Southwest residents are anticipating fairly sunny weather for the first weekend of the year they can spend at Cypress Hills, the Sask. Landing, Buffalo Pound, or any of the other parks.

May long weekend brings with it the exposition of camping season and beginning tomorrow, all of Sask.'s provincial parks will be open for the summer. 

Shawna Smuk, regional director for Southwest Parks, is looking forward to another season of families from near and far exploring and enjoying an escape from their busy lives.

"We've been working hard to get our beautiful parks ready," she said. "This is always an exciting time of year for us."

A series of activities will kick off the season, beginning with making all-natural fairy houses this coming weekend.

"Visitors can look forward to a whole list of signature events that Sask. Parks will be putting on," said Smuk. 

A few other activities and events will include using GPS to find clues, hikes, a Canada Day event, and more.

She notes that youth discovery packs including crafts and activities for exploring are available by speaking with park staff. Additionally, there are no fire bans for the southwest this weekend or soon.

"Everybody's excited for our visitors to come, so you can consider this your invitation," Smuk added. 

Information on the Sask. provincial parks, prices for various park passes, and a list of upcoming events can be found at