After more than 17 years, those enjoying the great outdoors this May long weekend will be able to enjoy an alcoholic beverage in a provincial park.  

This comes after the provincial government announced on Thursday changes to the Alcohol and Gaming Regulations Act in outdoor public spaces.  

Beginning on May 23, municipalities and park authorities throughout Saskatchewan can designate outdoor public spaces such as parks for the consumption of alcohol by those over the age of 19.  

The ban on alcohol over the May long weekend came into effect in March 2006, as a result of excessive vandalism and rowdy campers in provincial parks.  

Saskatchewan joins Alberta and Manitoba in lifting their Victoria Day long weekend booze bans.  

Alcohol and cannabis will be able to be legally consumed in campsites and cabins at provincial parks but still won’t be allowed in public areas like beaches.