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 and museum staff, 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).

2020 Tour Dates

Avonlea Badlands Tours Saturdays in July & Aug from 9:30am to 11:30pm

Avonlea Badlands Shadows Tours to be announced

Avonlea Badlands Milky Way PhotoTours to be announced

Avonlea Badlands Moonlight PhotoTours to be announced

Browse our Events for times.

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

 
Saturday, August 8, 2020 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

We are having our 7th Annual Show & Shine!

 
Monday, September 2, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

** CANCELLED **Here's your chance to see the spectacular Avonlea Badlands in person on private land with permission. This informative, guided 2 kilometre hike with hoodoos, erosion, and buttes is fun for the whole family. More information here. Learn about plants, animals, dinosaurs that made this their home as well as geological formations. Contact the museum to book your spot!

 
Saturday, August 31, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Southern Rails has sponsored a bouncey house for the kids, and will be bringing the big locomotive to the museum for tours! If you missed it last year, this is your chance to see inside the big blue engine! Heritage Kids activities too! Live music too!Market vendors include:

  • Charlene Forrest - baking and food items
  • Kyle Sanderson - Honey
  • Charles Sudom - Strawberries, tarts, jerky, spuds

Come and browse the merchandise in our Market on Main. Vendors sell their products under the shade of the big poplar at the end of Main St. in Avonlea. You never know what will be available, so check it out. Hamburgers and hotdogs will be available for lunch as a museum fundraiser. You could make a morning of it and also sign up for a hike to the Avonlea Badlands from 9:30-11:30.Big thanks goes to Southern Rails, Flash Welding and Genesis Co-op for sponsoring this bbq!

 

The Moose Jaw Nature Society recently brought a group to hike in the Avonlea Badlands and they wrote this neat article: https://www.mjindependent.com/lifestyles/2019/8/28/beyond-your-backyard-... You should check it out!

Sunday, October 13, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Here's your chance to see the spectacular Avonlea Badlands in person on private land with permission. This informative, guided 2 kilometre hike with hoodoos, erosion, and buttes is fun for the whole family. More information here. Learn about plants, animals, dinosaurs that made this their home as well as geological formations. Email us to book your spot!

 

Tourism Saskatchewan brought some influencers to see the Avonlea Badlands. Here are their Instagram posts:Here is a post from Dave https://www.instagram.com/p/B0Y2-I5l78R/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link Here is a post from Brayden https://www.instagram.com/p/B0P1Bk5nPpY/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Saturday, August 10, 2019 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Bring your collectable vehicle to display and enjoy the day with friends.

  • People's Choice awards with prizes provided by Genesis Co-op, Nelson GM and Avonlea Car Wash (Prizes include a 200/40/2 amp battery charger, car cleaning supplies, more to come!)
  • Beef-on-a-Bun lunch is available (prepared by Nadine & Omar Catering from Long Creek Golf Course)
  • Live entertainment on the deck by talented local musicians Gary Kincaid, Bill Duncan and Ed Heistad
  • Beer garden 
  • Market vendors including:
  1. Lou Stang - Diamond willow walking sticks;
  2. Mark Buckland - Woodworking;
  3. Cathy Geisler - Photography;
  4. Charles Sudom - Strawberries, raspberries, baby potatoes, jerky and tarts;
  5. Charlene Forrest - Baking, freezer foods, canned items, crafts;
  6. Nicole Miller - Behaven Honey;
  7. Amy Beitel - Epicure and limited Norwex stock;
  8. Remo Forer - Metal and Stoneworks
  9. Schmitty - Smoked Meats & Cheese
  10. John Bistritzan - Rope Making
  11. This could be you!

 

 
Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Enjoy this picturesque landscape with rich evening light and cooler temperatures. Our informative guides lead you to interesting locations in the Avonlea Badlands. You must be able to walk 2 kilometres over uneven terrain. Remember walking shoes and insect repellant. This is private land and you must reserve your spots in advance. Please contact us to confirm availability. Read more about our Avonlea Badland Tours.

 

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