In Saskatchewan, approximately 4.4 million hectares (6.7% of the province as of 2010) are designated as protected. Environment and Climate Change Canada maintains 23 protected areas in Saskatchewan, including 8 National Wildlife Areas (NWAs) and 15 Migratory Bird Sanctuaries (MBSs), comprising over 77 thousand hectares of the province's protected lands and waters. Saskatchewan has the second-largest portion of Environment and Climate Change Canada's network of protected areas (16%).
Map of Environment and Climate Change Canada's Protected Areas in Saskatchewan
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Map showing the number of Environment and Climate Change Canada's protected areas in Saskatchewan, totalling 23 divided among 8 National Wildlife Areas (NWAS) and 15 Migratory Bird Sanctuaries (MBSs).
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List of Protected Areas in Saskatchewan
The tables below contain information about the NWAs and MBSs shown on the map above. In addition to the name, year of establishment, and size of each protected area, the tables indicate how these sites fit into national and international networks of conservation areas. The following entities may be noted:
National Wildlife Areas
|NWA Name||Year established||Size in hectares|
|Last Mountain Lake NWA||1994||2,319|
|Raven Island NWA||1982||129|
|St. Denis NWA||1967||1,467|
Migratory Bird Sanctuaries
|MBS Name||Year established||Size in hectares|
|Basin and Middle Lakes MBS||1925||575|
|Duncairn Reservoir MBS||1948||3,655|
|Indian Head MBS||1924||498|
|Last Mountain Lake MBS||1887||15,690|
|Lenore Lake MBS||1925||131|
|Murray Lake MBS||1948||2,196|
|Neely Lake MBS||1952||3,836|
|Old Wives Lake MBS||1925||846|
|Opuntia Lake MBS||1952||630|
|Redberry Lake MBS||1925||1,373|
|Scent Grass Lake MBS||1948||454|
|Upper Rousay Lake MBS||1948||369|
|Val Marie Reservoir MBS||1948||525|
|Wascana Lake MBS||1956||4,030|
Access and Permitting
Although access to NWAs is not restricted, the primary purpose of these areas is to protect and conserve wildlife and their habitats, and therefore most NWAs are not equipped with facilities to accommodate public visitation. Unless otherwise posted, all recreational activities are prohibited within NWAs.
Although access to most MBSs is not restricted either, the primary intent of these sanctuaries is to protect migratory birds, and therefore hunting, as well as disturbing or molesting migratory birds, their eggs, nests or habitat, is prohibited.
A permit may be obtained from the Minister of the Environment authorizing the conduct of certain activities in an NWA or MBS, if the Minister or delegate is of the opinion that the proposed activity:
- will not interfere with the conservation of wildlife; or
- is consistent with the purpose for which the protected area was established; and
- is consistent with the management plan for the protected area.
Additional information on entry, prohibited activities and permits in Environment and Climate Change Canada's protected areas is provided on the Management and Activities web pages of the NWA and MBS. For more information on Environment and Climate Change Canada's protected areas in Saskatchewan, please contact the regional Environment and Climate Change Canada office:Environment and Climate Change Canada - Prairie and Northern Region
Canadian Wildlife Service
Protected Areas and Stewardship Unit
115 Perimeter Rd
Toll Free: 1-800-668-6767 (in Canada only)
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