Tour the Avonlea Badlands

The Avonlea Badlands are truly a remarkable and unique environment. It is interesting to see how the seasons, weather, and time of day change this unique habitat. Visitors in the early morning are treated to a variety of bird songs. The shadows of evening are a photographer's dream. The stifling heat of high noon is astounding on a hot day as you drop into the desert-like bottom. June is an awesome time to tour as plant and bird life abound, but anytime is great. Contact the museum for tours.

In 2013, our museum met with landowners of the Avonlea Badlands to set up and organize scheduled tours. This arrangement has been beneficial to both the museum and the landowners. The museum benefits by welcoming interested individuals who often tour both the badlands and the museum. Landowners benefit because tours are now more controlled and have tour guides who ensure that the land and property are treated respectfully. It is important to be aware of and respectful of potential dangers. Cattle and horses are often found in or near the vicinity of the Badlands tours.

The Avonlea Badlands are a wonderful place to explore and many hikers, photographers, naturalists, geologists, palaeontologists enjoy the beauty of diverse ecosystems that are uniquely Saskatchewan. Guides lead you through hoodoos and points of interest in what some describe as a martian landscape. The tours are weather permitting and guided by volunteers, so we ask that you call (306-868-2101 from Jun-Aug) or email (info@avonleamuseum.ca from Sep-May) and check our Events page for last minute cancellations as sometimes the weather doesn't co-operate. If you leave us your mobile number, we can call or text cancellations. You must be able to walk about 2 kilometres as there are no vehicles allowed past the gate and the terrain is uneven.

Cost:

  • $15.00 - Adult
  • $ 7.50 - Student

Group rate: (min. 6 people per booking)

  • $10.00 - Adult
  • $ 5.00 - Student

* includes a free tour of the museum *

Remember:

  • walking shoes
  • hat
  • water
  • bug spray
  • sun screen
  • camera
  • take only memories; leave only footprints

Visitors are asked to meet their guide at Avonlea Heritage Museum, 219 Railway Ave, Avonlea, Sk, (at the end of Main Street).

2017 Tour Dates

Avonlea Badlands tours are scheduled for Saturdays in Jul and Aug from 9:30-11:30. Jul 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Aug 5, 12, 19, 26.
For those that prefer Sunday tours we go 2:30-4:30 on Jun 25, Jul 16, and Aug 13.

Badland Shadows Catch the evening light Thursdays in July & August from 7:00-9:00 Jun 22, Jul 6, Aug 3

Badlands Night Photo Tours No flash photography. Bring a flashlight, tripod, & camera capable of long exposure.

  • Milky Way PhotoTours - Fri. May 26 & Sat. Jun 24 - Take advantage of this dark sky location on a night with no moonlight to photograph the stars. Meet at museum 11pm
  • Moonlight PhotoTours - Sat. Jun 10 & Fri. Jul 7 - Let a large moon light up this surreal landscape. - Meet at museum 11pm

Call 306-868-2101 or email info@avonleamuseum.ca to confirm availablility.