The Quill Lakes Gateways
There are three main gateways and two viewing areas at the Quill Lakes. Each with its own unique viewing opportunities and attractions. To discover more about each gateway and viewing area please click on location on the map.
While visiting the Quill Lakes don't forget to visit the Western Gateway Wynyard!
Located near the south shores of Big Quill Lake, the friendly community of Wynyard is home to Quill Lakes International Bird Area Interpretive Centre. In addition there are also a number of other attractions including the Wynyard Regional Park that is equipped with 22 well-treed sites with both 15 and 30-amp service. Bathrooms, showers, sewage dump stations, camp kitchen with wood stove, free wood, and a small play area for children are provided for your comfort. Located within the park is a fishpond stocked with trout for those that want to try to catch their super. There's also the Wynyard Golf Course with its luxurious grass greens in a well-treed 9-hole area, with a fully licensed clubhouse, pro shop, and cart rentals. Located next to the Interpretative Centre is the Wynyard Civic Centre that features the Courtyard, Peace Park, and Library. The library commonly features Art shows, which are hosted by the Quill Plains Arts Council.
Wynyard is also home to Lilydale Foods, which processes every chicken sold in Saskatchewan. Other local industries include a Potassium Sulphate extraction plant on the shores of the lake, and a brine shrimp fishery.
For more information on the Western Gateway - Wynyard, visit the Town of Wynyard website.
While visiting the Quill Lakes don't forget to visit the Northern Gateway Wadena!
The best place to access the Quill Lakes and view wildlife is at the Wadena Wildlife Wetlands. There you'll find over 5 miles of trails, along with marsh boardwalks, a canoe launch and observation towers. Wadena's original CN Train Station continues to welcome visitors since it was built in 1904. The station now acts as Wadena's Visitor Information Center and is also home to the Wadena and District Museum and Nature Center. The museum host's many special events throughout the year including the annual Vintage Day in mid July, and the annual Borsch Luncheon in September!
Other Wadena attractions include the over one dozen Main Street Murals which depict the areas cultural history, recreation activities, farming practices, and area wildlife. A free walking tour brochure is available. Wadena is also known as the birthplace of many talented people, the most notable of which is Pamela Wallin. Highway 5 through town bears her name.
Visitors will also enjoy the 9 hole grass green golf coarse, the new swimming pool and campground. There are also a number of stores that sell locally made crafts and collectibles. Special events include Saturday Farmers Market, the Shorebirds and Friends Festival, the Town and Country Fair, and the museum's Vintage Days.
For more information on the Northern Gateway - Wadena, visit the Town of Wadena website.
While visiting the Quill Lakes don't forget to visit the Eastern Gateway Foam Lake!
In Foam Lake you'll find the Foam Lake Visitor Information Centre with interpretive and interactive Nature displays on area birds, and the Foam Lake Heritage Marsh, a fully developed-self guided viewing area complete with hiking trails, lookout platforms and towers, and interpretive signage. A short hiking trail next to the Centre allows visitors to stretch their legs while learning about a waterway called Milligan Creek, and its importance to the area.
The community offers modern accommodations, and a full services regional park. Their rich culture can be witnessed in events such as the Ukrainian Festival-or the Icelandic Celebrations. The Foam Lake Museum and the Heritage Douglas Pioneer House are complete with displays and artifacts from the areas past. During the summer museum volunteers prepare and serve fresh bread baked in an outdoor clay oven.
Foam Lake is also very proud of their hometown boys that have gone on to play in the National Hockey League and the Canadian Olympic team. The Hockey Heroes Outdoor Display located at the visitor information Centre features their most notable hockey heroes including Bernie Federko.
For more information on Foam Lake - please visit the Town of Foam Lake website.