Travel back in time through these Sask historical tours

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There are trail outings in Saskatchewan that allow residents to take a walk back in time. Numerous towns and villages have developed walking tours that highlight some of the historically significant features of their neighbourhood. On these walking tours, you’re likely to encounter historic churches, rustic barns or old railway lines that once played a significant role in the community’s livelihood.

Here are some great historic walking tours you can take part in:

Whitewood Heritage Walking Tour: the Whitewood Heritage Walking Tour is an award-winning tour that features 30 historical buildings and heritage sites in the community. Some of the sites include the Knox Presbyterian Church, the Merchant’s Bank Heritage Centre, the Whitewood Cemetery, the town’s first post office, the local Cenotaph, the Market Day Mural, and the Old Presbyterian Manse. For more information. visit

Wolseley Heritage Tour: features 36 historical buildings, including several designated municipal and provincial heritage sites. Some of the buildings that you will see along the tour are the Historic Swinging Bridge, a home that was once an RCMP barracks complete with a jail cell, the St. Anne’s Roman Catholic Church, the Wolseley Town Hall/Opera House, a house that was once visited by members of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) – including Tommy Douglas, M.J. Coldwell and J.S. Woodsworth – and the Wolseley Court House. For more information, visit

Regina Tours: the capital city of Saskatchewan is full of history and offers numerous walking tours to take it all in. The “Wascana Lake and its sporting and political history” tour allows people to walk around the lake and hear some of the intriguing tales surrounding it. The Regina Cemetery Tour visits the graves of Regina’s politicians, police officers and soldiers, along with victims of the Regina Cyclone, Regina Riot and Spanish Influenza. For more information, visit

Radville Tours: Radville is a small valley town steeped in history. The Heritage Walking Tour allows you to take a walk back in time to the original landscape of Radville including where buildings once stood and the people who lived there. Discover the darker side of Radville through the Haunted History Tour, led by an experienced story teller and folklorist. After businesses are closed for the day and the sky is dark, walk the streets of Radville to find out stories that you would never imagine happened. For more information, visit

Diefenbaker Canada Centre: located at the University of Saskatchewan, you can get a valuable education in history through guided walking tours. Historical campus tours highlight the university’s history, important achievements, and unique architecture. The U of S is located on Treaty 6 territory and homeland of the Métis and you can take an Indigenous history tour that focuses on architectural and oral Indigenous histories, drawn from within the municipal and campus communities, as well as the lived experiences of Indigenous students at the University of Saskatchewan. For more information, visit

Does your community have a historical walking tour? Email us with the details:

STA helps trail group improve snowmobile trails

Earlier this year, the Timber Trails Sno Riders Snowmobile Club was one of the groups to receive funding through the STA Member Grant program. The community service club is dedicated to maintaining and upgrading the snowmobile trail system in the Big River area.

The STA gave Timber Trails $500 toward the upkeep of their trail in Big River. This money was spent on tools and permanent signing material, such as sign posts. Check out some photos of the trail system below and visit the Lakeland District for Sport, Culture and Recreation of our Trail Directory to learn more.





Be respectful of the environment during your next trail outing


When you’re exploring a trail, there’s one type of footprint you don’t want to leave – an environmental footprint. Whether you’re on a short trail outing or camping for the weekend, your ultimate goal should be to make sure the trail area has been undisturbed by the time you pack up your things.

Here are some tips to be mindful of the environment on your next outing, sourced from Leave No Trace, an organization dedicated to promoting eco-friendly camping and hiking practices. The goal of the Leave No Trace program is to promote a consistent and unified message based around the seven Leave No Trace principles:


This involves routine inspections of your campsite for any trash or food items left behind. Also, when washing dishes, be sure to use minimal water and a small amount of biodegradable soap. You should also wash dishes at least 200 feet away from lakes and streams in order to minimize the pollution from your dishes making its way into the fresh water supply.


Do your best to stay on the pre-constructed hiking trails in order to minimize the disturbance of the surrounding wilderness. Do not collect rocks, plants or other natural objects while hiking as this will disturb the natural setting of the forest.


The light and smoke pollution generated by campfires can have a drastic effect on the surrounding forest as well as the campers around you. When using a campfire, make sure that it is contained in a fire ring to reduce the risk of the fire spreading. Keep your fires small by utilizing only smaller sticks and branches that can easily be broken with your hands. And lastly, once the fire has burned out, allow the ashes to cool and then spread them out to minimize the effect of the fire on the forest floor.


Although it can be exciting to see wildlife on your family camping trip , it is important that the animals are treated with respect. Never approach an animal that you come across while camping — keep a safe distance and allow the animal to carry on their normal activities. Along this same note, you should never feed animals, either by hand or by leaving food out for them to eat. This will change their natural behaviors of foraging for food and can create health problems for the animals. Lastly, if you camp with your pets, it is important to keep them under control, either on a leash or in a kennel at all times.


Especially when camping around other families, keep noises and voices low, respect the lights out rules specified by the campground, and be courteous at all times. When hiking, always yield to other hikers by giving them the right of way and make sure that when you stop to rest, you do it in designated areas so not to disrupt hikers who may be passing through.


It’s always helps to prepare for inclement weather and any othe situations that might manifest while hiking outside of the designated camping areas. Be knowledgeable of your surroundings, bring a map or compass when hiking, and always pack enough food and water to anticipate any potential problems.


When setting up a tent campsite, use the designated areas to reduce the impact on the surrounding environment. You should also utilize existing hiking trails when exploring the forest, to minimize damage done by foot traffic through the forest. Keep your campsite small — less is more when setting up a campsite and there is no need to sprawl your gear across a large area.

To learn more about Leave No Trace, visit