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Grasslands National Park, Mankota

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National Park
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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  • The West Bloc is a 5; the East Bloc a 1. Hence my rating of a 3. The West Bloc is simply fabulous. Great hikes, reasonable camping. Note that camping/RV sites are very limited so reservations are reco...  more »
  • I've been to West block of Grassland National Park around the end of septembre. The temperature was still pretty warm ( about 25 ) and I've spent two days there. I saw the bisons and the prairies dogs...  more »
  • My hubby and I stayed at Grasslands for one night in June 2016, and it was absolutely fantastic. Grasslands National Park was just one stop of many on a cross-country tour (Guelph to Vancouver Island ...  more »