Relax, unwind and enjoy the grasslands at your doorstep.
The Perfect Getaway in Saskatchewan's Great Southwest
No schedules. No deadlines. Wide open spaces.
Nestled in the rolling hills below 70-Mile-Butte alongside Grasslands National Park, The Crossing is located on the edge of a special kind of wilderness.
Descend the stairs from your balcony and walk directly into the park. Two of the loveliest and most accessible hiking areas are a short five minute drive away in either direction. And if the crispness of wintertime delights you, you can glide into the park during a skate on the pond.
And yet, The Crossing is only 6 kilometres south of the Village of Val Marie. There you can find an eco-museum with killer lattes, a hotel restaurant offering Asian and Canadian dishes and the local cowboy hangout at night, an amazing little grocery store and Park Canada’s well-staffed visitor’s centre.
Located in a Dark Sky Preserve, The Crossing’s pristine views of the night sky and northern lights are second to none. Coyote howls and bird song ride the air alongside the wind as it whispers through the grasses. Grasslands National Park is measurably one of the 10 quietest places in all of North America.
On the other side of the rise, Mary’s Labyrinth is nestled into the rolling landscape offering a place for walking meditation and prayer grounded by the land and embraced by wide open skies. Connected to a global network of labyrinths through the Legacy Labyrinth Project, Mary’s Labyrinth offers peace and healing to all who walk.
Amenities & Info
Park views and direct access
Each Suite has beautiful views of the 70-Mile-Butte and Two-Trees areas of Grasslands National Park.
Descend the stairs from your balcony and walk directly into the park.
On a late summer evening in 2007, three friends drove into Grasslands National Park for the very first time. A sentinel prairie dog colony stood at full attention in greeting. Bending down to adjust a camera tripod, one of the friends heard, and then saw, air escaping from a tire. Suddenly, the gilded stillness of a timeless evening was charged with urgency. They needed to find a less isolated spot before the tire went completely flat and night fell.
Three minutes later they were back on the main road – looking at not one, not two, but three flat tires. It was as if something was trying to catch their attention. Or wanting them to stay.
During the golden hour before sunset, only one vehicle approached the stranded friends, driven by a local rancher who gave them help. But repairing the tires took so long that instead of returning to the park as intended, time ran out and they returned to their urban homes instead.
But the unfinished memory lived on. Seven years later, two finally returned, and the calling became clear. One originally from the west, the other from the east, they’d both lived in many places, travelled all over the world, but it was here – at The Grasslands – that inexplicably, they both felt the wonder of homecoming. Remarkably, a beautiful property on the edge of the park was for sale, including a house and a small business called The Crossing Resort.
Some might call it destiny, some might call it fate. They called it time. Within fourteen months they’d rearranged their lives and moved to The Crossing where they now welcome visitors home to Grasslands National Park.