Where adventure comes naturally

Top things to do

  1. 1. Big River Shiver
    Plunge into the icy waters of Cowan Lake at the Polar Bear Swim during the Big River Shiver in March.
  2. 2. Big River's Fish Derby
    Catch the big one and share in the $20,000 in prizes at Big River's Fish Derby in March.
  3. 3. Sturgeon River Ranch
    Saddle up with the folks at Sturgeon River Ranch and spend your night in a yurt at Nesslin Lake.
  4. 4. Ski Timber Ridge
    Strap on your skis (or snowboard) and plummet down the 300-foot vertical drop at Ski Timber Ridge.
  5. 5.Festivals
    Check out the three great festivals at the Ness Creek Site: Country at the Creek in June, Ness Creek Music Festival in July, Northern Lights Bluegrass & Old Tyme Music Festival and Music Camp in August.

Big River

The Big River area, with its famous small-town spirit, beautiful rolling hills and dozens of pristine lakes, welcomes you to ‘Nature’s Doorstep’. This area is the gateway to the wild west side of Prince Albert National Park. Known for its long Main Street that leads to a pier on Cowan Lake, this area has outstanding fishing and offers many other activities including hiking, biking, canoeing, camping, snowmobiling, horseback riding and event downhill skiing.

Nearby, at the Ness Creek Site, thousands of people gather in July for the Ness Creek Music Festival - a celebration of music, ecology, community and the arts. Other events include Country at the Creek in June, Northern Lights Bluegrass & Old Tyme Music Festival and Music Camp in August, a variety of cultural, recreational and educational activities for all ages, and 20 km of excellent trails. Just a few kilometers up the road is Nesslin Lake with beautiful beaches, well- treed campsites, yurts, and the most outstanding northern lights you’re likely to see.

Sturgeon River Ranch offers trail rides through prairies and forests. You may see Canada's only free-roaming wild plains bison and spot elk, moose, deer, wolves and bears. Toss a line into Tie Lake and catch tomorrow’s dinner or just kick back and listen to the loons.

Annual Events

March: Fire and Ice
nesscore.com

March: Big River Fish Derby
bigriver.ca

May: Painting Retreat
nesscore.com

June: Elysium Music and Arts Festival
 www.elysiummusicfestival.com

June: Country At The Creek Music Festival
www.countryatthecreek.ca

July: FiddlyNess Fiddle Camp
fiddlyness.com

July: Ness Creek Music Festival
nesscreek.com

July: WellNess in the Woods
soultempleretreats.com

July: Yoga at the Ridge
tadasanayoga.ca/yoga-retreat;
facebook.com/yogaattheridgeretreat

August: Northern Lights Music Camp
northernlightsbluegrass.ca

August: Northern Lights Bluegrass & Old Tyme Music Festival
northernlightsbluegrass.ca

September: BackwardsNess Fall Faire / Forest Feast
nesscreek.com

See & Do

  • Nesslin Lake Wilderness Guiding

    Nesslin Lake Wilderness Guiding

    Ecology walks, wildlife viewing, birdwatching, photography...

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  • Ness Creek Site

    Ness Creek Site

    Home to three Music Festivals and 20km of trails...

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  • Sturgeon River Ranch

    Sturgeon River Ranch

    Saddle up for a few hours, a day, or participate in an exciting multiday trip...

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Fishing & Boating

  • Cowan Lake

    Cowan Lake

    Game Fish: walleye, northern pike, perch
    Boat launches: Townsite, NE end Fishing filleting station

  • Delaronde Lake

    Delaronde Lake

    Game Fish: walleye, northern pike
    Boat launches
    Filleting station

  • Ness Lake

    Ness Lake

    Game Fish: walleye, northern pike, whitefish
    Boat launches
    Filleting station

  • Big River Fish Derby

    Big River Fish Derby

    $20,000 in prizes including $10,000 for catching the biggest fish.

Winter Fun

  • Ness Creek Site Cross-Country Skiing

    Ness Creek Site Cross-Country Skiing

    The quiet tranquility of the boreal forest is yours to enjoy when...

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  • Ski Timber Ridge

    Ski Timber Ridge

    Six runs ranging from 1,300 feet to 2,600 feet are spread left...

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  • Big River Snowmobiling

    Big River Snowmobiling

    There's no such thing as hibernating during the winter in the Waskesiu...

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Dining

  • Third & Main and Thelma and Louise's Lounge

    Third & Main and Thelma and Louise's Lounge

    Licensed dining family style, with a fantastic lounge attached...

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Accommodations

  • Big River Regional Park

    Big River Regional Park

    The park boasts 2 campgrounds, amenities and a nearby golf course.

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  • Ness Creek Site

    Ness Creek Site

    The quiet tranquility of the boreal forest is yours to enjoy when you rent one of the...

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  • Nesslin Lake Campground and Yurt Rentals

    Nesslin Lake Campground and Yurt Rentals

    Yurts have modern comforts including mini fridge, campstove...

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Community Ammenities

  • Big River Community Centre

    Big River Community Centre

    Connected to the Big River arena, this is an ideal location for both small and large conferences.

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  • Big River Public Library

    Big River Public Library

    Grab a book at the Big River Public Library.

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  • Big River Town Office

    Big River Town Office

    The Municipal Office is open Monday to Friday, 8:30-noon and 1:00pm to 4:30pm.

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