Buffalo Pound Trail Enhancements

The Saskatchewan Trails Association is proud to be partnering with the Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport as well as TransCanada Trails (TCT) to enhance the trail system at Buffalo Pound Provincial Park.

The Parks department is building a chalet that will function as an interpretive, recreation and visitor information centre. Construction on this exciting new addition should be complete sometime this year.

The trail network was also in need of some TLC. Naturally, the trail needs to be tied to the new building as it will be a central feature of the recreation hub. This project will also create an access pathway from the lower Chalet campsites to the new Chalet building, allowing people from all over the campground to enjoy the facility.

This will also tie the TCT network to the chalet as it crosses Buffalo Pound Provincial Park. The new trail will allow visitors to travel the full length of the park by either hiking, running, and mountain biking in warmer seasons or by fat-bike, snowshoes, and cross-country skiing in the winter.

The trail will connect to major attractions of the park such as the bison compound, Nicolle homestead, the north section of park, Nicolle Marsh, the public pool, main beach, and the beautiful landscape throughout the area.

Better signage and mapping are also going to be added to these trail systems, along with special destination points like rustic all-weather shelters, vistas, benches, and backcountry campsites. The goal of these projects is not only to enhance the park itself, but to enhance opportunities for venders’ business such as the convenience store and mini-golf and draw more tourists to the park in general.

If you are in the Moose Jaw area, be sure to check out Buffalo Pound Provincial Park and see these new developments for yourself!

Winners Selected for Give Us Your Best Shot Photo Contest

We are pleased to announce the winners of the Give Us Your Best Shot Photo Contest this year. Congratulations to the Grand Prize winner Stephanie V. Photography, along with our runners-up Karla Pratt and Deagan Smith and early bird prize winner Shelley Lambert!

Stephanie will receive a TRUNKTECH 2-person hammock, a complete mess cookware kit, a packable water-resistant backpack, a Cabela’s multi tool and a Yeti insulated mug valued at over $200!

It’s clear to see why this gorgeous photo was chosen:

Honorary Mention #1 will receive a HikeCrew portable gas stovetop along with a Cabela’s multitool, hiking logbook and Yeti insulated mug valued at over $100!

Check out his awesome photo:

 

Our second honorary mention is Karla Pratt, who received a set of trekking poles, along with a Cabela’s multitool, hiking logbook and Yeti insulated mug valued at over $100!

Check out her beautiful entry:

The Early Bird Prize winner (which was awarded June 17), Shelley Lambert, received a decorative hiking sign, a handy hiking logbook and a Yeti rambler insulated mug valued at over $100 for this beautiful image:

Another big thanks for all the photo contest interest and entries, we received over 800 photos and reached over 30,000 people on social media. Check out the home page to see all 15 finalists!

We hope some of these images will inspire you to get out on the trails!

Give Us Your Best Shot Photo Contest

It’s that time of the year again!

The Saskatchewan Trails Association will be running its month-long Give Us Your Best Shot photo contest during the month of June. The photo contest begins on Saturday, June 4th — Saskatchewan Trails Day – and concludes on Thursday, June 30.

Rules for Entry:

The contest is available for all residents of Saskatchewan.  STA board and staff may submit their pictures but are not eligible to win the contest. While photos may be submitted multiple times using Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or email, there is only one entry per photo, but you may enter as many different photos as you wish.

To enter the STA Give Us Your Best Shot photo contest, you must submit your photos by posting on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag: #SaskTrailsPhotoContest2022, or you can email them to us at info@sasktrails.ca.

 

We must be able to see your picture in order for it to be entered in the contest, so be sure to check any privacy settings. Posts must be made public to be counted as an entry. When posting, if possible, format the photo in the highest resolution possible to ensure we can use it in printed materials. The winning photo may be used to promote trails in Saskatchewan through brochures, annual reports, social media and more.

Prizes:

The winners will be chosen at the end of the month, announced on all our pages, and will be contacted to arrange and claim their prize. Pictures will only be accepted into the contest until June 30th, so be sure to get your pictures in before the deadline.

The Grand Prize winner will receive a TRUNKTECH 2-person hammock, a complete mess cookware kit, a packable water-resistant backpack, a Cabela’s multi tool and a Yeti insulated mug valued at over $200.

An Early Bird Prize will also be awarded on FRIDAY JUNE 17 featuring a decorative hiking sign, a handy hiking logbook and a Yeti rambler insulated mug.

Two Honorary Mentions will also receive either a set of trekking poles with a Cabela’s multitool, hiking logbook and Yeti insulated mug or a HikeCrew portable gas stovetop complete with a Cabela’s multitool and its own handy hiking logbook as well. (Each prize pack valued at over $100).

         

As pictures come in, they may be featured on our page, with credit to the photographer. We wish all who enter the best of luck, and we can’t wait to see your adventures!

Additional Rules for Submissions:

If you do not want to grant Saskatchewan Trails Association (STA) these permissions, please do not submit your photo.

In order for STA to use your photo, you confirm that (a) your photo is your own original work; (b) you own all the rights in the photo, including copyright; (c) you have the right to give STA the permission to use your photo for the purposes specified in these rules; (d) the photo is not defamatory and does not infringe any Canadian laws or violate the rights of any third party; (e) you have the consent of anyone who is identifiable in your photo or the consent of their parent or guardian if they are minors; (f) you waive any moral rights that you may have in the photo; (g) you indemnify STA against any claim, demand, action, suit, or other proceedings against STA arising out of the use of the photo or any false or inaccurate statements.

By entering, contestants agree to abide by these contest rules which shall be applied by Saskatchewan Trails Association.

Enhancements to Our Trail Network

The trail network in Saskatchewan continues to evolve and offer new experiences for anyone from entry level trail enthusiasts to those who are much more experienced and wish to find a new challenge. There are trails for people from all walks of life – walkers and hikers, snowshoers, and cross-country skiers.

This year we encourage you to experience some of the new trail opportunities in our province first-hand. Here are some recent developments that you’ll want to check out:

First, Wascana Trails is now home to Canada’s first “All Persons” nature interpretive trail, which is suitable for individuals with mobility and visual challenges. It is also appropriate for strollers, families, seniors, and anyone who wants to get some fresh air and enjoy nature. This approximately 550 meters long nature trail includes a kiosk and interpretive panels as well as signage for the visually impaired.

Wascana Trails also features a natural land protrusion that extends east from the parking lot to a beautiful vista. Repairs were done to the Viewing Area and the 147-meter-long pathway to ensure Wheelchair accessibility, and other features were added for those with visual impairments. A railing now wraps around the front of the hill to prevent anyone from walking down the slope. 2,400 meters of the existing Trans Canada Trail and its connectors have also been refurbished.

 

New enhancements were added to trails at the Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park. Various enhancements and repairs were recently completed to its existing trails including the creation of back-country picnic sites, trail reroutes, boardwalk and footbridge replacements, tree removal and extension of existing trail pathways.  New trail head signage has also been installed at Cypress that includes pertinent trail information and waypoints, and a new all-season trail for winter activity access was also created so visitors can enjoy it year-round.

Candle Lake features new trail head signage and directional signage, and Outlook revitalized their trails by removing Dutch Elm branches and other overgrowth on the trails and adding a new bench and trail map.

The trail in St. Walburg, as part of The Great Trail, has also made significant improvements with new drainage and substrates as well as a new rustic sign to enhance the entrance to this wonderful trail.

Manitou Beach established their trail system six years ago, and the current trail system consists of three trails varying in length. Four years ago, a borrow pit was created at the east end of the village. The Recreation Board is in the process of expanding the trail system to incorporate this borrow pit and have created a pond as a feature of this trails system.

The 8 km Klinger trail project connecting Marean Lake and Greenwater was completed last year. The project was created to honour the memory of Kleon Swahn (aka Klinger) who was killed in a workplace accident at SaskPower.

Foam Lake Team Nature Trails (TNT) has a designated International Birding Area and sees many tourist birdwatchers each year during migration periods. Many locals like to explore this area over the summer months as well. You will see new signage along the Vatnabyggd Trail.

The Qu’Appelle Valley Nordic Ski Club has been built from scratch over the last five years, investing more than $240,000 into the development of their biathlon range, clubhouse, targets, trails, grass mower and trail grooming equipment. This trail system now offers skiing for both classic and skate, for novice and experts, and for casual and competitive skiers for over 100 members and residents.  During the summer months, the trails provide opportunities for hiking, cycling, and running.  Each year the club also hosts several biathlon camps and trail runs, for particularly motivated trail-goers.

Finally, The St. Barbe Winter Trail Network, which is part of the Winter Fat Bike Groomed Trail Network, is designed for low ground pressure to allow riding on soft, unstable terrain, such as snow and sand (whether fat-biking or mountain biking). A new 600m of single-track trail was added, bringing the groomed trail network to over 12km.

2022 Member Trail Grant Recipients

2022 Member Trail Grant Recipients
The STA is pleased to announce the recipients of our Member Trail Grant Program. We will be providing $500 grants each to the Bengough & District Regional Park Authority, Leader and District Tourism, the Moose Jaw Pavers Cycling Group, and the Saskatoon Trail Alliance.
Operated by a board of volunteers, the Bengough & District Regional Park Authority is responsible for the maintenance of a campground with 29 services sites that offer power, water, and sewer hook-ups. The park also offers an outdoor swimming pool, a hot tub, a 9-hole sand green golf course and driving range, playground area, beach volleyball court, ball diamond, and horseshoe pits. The park will be adding another 1km loop to an existing trail and will be updating their signs, sign poles, and benches for the public visiting the park.
Surrounded by rolling hills to the south of the area, the South Saskatchewan River valley in the north and the dry desert of the Great Sandhills, the community of Leader has some of the most unique landscapes Saskatchewan has to offer. Leader and District Tourism plan to fix existing pedestrian routes to prevent accidents and to give community members safe trail alternatives.
The Moose Jaw Pavers Cycling Club offers those interested in all forms of cycling a chance to get out and explore trails in the Moose Jaw area. The club has a trail maintenance agreement with SaskParks to support the maintenance of approximately 30 km of multiuse trails in Buffalo Pound Provincial Park. The maintenance includes vegetation clearing and minor trail tread repairs including re-establishing drainage and repair of eroded and cupped trail segments. The entire trail network is very popular and heavily used which has led to increased trail wear and the need for more efficient completion of work. To date the Pavers have used conventional fire fighting tools, but the issue with these tools is that need to be modified. The Pavers will use the funding for the purchase of trail maintenance specific tools
The Saskatoon Trail Alliance was established in 2018 to advocate for sustainable singletrack trails in Saskatoon. Local volunteers are working hard to try and help Saskatoon become the premier prairie single track trail destination in Canada. The alliance will use the funding to improve trail surfaces on the single track currently available in the city along the river valley, which is susceptible to erosion.

STA Photo Contest 2021

It’s that time of the year again! The Saskatchewan Trails Association will be running its month-long Give Us Your Best Shot photo contest during the month of June.  The photo contest begins on Saturday, June 5 — Saskatchewan Trails Day – and concludes on Wednesday, June 30.

Rules for Entry:

The contest is available for all residents of Saskatchewan.  STA board and staff may submit their pictures, but are not eligible to win the contest. While photos may be submitted multiple times using Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or email, there is only one entry per unique photo.  You may enter as many photos as you wish to the contest.

To enter the STA Give Us Your Best Shot photo contest, you must submit your photos by posting on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #SaskTrailsPhotoContest2021 or email them to us at info@sasktrails.ca. We must be able to see your picture in order to be entered in the contest, so be sure to check your privacy settings.  Posts must be made public to be counted as an entry. When posting, if possible, format the photo in the highest resolution possible to ensure we are able to use it in printed materials. The winning photo may be used to promote trails in Saskatchewan through brochures, annual reports, social media and more.

Prizes:

The winners will be chosen at the end of the month, announced on all our pages, and will be contacted to arrange and claim their prize. Pictures will only be accepted into the contest until June 30th, so be sure to get your pictures in before the deadline. The top photo winner will receive a $200 gift certificate to Cabela’s and two honorary mentions will also be rewarded with Cabela’s gift cards valued at $50 each. As pictures come in they may be featured on our page, with credit to the photographer. We wish all who enter the best of luck, we can’t wait to see your adventures!

Additional Rules for Submissions:

If you do not want to grant Saskatchewan Trails Association (STA) these permissions, please do not submit your photo. In order for STA to use your photo, you confirm that (a) your photo is your own original work; (b) you own all the rights in the photo, including copyright; (c) you have the right to give STA the permission to use your photo for the purposes specified in these rules; (d) the photo is not defamatory and does not infringe any Canadian laws or violate the rights of any third party; (e) you have the consent of anyone who is identifiable in your photo or the consent of their parent or guardian if they are minors; (f) you waive any moral rights that you may have in the photo; (g) you indemnify STA against any claim, demand, action, suit, or other proceedings against STA arising out of the use of the photo or any false or inaccurate statements.

By entering, contestants agree to abide by the contest rules which shall be applied by Saskatchewan Trails Association.

(2020 Photo Contest winner Dean Kewaluk)

2021 Member Trail Grant Recipients

The STA is pleased to announce the recipients of our Member Trail Grant Program. We will be providing $500 grants to the Resort Village of Candle Lake, Town of Outlook, Town of St.Walburg and Resort Village of Manitou Beach.

The Candle Lake Trails Advisory Board (CLTAB) is comprised of volunteers appointed by the Resort Village of Candle Lake Council. CLTAB meets regularly, and works with Council to plan new routes and maintain existing trails in an effort to ensure the opportunity for residents and visitors to enjoy a safe and varied outdoor experience year-round.

New trail head signage and directional signage for new trails, as well as repair and maintenance of existing signage, is an ongoing priority. Their Deep Bay to Telwin Trail, West Side Trail and West End Trail are all in need of main head structure repairs. Their trail names and activity signs are also in need of repair.

The Town of Outlook is a walking community and over the years the beautiful trail along the river has been neglected. They have an amazing group of volunteers and recreational staff that feel passionate about maintaining their walking trails so it can continue to be used safely.

Due to a high concentration of Dutch Elm disease in their area, removal of overgrowth on the trails is needed as well as the removal of Dutch Elm branches. They are also in need of loose gravel along the trail, a bench and a new map of the trail.

The trail in St. Walburg is part of The Great Trail and they have done significant improvements with new drainages and substates. They are in need of a new rustic sign that will enhance the entrance to their wonderful trail. They are also in need of new signage and new solar lights.

Manitou Beach established their trail system 6 years ago and have, along with the Resort Village of Manitou Beach and volunteers, have maintained, improved and added to the trail system over those years. The current trail system consists of 3 trails, 5+km, 2km and 1km in length.

The trail head sign has faded and needs to be renewed due to a change of location along with changes and additions to their existing trails signage. Trail signs give the users their location as well as sights in the area.

Four years ago, a borrow pit was created at the east end of the Village because of a need for clay for a flood protection berm to protect the low-lying areas of the Village. The Recreation Board has expanded the trail system to incorporate the borrow pit and they created a pond as a feature of their trails system. Their plan is to complete filling the dugout and stock it with fish as well as develop the trail around it. For the last three years, they have utilized the pond in the winter as an outdoor skating pond as well as an outdoor Crock curl surface.

Saskatchewan Trails Day

Come out and celebrate the beauty of the prairies during Saskatchewan Trails Day on June 5!

Quarantine fatigue is a reality for many of us as the pandemic continues. Many people find turning to nature helps curb feelings of isolation. The Saskatchewan Trails Association (STA) invites all residents to get out and enjoy the province’s trail network on Saskatchewan Trails Day on Saturday, June 5, while at the same time adhering to provincial health standards.

“We are pleased to be able to offer a slice of the outdoors through our many hiking trails,” said STA President David Powell. “It’s a great way to spend a day with family and friends, or even make your own solo adventure. As you are out on your exploration, we encourage you to share your experience and photos with us by using #SaskTrailsDay. You can follow us and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.”

If by chance you run into other trail lovers on your hike, the STA advises that you adhere to the guidelines set out by the Centre for Disease Control (CDC). You can help protect yourself and others by practicing physical distancing, while also avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth as well as any other surfaces others may have come in contact with. It is also important to practice good hand hygiene.

If you’d like to find trails throughout the province, then check out the STA’s on-line trail directory at sasktrails.ca/trail-directory/.  The directory provides information about trails, locations, difficulty, length, photos and maps. This information can help you get from point A to point B and back, on your journey to experience nature on the trails.

As part of the Saskatchewan Trails Day celebrations, the STA is launching a month-long photo contest. Take lots of photos while hiking the trail you picked, and submit them to us through Instagram using #SaskTrailsPhotoContest2021. You can enter as often as you like, and there are prizes! The best images, as selected by the STA board of directors, can win a first prize of a $200 gift card or one of two honorary mentions valued at $50 each. All photos become property of the STA and will be used to promote your favourite trails. The contest begins on Saskatchewan Trails Day and wraps up on June 30 as part the province’s June is Recreation and Parks Month. A decision on the top photo prizes will be made the following week.

After you’ve experienced the trail system, the STA encourages you to make a donation to the trail of your choice, and to help support trail development and maintenance programs in Saskatchewan. Memberships for a STA member are also available for as little as $25 per year for an individual.  STA members have access to trail funding and other resources, and can attend and vote at meetings of members. Visit Sasktrails.ca to find out more information about trails and activities available in your area. Every new trail offers a unique adventure!

For more information, contact Pat Rediger at (306) 522-9326 or email prediger@sasktrails.ca.

Cathy Watts Volunteer Award Recipients

Congratulations to this year’s recipients of the Cathy Watts Volunteer Award. Curt Schroeder and Tom Landine were co-recipients and have made long-term commitments to the trail community.

Curt’s experience with trails dates back to the 1990s when the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association (SPRA) was the lead agency for the Trans Canada Trail for this province. SPRA formed a Saskatchewan Trails Council of trail stakeholders and Curt was one of the original members of this group. He then went on to organize and become President of the Great Plains Trans Canada Trail, which was responsible for developing the trail in the Regina area.

When the Saskatchewan Trails Council evolved into the Saskatchewan Trails Association (STA), Curt was one of its founding members and became a board member. Serving as President from 2007 to 2011, he led the development of the first strategic plan for trail development in Saskatchewan.

Later, as the Secretary to the Canadian Trails Federation he was nominated to serve as Secretary-Treasurer of the National Trails Coalition (NTC), which was recognized for implementing a dedicated trail funding program for motorized and non-motorized trail users throughout the country.  Curt remains an active board member and currently serves as the President of Regina Search and Rescue.

Tom has been involved in trail building for more than 15 years. He began his trail-building career in the Qu’Appelle Valley as a member of the local mountain bike club, the East Qu’Appelle Cartel (EQC). He and a small group of volunteers built some of the best mountain bike trails in Saskatchewan over a period from 2006-18. The trails were also used by the EQC to host an annual mountain bike race from 2008 to 2019.

In 2013, Tom began organizing a project to build a walking/biking trail within the regional park in Esterhazy. He began by endorsing the project, followed by the approval of the town. Next, he led the fundraising efforts, planned a roughed-out provisional route for the first stage, and hired a trail-building contractor. The first section of trail was completed in 2016.

Upon completing the first half of the trail, Tom and a group of volunteers carved out the remaining half of the trail so that it would be a full loop. He even went through the effort of purchasing a mini excavator to build the trail and was successfully able to complete the other half prior to the first snowfall in 2020.

Under his leadership, the trails continue to expand and improve steadily. Every year he organizes a trail clean-up and mowing program which then moves on to track setting in the winter.

           

First recipient, Curt Schroeder               Second recipient, Tom Landine

Welcoming Corman Park Horse Riders Association

We are pleased to announce that Grasswood Horse Park/the Corman Park Horse Riders Association (CPHRA), located south of Saskatoon on the corner of Baker Road and Preston Ave., has recently become a member.

The Grasswood Horse Park is managed by CPHRA, a volunteer non-profit group. The riding facilities include a natural trail obstacle course, two fenced arenas – one contains a permanent working equitation course and dressage arena, a perimeter trail and a polocrosse field.

Horse riders/handlers must purchase a CPHRA and Sask. Horse Federation membership to enter the park. The Natural Trail Obstacle Course requires an additional membership for access to that area. All membership fees go towards maintenance and development of the park.

The Park features and amenities include:

Arena #1
140’ x 200’ wood fenced arena

Perimeter Fence and Trail
Providing safe and contained riding

Camping during events
Camping only while attending an organized event (max. 3 nights)

Water Hydrant
Not potable in 2 1000L tanks around the park

Arena #2 Working Equitation and Dressage arena
200′ x 300′ metal fenced arena

Announcer Stand
With power supply

Parking Area
Mowed and marked for more than 50 rigs

Pens for Horses
For temporary holding, overnight only while attending an organized event

Natural Trail Obstacle Course
Over 30 elements, including a trestle bridge and pond

3 Bleachers for Spectators
Polocrosse Field
Port a pot

For more information visit https://grasswoodhorsepark.ca/