We departed James Kipp and headed north via Malta and Loring Montana before entering Saskatchewan.

 

We then crossed the border into Saskatchewan and headed to Val Marie and on to Grasslands National Park. The road once we entered Canada was rough and narrow and luckily was not heavily traveled as it would have been a tight squeeze if we had met an oncoming truck or big rig as there were no shoulders.

 

We then entered Grasslands National Park and drove a gravel road for about 6 miles until we arrived at the campground.

 

Campground: Frenchman Valley Campground
Location: Val Marie, Saskatchewan
Site: 18 (back-in)
Cost: $32.15 (CAD) – Includes an $11 (CAD) reservation fee
Services: E (30 AMP)
Comments: A beautiful campground in a gorgeous setting. It was quiet and peaceful and offered lots of opportunities for hiking and driving the back roads. We loved it here.

 

The campground is a 20 site campground and also offers 4 cabins (oTENTiks) and an overflow dry camping area. The sites were filled every night we were there but there seemed to be plenty of room in the overflow area. The heat was intense and there was no shade so many of the tenters made their way into the Coulee Center to get respite from the heat.

 

Next to the campground is a small hill which leads to Tipi Ridge Trail and to the Belza Day Use Area. Out on the Tipi Ridge Trail are 2 red Adirondack chairs which are a frequent site throughout Canada at the national parks. They urge people to find them, take photos of them, and share them on social media under #sharethechairs.