Roche Percee Rocks – Rugaroos and all

The rocks hold a special place in my heart; it’s where my husband decided to propose! My family loves going, and I have a LOT of love for the Roche Percee rocks. We try to get there a few times a year, usually in late June—once the wood ticks are gone—and in the fall when the trees have all their pretty fall colours.

“Rugaroos are believed to be ancient Indian spirits that change into animals, most commonly the coyote. These spirits are believed to be evil and will hurt you if you do not leave them be. Most people only see eyes (yellow or red) in the darkness, but others have seen these spirits of people shift into animals. They do not speak but will growl and follow you until you leave.”

The last time we went to the rocks was on Mother’s Day. My husband packed a picnic, and we spent the afternoon soaking up the sun on a blanket while the kids tried climbing the formations and explored the caves. It was just a moment of rest and relaxation and reconnecting.

The time before that was my husband and I only; We went on a date night to see if we could see a Rugaroo. If you have never heard of a Rugarro before read the explanation from the Sask Hauntings website.

We packed a bag full of cameras, headlamps, flashlights, drinks and snacks, and even our sons’ toy night vision goggles. Curtis and I then climbed up on a high-ish rock and sat and visited while watching the sunset. It was like we were in our own little world. We visited some more, and soon the night fell. I was prepared to see these Rugaroos, but Curtis was not. We stayed until the stars came out and wished upon a few falling ones.

Even though we didn’t spot any Rugaroos, our date night was filled with laughing, talking, and connecting, which is what made it the best night.

Get out there and Experience Estevan,



Top ten things to do at the rocks

  1.  Pack a picnic
  2. Carve your name
  3. Go Geocaching
  4. Take interesting photos
  5. Hunt for Rugaroos
  6. Play Hide and Seek
  7. Pick Saskatoon Berries
  8. Play “Grounders”
  9. Go on a scavenger hunt
  10. Crawl through the tunnels



My family likes to play a game called “grounders”. It is a school playground game that we adapted for the Rocks. The rules are simple; stay on the rock and you are safe, touch the ground and you are open to being tagged. You must make it from a predesignated point in the park to another without getting caught.





Write your name

We love scratching our name into the soft sandstone formations and then trying to find it the next time we come!






Wait is that a Rugaroo?

We will keep on exploring to see if we can find any Rugaroos. Let me know if you have! I would love to hear about your experience. [/su_column]


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Rebecca Westling
Rebecca Westling
I have four kids ranging from ages 2-14 and a husband that works in the agricultural field. Our family is very busy, but we always make time to slow down and enjoy the little things.