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What You Can Do

The Great Sand Hills of southwestern Saskatchewan are the largest remaining piece of native prairie ecosystem in Canada. Like so many other ecological treasures, they are endangered by various forms of development, including the expansion of oil and gas drilling.

What can you do to help protect the area? Here are a few ideas:

  1. Visit the area

    Get to know the hills so you can get a sense of their value first hand. But be careful to be a respectful traveler, since the hills can be damaged by overuse. Avoid off road travel, for example. Be cautious of extremely sandy roads and wet weather!

    The hills are not a well-known or developed travel destination and there are no parks or tourist developments, which may be a welcome change for eco-travelers. The Great Sand Hills can be accessed from:

    • Highway 21 between Leader and Maple Creek by heading East on side roads.
    • Highway 738 between Abbey and Tompkins by heading West on side roads.
    • Highway 32 near Sceptre by heading South on grid roads. The Town of Sceptre offers a Great Sand Hills museum and some interpretive services for the area.
    • Great Sandhills & River Routes website has information about self-guided tours in the area.
  2. Learn about the Hills

    A unique landscape that does not exist anywhere else in the world. These dunes support what is considered the best sand hill vegetation in Canada and have been identified as one of five Natural Areas of Canadian Significance in Saskatchewan. For more information, visit this CPAWS-Saskatchewan link.

  3. Make your feelings known to politicians

    If you want to see the hills protected, and the level of protection extended, contact you MLA or the Minister of the Environment to make your views known. Contact information is available at the Saskatchewan Legislature site.

  4. Join an environmental group working to protect the hills

    Active groups include: