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Grasslands National Park, Mankota

Categories: National Parks, Nature & Parks
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Grasslands National Park is a Canadian national park located near the village of Val Marie, Saskatchewan, and one of 44 national parks and park reserves in Canada's national park system (though one of only two in Saskatchewan itself). This national park is north from the American state of Montana and lies adjacent to the international boundary.The park was established in 1981. Prior to this the province's only other national park was Prince Albert National Park.Grasslands National Park represents the Prairie Grasslands natural region, protecting one of the nation's few remaining areas of undisturbed dry mixed-grass/shortgrass prairie grassland. The park is located in the World Wildlife Fund-defined Northern short grasslands ecoregion, which spans much of southern Saskatchewan, southern Alberta, and the northern Great Plains states in the USA. The unique landscape and harsh, semi-arid climate provide niches for several adapted plants and animals. The park and surrounding area house the country's only black-tailed prairie dog colonies. Rare and endangered fauna found in the park include pronghorns, greater sage-grouses, burrowing owls, coyotes, ferruginous hawks, swift foxes, elk, wolverines, prairie rattlesnakes, black-footed ferrets and greater short-horned lizards. Flora includes blue grama grass, needlegrass, plains cottonwood and silver sagebrush.
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  • We stayed in a teepee at the Grasslands park and we loved it. There were wooden benches all along the side of the very large teepee. You can rent a cot but we slept on our pads with our sleeping bags....  read more »
  • The landscapes are breathtaking but the campground itself is really special... it's worth the trip!
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  • Recently I had the pleasure of traveling in southern Saskatchewan to take pictures. What an enjoyable tour. The roads are no hell, but the photographic opportunities more than make up for it, and the ...  read more »
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