What to see and do in Saskatchewan this summer

Start planning your summer vacation with our list of the top five motorsports-related things to do in Saskatchewan

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A person riding a jet ski on a lake in Saskatchewan.

From jet skiing and ATVing to dirt biking, there is plenty to do in Saskatchewan this summer. — photo courtesy Tourism Saskatchewan/Greg Huszar Photography

Saskatchewan—the land of lakes and living skies—is about to come alive as summer sweeps across the province, bringing ATVers, motorcyclists and boaters out of hibernation. Long summer days mean endless opportunities for play. But where to begin?

Well, here are five possible ways you can spend your summertime in Saskatchewan: 

1. Visit Otopasso Trails

Open to both dirt bikers and ATVers, the Otopasso Trails motocross facility south of Saskatoon features 61 hectares (150 acres) of riding terrain. There are three separate tracks, including one that is designated for small-wheel-bikes. The facility also contains natural hills, trails and a valley for recreational riding and it plays host to major events, such as the Canadian Motosport Racing Corporation's provincial series. For more information, visit the Saskatoon Track ’N’  Trail Motocross Club’s website.

A group of motocrossers taking off from the starting gate.

Otopasso Trails motocross facility is suitable for riders of all skill levels and ages. — Curtis Hermanson photo

2. Get dirty at the Wickid Motor Sports Mud Extravaganza

The Wickid Motor Sports Mud Extravaganza in Regina is a huge event that includes mud bogs, monster truck demos, lawn mower racing and live music. It is sanctioned by the Canadian Mud Racing Organization, and racers come from Manitoba, Alberta and B.C. to compete. The event, which is now in its third year, will take place July 24 to 26, 2015. For more information, see the website

A side by side going over a jump.

The Wickid Motor Sports Mud Extravaganza features everything from side by sides to lawnmowers and monster trucks. — Brandy Fox photo

3. Watch a watercross race

The Western Canadian Watercross Association (WCWA) is the sanctioning body for the sport of jet ski racing in Western Canada and it holds a number of events throughout the year. One of WCWA’s biggest events, however, takes place on July 18 and 19, 2015 in conjunction with Saskatoon’s River Lights Festival. It usually includes a night race under the lights. For more information, see the WCWA website

Carla Klippenstein riding a jet ski around a buoy.

The WCWA race in Saskatoon attracts a roster of professional racers, such as Carla Klippenstein. — Carrie Klassen photo/Fotographia Dynamic Photography

4. ATVing in Big River

ATVers who are looking for beautiful terrain and scenery that changes with every passing kilometre should check out Big River. Around this town are more than 300 kilometres of ATV trails, as well as numerous lakes and rivers for anglers to explore. Plus in September, the local ATV club, the Timber Trails ATV Cooperative Inc., usually holds an annual rally. 

ATVers crossing a bridge in Big River, Saskatchewan.

Spend some time on the trails in Big River. — photo courtesy Barry Nontell

5. Boating on Lake Diefenbaker

Leave all thoughts of spinning tires at home and spend some time relaxing on the cool, clean water of Lake Diefenbaker. Home to three marinas, seven boat launches and 800 kilometres of shoreline, Lake Diefenbaker is a popular destination for watersport enthusiasts. Traffic on this lake is low so fighting for a spot on the lake is rarely a problem. For more information, see the Lake Diefenbaker Tourism website

Boats at a marina on Lake Diefenbaker.

Whether it’s sailing, speed boating or jet skiing, Lake Diefenbaker caters to all water sport enthusiasts with its crisp, clean waters. — Gail Jansen photo

What are your favourite things to see and do in Saskatchewan? We’re looking for story ideas for our Summer Tour 2015 issue of RidersWest

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