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.

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