New Projects approved for Wascana Trails and Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park

The STA is partnering with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Parks, Culture, and Sport with funding support from the Trans Canada Trail to enhance the trails at Wascana Trails and at Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park.


Wascana All Person Nature Interpretive Trail and Viewing Point

The project at Wascana Trails consists of three elements:

1. Creation of Canada’s first “All Persons” nature interpretive trail that will be suitable for individuals with mobility and visual challenges. It will also be appropriate for strollers, families, seniors, and anyone who wants to enjoy nature. The approximately 550 meters long nature trail will include kiosks and interpretive panels as well as signage for the visually impaired.

2. Wascana Trails has a natural land protrusion that extends east from the parking lot to a beautiful vista. Repairs will be done to the Viewing Area and the 147-meter-long pathway to create Wheelchair accessibility and add features for those with visual impartments. A railing will wrap around the front of the hill to prevent people from walking down the slope.

3. Refurbishing 2400 meters of the existing Trans Canada Trail and its connectors


Cypress Hills Trails –Trans Canada Trail and Feeder Trails

The project at Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park contains the following elements:

1. Various enhancements and repairs will be done to existing trails including the creation of backcountry picnic sites, trail reroutes, boardwalk and footbridge replacements, tree removal, and extensions of existing trail pathways.

2. New Trail Head Signage that includes pertinent info and trail waypoints. Two new trailheads will be created in the West Block of the park at Conglomerate Cliff and another area.

3. Creation of a new path as an “All Season Trail” for winter activity access

Introducing the Canadian Trails Federation

Through our membership in the Canadian Trails Federation, the Saskatchewan Trails Association represents the interests of Saskatchewan on the national level.

The Canadian Trails Federation-Fédération Canadienne des Sentiers (CTF-CFS) is a national not-for-profit organization that represents the interests of provincial and territorial trails organizations across Canada. Their mission is to enhance the recreational trails network in Canada by sharing information, providing leadership and coordination, and by building consensus within the trail’s community, both nationally and internationally. More detailed information on the CTF can be found at:

CTF Vision Statement

The Canadian Trails Federation is a united voice for trails throughout Canada which will link communities and meet the needs of diverse cultures and trail users for their outdoor recreation and healthy living.

CTF Mission Statement

Canadian Trails – Sentiers Canadiens – Working for Canadian Trails

The Canadian Trails Federation will:

  • Promote the recreational use of trails for healthy living and the enjoyment of:
  • Canada’s unique landscapes,
  • Create the conditions which will lead to the development of sustainable trails,
  • Facilitate the sharing of information and resources,
  • Promote the responsible use of trails.

What the CTF does

The CTF represents the interests of provincial and territorial trail organizations across Canada.

At its bi-monthly directors’ conference call meetings and in its annual general meetings, which are held in different provinces each year, the CTF sets out to do the following:

  • Share information on trail issues,
  • Provide leadership and coordination for trail issues at the national level,
  • Help to build consensus within trails.

STA Past President Saul Lipton currently serves on the CTF Board.

Potential Funding Sources

A key aspect of the STA’s mission is to assist local trail groups in developing, maintaining, and marketing their trails. Since funding is essential in any project, various potential funding sources, including grants, are summarized below for those needing additional resources.


Saskatchewan Trails Association Funding Programs

MEMBERS GRANT PROGRAM – Funding grants of up to $1,000 are available through an application process (annual deadline: Jan. 31). The purpose of this program is to assist members in maintaining or enhancing trails. Its focus is on building new trails or undergoing maintenance projects such as updating maps, fixing signs, purchasing maintenance tools, or adding GPS capabilities. The STA Member Grant Program is available to current members of the STA. Other factors in the adjudication process include the length of membership and long-term commitment to the STA. The application document can be found at:

PARTNERSHIP INITIATIVE PROGRAM – Third-party funding is allocated to dedicated trail projects. These funds are obtained through partners willing to spend dedicated funds on trails such as the Trans Canada Trail and the National Trails Coalition.

THE CHARITABLE STATUS PROGRAM – Fundraising assistance is available by allowing donations to be made to a project through the Saskatchewan Trails Association. This option works by giving a donation to the STA, who will ensure it is delivered to the program of your choice. Charitable receipts are available.


Trans Canada Trail Projects:

Applications for funding through the Capital Improvement Plan are accepted on an ongoing basis (no deadlines but all projects must be completed by March 31, 2022). Prior to applying, groups are required to contact Trans Canada Trail and the project must be ready for implementation, with all requirements in place (plans, permits, approvals, etc.). Detailed information can be found at

FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR CONSULTATION, DESIGN PLANNING OR STUDIES– TCT may provide financial support for projects such as engineering, environmental impact assessments, etc., up to 50% of the eligible expenses. The maximum contribution for these types of projects is limited to $30,000 and all studies that receive a contribution from TCT must be a precursor to a construction project.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR CONSTRUCTION – The TCT may fund the construction of a project up to 35% of eligible expenses. The maximum contribution amounts are limited to:

  • Trail construction (without infrastructure): $ 75,000 / km
  • Major infrastructure (bridge, retaining wall): $ 250,000 / unit
  • Minor infrastructure and amenities (parking lot, washroom, access point): $ 50,000

FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR TRAIL SECTOR INITIATIVES – TCT may provide financial support for Trail maintenance projects, or other projects that support the trail sector and local communities on the Trail, up to 100% of the eligible expenses. The maximum contribution for these types of projects is limited to $5,000, per year, per group. This limit can increase to $10,000 in the case of unique regional or structured projects, carried out with other partners.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR SIGNAGE AND WAYFINDING – Different funding programs are available for installation and maintenance of Wayfinders, regulatory and safety signage, trailheads, and interpretive panels. The maximum contribution from the TCT ranges from $50 – $1000 depending on the type of signage.



Other Funding Opportunities:

PARKS FOR ALL ACTION GRANT – Funded by Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association, applicants can apply for grants to a maximum of $2,000. The grant is a commitment to creating Canadian parklands and waters that support healthy nature and healthy people. Applications should clearly outline how the initiative will engage people and result in long term benefits. Initiatives may include events, programs, studies, and projects. One application will be accepted from an Active SPRA member: Cities, Towns, Rural Municipalities, First Nation Communities, Provincial Recreation Associations, Tribal Councils, Sport/Culture/Recreation Districts, Métis Region and Regional/Urban Park Authorities. Although the application for 2021 has closed, further information can be found at:

COMMUNITY GRANT PROGRAM – The Community Initiatives Fund (CIF) provides a grant of up to $25,000 per local program or $50,000 per provincial program to support: Healthy growth and development of children and youth; Individual and community wellbeing; Non-profit and community leadership. Applicants must be an incorporated Saskatchewan non-profit organization whose primary purpose and activities are to benefit Saskatchewan communities; or A municipality, health region, school or school board proposing community based, community-led programs; and be in good standing with the CIF. The deadline for application is October 1, 2021. Further information on the program can be found at:

CANADA REVITALIZATION FUND – Contributions will be determined based on the minimum amount required to carry out a project and may represent up to 75% of total eligible costs. The fund aims to provide support to adapt community spaces and assets so that they may be used safely in accordance with local public-health guidelines; and build or improve community infrastructure to encourage Canadians to re-engage in and explore their communities and regions. Eligible applicants include not-for-profit organizations or charities, any municipal or regional government, or bodies providing infrastructure services to communities, and Indigenous-led not-for-profits or organizations. Further information on the program can be found at:

The Benefits of Membership

Becoming a member of the STA is not only a rewarding experience by helping to maintain Saskatchewan’s trails, but it also gives you benefits not offered to non-members, including funding opportunities, trail promotion and advocacy,  voting privileges, and several other resources such as trail maps, land negotiation agreements, etc. Here’s a look at the benefits:

TRAIL FUNDING – All STA members are eligible to receive funding for trail-related projects through our trail building programs, including the Partnership Initiative Program, which allocates third-party funding to dedicated trail projects; The Charitable Status Program, which allows donations through the STA to a specific project; and Members Trail Grant Program, which provides grants of up to $1000 per year for trail maintenance and development.

TRAIL PROMOTION AND ADVOCACY – The STA will share any news and upcoming events that you may want to feature on its website and through social media. This news can also be shared through the STA newsletter, Tales from the Trails, and we also work closely with the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association (S.P.R.A.), which publishes  Recreation Works.

SASKATCHEWAN TRAILS DAY – The STA is the lead organization that uses this occasion to raise public awareness about the value of recreational trails and to encourage communities to celebrate seasonal trail use.

RESOURCES – STA is responsible for developing several resources for the trail community, including trail maps and guidelines and information on trail etiquette, bridge design, and land negotiation agreements.

INSURANCE – The STA receives insurance from the OASIS Outdoor Adventure & Sport Insurance Solutions Inc. Established in 2007, OASIS provides programs for local, provincial, and national associations and their members with a particular focus on not-for-profit. STA members can save hundreds of dollars on a policy by indicating they are members when they book their insurance. Members can contact Shelley Wandler by phone (1-866-979-2747) or email ( for more information.

  • OASIS offers the following services:
  • Commercial and General Liability Renewal;
  • Certificate of Insurance Request;
  • Special Events Liability Insurance;
  • Application for Groomers and Related Equipment;
  • Application for Equipment;
  • Liability Insurance Application for ATV/Quad Group;
  • General Liability Insurance Application for Bike Safety Instructors (For Safety Training Purposes Only); and
  • General Liability Insurance Application for Bike Safety Instructors (Non-Motorized) (For Safety Training Purposes Only)


Membership Levels:

All membership levels are entitled to membership privileges, including the right to attend and vote at members’ meetings. Saskatchewan Trails Membership can be purchased or renewed on our website (


  • An individual who is at least 18 years of age


  • Incorporated or unincorporated associations of individuals in a particular geographic area in Saskatchewan
  • Trails groups-members who build and/or maintain recreational trails in Saskatchewan.
  • User group-members of which use recreational trails in Saskatchewan.


  • Any provincial association

LIFE MEMBERS ($550.00)

  • Any person whom the Board of Directors deems appropriate.
    • Lifetime of the recipient.


  • Persons of the following can be admitted to associate member status:
  • Government of Canada
  • Province of Saskatchewan
  • Municipal corporation
  • A First Nation organization
  • A regional economic development authority (REDA)
  • Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM)
  • Community recreational associations
  • Any corporation

An associate member is entitled to all membership privileges, including the right to nominate an individual to attend meetings of the members on its behalf, but excluding the right to vote at such meetings.