • Beaches and local parks

Beaches and local parks are now open for you to enjoy. Saskatchewan residents can gather in groups of up to ten people as long as a distance of two metres is maintained between households.

If a park or beach is overcrowded, visitors are encouraged to find a quieter area or leave altogether. Washroom facilities and recreational rentals are currently available in most parks and beaches, with increased cleaning procedures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Here’s a quick list of popular parks and beaches in Saskatchewan that remain open:

  • Wanuskewin Heritage Park
  • Greenwater Lake Provincial Park
  • Meewasin Trail
  • Manitou Beach
  • Echo Valley Provincial Park
  • Candle Lake
  • Regina Beach
  • Saskatchewan Beach
  • Meadow Lake Provincial Park
  • Moose Mountain Provincial Park
  • Getting to and from your holiday
  • Driving within Saskatchewan

You may drive anywhere in Saskatchewan if it is an essential journey. However, you should only travel in a car with members of the same household. If this isn’t possible, people in the vehicle should distance themselves as much as possible and wear a mask at all times.

Flights within Saskatchewan

Provincial flights between Saskatchewan’s three main cities, Saskatoon, Regina and Prince Albert are all still running on a reduced schedule. Flights can be booked for essential journeys only, including medical, educational or work matters.

Flights to Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan residents should avoid all non-essential travel, both to Canadian and international destinations.

If you are returning to Canada from an international location, you will need to adhere to federal requirements. On request of the Canadian government, all international travellers must spend three nights at a government-approved hotel, at their own cost, and take two COVID-19 tests. If results come back negative, it will then be mandatory to self-isolate for the remainder of the 14 days. If the results are positive, you must stay in the hotel for the rest of the 14 days.

While it’s unnecessary to self-isolate when you return to Saskatchewan from another province, authorities recommend that you self-monitor for two weeks and isolate if any signs of COVID-19 do appear. They also ask that you get tested on the day of your arrival and then seven days later.

Coach and bus services

All bus services in Saskatchewan are running routes as usual, with a reduced service on some routes. All travellers must book their tickets in advance and sit in their allocated seats. Passengers must wear face masks at all times.

  • Rider Express. Schedules are running as usual between Regina and Edmonton and between Regina and Winnipeg. Passengers must pre-book tickets and wear masks throughout the journey.
    Prince Albert Northern Bus Lines. Buses are running as usual throughout Saskatchewan. All passengers are asked to wear masks and sanitize their hands before boarding.
  • KCTI Travels. There is a limited service running between Prince Albert, Saskatoon and Edmonton. All passengers must wear a face-covering throughout the journey.
    Ferry services

All of the government-run car-ferry crossings will continue to run from April to November. Priority will be given to enclosed vehicles, and all passengers should stay in their car during the crossing. Foot passengers are not currently permitted.

Here’s a list of the Saskatchewan ferry crossings that are still operating:

  • Cecil Ferry
  • Clarkboro Ferry
  • Estuary Ferry
  • Fenton Ferry
  • Hague Ferry
  • Lancer Ferry
  • Lemsford Ferry
  • Paynton Ferry
  • Riverhurst Ferry
  • St.Laurent Ferry
  • Weldon Ferry
  • Wingard Ferry
  • Wollaston Lake Barge

You can check the current status of each crossing on the Saskatchewan government website.

Which territories and provinces can I travel to?

Due to different COVID-19 infection rates across the country, Canada’s territories and provinces have different rules and regulations in place. All borders remain open for essential travel, but self-isolation is mandatory in many regions.

  • Alberta. Borders are open for essential travel only.
  • Manitoba. Borders are open for essential travel only – all arrivals must complete 14 days of mandatory self-isolation.
    New Brunswick. Borders are open for essential travel only – all arrivals must complete 14 days of mandatory self-isolation.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador. Borders are open for essential travel only – all arrivals must complete 14 days of mandatory self-isolation.
  • Northwest Territories. Borders are open for essential travel only – all arrivals to Yellowknife, Inuvik, Hay River or Fort Smith must complete 14 days of mandatory self-isolation.
  • Nova Scotia. Borders are open for essential travel only – all arrivals must complete 14 days of mandatory self-isolation unless you arrive from Prince Edward Island.
  • Nunavut. Borders are open for essential travel only – all travellers must self-isolate for 14 days in Ottawa, Winnipeg, Edmonton or Yellowknife before boarding the plane.
  • Ontario. Borders are open for essential travel only – on arrival, a 14-day self-isolation period is strongly advised.
    Prince Edward Island. Unless a resident, travellers must apply in advance to travel to PEI and self-isolate for 14-days on arrival.
  • Quebec. Borders are open for essential travel only.
    British Columbia. Borders are open for essential travel only.
  • Yukon. Borders are open for essential travel only – all arrivals must complete 14 days of mandatory self-isolation.

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Frequently asked questions about travelling in Saskatchewan during the COVID-19 pandemic

How far can I travel from home?

While things may have opened up in Saskatchewan, residents are still advised to avoid all but essential travel. If you are hoping to venture out to restaurants, attractions and national parks, the Saskatchewan government asks that you stay as local as possible and only travel with members of your own household.

Are there any regional travel restrictions?

The Saskatchewan government is currently asking everyone to avoid travelling outside of their local area, except for essential journeys. These include going to work, picking up groceries, collecting medical supplies or travelling for education.

Can I travel to Saskatchewan if I live in another territory or province?

If you’re from another territory or province, you can travel to Saskatchewan for essential journeys only. A 14-day isolation period is not mandatory in the province, but it is highly encouraged.

Do I need to limit the number of people I travel with?

Residents should only travel with people from the same household and only for essential reasons. This includes work, education and medical reasons.

Do I need to pre-book to visit dining venues and attractions?

Yes. With many venues still operating at a reduced capacity, it is important to pre-book your visit. Attractions such as museums and galleries are using time-allocated tickets to ensure effective social distancing inside the venue. You will be given a time slot to arrive and, in some cases, a maximum time you can stay.

Will I need to self-isolate or go into quarantine when I return from my trip?

This depends on your home province or territory. Most regions, apart from Alberta and Quebec, are asking travellers to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival. In Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Prince Edward Island and Yukon, it is mandatory for all new arrivals to self-isolate for 14 days.


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