Lumsden's Over the Hill Orchard & Winery (photo: Greg Huszar/Tourism Saskatchewan)

Wining, Dining and Ziplining in Lumsden, Saskatchewan

By Naomi Zurevinski

Nestled in the stunning Qu’Appelle Valley, the charming town of Lumsden is surrounded by rolling hills and lush scenery. With a bustling entrepreneurial spirit, the Lumsden area boasts some of the province’s best kept secrets, from ziplining to fruity wine.

Eat: 641 Grill & Motel serves up delicious eats using ingredients sourced from local farms and businesses. Menu favourites include whisky-bourbon back ribs and fried chicken poutine. 2 Fraser Ave. (Craven)

Drink: Saskatchewan’s first micro-distillery, Last Mountain specializes in handcrafted spirits like dill pickle vodka and cherry whisky. Plan a Saturday visit for distillery tour and tastings. 70 Hwy 20

Shop: Thr3e Clothing Connection is Lumsden’s premier boutique for women’s clothing, shoes and accessories. The shop’s eclectic goods include a large selection of boots—perfect for fall exploring. 215 James St. N.

Pick: Browse the Corn Maiden Market at Lincoln Garden Farms for local produce and homemade fare like jam and honey. Starting in October, the market also features a haunted house and pumpkin patch. Hwy 20

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Boots, jams and cocktails in Lumsden

For nearly two decades, Dean and Sylvia Kreutzer of Over the Hill Orchards & Winery have been serving vino lovers throughout the Qu’Appelle Valley. Here, Dean shares the secrets to their success.

What do you produce?
We started out growing fruits like sour cherries, apples, apricots and raspberries. Five years later, we branched out into things not typically grown in Saskatchewan: seedless grapes, peaches and strawberries. We grow them in large containers on the property. We produce 17 different wines now; our most popular is raspberry rhubarb rosé—it’s the perfect patio drink.

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Do you host special events?
One of our most popular events is our Supper in the Orchard. It’s a collaboration with the Regina Chef’s Association. Every Friday and Saturday from May to mid-October, a different area chef uses local ingredients to create a multi-course dinner, which we pair with Over the Hill wines. To help guests understand the farm-to-fork connection, the chef discusses each course and we offer tours of the orchard.

Why should people visit Lumsden?
Lumsden is a little hub of entrepreneurism; there are so many small businesses here. You’ll find ice cream parlours, a florist, a bakery and much more. The thing I love most about the Qu’Appelle Valley is that when you drive, it’s just flat, flat, flat, and then…boom! There’s this huge valley. It’s especially beautiful in the fall with three weeks of changing colors. The valley is very striking with all the yellows, oranges and reds.

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Getting some air at Happy Hollow

Fall is the perfect time to experience the beauty of the Qu’Appelle Valley, whether you’re soaring above it or trekking through it.

1 Open from May to the end of September, Outer Edge Adventure Park offers ziplining with valley views, rock climbing, guided scenic hikes, and activities just for kids. Lumsden No. 189

2 Open every September and October, Happy Hollow stretches over six hectares and offers tons of family-friendly activities like a corn maze, wagon rides, barnyard animals and the province’s only jumping pillow. Hwy 11

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3 While Beaver Creek Ranch and Horse Centre offers riding lessons and cowboy cookouts, it’s best known for unique Team Tracker experiences, a version of the popular TV show Mantracker. Seven Bridges Rd.

4 Just outside of Lumsden, Wascana Valley Trails provide 15 km of scenic marked hiking and biking trails, bird-watching areas, and endless expanses of peace and quiet. South of Lumsden