With a KOA campground, you always know you are getting a safe, family-friendly environment. All KOA campgrounds offer level campsites suited to everything from tents to pull-through RVs, clean bathrooms with hot showers and laundry facilities, and an on-site snack bar. Every KOA campground across North America has passed an annual 600-point inspection. As an added bonus, the KOA Value Card ($24 USD per year) gives an automatic 10% discount on daily camping registration fees, discounts with KOA partners, and you can also save up points toward camping rewards.
The KOA brand is not as established in Canada as it is in the United States. In Saskatchewan, there is only one KOA campground, the Indian Head KOA, which is located in the small town of Indian Head (population 1,758) near the Qu’Appelle Valley in southeastern Saskatchewan, 89 kilometres east from Regina and less than 100 kilometres from the United States border. To reach it, just follow the Trans-Canada Highway (#1 in Saskatchewan), 69 kilometres east from Regina or just over 300 kilometres west from Brandon. Look for the giant Indian Head statue! At the east exit into Indian Head, marked by a Shell Gas and Convenience Centre, turn north along Entrance Road. You will find the KOA on the left, just past the railway tracks.
Because this particular KOA is inside a town serviced by Greyhound Canada, one unusual transportation option might be to take the intercity bus to Indian Head and then rent a one-room cabin at the KOA. Armed with a multiday Greyhound Discovery Pass, which can be purchased at a discount using Air Miles, you will find many small towns and cities in the region are within an easy day trip of the KOA, as well as the major cities of Regina, Moose Jaw, and Saskatoon, the largest city in Saskatchewan. As is typical at minor Greyhound stops, no ticketing or baggage service is provided at Indian Head itself, though carried luggage, including knapsacks and sleeping rolls, can be transported in the luggage compartments under the Greyhound coach bus as usual.
The Indian Head KOA is a winner of the KOA President’s Award (2007). It offers campsites suitable for everything up to a maximum of 100 foot pull-through, with 30 amp electrical hookup, or you can rent a one-room cabin. Liquefied petroleum gas is also available at an additional charge. WiFi and modem access are included in the campground rates. A swimming pool is open between June 19 and September 4.
The Qu’Appelle Valley region and Last Mountain Lake will come as a pleasant surprise to those expecting the flat prairies more commonly associated with Saskatchewan. Indian Head has twice been named the provincial winner of the Communities in Bloom competition: walking tours are available. Excellent golfing on a beautifully treed course can be found at the Indian Head Golf and Country Club, located about a kilometre from the campground. Several other golf courses can be found along the Qu’Appelle Valley, including Katepwa and Last Oak. A popular destination for vacationing Saskatchewan natives, the four Fishing Lakes of the Qu’Appelle river basin which lie just northeast of Regina, roughly half an hour’s drive, offer both sunny beaches and the promised excellent fishing. Further west, test your luck at the world-class Casino Regina. As well as being the provincial capital, Regina also hosts the permanent training facilities of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and their famous Musical Ride, open to the public whenever they are not on tour.
The Indian Head KOA is open May 1 to September 30. Reservations are recommended.