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The Saskatchewan Trails Association (STA) is now accepting individual and corporate donations for its recently developed Saskatchewan Trails Fund. Once core funding is achieved, this new trail fund will provide annual grants to local trail organizations and communities to help support trail development and maintenance projects in Saskatchewan.
If you would like to make a donation to support Saskatchewan's trails (via PayPal), please click on the above "Donate" icon.
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IN THE NEWS:
Caledonia-Elmsthorpe Community Pasture Ride
Thank you to everyone who came out and supported the Caledonia-Elmsthorpe Community Pasture ride event on Aug. 15-16. The event was sponsored by Public Pastures – Public Interest (PPPI) and the Saskatchewan Trails Association (STA), which also sold memberships during the event.
The pasture, located between Avonlea and Milestone, includes 20 kilometres of beautiful wide fire break trail, excellent footing for horseback riding, bird watching, walking or mountain biking. This virgin prairie may not be available to the public for much longer, and over the two days a total of 37 people took the opportunity to enjoy the natural wonder while they still can.
The event featured trail riding, hiking and sightseeing. Visitors enjoyed vistas, rolling hills, wildlife and birds. The pasture is also home to species at risk, fossils and archeological sites. More
Cycling the Trans Canada Trail
Recently, a group of eight seniors headed out on their bikes from Saskatoon to discover the Trans Canada Trail. They planned a five day trip that included stops in Hague, Batoche, Blaine Lake and Borden.
They followed the newly routed trail from Wanuskewin to Batoche and then to Blaine Lake before turning towards home. From there the trail heads toward the west side of Jackfish Lake to Paradise Hill and then into Alberta.
In planning the trip, organizer Cathy Watts, could not find any accommodation at the first night’s stop in Hague. Visiting the town office for information, she enquired if anyone would be interested in offering billets. Between the Mayor, Seniors Club and Elma Neudorf a call was put out for billets for the group on July 15, 2015.
The doors of hospitality were thrown open, and upon arrival at the Lunch Counter (local restaurant), all of the volunteer billets arrived to take the cyclists home for a shower and place to sleep. The bonus was meeting some wonderful people from Hague.
Although the TCT has many challenges for the long distance cyclist (gravel roads, lack of infrastructure, such as accommodations, water, etc.), it has a unique way of bringing Canadians in touch with each other. One person at a time.
The seniors of Hague have certainly proven that true.
ExploreSask Photo Contest Seeking Great Saskatchewan Images
Tourism Saskatchewan’s annual ExploreSask Photo Contest is officially underway. Enter photographs of your favourite Saskatchewan adventures for a chance to win great prizes. Categories are designed to inspire amateur and professional photographers to submit their most striking images that capture the natural wonders of Saskatchewan and tell stories about its people and communities. The contest runs until September 15, 2015.
‘The Best of the Trans Canada Trail’ Book Project
Michael Haynes, Director of TransActive Solutions, has been exploring the Trans Canada Trail for his book
project: ‘The Best of the Trans Canada Trail.’ Haynes and his publisher are envisioning two books, one profiling routes in southern Ontario, Québec, and Atlantic Canada, the second profiling routes in northern
Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia. At the moment, they expect that these books will profile walking/cycling routes, but not include water routes.
The STA is looking for points in Saskatchewan that would be worthy of inclusion so they can be passed on to Haynes.
If you would like your section to be considered, email email@example.com and tell us about your section of the trail, why it stands out and why it should be included in the book.
STA Welcomes New & Returning Board Members
The Saskatchewan Trails Association (STA) elected three new board members and announced the return of some its board members during its Annual General Meeting on April 18, 2015,at the Cedar Lodge Hotel and Convention Centre in Blackstrap Provincial Park.
The new members are: Margaret Moran, Wakamov Valley, Moose Jaw; Randy Chapman, Saskatoon Nordic Ski Club; and Ryan Goolevitch, geocacher, Regina. Returning to the board are: John Meed, Saskatchewan, All Terrain Vehicle Association, Regina; Allan Otterbrein, Meewasin, Saskatoon; and Jo Ann Carnigan-Valley, Assiniboia.
Thanks as well to outgoing STA board members Glenn Hymers, Craik and Arnold Giddings, Moose Jaw.
Dorothy Rhead Receives STA Volunteer Award
Dorothy Rhead, a longtime trail volunteer, is the winner of the inaugural Saskatchewan Trails Association (STA) Volunteer Award.
Rhead’s volunteer experience spans back to 1993. That year, the Canadian Volkssport Federation asked her to form a walking club in Regina. She agreed and created the Wascana Wanderers Volksmarch Club, the first club of its kind to be formed in Saskatchewan.
STA Endorses Public Pastures Public Interest
The STA has become an endorsing organization of Public Pastures—Public Interest (PPPI).
PPPI draws together rural and urban Canadians who share an interest in conserving the great public grasslands of Saskatchewan. The group has developed six principles as part of its vision for the future of
Saskatchewan heritage rangelands.
On behalf of the board of directors and membership of the STA, President Jo Ann Carignan Vallee wrote a letter to Premier Wall expressing support for PPPI’s proposal to keep our province’s pastures public as they are leased or sold to existing patrons.
Many of our province’s pastures are currently home to beautiful horse riding trails that are used for cattle grazing. We feel there is an opportunity to develop these trails so other members of the public might be able to use them to explore the unique landscapes and wildlife.
PPPI is looking for more individuals and organizations to get behind the campaign. Visit https://pfrapastureposts.wordpress.com for more information.
White Butte Golf Course Development Halted
Minister of Parks, Culture and Sport Mark Docherty recently announced the government won’t support a golf course on the southeast corner of the White Butte Recreation Site.
There was widespread opposition to the proposal, led by Trevor Harriet of Public Pastures—Public Interest (PPPI).
The STA wrote letters thanking Harriet for leading the campaign and Minister Docherty for his stance. The STA feels that White Butte Trails are a pivotal part of the province’s trail scene.
STA Prepares for Website Redesign
The STA is currently developing a new look for its website. If you have any suggestions or comments for the redesign (or have any suggestions for resources you'd like to see on the new website), please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact STA's Administrator, Pat Rediger, at 306-522-9326.
Get Ready for Saskatchewan Trails Day
Saskatchewan Trails Day will be held on June 6 in communities all across the province. The STA encourages everyone in the province to celebrate the physical, environmental, recreational, economic and aesthetic benefits provided by Saskatchewan trails.
If you’re planning events for that day, please let us know by emailing email@example.com. STA will also
send out a media release and post the event on our website and Twitter account.
A Saskatchewan Trails Day Event Organizer’s Manual is also available to anyone interested. It contains information on planning and promoting your event.
Send us your photos and stories
Have you had a great experience on the trails? Please send us your pictures and stories. We'd love to share them with the rest of the trails community both on our website and our Twitter account (@Sk_Trails).
We recently received this photo from the Saskatchewan All-Terrain Vehicle Association (SATVA).