Narrow Hills Provincial Park, Saskatchewan

Narrow Hills Scenic Drive Top for Saskatchewan Fall Colours

Narrow Hills Provincial Park, Saskatchewan

Narrow Hills Scenic Drive along the forested push moraine.

Saskatchewan abounds with great scenic drives during fall colour season, but if we had to pick one it would be the aptly named Narrow Hills Scenic Drive in Narrow Hills Provincial Park. The hills are named for the enormous masses of rocks, soil, and debris pushed into ridges by moving glaciers. The forest diversity of spruce, jack pine, aspen, birch, willow, and tamarack combine in a kaleidoscope of colours in autumn. We’ve never been disappointed coming here in the fall, including our most recent trip just a few days ago.

Narrow Hills Provincial Park, Saskatchewan

Narrow Hills Scenic Drive.

Narrow Hills Provincial Park, Saskatchewan

Variety of colours along the way.

Accessing the Drive

To get there follow the signs to Lower Fishing Lake off Hwy 106, the Hanson Lake Road. The scenic drive is well signed, with the turnoff just before you reach the core area of Narrow Hills Provincial Park. Only 10 km long, it climbs to a panoramic lookout point over the beautiful Grace Lakes. But half the fun is the drive itself as the route winds along sandy roads climbing a push moraine, a huge ridge left behind by glaciers some 10,000 years ago.

Narrow Hills Provincial Park, Saskatchewan

Looking over the expanse of forest and lakes along the route.

To the Top of the Narrow Hills Scenic Drive

The road starts fairly smoothly, then turns into a one-lane track with a few ruts the higher you go. Most vehicles should be able to make the trip, although you have to be careful in places if your car has low clearance.

Narrow Hills Provincial Park, Saskatchewan

The road gets narrower as you climb higher.

Narrow Hills Scenic Drive, Saskatchewan

While the road is mostly one lane, the track divides in a couple of places.

For much of the way thick forest lines the road. It isn’t until you come to a break in the trees that you realize that you are travelling along the tops of the hills with drops on both sides.

There are several places to pull off which are excellent for photos: looking over the expanse of forest, small ponds, or Mackie Lake where a steep trail leads down to the trout-stocked lake. Interpretive panels provide the lowdown on the natural surrounding and history of the area. Another stop is the trailhead for the Old P.A. Hiking Trail where you can venture even deeper into the wooded lakelands.

Narrow Hills Provincial Park, Saskatchewan

Looking over a small boggy lake off the side of the road.

Narrow Hills Provincial Park, Saskatchewan

Colour on the ground as well as on the trees.

At the top of the ridge at the end of the route the forest opens up; here you’ll find a picnic site and cross-country ski warmup shelter, and washrooms. From the open clearing, you can enjoy unobstructed views overlooking the picture-perfect Grace Lakes below.

Narrow Hills Provincial Park, Saskatchewan

The Grace Lakes

The Road to Love

Before you get too excited about finding romance, keep in mind that this refers to the village of Love, south of the park. In the early days before modern roads were built, people from the area would follow this route to get to the lakes.

Narrow Hills Provincial Park, Saskatchewan

Panel describing the difficult early access to the lakes.

The Grace Lakes mark the end of the officially designated Narrow Hills Scenic Drive. However, a minor road continues south, connecting to the roads south of the park. This road is not maintained and the park does not recommend taking it. We did not drive it on this trip but have taken it in the past. It is very rough and should only be attempted in a vehicle with high clearance and preferably with four-wheel drive.

Depending on weather conditions, the road is sometimes impassible, so it is not a good idea to venture out before you check current information on conditions. Cell phone coverage is not good or non-existent, so if you were to get into trouble, it would be a long walk to find help.

Narrow Hills Scenic Drive, Saskatchewan

Fall colour at its finest.

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