Share your trail adventures this long weekend!

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Many trails across the province, like the one pictured here at Regina Beach are still in great condition!

The extremely warm weather Saskatchewan has been experiencing this summer looks to be carrying over through the long weekend. This is a perfect opportunity for everyone to get out and explore a trail.

If you do happen to be out on the trails, snap a photo, do a short write-up about the experience and comment below or send your story to info@sasktrails.ca. Those who make a submission will be eligible to be named an STA trail ambassador and win a free STA t-shirt.

STA trail ambassadors are trail enthusiasts who represent the STA out on the trails by wearing our gear, promoting their adventures on social media and writing the occasional guest blog to be published on our website.

Paul Cutting was named our first trail ambassador and received a free STA t-shirt. Check out his guest blog post on hiking Beaver Lake Trail in Moose Mountain Provincial Park: http://sasktrails.ca/sta-trail-ambassador-beaver-lake-trail-in-moose-mountain-provincial-park/ 

 

Celebrate The Great Trail on Aug. 26

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On Aug. 26, 200 events are being organized from coast to coast to celebrate the connection of The Great Trail! In Saskatchewan, there are plenty of celebrations, from trail tours at Mervin to a trail unveiling at Lebret.

Here is a list of the Saskatchewan events:

Lebret
Location: May Street bridge on Highway #56. – 50°41’42.9″N 103°37’25.9″W
Time: 10:30 am
Contact: Elaine Baillie (baillieke@sasktel.net)

On Saturday, August 26, 2017, at 10:30 am, we plan to celebrate the reconnection of a section of the Katepwa Lake Trans Canada Trail over the May Street bridge. We will have a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the new safe place to walk, bike or ride over the bridge. Our Katepwa Lake Trans Canada Trail provides a safe alternative to walking on Highway # 56. Following the ribbon cutting we will celebrate with a catered barbecue for our dedicated volunteers.

Lumsden
Location: River Park, SK-641
Time: TBD
Contact: Chris Exner (c.exner@lumsden.ca)

Join us for a ceremony unveiling a new bench and Canada 150 Plaque, followed by a community picnic in the park.

Moose Jaw
Location: 50°22’38.2″N 105°32’24.6″W
Time: 11:00 am
Contact: Margaret Moran (wakamow@sasktel.net)

This event will be held at the Saulteaux Bridge site at the newly named Paashkwow Park. Paashkwow means meadow in Michif, the language of the Metis. The event will honour the first nation heritage within Wakamow Valley, and our organization, partnering with the Wakamow Aboriginal Community Association, will feature traditional celebrations.

Loreburn
Location: 51.108601, -106.605701
Time: 11:00 am
Contact: Natalie Letts (nat_letts@hotmail.com)

The Friends of the Elbow Trail Committee has planned a Walk-a-Thon and community bbq to celebrate the Great Trail connectivity on August 26, 2017. Walk-a-Thon participants will be able to raise pledges (proceeds of which will go to the Friends of the Elbow Trail), but there is no pledge requirement for participating. We just want any interested members of the community to come out and enjoy the trail. The BBQ to be held at the mid-way point on the trail will be free for everyone.

Coteau
Location: Gardiner Dam Visitor Centre – Gardiner Dam, Coteau No. 255, SK – 51.269189, -106.869243
Time: 10:00 am
Contact: Jocelyne Petryshen (info@lakediefenbakertourism.com)

A local photographer will embark on a Photo Walk along the TCT with providing people with tips and tricks to improve their photography. Join us afer for coffee and cake with the Friends of the Elbow Trail and find out about the Chief Whitecap Waterway section of The Great Trail.

Outlook
Location: 51.489 -107.069 degrees. (Outlook and District Regional Park)
Time: 12:30 pm
Contact: Donna Smith (outlookrec@sasktel.net)

Join us for a BBQ on the trail. The area cannot be accessed by vehicle unless you have accessibility needs, so everyone who is able walk, bike, run to the BBQ. There will be some paddle-boarders in the area to trek there by river, thus connecting our trails. Food would only be $2 for a burger, pop, and chips and proceeds would go to the purchase and planting of trees and forage along our trail.

Saskatoon
Location: 402 Third Ave S
Time: Dawn till dusk
Contact: Andrea Ziegler (aziegler@meewasin.com)

Walk, run and roll the Trail from Wanuskewin through Saskatoon to Chief Whitecap Park.

Mervin
Location: 53.336300, -108.957700
Time: 2:00 pm
Contact: Tom Brown (parklane@sasktel.net)

We have entitled our event as “Exploring the Great Trans Canada Trail”. Our goal for our event is raise awareness and profile the trail in our municipality. We will be walking, biking and offering tours on the trail on August 26th. We will be unveiling road signs that will permanently mark the trail. We will have a tent and at 3:00 pm will cut a special commemorative cake of the trail accompanied by juice, coffee and tea. It will be similar to an old style rural picnic with lots of visiting.

Hudson Bay Ski Club completes trail improvement project

The Hudson Bay Ski Club is pleased to announce that the trail improvement project for the Pineview Cross Country Ski Trails in the Hudson Bay Regional Park has been completed. The project was supported by a $500 Membership Grant from the STA.

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Jasper and Benny are excited to try the new upgraded trail!

The project organizers were able to add a 1.6 kilometre loop that is wide enough to skate ski in the winter as well as being suitable for mountain biking or hiking in the summer. The total trail system in the Regional Park now sits at 12.3 km, which is maintained for skiing in the winter and hiking in all other seasons. All of the trails, including the new fun loops, now have GPS coordinates. A large trail map showing all current trails has been erected beside the first shelter at the start of the trail system. Each of the shelters has a new sign plus a number of small signs reminding users that these trails are not meant for motorized use.

The STA was proud to support this worthwhile project. If you’re interested in the STA helping bring your trail project to life, visit http://sasktrails.ca/trail-builders/#funding to learn more about our funding programs.

Deb Serhan at the improved Hilltop Shelter

Deb Serhan at the improved Hilltop Shelter

A trip to Roche Percee

Recently, we ventured to La Roche Percee Provincial Historic Site and snapped some great pictures. The site is located in the Souris River Valley, approximately 20 kilometres southeast of the City of Estevan.

Here’s some background on the area:

The site consists of a large sandstone outcrop that has been sculpted into unusual shapes by the forces of erosion and inscribed with carvings that date from precontact to present times.

The heritage value of La Roche Percee lies in its status as an important landmark and record of the region’s changing historical landscape. The rock was once nearly covered with precontact carvings of animal, human and geometric forms thought to have been created by Siouan speakers. Historical accounts state that the Nakota (Assiniboin) regarded the site as sacred, never passing the rock without leaving offerings. Erosion and later carvings have taken a toll, leaving only a few carved pits and some red ochre staining as evidence for First Nations use of the site.

As you can see from the pictures, there are some great paths that allow you to explore the area fully for as long as you’d like. Be sure to add Roche Percee to your bucket list!

If you’re interested in exploring the area by horseback, you can take part in the annual historic three-day Roche Percee Trail Ride, featuring. Read more about the ride in this Grainews article.

Check out this old blog post from Roche Percee further describing the area.

Boreal Trail Closure (Updated)

We have recently received an update on the Boreal Trail in Meadow Lake Provincial Park. The trail is currently closed due to a storm that swept through the area last fall. The storm left many trees damaged and some had fallen on the trail. There are signs posted at the trail head indicating trail closure and advisory to use trail at your own risk.

A statement has been posted on Tourism Saskatchewan’s website with more information:

“Due to the October 2016 and April 2017 snow storms all trails within the park have a significant amount of fallen trees on them and users must use extreme caution. Please contact the park administration office for further instructions at 306-236-7680 or 306-236-7617.”

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