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St.Walburg, located in beautiful Northwestern Saskatchewan, may be small but that hasn’t stopped representatives from the town of 672 (2006 census) from making a big impression on the world at the LivCom Awards.

.he LivCom Awards are the world’s only competition focusing on best practice regarding the management of the local environment. Endorsed by the United Nations Environmental Programme, the 2007 awards held in Westminster, England showcased presentations from 46 communities and projects from 23 nations.

Judging is across six criteria considered to create livable communities: Enhancement of the Landscape, Heritage Management, Environmentally Sensitive P r a c t i c e s , C o m mu n i t y S u s t ai n ab i l i t y, Healthy Lifestyles and Planning for the Future. One award is given for each category

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and St. Walburg was awarded the Criteria Award for Community Sustainability. In the Whole City Awards Section A, fo r c o m mu n i t i e s w i t h a p o p u l a t i o n of under 20,000, St. Walburg won a Silver Award and placed second after Clonakilty, Ireland. This award is based on all six categories.

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Trails to NATURE

Brightsand Lake Regional Park invites you to enjoy and explore their outstanding trail system. Twenty-eight kilometres of trail have wellmarked intersections and interpretive destination signs, making this hike a delight for beginner or advanced hikers. Many geological points of interest are showcased, giving hikers a rare firsthand look at features such as eskers, kames and pushbank ridges.

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atchers will take interest in the many unusual species of birds residing in the diverse ecosystem of old-growth boreal forest, aspen parkland and wetlands, which includes bogs, muskeg and lakefront marsh. Whooping cranes have been known to reside along the far reaches of the trail system. We Welcome You Brightsand Lake Regional Park is waiting to welcome you. Our staffed summer season runs from May 15 to September15. Come and spend some time with us enjoying our sandy beach, cool, clear lake, a picturesque round of golf, or just relax and soak up the sun! Be sure to visit us on Saskatchewan Regional Parks website, saskregionalparks.ca.

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The people of St. Walburg are very proud of their community and in particular, one resident – Murray Davidson.

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BY A ST.WALBURG ARTIST

is work is varied, and has found homes in many places around the world. Murray began a new hobby when a friend introduced him to soapstone carving. Soapstone carving requires a minimal amount of equipment and can be accomplished in a small area. There are many different kinds of stone to use and these stones come from all over the world. To date, Murray has used mainly Asian and Brazilian soapstone. His carvings vary in size and weight, from small pieces that make attractive jewelry to larger items such as chess boards and mantel clocks. Murray’s work is on display at Through the Grapevine Design, a gift shop on Main Street in St. Walburg. On display are turtles, frogs and elephants – just to name a few. Murray’s work has been delivered to many countries outside of Canada. Local residents who wish to take along gifts when they are travelling have delivered carvings to friends in Alaska, Ireland, Morocco, Germany and France. This winter, a new type of art has been added to Murray’s selection – scrimshaw. Scrimshaw is the art of creating pictures using a needle and permanent ink. Deer antlers or ivory piano keys, as well as other items can be used as canvas. The artist then uses a needle to tap holes and draw a picture which is later coloured with permanent ink. This results in a beautiful piece of artwork that must be seen to be appreciated.

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ATTRACTIONS ST. WALBURG mhoff Museum is open daily June 1 to Sept. long weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment prior to June 1 and after Sept. 1. The museum is located 8 km south and 2 km west of St.Walburg. Contact Bert Imhoff 306-248-3812. • St. Walburg Museum is open seven days a week from the last week of June to Labour Day in September. It is open 10 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 6 p.m. • Elks Bingo,Tuesdays. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Pre-call Bonanza starts at 7:15 p.m. at St. Walburg Elks Hall. • May 29 - St. Walburg 4-H Achievement Day. Contact Larry Kurjata 306-248-3309. • May 30 - St.Walburg 4-H Regional Show and Sale. Contact Bonnie Boser 306-248-7574. • Aug. 13 - St.Walburg’s 16th Annual Polka Fest at the Elks Hall - 4th Street East. Dancing 2 to 11 p.m. Supper at 5 p.m. included in ticket price of $30. Music by Country Swing and Bannick Country from Big River. Proceeds for Cancer Research. For information call 306-248-3478. • Aug. 19 - Pre-Blueberry Festival events: 1. Ethnic Supper (two sittings 5 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.); 2. Old Time Dance 8 p.m. Both events at St. Walburg Parish Centre. • Aug. 21 - St. Walburg Wild Blueberry Festival - Pancake Breakfast 8 to 10 a.m. Show and shine for classic vehicles 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Main Street. Craft Sale 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Craft sale entries call 306- 248-3384. • Aug. 21 - Blueberry Festival Dinner and Talent night, 5 p.m., Elks Hall. Advance tickets required. Ph. 306-248-3232. • St. Walburg Library Hours: Tues. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Wed. 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Thurs. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Public access computers. Free internet. One province - one card - your Saskatachewan Library card is good anywhere

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in the province. Ongoing book sales. Phone 306-248-3250. www.lakeland.lib.sk.ca/swa/. • Feb. 2017 - Wildlife Banquet. Contact: Joe at 306-248-3805 or Lisa at 306-248-3259. BRIGHTSAND LAKE • Golf Tournaments: Contact Murray Bryt 306-248-4663. • 2016 Swimming Lessons: North End Bright Sand Lake Regional Park – first two weeks in July. Contact the park to register 306-248-3780. Contact Joanne Bannerman 306-845-2764. FRENCHMAN BUTTE • Frenchman Butte Heritage Centre and Musuem open weekends starting Victoria Day weekend. Daily from July 1 to Labour Day 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 306-344-4478, Fax: 306-344-2103, riverside@sasktel.net, www. frenchmanbuttemuseum.ca. • Aug. 7 - Annual Museum Festival at Frenchman Butte Heritage Centre and Musuem. Interdenominational church service, museum tours, lunch, parade, fruit pies, entertainment, silent auction, quilt raffle, supper, demonstrations and games. Call 306-825 2246. • Nov. 11 - Lest We Forget Remembrance Day Service 10:30 a.m. at the Legion Hall. PARADISE HILL • Paradise Hill Library Hours: Mon. 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Tues. 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Wed. 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Free internet. One province - one card. Ongoing book sales. • May - Quad Rally - One day event at Horse Lake, Bronson Forest. Registration 9 a.m. to noon, entry $25. Contact Sheldon 306-344-7353. • May 24 - Paradise Hill 4-H Multi-Club Achievement Day at the Fort Pitt Hall. Projects include Beef, Light Horse, Sheep, Photography and Cloverbud. Contact Gail Carruthers at 306-344-4563. • June 19-21 - Ray’s Lake Ball Tournament

at Kinsmen Community Park. Outdoor beer gardens both days and a dance Saturday night at the park. Neal Palen 306-344-7774. • Aug. 8 - Paradise Hill Community Centre fifth annual Summer Bash with Diamond Rio. This cabaret style event will take place in the Paradise Hill arena. • Aug. 7-9 - Co-ed slo-pitch tournament and beer gardens. Contact Ryan Singer at 306344-5055 or Neil McNab at 306-248-7668. • September - Terry Fox Run at Paradise Hill School. Contact Krissy Wenger 306-3442055. • October - UCW Fowl Supper, contact Fern at 306-344-5060; 10,000 Villages Craft Sale, contact Fern at 306-344-5060; CWL Fowl Supper, contact Lynn at 306-344-2039. • November (fourth Saturday) Christmas Craft Show and Sale at the Kinsmen Hall. Contact Heather at 306-344-4625. • December - Community Christmas Carol Festival at Our Lady of Sorrows Roman Catholic Church. Contact Heather at 306-344- 4625. • February - Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, at the Arena. Contact Debbie 306344-2174. Manitou Lake Gospel Jamboree June 10 - 12, 2016 • Held at Manitou Lake Bible Camp between Neilburg and Marsden. Free admission to all 6 concerts in warm coverall building. www.manitoulakegosepljamboree.com. Booth is available for meals near tabernacle. Saturday supper is a steak supper in the dining hall. Artists are: Freedom Singers, Daae Family, Fraser Valley Quartet, Yvonne St. Germaine, Ben Johnson Family, Potter’s Clay Quartet, The Banksons and Touch of Grace. Free on-site dry camping and cabins. For information please call 306-823-3663.

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Nativity Scene

About 15 years ago the St. Walburg Knights of Columbus noticed c o m m e rc i a l i s m w a s c re e p i n g m o re a n d more into traditional Christmas decorations.

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t that time only t h re e N a t i v i t y Scenes were seen around town, one of them the Roman Catholic Church’s heritage set and two others being private sets. The Knights decided to try to do something about this. First they refurbished the heritage scene that was showing some 60 years of wear, then they started to push and encourage individuals to add nativity sets as part of their outdoor decorations. For several years a committee drove around town on Christmas Eve and made notes on the sets on display, and then offered a little token of appreciation to all individuals who had participated. A new larger set was purchased for inside the church. A short pageant was written and performed just outside the church at Midnight Mass.

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The Northwest is an ecologically diverse region where over 250 bird species have been catalogued.

After some years the Knights started to see a big difference, with many displays showing the real meaning of Christmas. They unilaterally declared St. Walburg the “Nativity Scene Capital of Saskatchewan.” And they have done this for about four years. This year the Knights did an actual count and on Christmas Day the tally was made. There were 32 outdoor Nativity sets counted, as well as five window displays and several other Nativity related decorations such as the Wisemen, Magi, Herald Angels or Christmas Nativity Stars. The Knights counted 40 or more total, so they decided that indeed, with a population of around 700, the self-proclaimed title was most probably secure. The Knights challenge any other community to try to wrest the title from St. Walburg!

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t. Walburg is even known as the hummingbird capital of Saskatchewan. The region is also a place to see warblers, waterbirds, owls and various species of woodpeckers. Locally available brochures contain maps and information on exceptional sites to visit and are available year round. The most commonly noticed birds that nest in the area are purple martins, robins, barn and tree swallows, house wrens, flickers, yellow-bellied sapsuckers, eastern phoebes, eastern kingbirds, bluebirds, goldfinches, woodpeckers, cedar waxwings, yellow-rumped warblers, grackles, blue jays, all types of blackbirds and many more species less plentiful than the above. Waterfowl, including Canada Geese, nest in the area where

water is available. During late fall and early spring, one will see pine siskin, redpoll, purple finches and juncos, staying up to two months before moving on to nesting areas and back south. Hummingbirds arrive during May and find a large number of feeders to welcome them. Finch feeders come out in the spring, and bird houses are becoming more evident each year. Kestrels and merlin have also been seen to nest. In the fall, large feeders are put out to be stocked with striped and black sunflower seeds. Mixed birdseed and suet are added for the woodpeckers, blue jays and chickadees to enjoy. Other winter feeders are evening grosbeaks, pine grosbeaks, the whitebreasted nuthatch, redpolls and sparrows.

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Park Honours

COMMUNITY BUILDERS

St. Walburg’s Centennial Park was constructed on a vacant corner lot in downtown St. Walburg by the Centennial Committee.

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.housands of volunteer man hours went into its planning and construction. The park’s centerpiece is a four-sided street clock which is capable of playing musical songs and chimes each quarter hour. On the hour a song will chime a familiar melody for all to hear. The clock’s cement base is covered in granitre plaques purchased by local famililes in memory of loved ones. The community has chosen to honour its past residents who played vital roles in building and promoting St. Walburg over the years. As part of the centennial celebrations in September of 2005 the Centennial Committee inducted 15 pioneers into the park. Others have been inducted since and the process of honouring past residents is an ongoing one. The $80,000 construction bill was completely funded through donations and fundraisers. The park is a lasting remembrance of the community’s forefathers and provides a link to the present and future generations by sharing our history.

Imhoff Studio and Home SUMMER 2016 HOURS

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.he Imhoff studio is open for prebooked tours only, starting Victoria Day weekend in May. Call 306-248-3812 for bookings. June 1 - 30 open Monday through Saturday from 10 am - 5 pm. Closed on Sundays. July 1 - Sept. 5 Open Daily, 10 am - 5 pm. Sept. 6 - Closed for the Season. Large tour groups are urged to pre-book. Admission is $8 for Adults (18 plus) and $5 for students No charge - children under 5. Cash, Mastercard or Visa accepted. No debit. There are public washroom facilities on site and all aspects of the tour are wheelchair accessible.

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The Legacy of Count Tour the original working studio and home of this Renaissance-styled German artist

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.askatchewan is home to one of Canada’s hidden artistic .treasures. The remarkable story of .Count Berthold von Imhoff, a man whose talent earned acclaim in Europe, prestige in America and honour by the Vatican, yet who chose for himself a life of struggle and sacrifice, comes to life in the viewing and media tour of Imhoff’s working studio turned museum. Born in pre-industrialized Germany, Berthold von Imhoff showed artistic promise at an early age and, as a youth, studied art in its higher forms at famed academies in Halle and Dusseldorf, acquiring a technique of bold, vigorous brush work, dark colours and strong contrasts. In 1886, at the age of 16, Imhoff won the Art Academy Award of Berlin for his work, The Glory of Emperor Frederick William. His reputation grew and, as he covered canvass after canvass, Imhoff’s journey from Europe to the United States and finally to northern Saskatchewan brought wide appeal for his mostly religiousthemed art. Imhoff’s death in 1939 didn’t lessen the public’s interest in his work. As a result, the descendents of Imhoff have maintained his working studio, built on the original homestead site, as a museum that is open to the public during the summer months. Two artistically treated rooms in the artist’s

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original home are also included in the tour. Recognizing its massive contributions to religious life, the larger artistic community in the province and the country as well as the history of German migration to Canada, the Saskatchewan government declared the Imhoff studio and home a Provincial Heritage Site in 2005. Three generations of the Imhoff family have contributed to the protection of Imhoff’s legacy of religious and historical art — a private collection that has been maintained since the artist’s death. Several communities in Saskatchewan are linked by the works of Imhoff, who donated much of his time and talent to complete the interiors of these churches. Viewing these works provides further insight into Imhoff’s legacy and why, more than 70 years later, it continues to inspire. In St. Walburg, begin with a tour of Imhoff’s home and working studio, located five km south of St. Walburg. Guests who have packed a lunch are welcome to dine on the patio of Imhoff’s original home. Other points of interest in St.Walburg relating to the artist: The St.Walburg and District Historical Museum, the former Catholic Church on Main Street in St. Walburg. The burial site of Imhoff, located at the Roman Catholic cemetery. Berthold von Imhoff Statue

and Mural, St. Walburg. In Paradise Hill: Our Lady of Sorrows Roman Catholic Church. (Contact Anthony Salzl at 306-344-2071 for viewing.) In Lloydminster: The Lloydminster Culture & Science Centre, which contains more than 250 liturgical and historic works. The Province of Saskatchewan: Murals and frescos in churches at Leipzig, Denzil,

Humboldt, North Battleford, Muenster, Reward and Bruno, among others. Berks County, Pennsylvania: Imhoff also decorated more than 100 churches in the United States, particularly in the Berks County area of Pennsylvania. The bestknown location is perhaps S t . Pe t e r ’s C a t h e d r a l i n Reading, Penn., which contains 226 life-size figures representing the Communion of Saints.

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ADMISSION: $8.00 Adults (18 plus) $5.00 Students, No charge - children under five Cash, Mastercard or Visa accepted. No debit.

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FORESTED

SHRINE

Cool and Contemplative

Nestled behind the former St. Walburg Roman Catholic Church, which now houses the museum, is a shrine dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes.

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..ake a cool, contemplative walk through the forest shrine, free of charge. One can take in the Stations of the Cross among the trees or spend a few minutes at the shrine itself. The shrine’s history dates back to 1958 when the widowed mother of a priest, who presided over his first mass at St.Walburg, presented a set of Lourdes statues to the parish. “Our Lady” was mounted on a pedestal just a little west of the rectory. A building block became the resting place for “Bernadette”. Spruce trees were planted around the little shrine.

The years passed and many things changed. The little shrine was often visited and periodically decorated, but the natural tendency to lush vegetation at the site eventually began to predominate. In 1976 a rejuvenation of the site and the adjacent garden area was undertaken. Wild, overgrown shrubs, trees, weeds and undergrowth were cleared away to reveal the once attractive shrine. The clearing of the area revealed a more suitable site for the statues and they were relocated and resettled in a southwest area of the clearing to create a sizable shrine. Sign your name and comment in the guest book provided at the site.

OUR LADY OF LOURDES SHRINE AT ST. WALBURG

Statue Honours

FAMOUS ARTIST

Count Berthold von Imhoff, famous for his art but well-remembered for his horsemanship, rides once again in the town of St. Walburg.

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fter five years of hard work and fund-raising the community installed a life- ..sized ..bronzed statue of the artist on horseback at the gateway to town in 1998. The statue, created by local artist Susan Velder, is a handsome and lasting tribute to an artist who brought much renown to the district prior to his death in 1939 and whose memory lives on. The project began with an idea back in 1993. By early 1994, Velder had created a scale plasticine model, known as a maquette. Throughout the spring and summer of that year the sculptor worked diligently to create a full-sized clay version in her St.Walburg studio.

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In September, plaster molds were taken from the clay statue. The molds were used to create the finished product at Nisse Foundry in Mont Nebo, Sask. Velder was again intensively involved in the casting process, devoting countless hours to grinding each piece to perfection and assisting with assembly. A special site featuring huge granite slabs from a quarry near La Ronge was prepared during the summer of 1997. One slab serves as a base for the statue. The second, smaller rock, displays a bronze plaque explaining the significance of the piece. It was a long road but artist Susan Velder, the St.Walburg Tourism and Heritage Society and the community are justifiably proud of their accomplishment.

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A Study in

About 18 years ago Susan Velder produced a seven-panel study of 210 birds that frequent the St. Walburg area. These panels were donated to the Town of St. Walburg. The local Order of Elks generously agreed to hang them in the St. Walburg Elk’s Hall. This is where they are now.

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resently she’s completing finishing touches on two larger than life portrait busts that are slated to be cast in bronze. Extensive research went into this project and perhaps listing the names

of birds which have been seen in this region would be of interest to the readers of this magazine. Are some of these birds now extinct? Are most of them still seen in this location of Saskatchewan? Although Velder’s Shop is no lon-

ger in existence she continues to work out of her home in St. Walburg at 117 - 3rd Ave. East. People are always welcome to stop by although it may be wise to call ahead as she is not always available.

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REJUVINATION

A day spa is breathing new life into a vintage building on the corner of Main Street and 1st Avenue in St.Walburg.

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urchased in 2006 from the Boser family, the structure was built in 1946. Structurally, the building was sound and, while the outside looks much the same, the inside has been transformed with extensive reconstruction in the interior, the round front entry and 10-foot ceilings were maintained. Over the years many remember entering through the front door into a butcher shop, then later a pool hall and then a dry cleaners. Now when you walk through the doors, the “uptown” ambience is complete with stylish vintage glam decor and a small-town friendly feel to offer a full service day spa where wellness and beauty meet. Nevaeh’s retail boutique has an eclectic offering of body care products and jewelry as well as décor items. Walking in off the street, an atmosphere of relaxation with subdued lighting and hardwood flooring is a welcome respite from the harshness of winter or heat of summer. Creature comforts are everywhere in each of the many areas inside the building. Rose Griffith, owner of Nevaeh Day Spa, specializes in

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gel nails and trendy and classy nail art. She travels internationally and believes in on-going education. Nevaeh hopes this 68-year-old building continues to stand strong for years to come.

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Tuesdays 3-5 pm & Fridays 3-5 pm at the St. Walburg Town Campground (beside the FarmHouse Inn)

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Museum

CELEBRATES The St. Walburg and District Historical Museum is located in the former Roman Catholic Church at the south end of Main Street. The building dates to 1924-25.

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.he building was declared a Municipal Heritage Site in 1984. The sanctuary features beautiful paintings by Count Berthold Von Imhoff. More than 2,000 artifacts relating to the area are on display, including a wide range of household items, furniture, magazines, clothing, military, medical and past business displays. Visitors with roots in the area can trace their heritage, using the local history books, and by searching their family name on the map in the entrance of the museum. At the Wild Blueberry Festival, the museum assists with a working display by the Border Forge Blacksmith Guild. The guild provides a demonstration of old time

manufacturing and artistry. Beginning this year, the Museum Board will be developing an annual feature display. This year we are doing a mock up of a sitting room from the early 1900’s focusing on the Ross homesteading days. We chose to do this feature for a number of reasons. One of our Museum’s founding members was Audrey Rohr, the only child of the Ross family. She had many accomplishments in her life, and we have many artifacts donated by Audrey, among them a cased taxidermy diorama, which was a wedding gift from her father, the groom to her mother, the bride back in 1902. Come in and enjoy the display. Last summer we had an art conservator come in to investigate the cost of cleaning and restoring the Imhoff paintings. During her assessment she found asbestos in the ceiling of the building. This had to be removed immediately. The Museum Board would like to thank the generous community of St. Walburg for donating the funds to remove the asbestos.

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JUDY SEGUIN - 306-248-3267 JENNA LEE MORIN - 306-845-7916

Open June to Labour Day Open 7 days a week 10 am - 12 pm & 1 - 5 pm Tour Buses Welcome Please book ahead Phone: Judy Seguin 306-248-3267 Or Dave Swift 306-248-3848

starts @ $2,500

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Celebrating over 30 Years of Preserving our Past For Present and Future Generations

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54 numbers or less consolation prize 55 numbers

This summer season the Museum Board will be conducting a fund raising project. We are doing a raffle, to be drawn on Blueberry Festival day. Please continue to support us by buying tickets and visiting us during the summer. Admission is by donation.

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BONANZA

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the Past

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Convenient, Clean and Level

CAMPGROUNDS

Located beside Highway 26, adjacent to the Farm House Inn, St. Walburg Municipal Campground provides visitors somewhere convenient to stop for lunch and a relatively inexpensive place to stay.

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.ight large level electrified sites, each with a .picnic table and a fire grill make up the formal .part of the campground. An equally large .area for more casual camping with eight more electrical outlets is behind the trees that mark the end of the formal area. In 2012 an upgrade of the washrooms was completed with new lighting, sinks and faucets. These washrooms are cleaned at least once each day and checked twice daily. During times of heavy use the washrooms are checked up to six times daily. Facilities provided include potable water at both ends of the formal campground, 15 amp

outlets, picnic tables, garbage bins (normally emptied twice weekly), recycling bin, firewood and a well designed sewer dump for the use of registered campers ($3 for non-campers). The washroom building also has tourist information racks, a mural depicting the life of Berthold von Imhoff as well as information about the Imhoff Statue. A walkway beside the recycling bin provides easy access to Main Street, the Museum and the Grotto. The Farm House Inn has an in-store bakery that is well worth checking out. The bronze Imhoff Statue is also conveniently located along with the LivCom sign.

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All this for only $15 a night. Showers are coin operated and cost $1. In order to keep prices low, use of the campground is on a first come, first served basis with no reservations. The only times when the campground is full are for the week of the Wild Blueberry Festival and the weekend of the St. Walburg Fair. For those staying for a week or more, payment is requested weekly. Any night stays that have been paid for in advance when the unit has to leave unexpectedly will be credited back to the address on the registration envelope/cheque at the end of the month.

STURDY PIONEER

Mr. Musch acquired a farm a few miles at home. When asked how they came to name the south of what became St. Walburg. He brought in lumber and was planning to build town St. Walburg she replied, “the people a house when more experienced neighbors had a vote either Walburg or Kinsmen — t about the age of nine, Wal- told him it was fall and winter was close by. my name won.” The St. part of the name comes from burga and her family moved to He would be better to build a barn for his a German woman declared a saint in 1779. Minot, North Dakota, where animals and cut some logs for a cabin. Attractions at St. Walburg and District Their cabin was big enough for a the family farmed. Museum include a photo album/music box bed, a stove and a table. The animals In the spring of 1907 combination given to Mrs. Musch by her had larger quarters. Walburga Pritschet and Mr. Musch later set up a store, husband as a wedding gift in North Dakota a neighboring farmer which included a post office, a in 1907 on their wedding day. It is still opRudolph Musch were blacksmith shop and a place that erative. married. The decision served meals. was made to move and W h e n in September the young the railroad newlyweds started for came in, the Canada. townsite Mr. Musch came by moved and AND box car to Paynton, where a week later, www.stwalburg.com the couple decided to Mrs. Musch followed.“It Jeffery J. Svoboda took us three days to come from Paynton build a new store. Journeyman Certified Carpenter Mrs. Musch to our homestead outside of what is now Logix™ Insulated Concrete Certified Home Inspector St.Walburg.We arrived late one night about helped in the comForm Specialist munity doing church 11:30,” she recalled. Box 594 “We had to sleep close to horses, with wo r k a s we l l a s jjsvobodagen.contracting@ St. Walburg, SK S0M 2T0 sasktel.net the horse blankets and pillows of oats be- helping her husband with the store and Phone/Fax: 306-248-3542 www.freedomhomes.biz cause there were so many coyotes.” St. Walburg is named for Miss Walburga Pritschet, who was born in Bavaria, Germany in 1885. She died in 1982.

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Tucked away down a country road, 27 kms north and east of St. Walburg, Brightsand Lake Regional Park is a stunning destination park awaiting discovery. Northern wilderness plays host to a well-developed facility, boasting many amenities for outdoor recreation and camping comfort.

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arking the spot is a monument erected in 1981 topped by the original mission bell. A convenient turn-off and parking space make this a popular rest spot for tourists. Sainte Marguerite Mission was originally founded in 1910 by the Oblate missionaries out of Battleford.A log church was built and served the district until 1924 when the mission was absorbed into St.Walburg. During its short 14 years of use, some 75 pioneers were buried there. The cemetery was blessed on Sept. 17, 1916 by the Bishop of Prince Albert, Monsignor Pascal. That same day was the “blessing of the bell” with Fathers Vachon andVandendaele, OMI present.The bell was baptized “Benedictina Albertina Margarita.” Some original monuments and makers can still be found and other graves have been marked by descendants of the pioneers.

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panning over 1,600 acres across the entire northern .end of Brightsand Lake, the park offers 119 spacious campsites nestled into their own piece of forest. Several premium campsites are lakefront, and have their own beach area. Electrical and non-electrical campsites are available. A total of 49 seasonal sites are available, with or without power. Family reunions and other large gatherings will find our 17 group sites ideal for their function. Taps with potable water are conveniently located throughout the camping areas, and an RV sanidump is located near the park entrance.Two rental cabins offer visitors all the modern conveniences, and are a short walk from the beach. Founded in 1965 by supporting community bodies, Brightsand Lake Regional Park has undergone a gentle evolution, starting out as the meeting point for the local community. Cabin lots and campsites soon became available, and travellers from many locales discovered the towering spruce trees, the clear water and sandy, mile-long beach of Bright-sand Lake.As families moved away, many kept returning for cabin and vacation time, and told their friends, who told their friends, which is why it is a popular summertime retreat. Brightsand Lake has become a true destination of choice for many travellers, offering a wide range of amenities and special events for the whole family.

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Information on the local trails is available in a well stocked rack on the campground building. This is located behind the Imhoff Statue which is just off Highway 26 on the south side of Town.

n Town Trails These trails are well maintained, mowed regularly and are easy to walk. Boardwalks and bridges allow use in all seasons. A section of the Trans Canada Trail winds along the southern boundary of Town from Highway 26 westwards. Interpretive signs and benches can be found along this 0.8 km section. The Millennium Trail links the Trans Canada Trail to the west side of Town and follows the western Town boundary from the Health Care Centre. This 0.5 km section is narrower and straighter than the Trans Canada Train section but enables a circular trip from Town. The Joe Schmidt wildlife observation platform is accessed by a short trail that starts behind the Water Plant. A ramp from the trail leads to the platform which has a seat giving a view of the slough west of Town. Other Local Trails The Trans Canada Trail extends both directions from Town using little used road allowances in the Rural Municipality for approximately 27 km.To the west it continues from the first 0.8 km in Town for another 0.8 km, which is also well maintained by the Town, and has interpretive signs and benches. In season, this is a good place for Saskatoon berries.

After that the condition of the designated route is signed but the condition varies with use and weather conditions. To the east, the trail leaves Town from Highway 26 at the elevator. The first segment ends at a parking place just before the Englishman River. This is also parking for the Trails of Patricia Kujawa Park. The Trail continues over a footbridge and continues following the river to eventually cross Highway 26 and end straight south of Town where the road continues to the Imhoff Gallery and Museum. Caution should be taken on the last section as the road allowance is rutted and frequently has fallen trees. Patricia Kujawa Park is an independently maintained quarter section of wooded river valley that has a system of trails. Springs can create wet patches and some of the trail segments have steep slopes. The Saskatchewan Birding Trail is not a hiking trail. It is a series of loca-

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oused in the historic CN Station building, the concept is to preserve the outside appearance of the structure but inside create a melange of authentic equipment, artefacts, memorabilia, biographies, photos, video and script that will capture all aspects of the sport as experienced by the drivers, outriders and all those others affected or impacted by the sport. This unique extreme sport is rich in the cultural heritage of the area and a goal of the committee is

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tions in the area that are birding “hot spots”. Over sixty different species of birds frequent the area. Pick up a free check list and map from the campground information rack.

The Chuckwagon Interpretive Center, a multi-phase ambitious project to showcase the many facets of chuckwagon racing, came one step closer to completion in 2010 when it opened its doors to the public for the first time during the Wild Blueberry Festival with Chuckwagon exhibits in the cargo area and an art exhibit in the old living area. We are still working on the building and collecting material to include in our displays.

to maintain and enhance that heritage, the camaraderie of the competitors together with the glory, the defeat, hard work and fun associated with the racing scene. Tentatively, 14 different display areas are planned featuring themes from the origins of the sport, the evolution of the sport, rules, training of horses etc. Dioramas are planned as backdrops to the various areas. The initial phase of the project featured

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the Chuckwagon Monument at the north end of Main Street. If you visit our beautiful town, take a close up look. It’s impressive. If you visit our beautiful town for the Wild Blueberry Festival take the opportunity to look inside the Interpretive Center. It is equally impressive and getting better every year.

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anoeing or hiking. Enjoy an evening outdoor barbecue by the fountain and watch the stars from the verandah. This guest house, a Saskatchewan homestead log house dating back to the 1940s, is fully equipped for vacationers and welcomes family gatherings, reunions, honeymooners, hunters, bird watchers and adventurers of all kinds. A large treed and landscaped yard with a stream, bridges, waterfalls and pond surround the Guest House. Located seven kilometres northeast of St. Walburg, the guest house is five minutes from a golf course, 15 minutes from Imhoff Museum and 20 minutes from several beautiful lakes. Enjoy the privacy of having a three-bedroom house to yourselves or book a bedroom and enjoy Bed and Breakfast hospitality. Your host at Country Getaway is Marie T. Stolniuk. Marie is a teacher and lives with her husband Peter (a lawyer and farmer) and their children on their farm across the road from the Guest House. Marie is a gourmet quality cook and will help you choose the package best for you, and, if you wish, arrange to have your meals prepared for you.

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Most travellers are somewhat familiar with Bed & Breakfasts as lodging, yet many don’t realize the advantages they provide over a motel, a rental cabin or a camper parked in a campgound. They’re truly an undiscovered “bargain” for the traveller since their reasonable lodging fees include a memorable morning breakfast. They really deserve attention; a quality experience — the Bed & Breakfast.

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sually referred to as a B & B, they are a style of accommodation, some being a portion of a home, others a separate cottage, which offer a more personalized service than hotels or motels.Above all, they provide “atmosphere” and “character” and you’ll quickly realize a B&B is far more than just a “spare bedroom and cold toast” in the morning. Many B&Bs are situated in unique locations, on a lake, a farm, or in a “historic home” that is regarded as an integral part of the local heritage. Often, it is that “special-ness” on which they build their individuality. If you’re considering trying a B&B for the first time there are a few things worth knowing to help you feel more comfortable. Even though you’re possibly within the host’s home, don’t lapse into a belief you’re an intruder. In reality the number one priority in the eyes of your host is making you feel like an “old friend,” even part of the family who has dropped in for a visit. It’s the B&B’s challenge to find an enjoyable way of integrating you into the household. Most are adept at succeeding. Secondly, your hosts have immense pride in the expertise they offer to the traveller since they are authorities on local tourism attractions, folklore and history and this expertise is one of the most important advantages in using a B&B. When you arrive, the first few minutes are usually utilized to show you around and explore your desires. Normally there’s a guideline of “house rules”provided which describe

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fire and safety procedures as well as other information. Should you have allergies or unusual “conditions” make your host aware of them, and special arrangements will be made to compensate for them. Your experience will vary widely from one B & B to another because each has a special flavour and atmosphere which creates a unique individuality for that particular one.The range of amenities covers a wide spectrum and might include saunas, steam spas, swimming pools, even specially designed porches, decks and gardens to savour a beautiful sunset over tea or a glass of your own special wine. Often there are activities available which are unique to their location; be it a farm environment, lakeside living, or visiting an adjacent historic site.A quick review of most tourist guides, their brochures and websites such as www.bbcanada.com will give a clear indication of the features available. A prime example of a well appointed B&B is Lakeview Bed & Breakfast, located about 20 minutes north of Paradise Hill on scenic Highway 21. Lakeview is located on the shore of pristine Peck Lake, in the heart of the Bronson Forest and the front deck looks out across a park onto the lake itself. This enterprise first began in 1998 and, like many, its hosts are a husband and wife team which provide an incredible wealth of local knowledge and outdoors skills which they freely share with their guests. One of the main features of Lakeview is its location and the water orientated activities associated

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with lakeside living, meaning bare feet and shorts are the summer’s norm. Lakeview welcomes guests throughout the year since the forest surrounding the lake provides innumerable trails to explore by all terrain vehicle, snowmachine, cycle or even just for a walk. The area abounds with all the species of fish and wildlife one can expect in such a setting, so it’s not uncommon to look out the window and see deer ambling past the

house, watch an incredible array of birds at the feeder or spot moose and bear on the shoreline across the lake. Lakeview, like most Bed & Breakfasts in Saskatchewan, has been inspected and accredited by the Saskatchewan Bed & Breakfast Association. The association’s members proudly display a black rooster as visible proof of their high standards in this blossoming portion of the tourism industry.

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For several months in 2006, Nature Saskatchewan and the St. Walburg Allied Art Council (SWAAC) hosted artist in residence, Cam Forbes.

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.orbes is a young painter who lived as a child in Makwa and Saskatoon and went on to study art in British Columbia, Halifax and Chicago. One of the most exciting elements of the Artist in Resident Program is the Legacy Project, where an artwork is completed to last in the area long after residency is over. The legacy art piece for this residency is the North of 16 mural, officially unveiled in downtown St. Walburg Aug. 13, 2006. The mural is designed to reflect the area’s nature and the environment. Forbes, recognizing the rich heritage of nature art that exists in the area because of its rural locale, wanted the mural more specifically to represent the human relationship with nature. She began to take pictures of many local artists’ work. By cutting and pasting these images into a collage, Forbes created the initial pattern for the mural. Made up of six four-foot by eight-foot panels, the mural design resembles a giant quilt. Students from six area schools, Dorintosh, St. Walburg, Paradise Hill, Maidstone, Edam and Turtleford, painted the designed panels and then included their own impressions of nature. The end result is a bright and intricate mural that nearly 100 community members contributed to.

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Blueberry Festival

Berries and More

Aug. 27, 2016 the community of St. Walburg will host its 27th Annual Wild Blueberry Festival.

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.hey say time goes by quickly when you’re having fun, and fun is definitely what the St. Walburg Wild Blueberry Festival is all about. The Wild Blueberry Festival, organized by a dedicated group of volunteers, has grown from a small marketing initiative designed to bring berry harvesters together with buyers to one of the largest one-day festival in Northwest Saskatchewan. The Blueberry Fest, which is always held each year on the fourth Saturday in August, plays host to approximately 8,000 visitors from far and wide.This is remarkable considering the population is only 870! The Ethnic Supper, followed by the Catholic Women’s League and Knights of Columbus OldTime Dance, will be held in the Parish Centre the night before the festival on Aug. .These events add flavour and fun to the Wild Blueberry Festival. There will be two seatings for supper at 5 and

6:15 p.m. The dance will follow at approximately 8 p.m. You do not need tickets for these events, you only pay for what you eat and there will be a silver collection at the dance.You are encouraged to come early and enjoy the evening. There is a reason these folks come back year after year. Actually there are a variety of reasons. These range from the pancake breakfast on Saturday at 8 a.m. in front of the Catholic Church hosted by the St.Walburg School Student Council (all proceeds going to their various activities held at the school) to the live musical entertainment held on the downtown outdoor stage from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring talent from all over the area. To find the stage just follow your ears. From the marvelous art and craft market to the food. Food, glorious food! Where else could you sample street cuisine ranging from souvlaki or homemade sausage on a bun to delicious wild blueberry desserts? The festival has even expanded to create “Food Court Street” complete with tables and benches to sit at while you enjoy your food. Look for it on the side street just south of the St. Walburg Inn.

The street market draws crafters from across Saskatchewan and Alberta. Here’s your opportunity to purchase that special something you’ve been looking for, or to find a Christmas gift for that hard to buy for person who has everything. The street market is open for sales from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is a Kids’ Games Area set up especially for the young ones to play in with all proceeds being donated to Telemiracle and every kid gets a prize. For old-time enthusiasts, Harry Dreschel and Dave Swift will be demonstrating blacksmithing in front of the museum at the top of Main Street. For car, truck, and motorcycle lovers there is the St. Walburg Wild Blueberry Festival Show and Shine. Here’s your chance to see classic restorations and antiques as well as new vehicles. If you are interested in entering your vehicle please contact Henri Seguin at 306-248-3267 or Gary Wourms at 306-248-3766. And don’t forget to vote, your favorite might win the People’s Choice Award. Returning for 2016, the St. Walburg Firefighters Association will host their 10th Annual Firefighters Fun Run. This half day fun run is open to both motorbike and vehicle enthusiasts alike. Starting at the St. Walburg Fire hall on Highway 26 the fun run takes you on a three to four

hour trip throughout our scenic Lakeland and forestry area. We encourage you to come to the Blueberry Fest in the morning and then take part in a beautiful ride in scenic Northern Saskatchewan in the afternoon. Registration is from 9 a.m. to noon with participants able to depart from 11 a.m until 12:30 p.m. For more information please call Gerald Dukes at 306-248-7553. Wrap up the day in style with a delicious meal and great entertainment as the ladies of the Royal Purple host the Annual Dinner/Talent Night at the Elks Hall. Advance tickets are a must and are available at True Value Hardware or by calling 306-2483353 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. from Monday to Saturday. This event has always been a sellout, so get your tickets early. Oh, by the way, this is still a wild blueberry festival! Wild blueberries will be on sale while quantities last — some years they are plentiful and some years not — it all depends on Mother Nature! The Chamber of Commerce provides tables free of charge for independent berry vendors, who want to market their product at the festival.Vendors begin their sales at 9 a.m. Be sure to come early to get your blueberries! For more information please call the Blueberry Fest at 306248-3551.

THE COMMUNITY OF ST. WALBURG HOSTS THE POPULAR WILD BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL EACH YEAR. PHOTO BY DANICA LORER

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TAKE IN BREATHTAKING VIEWS WHILE ENJOYING A ROUND OF GOLF

Eagle Ridge Golf Course

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On the south edge of St. Walburg is a family-owned and family-friendly golf course run by the Bauer family, Mike and Dale and their children, Kassidy, Jayden and Zachary.

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.agle Ridge Golf Course is a nine-hole grass green course originally established by the St. Walburg Elks, and purchased two years ago by the Bauers. It offers a driving range and fully-licensed facilities with a deck and barbecue, plus, of couse, a pro-shop. It’s player friendly, says Mike, plus it boasts some scenic features, including water features on holes No. 1 and 9. The course also boasts about 110 members, and non-members are welcome to book tee

A Message from the Mayor of St. Walburg, an Award Winning Community   St. Walburg welcomes you to Northwest Saskatchewan. St. Walburg is conveniently situated to explore the region and has the facilities, amenities and attractions for a memorable tourist experience. Located on the edge of the Northern Boreal Forest and the largest municipality between Lloydminister, North Battleford and Meadow Lake, St. Walburg is the main service center for the region.   St. Walburg is continuing its award winning ways. Over the last ten years St. Walburg has averaged more than one major award a year for excellence for a variety of themes. The themes vary from Municipal Government to Culture but all have a common theme, they all were the result of dedicated volunteers. Drop in to the Town Hall on Main Street to see our Awards.   As you read the articles in this publication you will realize that St. Walburg and area offers a variety of tourist experiences appealing to many different persuasions, so many that all cannot be enjoyed in one day. Consider making St. Walburg your destination to discover all the region has to offer.

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times as well. Green fees are $20 for nine holes and $33 for 18.They also hold regular men’s and ladies’ night. Eagle Ridge Golf Course is open seven days a week, with the family pitching in plus three staff for the grounds and three more for the clubhouse. Mike and his family are no strangers to the area. They spent a decade running a hotel at Jumbo Beach on Makwa Lake, and Mike was also the manager of the Loon Lake Golf Course for several years.

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.he 2016 Polka Fest will take place on Aug. 13. It is hosted in the Elk’s Hall which features air conditioning and a hardwood dance floor. Dancing begins at 2 p.m. on Saturday and goes to 11 p.m. Your ticket includes a supper

served at 5:30 p.m. Music will be by Country Swing and the Border Tones. Come and enjoy excellent music with polkas, waltzes and all your favorite dances with old time music. For information and tickets call Marie at 306248-3478.

St. Walburg welcomes all dancers to its 15th Annual Polka Fest. St. Walburg began sponsoring Polka Fests as fundraisers during the community’s centennial year. The first event was so successful it continues to this day.

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.ugene Hritzuk, who won the .men’s senior world curling title in 2009, grew up in St. Walburg. This sign, now installed along Highway 26 next to Eagle Ridge Golf Course, was unveiled at the 2009 Wild Blueberry Festival. Sharing Eugene’s honour are his parents Val and John Hritzuk.

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n behalf of St. Wal .burg Minor Hockey, .welcome to the area. You are now not only in a great hockey community, but also in a community that has great volunteers and businesses that care about their town. It is because of St.Walburg’s love of hockey and our great volunteers and businesses, that we were the host community for SaskEnergy Hockey Weekend 2014. The weekend took extensive planning and hard work with a successful and rewarding weekend as a result. The event, Jan. 17 to 19, was awarded to St. Walburg by the Saskatchewan Hockey

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Association The weekend was not intended to only raise funds for the rink, but also to celebrate and showcase different levels of hockey in Saskatchewan. Local teams played as did teams from the SJHL, Saskatchewan Midget AAA Leagues (male and female), Prairie Junior B League, and Senior AAA divisions.The weekend left our rink with a $82,617 profit after the last game was played.The weekend needed a lot of volunteers and organizers were overwhelmed with support from all communities as well as the local business community. If you’re around in the winter, be sure to stop by the rink!

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Brightsa nd La ke Regional Park offers group camping and a pavilion which is ideal for family re u n i o n s, we d d i n g s, anniversaries and sport tournaments. Group rates a n d re s e r v a t i o n s a re available.

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.he 18-hole mini golf course situated near the main offices proves to be a popular attraction for all ages. Golfing enthusiasts can try their skills on a scenic nine-hole

sand-green course. Seasonal memberships, all day rates and nine hole passes are available. Our mile-long beach is the perfect spot for waterfront recreation. A beach volleyball net is set up a short walk from the children’s playground. The clean, sandy beach gently slopes down into the crystal clear waters of Brightsand Lake, where swimmers can relax in the buoyed area. Boating enthusiasts can launch their boats at the boat launch just past the concession. For those who come to Brightsand, a stocked trout

pool is always popular with the junior anglers and many older ones as well. Brightsand Lake is also famous for the “monster jack,” – great eating, if you are lucky enough to catch one in its cool, clean waters. Recreational amenities include mountain bike and canoe rentals on an hourly or daily basis. Sports equipment such as balls, gloves, horseshoes, volleyballs, frisbees and pumps are on site to augment outdoor recreation activities for the camping families and their friends. Other amenities include groceries, fast food and a few

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A variety of ecosystems occupy the more than 1,600 acres of Brightsand Lake Regional Park. The northeastern section is dominated by a belt of aspen parkland, bordering the golf course. Along the trails that stretch out in a northwesterly direction you will encounter unusual geographical points of interest such as eskers, kames and pushbanks.

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. 28-kilometre trail through the park is an extensive grid that takes the hiker through just about every type of habitat the boreal forest has to offer - black spruce and tamarack lowlands, white spruce highlands, old growth boreal, ..bogs, marshes and lakefront terrain. Originally marked and cleared in the 1950s and early 70s, Brightsand Lake has done considerable work on these trails in following years by adding boardwalks and directional and interpretive signage. Wind and storm destruction and improper usage by patrons have damaged many of these trails in the past few years. Steps are currently being taken to repair and restore these trails.The Esker Trail was restored in the fall of 2009. Campers should check at the main office for information regarding trail system. Interpretive pamphlets are available to provide a complete guide to the trail system.

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confectionary items at our concession. Firewood, laundry facilities, a payphone, modern showers and a beach change house are on site. Swimming lessons are offered the first two weeks of July. Accommodation The park has two rental cottages. Accommodation comes with wood burning stoves plus electrical heat, a full kitchen with dishes, deck, barbecue and modern bathroom with shower, and is capable of sleeping up to seven people per unit. Bedding is the responsibility of the renter.

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BRIGHT SAND LAKE REGIONAL PARK 27 km East of St. Walburg

(4 km East/North along Hwy 26, then 23 km East on Grid 795)

Phone 306-248-3780 (May to Sept.) OPEN May 15 to Sept. 15 1600 acres of beautiful well-treed natural park. Nature trail, picnic areas, playgrounds, ball diamonds. Large sandy beach, clear water, lake large enough to accommodate water-skiing, sailing, and canoeing. 9-Hole sand green golf course, 18-hole miniature golf course.

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A life of art

usan Velder is a St. Walburg artist. Hailing from and having returned to the picturesque settlement on the fringes of the boreal forest of Saskatchewan has not only inspired Velder, but sustained her. One of 15 children of the Thalheimer family, she grew up on a farm five and a half miles northwest of St. Walburg. When she was 14, her parents bought a service station in town in hopes of offering their large family a more financially secure life. The children all eventually left the area, including Susan, who trained to become a teacher. Other areas of Canada have been significant in Velder’s life, including the Yukon city of Whitehorse, where her daughter Paula was born, and Calgary, Alta., where she trained and taught as an artist. But St. Walburg has always been her beacon and it called her back permanently in 1986, moving back to spend more time with her retired parents. There she stayed and, in her seventies, continues to work as an artist. While she has closed her main street studio, she says, “I am not retired.” Velder has always drawn and painted. “I think the best thing is my drawing,” she says. Art has always been part of Velder’s life. “When I was just a kid, I loved to do art. I remember doing little borders on the blackboards for teachers in school and I thought it would be great to be a teacher and paint in my spare time,” says Velder. “And when I did go teaching, I realized it just didn’t work that way. As a teacher – for me at least, I felt – all my spare time was spent preparing lessons and getting ready for the kids.” Velder’s first teaching job was in Green Lake, and then, with a girlfriend, she decided to take a job in the Yukon in the city of Whitehorse. There she married and had a little girl. After three years, her marriage had broken down and she returned with her daughter to her childhood home in St. Walburg, where she lived for the next five years. In 1970, she made a decision that would move her forward in her journey

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to become a full time artist. She would move to Calgary where she could further her studies in art. She worked as a teacher from 1970 to 1973. When she felt she could afford it and Paula had become more independent, she began her four years at Alberta College of Art. “I was really happy that I did that. I learned a lot.” Velder was in her thirties at that time and maturity proved positive. “It was very good to be a mature student and I really took in all I possibly could in those four years,” she says. “The instructors were wonderful and the school, I felt, was wonderful and it was a good time.” She graduated in 1977 and began working at Calgary’s university. “I was teaching art to teachers,” she says. “I was also working in the sculpture department and doing quite a lot of drawing.” During the nine years that followed graduation, during which time she also continued working toward a diploma in art education from the University of Calgary, she was immersed in the art world. In 1986, with her parents retired, she decided to return to St. Walburg to be with them and to embark on her career as an independent artist. She bought a studio building on main street. “I let it be known I was doing art seriously and these commissions came along and it worked out okay,” she says. Some of her commissions were turned out to be “large.” Larger than life, in fact. It began with a good friend who wanted Velder to create a sculpture of a horse. Then it was suggested a life-size sculpture of artist Berthold Von Imhoff at the entrance to the town would increase the town’s attraction to tourists. Since Von Imhoff had been fond of riding, the plan was laid to create a statue of the famous artist astride a horse. With her friend’s help to build the armature, they began in 1993. “We built this on our own,” says

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Velder. “It was not a commission, we just thought, ‘We’re going to do this.’” Velder drew on her friendship with famous Saskatoon sculptor and founder of the Prairie Sculptors’ Association Bill Epp for advice. “He was so wonderful in helping. He used to say, ‘I’ve got no secrets,’” says Velder. She also says she will always be grateful to Maidstone Mirror writer Jim Swettenham, who saw the sculpture in her studio while attending a function in the town. “He wrote a wonderful article about how the town should get behind it, collect money and get it bronzed.” They were able to have Epp, who had his own foundry, make the mold, however Epp passed away before it could be cast. The bronzing was done at Mont Nebo by Jim Jenson of Nisse Foundry and Design. It was 1998 when the statue was finally installed. “We hauled a great big rock down from the Lac La Ronge area to stand the horse on and got another stone for the plaque,” says Velder. “That was the first big one and that really launched me,” she says, “and it was because of that, for sure, that I got the Queen’s sculpture.” She explains when a committee visited from Regina to view the waxportraits of her uncle that resulted in her getting a commission to create a sculpture of Tommy Douglas, they also saw the Imhoff sculpture. So when the provincial government decided to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s fifty years on the throne by commissioning a statue of Her Majesty The Queen

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riding on her favourite horse, the black mare Burmese which had been gifted to her by the RCMP, another commission came Velder’s way. “Joe Fafard had first dibs, “ says Velder, but the renowned Saskatchewan sculptor was too busy with other projects at the time to take it on. “So they came to me. I was very pleased.” The sculpture was unveiled in Regina in 2005. “It was very exciting,” says Velder. “There were so many people there.” The day was drenched with rain, but it was exciting nevertheless, says Velder, who heard the comment that it was typical that the Queen’s events got rained on. Velder had bought a new suit, but had to borrow her mom’s winter coat, which she wore all day. “The Queen never did get to see my new suit,” she laughs. But she did get a chance to chat with the royals. “The Queen asked quite a few questions, and Prince Philip, and we had a little chat,” says Velder. She adds, “They had put this red carpet in front of the statue, but not behind, and the queen stepped off the red carpet to look at the sculpture all the way around.” Velder says, “I was really shaking in my boots. It was a very special day.” It was a memorable day for her granddaughter, too, says Velder. She was impressed with Prince Philip when he bent down and picked up a coffee cup that had been kicked around the cordoned-off dignitaries area and handed it to somebody outside the area. Throughout the project, Velder had found the royal family to be helpful to the process. “They are people like the rest of us, but I couldn’t get my head around that when she was there.” Earlier, she had found Prince Edward, when he came to view the maquette of the 15 small versions that were being made available to donors of $10,000 or more, to be lovely as well. “That was a very nice day, too. Regina

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did it up beautifully, wheat and green for Saskatchewan as décor,” says Velder. When they unveiled the maquette, she says, Prince Edward made a point of saying if they could be of any help in building the sculpture to let them know. In fact, Velder was given a phone number to call Buckingham Palace. Working from photographs, at one point she found herself having trouble getting the queen’s tri-cornered hat right. So she called the palace. She asked the person who answered, a lady-in-waiting she assumed, if the palace had some photos of the hat she could work from. The lady immediately went to speak with the sovereign and returned to the phone to say, “Her Majesty said if you promise to return it we will send you the hat,” and it was put in the mail right away.

Having the Queen’s hat in St. Walburg created quite a stir of excitement, and many residents sought out an opportunity to have their pictures taken with it during its several week stay. It’s a special memory for Velder. “You don’t forget things like that.” For her work, Velder was awarded the 2005 Canadian Royal Heritage award, an annual award to recognize individuals and corporate entities that make an outstanding contribution towards preserving, adding to or making Canada’s royal heritage known. Like the other sculptures she has done, Velder created the model by referring to photographs. Other sculptors may work by taking detailed measurements and by creating drawings, but Veldor models what she sees. “I’ve never done it that way,” she says. “I started and made corrections as I go.

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I’m a natural modeler, I guess.” She does say, however, that new technology has helped make her work as a sculptor easier. When making a large sculpture, you create a small version first, called a maquette, she says. The maquette of the Queen, for example, was one-quarter size. Then you build the armature for the big one and increase it by mathematical measure. “Every jog and ear and toenail, you have to measure how big it is and blow that up so many times.” But by the time she came to build a larger-than-life firefighter, which was installed in Whitehorse in 1993 in memory of her former husband’s entrepreneurial legacy, a much easier way to go from small to big had come about. A wax version of the maquette was delivered to a facility in Creston, B.C. where they “blow it up” in Styrofoam. “You just give them the money and you don’t have to go through all this measuring,” she laughs. Valder also finds she’s happy to deliver clay items she needs fired to someone else’s kiln rather than go to the expense of running her own. “The older I get, the easier it is to farm out that kind of work,” she says. Velder is hoping to have some pieces needing firing in the near future as she wants to create a series of semiabstract, small pieces, such as amulets – and they may become something she can base a local clay class on. When doing sculpture as a commission, you’re almost always working realistically, so she is looking forward to moving into a more abstract direction. Making her home in St. Walburg, says Velder, has allowed her to enjoy a career as an independent artist. With no teacher’s pension to fall back on (not wanting to go into debt, she took her pension out to pay for art school) she’s happy with how well she has done. “I have to say over and over, my family has helped me. Even now my brother rents me a house for a more than fair price, otherwise I don’t think I could make a living doing art,” says Velder. “It’s very hard, and I can see why a lot of artists have to apply for grants ... I’m quite independent and so far have been able to make things go on my own.”

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She adds, “It’s partly because I had a career, I was a qualified teacher and working at the university and for the college. Because I had the credentials it made it possible that I could do my art without getting money elsewhere.” She says when she opened the studio in St. Walburg, things got tighter but the cost of living was less, so she was able to afford it. She ran that shop for 26 years, however the building deteriorated to the point where she tore it down and moved her studio to her garage. She continues to be involved in her church, where most of her volunteer work is done. She often contributes in an artistic way, even painting signs, and only charges for material, if she charges at all. “I have enough to keep me going,” she says. The grandmother of five and greatgrandmother of

12 also continues to work within her community, and has been involved in the Imhoff gallery and the local chuckwagon interpretive centre. “I’ve done fine with a lot of help from a lot of good people.”

Susan Velder’s statue of Queen Elizabeth riding her favourite horse, Burmese, can be seen outside the Saskatchewan Legislature. It was unveiled by the Queen herself in 2005. Photo by Victor D at English Wikipedia [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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Imhoff’s Eye of God

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ur Lady of Sorr o w s R o .man Catholic Church is .filled with many original Imhoff paintings. The bordering decorations were painted by his son, Carl Imhoff. The church was originally situated 16 km southeast of Paradise Hill, in a district known as Butte St. Pierre. It was decorated by Imhoff in 1929 and moved to Paradise Hill in 1973. Imhoff used 22 karat leaf gold

to create certain features in his paintings, and it is a wonder to watch the eyes, feet and floor tiles move as we walk throughout the church. These features are characteristic of Imhoff’s work. It has been discovered that one of the paintings contains the hidden “Eye of God.” The Eye is hidden in some of Imhoff’s works. Imhoff painted many churches throughout the United States before settling in St. Walburg. In Reading Cathedral, Reading, Pennsylvania, Imhoff spent over a year working on a mural incorporating 226 life sized figures.

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Count Imhoff is famous for his religious paintings, but his collection of paintings includes many portraits, landscapes, historical and still life masterpieces. For anyone wishing to view these truly remarkable paintings, a notice at the church will

provide a contact and tours of the church can be arranged at any time. A collection of Imhoff’s paintings is also on display at the gallery located on the farm where Imhoff lived, 16 km east of Paradise Hill. Watch for signs along Highway 3.

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The eighth annual Paradise Hill Summer Bash is scheduled for Aug. 5, 6 and 7. This year the Saturday night headliner is Hey Romeo & Short of Able, six-time Vocal Group of the Year.

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.ormed in 1984, Diamond Rio has sold more than 10 million albums and has earned three platinum and five gold records as well as dozens of Grammy nominations. Their debut single in 1991, Meet in the Middle, was the first debut single in history to reach No. 1. Diamond Rio features lead singer Marty Roe, guitarist Jimmy Olander, drummer Brian Prout, keyboardist Dan Truman, bassist and harmony Dana Williams and Gene Johnson on mandolin and harmony. Diamond Rio will play Satur-

day evening at the arena, while Just the Boyz from Meadow Lake will provide entertainment for Friday night’s cabaret that begins at 9 p.m. Satruday is the main attraction beginning with a supper at 7 :30 p.m. at the Kinsmen Hall. Diamond Rio will be on stage at 9 p.m. The weekend activities also include a slo-pitch ball tournament starting Friday night. There will also be a mechanical bull at Friday night’s cabaret. Tickets go on sale June 8. For more information, please contact the Paradise Hill village office at 306-344-2206.

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View Paradise it’s on the

HORIZON Travellers approaching from the west on Highway 3 will not be able to miss the beauty of Pa radise Hill, nestled a g a i n s t a s p l e n d i d t re e covered hillside.

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ooking over the village from the hillside on the south, the beauty is breathtaking, as the view .stretches on for literally miles in three directions — east, north and west. The entrance of the village is guarded by a twice life sized ox and cart monument commemorating the famous Carlton Trail.The trail was the first overland route between Fort Garry and Fort Edmonton. It was best described as the forerunner of the present Yellowhead Highway and passed through what is now Paradise Hill. A tepee has also been erected at the site, depicting traditional shelter adopted from First Nations culture by early settlers and buffalo hunters. It was next to this site tepee villages would be set up by First Nations people who came to trade furs. The Carlton Trail Municipal Corridor is hard at work bringing the Trans Canada Trail to Paradise Hill along the abandoned CN rail line. A side trail will be developed off of this trail that leads past the marsh located on the southern edge of the village . The marsh adjacent to the trail provides

an excellent opportunity for bird watching enthusiasts. For travellers, who receive a warm welcome in this village of 515, campsites and recreational facilities are available. The campground, featuring hot showers and modern washroom facilities, offers reasonable accommodations at $10 per night or $15 per night with electricity. Recreational facilities include tennis courts, arena, curling rink, bowling alley, ball diamonds, playground and gymnasium. Just 12 kilometres to the east is the Kinsmen Community Park. The park hosts the annual men’s and ladies’ softball tournaments held the third weekend in June. On Friday and Saturday night, an outdoor beer garden and dance is enjoyed. Paradise Hill is home of Our Lady of Sorrows Roman Catholic Church, which is decorated with many original Imhoff paintings. This building is one of more than 100 churches decorated by Count Berthold von Imhoff and his son Carl Imhoff of St.Walburg. Noticeable on the landscape is the large butte located a few kilometres to the northwest. This is historical Frenchman Butte, which played an important role in the Northwest Rebellion of 1885.

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Within 30 minutes of an abundance of northern lakes and resorts, Imhoff paintings at Our Lady of Sorrows Roman Catholic Church, bird watching, hunting & fishing.

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History Revival at LITTLE Holy Trinity Anglican Church

Holy Trinity Anglican Church Deer Creek was erected in 1935 by members of the community, with the help of a stonemason who was living in the area.

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orman Moore is the only surviving member who took an active part in building the church. He has seen many changes over the years, and has been an inspiration to all by doing his part in renovations, repairs that needed to be done when the church was struck by lightning and upkeep of the grounds.The most recent was a complete renovation inside and the installation of a new furnace so the church could be used comfortably year round. Even in his 80s, Mr. Moore showed his dedication to the church. He could swing a hammer and haul lumber around, keeping up with the youngsters. It became a tradition in the early days of the church for families to bring a picnic lunch

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and, after the morning service, share a meal and enjoy games. It was a great way for everyone to socialize. This tradition seemed to wane in later years as people always seem to be in a hurry, and many people drifted away, many moving out of the community for work. In recent years there has been a resurgence in interest in the Little Stone Church. Young people are coming in. On Trinity Sunday 2006 one of those old fashioned picnics was held. It was a great success. There was a soccer game with participants ranged in age from five to 85 years old (four generations of the Moore family). There were sack races and other games and a great picnic lunch. Trinity Sunday picnics have since become a renewed tradition. Our Little Stone Church has had visitors from all over the world. Everyone is welcome. Come, rest, and pray.

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Frenchman Butte

SO MUCH HISTORY

Rated as “The best small town Museum in Saskatchewan” by Saskatchewan’s prestigious Prairies North Magazine’s reader survey, the Frenchman Butte Heritage Center and Museum is located right in the picturesque hamlet of Frenchman Butte, on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River Valley.

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t features a complex of 10 buildings, of which eight contain exhibits for the curious visitor to explore. The museum portion of the facility was initiated in 1979 and has grown in content with each passing year. Recently a recreational vehicle campground with 10 fully serviced sites was incorporated into its expanding facilities. Situated on the east end of the complex this RV park provides a convenience base for visitors intent on exploring the museum and nearby historic sites, the Provincial Historic Park at Fort Pitt and the National Historic Site of the Battle of Frenchman Butte between Cree warriors and the Alberta Field Force in 1885. The main exhibit building, the Lloyd Furman Building, contains hundreds of items to view, some of which are singularly unique.An example is a display of Louis Riel’s buckskin jacket that was provided to the museum by its owner for exhibition as part of the 1885 Métis section. In addition there are artifacts from Fort Pitt, a Métis Red River cart, a beaver hat and buffalo coat, the epitome of men’s style in the 1800s, the reason the fur trade flourished in the early days of Western Canada.The museum’s collection of firearms also features rifles of the 1885 militia forces involved in the North West Resistance. Next door to the Furman Building is a unique vertical log homestead cabin of the Leer family, its table set for supper in “depression style” (upside down to keep the dust off the eating surfaces). From this early home venture across the street to the Big Hill School, built in 1927. Its desks await the eager students to take their places. Over at the Canadian National Railway Station the stationmaster pours over his ledgers in the office and two travellers patiently await the arrival of the noon train. Other exhibit buildings entice your exploration as well. Check out the farm machinery shed and the photo collection in the CNR’s caboose. A tour of the exhibit buildings under

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the guidance of a friendly, informative tour guide (required for exhibit security reasons) is an excellent experience; learning from the exhibits during your tour will occupy about an hour and a half. You’re last stop can be the Log Cabin Tea House. This exceptional “homey” restaurant provides non-alcoholic refreshments and light lunches in a friendly farmhouse atmosphere. Your servers are volunteer members of the local community who truly enjoy telling of their own life experiences living in the district as well as explaining the diverse heritage we enjoy. Children visiting the Heritage Center are not at all neglected. There is a ninehole, mini-golf course on site which uses models of significant local structures of the district as the game’s obstacles.There is also a modern playground area for them to enjoy while parents are otherwise occupied. The Heritage Center’s hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends from the May long weekend and daily throughout July and August, closing for the season after the September long weekend. Tea House hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and open the same days as the museum. Off-season viewing arrangements can be made by contacting 1-306-344 4478 in advance of your visit.

Over the past 250 years this portion of Saskatchewan has witnessed a parade of history from the early explorers, the fur trade forts, development of the Carlton Red River Cart Trail, steam powered paddle-wheeled river boats, the 1885 N.W. Resistance, homesteading and the drought dominating Great Depression as well as two world wars, and of course the many good times that intermingled with a few of the bad. Enquire at the Tea House about guided tours of the nearby historic sites, conducted for a reasonable fee by senior members of the museum who specialize in the skills of a historian storyteller.There are two major historic sites within just minutes’ drive; Fort Pitt Provincial Historic Park and the National Historic Site of the Battle of Frenchman Butte. Both feature walking trails and interpretive story boards that showcase the events of our frontier past. The Frenchman Butte Heritage Center and Museum is without a doubt, a premier heritage facility, operated by a staff of dedicated volunteers who encourage you to explore the history of our district and discover the challenges facing our forefathers in settling western Canada. “We have So Much History!”

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The ofWild Horses Bronson Lake I

t is uncertain where these animals came from, or for how long they’ve been there, but local stories indicate they are decendents of runaways from local farms, First Nation reserves and Métis colonies, who have found their way to a new home in the lakeside meadow. During the 1970s, their population had escalated to a level that was perceived as being incompatible with the demands of the cattle grazing within the forest. A permit was issued for trapping and eventual auction of some of these animals to reduce their conflicting population. Local folklore tells of a group of ranchers, getting together and attending the auction, buying up

One of the most unique attractions of the Bronson Forest, lying about an hour northeast of Lloydminster, Saskatchewan is its resident herd of wild horses. the animals then loading them into horse trailers. In the dead of a moonless night the loaded trailers rumbled back north, up Highway 21, to the Bronson Meadow, the doors opened and the horses were released back to their traditional home in the forest. Today, the horses exist in several small bands, the total now dwindled to about 35 or so, the result of extensive predation of local wolf packs, who circulate throughout the forest.The main herd of about 15 to 20 can be viewed grazing in the Bronson Meadow, at the end of the road near the lake. This road entrance is located opposite to the turn-off into Little Fishing Lake Resort

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and Campground on Highway 21 about 20 minutes north of Paradise Hill. Visitors may have photographic oppor tunities if they are diligent in their approach. Be warned though, the stallion of the band can be aggressive in protecting his herd and it’s unwise to approach closely on foot. Viewing these magnificent animals definitely requires an understanding of their ways, and a healthy respect for their leader’s responsibilities as guardian. The beauty of the wild horses is undeniable. Their life cycle is played out without human involvement, their numbers controlled naturally by disease, food availability, and the wolves. They truly hold a special place in the hearts of local residents

and they will find a place in yours as well. A bill was passed in the Saskatchwan Legislature in December, 2009 to give official protection to the horses. The law states, “No persons shall in any way willfully molest, interfere with, capture or kill any of the wild ponies of the Bronson Forest.” A fine of $1,000 or up to two months in jail can be imposed. The bill was pushed through the Legislature as a private member’s bill introduced by Lloydminster MLA Tim McMillan. The wild horses of Bronson Lake are now protected by law. Please respect these creatures as you enjoy the unique experience of sighting and photographing them.

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The Northwest’s First

Commercial Highway

Paradise Hill straddles the historic Carlton Trail — the first overland route across the North American continent.

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large ox and Red River cart, along with a detailed display board, mark this ..famous trail. Ruts cut by the wheels of the carts can be viewed northwest of Paradise Hill. The Carlton Trail was first followed in 1815 with the Hudson Bay Company becoming the major user. The first recorded journey over the trail was in 1815 by John Rowand of the North West Fur Trading Company. By 1841, the trail was a recognized overland route from Fort Garry to Carlton and by1850 had extended to Fort Edmonton. For more than 100 years, all or part of this trail served as a highway of commerce and adventure, moving furs, trade goods, pemmican, settlers, gold seekers, native tribes, tourists, clergy, surveyors, armies

and homesteaders. A listing of some of the significant trekkers is noted on the display board. It was common to see brigades of 100 or more Red River carts at a time passing through the wooded plains. In 1862, the Overlanders, a group of 150 men who came from the east, was one such group on their way to the British Columbia Gold Rush in the Caribou country. On August 21, 1872, Sir Stanford Fleming, Engineer -in-Chief of the Canadian Pacific Railways, passed through Paradise Hill on his journey to survey and plan for the completion of the railroad. His diary gives excellent descriptions of the area. The route emerged not only as a national trail, but served as an international “highway” for individuals and groups from Europe, the eastern seaboard, early Canada, American MidWest and First Nations people. The Carlton Trail is promoted today, as it was perceived in the past — the way to cross the vastness of the northern continent.

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Loon Lake’s popular and challenging golf course is well established and course managers are always looking for ways to improve and enhance their facility.

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.he Par 36 nine-hole course, featuring grass greens and great fairways, is located in the Makwa Lake Provincial Park. It is close to two campgrounds and in the heart of lake country. Nine holes of challenging golf are laid out on a picturesque, rugged piece of parkland, which offers a physical and mental challenge to golfers of all abilities. The course features a driving range and practice green. The facility includes a pro shop and licensed clubhouse where meals and snacks are available. Club, cart and power cart rentals are offered. A Loon Lake Golf and Country Club golfer comments on Golf-Courses.ca,“Fantastic nine-hole course.The trees, lush greens and fairways along with the wildlife that can be seen keep me coming back. It is a fun course to golf.” Did you know Saskatchewan has 250 or more golf courses and a number under construction? In fact, per capita the province has more golf courses than any other place in the world, according to the National Golf Foundation. An estimated 60 courses have sand greens and the remainder grass greens. Seventy-four courses are located in regional parks. The Saskatchewan Golf Association has about 183 affiliated members. For a complete list of Saskatchewan’s courses visit www.saskgolfer.com.

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ChurCh DireCTory Visitors are always welcome at our local churches. Listed below are churches of various denominations. Some listings provide usual worship times. Others include a name and number to contact for information.

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Vawn - St.Vital’s Battleford 306-937-7340 Paradise Hill - Jeannine Gervais 306-344-2202 Usually 9:00 a.m. Sundays (phone ahead) St. Walburg - Marie Simonot 306-248-3478 Usually 11:00 am Sunday Barthel - Erica Maier 306-837-2081 Makwa - Pat Leer 306-236-5026 Loon Lake - Barb Tracey 306-837-4431 Maidstone - Rev. Phong Tran 306-893-4138 or 306-445-7494

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Glaslyn Livelong Meota Edam Mervin Turtleford - Pastor Don Skinner 306-845-2745

Baptist

Turtleford Baptist Church - Pastor Charles Stein 306-845-2401

Loon Lake Baptist Church - Pastor Jerry Spoor 306-837-2218 Usually Sunday School at 9:45 am & Worship at 11:00 am

Spiritwood 306-763-2455 Loon Lake - Rob Stringer 306-236-6234 Paradise Hill, Fort Pitt, Frenchman Butte 306-763-2455 306-344-4424 Maidstone/Lashburn - Rev. Peter Yeung 306-285-3228

River View Community Church - Pastor Harvey Penner 306-344-5065

Maidstone - Pastor Kenneth Yeo 306-893-4355

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Turtle Lake Mission

Turtle Lake - Rev. Daniel Gies Res. 306-845-3167 Cell 306-845-7560

7th Day Adventist

Edam Rectory - Jeanette Gorski 306-397-2848

St. Walburg - Rose Veenstra 306-248-3605

St. Walburg - Norman Baldwin 306-248-3733

Gospel Hall

Serving the parishes of Jackfish, Cochin, Edam and Glaslyn

Maidstone 306-893-2674

United Church

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Paradise Hill Potter’s House - Pastor Bernard Ecker 306-344-2362

Edam Full Gospel Assembly - Pastor Dave Walker 306-397-2378

Four Square Church Turtle Lake Mission Manse - Pastor Danny Gies 306-845-3145 or 306-845-3167 (h)

Greek Orthodox

St. Walburg - Val Hritzuk 306-248-3313

Riverview Community Church

Frenchman Butte - Pastor Harvey Penner Sundays 11:00 a.m. 306-344-4579

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DIG INTO OUR RICH HISTORY

Fort Pitt Provincial Historic Park

Steele's Narrows Provincial Historic Park

Frenchman Butte National Historic Park

Shiloh Church and Cemetery

Location: West of Paradise Hill near the Alberta Border Signicance: Once a bustling fur trading post, Fort Pitt was the site of the signing of Treaty No. 6 in 1876. Fort Pitt was burned and hostages taken during the 1885 Northwest Rebellion.

Location: North of Frenchman Butte on Prov. Grid 797, follow the signs to the Rie Pits Signicance: White people taken hostage by the Cree at Fort Pitt were taken to an area just north of the butte. Here 1,400 warriors and civilians dug pits into the lip of the hill. A four-hour battle later ensued. A short walk will take you past the rie pits to a commemorative plaque on top of the Butte.

Location: 10 km West of Loon Lake Signicance: Site of the nal skirmish of the 1885 Northwest Rebellion. Climb the stairs to the top of the hill and read about the nal exchange of gunre in Western Canada’s last armed conict.

Location: 21 km north of Maidstone on Hwy. 21, 4.8 km east and 2.4 km north Signicance: Shiloh Church was built in 1911 by the rst black settlers in Saskatchewan. This historic church is constructed of hand hewn squared logs. The site features a memorial cairn, commemorating the settlers buried there.

Fort Pitt-Carlton Trail Location: Remnants of the trail can be traced throughout the Northwest, with markers in the Paradise Hill,Vawn and Edam areas. A detailed map is available at Paradise Hill. Signicance: The trail served as the rst major overland route between Fort Garry in what is now Manitoba to Fort Edmonton. Fort Pitt-Carlton Trail is destined to live on in the new millennium as Prairie to Pine Regional Economic Development Association and local community groups are working to establish the Trans Canada Trail along the route.

Pine Island

Location: Lookout and monument located 13.5 km. north of Maidstone on Hwy 21 and 17.5 km. east. Signicance: Located in the North Saskatchewan River, Pine Island was the site of ve fur trading posts that operated from 1785 to 1793.

NORTHWEST MUSEUM GUIDE

Saskatchewan’s Northwest features a wealth of community operated and privately owned museums. Each reects its own interpretation of local history, art and culture. Imhoff Museum

Location: 8 km South and 2 km West of St. Walburg Open: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 7 days a week June 1 to Labour Day

St. Walburg & District Historical Museum Location: Main Street, St. Walburg Open: 7 days a week 10 a.m. - noon, 1 to 5 p.m. June to Labour Day weekend

Frenchman Butte Heritage Centre & Museum Tea House Location: Frenchman Butte Open: Weekends Victoria Day to the end of June. Daily July 1 to Labour day 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tea House closes 5 p.m.

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Maidstone Museum & Pioneer Village

Location: Maidstone Open: 1 to 8 p.m. daily Victoria Day to Labour Day After hours and off-season viewing call 306-893-4483. Featuring a CNR station housing artifacts from the area, as well as a circa 1950s station masters’ residence, wood stove and ice box.

Turtleford Museum Location: Eastern Outskirts of Turtleford Open: 2 to 5 p.m. daily Victoria Day to Labour Day Friday, Saturday and Sundays 7 to 9 p.m. during July and August

Washbrook Museum

Location: Edam Now included in the Edam-Vawn Lions Heritage Village. The Washbrook collection is housed in the former grain elevator.

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A GOLFER'S PARADISE Eagle Ridge Golf Course St. Walburg Features: Nine Holes, Grass Greens, Cart and Club Rental, Licensed Club House. Fully irrigated grass greens and fairways, driving range and putting green. The course is popular. Be sure to call ahead for a tee-off time. Contact: 306-248-GOLF (306-248-4653) or 306-248-3287

Bright Sand Lake Regional Park

Features: Nine Holes, Sand Greens 306-248-3780

Blueberry Hill Golf Course

West Side of Turtle Lake Features: Nine Holes (1449 yards) Optional Nine Holes (2346 yards) Cart and Club Rental 306-845-2595

Loon Lake Golf Course

Features: Nine Holes, Grass Greens This course is located on some of the most scenic and challenging terrain anywhere. Licensed Club House, Rentals, Pro Shop 306-837-GOLF

Mervin and District Golf Club

Just southeast of the Village of Mervin Features: Nine Holes, Grass Greens Mervin was upgraded to grass greens several years ago, and has a reputation for offering one of the best groomed facilities in the area. Concession, rentals and pro shop. A brand new licensed club house is now open. 306-845-3121

Meota & District Lakeside Golf Course Features: Nine Holes, Grass Greens This course, which overlooks Jackďƒžsh Lake, is now well-established on the Northwest golf circuit. Licensed Club House, Rentals 306-892-2200

Silver Lake Golf Course 18 km North of Maidstone Features: Nine Holes, Grass Greens, Cart and Club Rentals, Licensed Club House. In its 35th season, Silver Lake is known as one of the best golf destinations in the mid-west. To book a tee-off time call 306-893-2831

Little Loon Golf Course

8 km East of Glaslyn on Hwy. 3 Features: Nine Holes, Grass Greens.Very challenging irrigated fairways and greens. Club and cart rentals. Clubhouse with full food service. Busy weekends may require tee time. 306-342-2176

CROSS-COUNTRY SKI TRAILS In addition to being a natural summer playground, the Northwest offers an opportunity to experience winter’s natural beauty

Makwa Provincial Park

Location: Between Big Jumbo and Little Jumbo Lakes Contact SERM: 306-837-2410 Features: Groomed trail through beautifull forest and lake shore areas. Four trails with lengths ranging from 2.5 to 5 km. Shelter located near hub of four trails. Fees: None

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Turtle Lake Sanctuary

Location: East side of Turtle Lake. 306-845-3227

Elmhurst Ski Club

Location: Between Turtle Lake and Bright Sand Lake Contact: Rick Hartley, Joy Hallberg 306-845-3369 for directions Features: Groomed trail through picturesque forest setting. Trail lengths vary 1 km to 6 km Fees: Donations to aid upkeep of trail accepted

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Grocery Centre

Hours: 9 am - 6 pm Monday - Saturday CLOSED SUNDAY

• Bakery • Groceries • Produce • Meats • Kitchenware

Home Centre

Hours: 8 am - 5 pm Monday - Saturday CLOSED SUNDAY

• Major Appliances • Building Material • Plumbing & Electrical • Paints & Stains • Tools & Auto Accessories • Lawn & Garden Ornaments • Garden Seeds & Equipment • Lawn Care Products • Patio Furniture

Agro Centre

Hours: 8 am - 6 pm Monday - Saturday CLOSED SUNDAY

• Agro Supplies & Equipment • Animal Health & Feed • Bulk Fuel & Lubes • Cardlock • Chemicals & Seed • Liquid Fertilizer • Grain Bins & Augers

• Locally Invested • Lifetime Membership Benefits • Community Minded at Turtleford & District Co-op

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ADMINISTRATION 306-845-2222

HOME & AGRO CENTRE 306-845-2162

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HOSPITALITY

Services, Shopping and

TURTLEFORD IS HOME TO CANADA’S LARGEST TURTLE, ERNIE.

Turtleford, founded before Saskatchewan became a province, continues to be a vital, vibrant community.

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ardy settlers chose this convenient and scenic location to establish a centre of business in the early 1900s, and by 1914 enough development had occurred to warrant incorporation. Today, a bustling downtown, with a wide variety of services, welcomes visitors to Turtleford. Over the past few years, Main Street has been enhanced with modern new structures, including a new grocery store and municipal office, and extensively renovated and updated financial institution. The business sector

features two grocery stores, a pharmacy, restaurants, convenience stores and a host of other outlets. The community is home to Riverside Health Complex, which is an integrated health care facility offering long-term, emergency and acute care services. While offering a full range of consumer items for visitors to nearby picturesque lakes, Turtleford also boasts its own attractions. Turtleford is home to Canada’s largest turtle. Ernie, who draws attention to the town’s tourist information centre and business directory sign, stands more than eight feet tall, is 28 feet long and 14 feet wide. He has guarded the town’s

perimeter since 1983. He was constructed to commemorate Turtleford’s acquisition of town status. Turtleford and District Museum, in the original CN Station, will help visitors understand the history of the area. Birding enthusiasts will find the area rich in entertainment and are invited to take a walk down the town’s hiking trail along the Turtle River. Golfers will be pleasantly surprised by a beautiful ninehole, grass green course just a five minute drive from town. Lions Campground offers a place to rest or to spend the night.

Amenities include tennis courts, playground, ball diamonds, picnic sites and campsites. Bonny Macnab’s mural, “Headin’ In,” portraying a traditional fall cattle roundup, is situated beside Hwy. 303 near the junction with Hwy. 26.Turtleford Communities in Bloom committee has established a Memorial Park at the base of the mural. A moose in a pristine forest setting is the subject of Dave Heibert’s mural, which can be found next to the Turtleford and District Co-op Grocery Store at the end of the town’s Main Street.

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gateway to lake country,Turtleford’s services and ammenities are just a short drive from Turtle Lake to the northeast and Brightsand Lake to the northwest.

Both lakes offer a wide range of adventures for visitors, from boating and fishing to hiking, to enjoying pristine beaches, breathtaking sunsets and even a possible siting of the Turtle Lake Monster.

Larry Doke, MLA CUT KNIFE - TURTLEFORD CONSTITUENCY

P.O. Box 850 Maidstone, SK S0M 1M0 Ph: (306) 893-2619 Fax: (306) 893-2660 e-mail: larrydoke@sasktel.net 2016/2017

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Country Artist

Landscape

INSPIRED

A rambling log house sets the scene for Bonny Macnab’s inspiration in her art.

DELICATE DETAILS OF THE LILY REFLECT MACNAB’S CONNECTION TO NATURE ARTIST : BONNY MACNAB

Mervin, SK 306-845-2265 or 306-845-7133

T.L.C. Greenhouse

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onny, her husband and family enjoy the rustic setting of their home.A studio is located in an open loft with a panoramic view of the prairie landscape.The house itself serves as Mapleridge Gallery, with examples of Bonny’s work displayed throughout. Through the years Bonny’s work has earned a solid reputation as a quality exhibitor at Calgary’s Spruce Meadows equestrian competition and the Canadian National Finals Rodeo. Her work is enjoyed throughout North America and in England, Ireland, Mexico, Australia and other far-flung locations.  Bonny’s work illustrates a great love of people and their surroundings. She tries to capture the emotion and spirit of her subjects. Favourite media are oil, watercolours and silk painting. In addition to subjects of her own choosing, Bonny will contract to produce portraits and other commissioned works. “Reflections of the Earth” exhibit has recently been added to her resume. A gallery exhibit displaying nine nine-foot hand dyed silk banners celebrating the reflections of water through movement of silk and imagery. Bonny has added mural work to her commission work schedule. Over the winter of 1998 she created Headin’ In, a large mural now displayed in downtown Turtleford.The mural’s roundup theme is a vibrant and eye-catching example of her work.  Visitors to Lloydminster can also experience Bonny’s talent. A 36- by eight-foot mural depicting 50th Street circa 1930 has been erected in that city. Bonny’s greeting card packages give her work wide exposure. She has produced both colour and black and white packages, which are sold at retail outlets and by non-profit organizations as fundraising items. Bonny lives east of Mervin with her husband Gary. She says the view from her farm is spectacular and invites you to come out for a visit to see her work. In the spring and summer you can also enjoy flowers, bedding plants and nursery supplies at her two 1,500 square foot commercial greenhouses. Maple Ridge Ranch is where the joys of painting and planting meet.

Creative hanging baskets New unique potted & bedding plants Trees & Shrubs Perennials Succulents

Log Home Art Gallery www.bonnymacnab.com Creative summer and fall artist retreats

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THE TURTLEFORD SUBDIVISION LINE TO ST. WALBURG WAS COMPLETED IN 1919.

Journey Back to the

Settlement

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Tu r t l e f o rd M u s e u m opens on the May long weekend.

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useum artifacts pertain mostly to early settlement of the area, but there are interesting displays depicting native culture and history. Pre-settlement history artifacts include a buffalo skull and some stone tools used by the natives. The site also features an authentic tepee, which is installed each spring. The Turtleford Museum will be open seven days a week, 2 to 5 p.m. May through the first week of September. During July and August the museum will also be open 7 to 9 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Artifacts are housed in the original CN Station and the site also features a CN caboose, acquired after the railway company phased them out of use.

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Mervin & District

WWW.SASKGOLFER.COM/MERVIN/ Established more than 40 years ago, Mervin and District Golf Course continues to uphold a solid reputation as a quality golfing experience.

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pened in 1965, the .course features professionally manicured grass greens and scenic fairways. The formation of the course has been a community effort and the quality of today’s facility can be attributed to an ongoing commitment by members to provide a first rate facility for local golfers and visitors. Because of its long history at its present location the course offers a picturesque setting for a relaxing round or two. Fairways and greens are kept lush and trimmed by a dedicated maintenance crew and the condition of the course can be described as immaculate. Mature tree stands have been supplemented with

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replacement plantings over the years to preserve the picturesque setting. The spacious clubhouse offers golfers a shady veranda to enjoy after a challenging round on the course.Visitors have a picturesque view of the course and the driving range. The licensed club house offers club rentals and a pro-shop, and have banquet room facilities.A barbecue and outdoor patio make Mervin Golf Course a popular venue for tournaments. The nine-hole course is described as challenging, but rewarding. Featured are a par 5, six par 4 and two par 3 holes. Men’s yardage totals 2,843 and women’s total yardage is 2,701. Located close to major northwestern lakes and resorts the Mervin course is a popular stop for tourists. Book a teeoff time by phoning 306-8453121.

The station, the caboose and the section of track it stands on are themselves artifacts of a railway era, which came to a concrete end during the summer of 2008. Abandoned by the CN, the Turtleford Subdivision line was torn out and hauled away, marking the end of an era. Running from St. Walburg to Hamlin, the Turtleford subdivision line to St. Walburg was completed in 1919. For decades, rail traffic was the lifeblood of communities all along the line, transporting people and consumer goods, as well as taking grain, livestock, lumber and other goods to market. When abandoned, the line had not carried rail traffic for over three years.

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GOLF CLUB

Grass Greens Driving Range Concession Power Cart & Club Rentals • Pro Shop • Licensed Club House • Banquet Room Available

Phone 306-845-3121 Mervin, Sask.

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A Place of Quiet Beauty

Memorial

GARDEN

In 2005 Turtleford Communities in Bloom Committee decided they wanted to create an attractive place in town where people could relax and enjoy the scenery and a place of remembrance to the many earlier pioneers of the community. The idea of a Memorial Park became a reality.

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.ith the donation of the vacant lot and the installation of the water supply from by the Town, Communities in Bloom has transformed an empty space into a place of beauty. The tower poplars form a backdrop for the spruce trees, shrubs and perennials that make the park a tranquil spot. From early spring until freeze up a mosaic of floral magic greets passersby, including the roses that bloom all summer long. Lighting, cedar archways and a gazebo along with the park benches and a picnic table welcome visitors to relax for a visit or stop for lunch. The cenotaph has also been moved to the park, a fitting place to remember heroes of two world wars. A huge prairie gold granite slab is adorned with some

200 stainless steel plaques engraved with the names of families who pioneered our community.The largest plaque entitled “We will remember them” names all the young men from our community who made the supreme sacrifice in the both world wars. The dedication plaque reads “In loving memory and with great appreciation to our families that had the foresight to set down roots in this area, creating and building the foundation of our community of today, and for the future of our children.” Every year the CIB committee plants and maintains some two dozen large floral planters around town, all of which adds a cheery note to the streets. Our community welcomes you. The park is always open. Do take time to stop by, tour around, relax and enjoy.

Murals Celebrate CULTURE and LANDSCAPE Reflecting the culture and landscape of the Turtleford area are murals created by local artists.

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free-standing structure along Hwy. 303 near the junction with Hwy. 26 is ..Bonny Macnab’s “Headin’ In.” Drawing on her interest in the prairies and their people, Bonny’s work depicts a fall cattle roundup. It is a fitting tribute to the cattle industry which is the backbone of the agriculture economy in Northwestern Saskatchewan. Turtleford’s role as gateway

to the many recreational opportunities of northwestern lakes is illustrated by Dave Hiebert’s mural. It is installed beside Turtleford and District Co-op grocery store at the end of Main Street. The huge work of art, depicting a moose standing beside a pristine lake, reflects the community’s ties to the lake country and to untouched wilderness to be found there.

Welcome Visitors to TURTLEFORD

BUSINESS HOURS:

Mon - Wed 8:30 am - 4:00 pm; Thurs 8:30 am - 4:30 pm; Fri 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Turtleford Credit Union Ltd. Coming Together to Build the Future 24 HOUR ATM

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Bumbleberry’s Tea & Coffee House

MERVIN, SK • PHONE 306-845-2998 • Daily Lunch Specials 11:30 am - 1:30 pm • OPEN LAST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH 11:00 am - 2:00 pm for Brunch

OPEN FOR SUPPER BY APPOINTMENT ONLY HOURS OF OPERATION: Tue. - Sat. 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Sunday/Monday CLOSED Home of ‘Smart Snacks’

Reservation s Greatly Appreciated !

“Ernie” was built in 1983

Home of Canada’s LARGEST Turtle! Turtleford is surrounded by some of the finest summer resorts and lakes in Saskatchewan. Host to CPCA Chuckwagon races August 12, 13 &14 Proud of our volunteer Fire Department

The Town of Turtleford Offers:

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COFFEE SHOP

Corner Gas

•Confectionary •Gas •Diesel •Propane OPEN •R.O. Water •Ice •Car Wash EVERY DAY YEAR ROUND! & Laundry open during business hours!

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Riverside Health Complex, a hospital with 24 hour emergency services, a medical clinic, a nursing home, RCMP detachment, Fire Department, SARCAN Recycling Centre, retail stores, automotive services, regional library and various churches and service clubs. Turtleford School pre-K to Grade 12, Licensed Daycare. There is a selection of serviced residential and commercial lots available.

Recreation in our area includes: • Golf Course • Bowling • Clean Lakes • Ball Park • Campgrounds • Birdwatching • Hunting • Gymnasium • Curling Rink • Skating Rink • Cross Country Skiing

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www.townofturtleford.com Photo by Vicky Clayton 2016/2017

Email: townofturtleford@sasktel.net Phone: 306-845-2156

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NORTH BATTLEFORD

Covering all of North West Saskatchewan

Residential & Commerical Monitored Security Home Automation Video Surveillance Access Control 1-306-937 CARE (2273)

Calling all Amateur Photographers While snapping fond memories this summer consider sending us your photos and we may be able to publish them in our 2017 Circle the Northwest. Email to: val@newsoptimist.ca

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Tree Removal Stump Grinding Chipper Bucket Truck Mulch Tree Spade Phone:

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Cool OFF

Behind the Glass

Livelong Curling Club

Diehard curlers and curling fans come from all corners of Canada, and even the United States, to take in Livelong’s annual Summer Spiel.

All Season

PLAYGROUND

The Northwest offers year round recreation for all ages, and Elmhurst Ski Club is a perfect example of what the area has to offer winter sports enthusiasts.

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wners Rick Hartley and Joy Hallberg groom .the trails and work throughout the season .to keep them in top shape for everyone. The ski club is located at their home, located between Turtle Lake and Brightsand Lake. A tiny clubhouse is well stocked with rental skis to fit the tiniest feet to adults. As you enter the clubhouse, you can feel the warmth of not only the wood stove, but of the inviting atmosphere provided by the people inside. The trail, peaceful and serene, winds through the picturesque countryside.The ski club hosts skiing and lessons every Sunday at 1 p.m. and a variety of special events throughout each week of skiing season. The skier in the photo took in the mid-February Cheesecake Classic, a fun event for all ages. The Elmhurst Ski Club always welcomes new members and invites anyone to give them a call or visit them on Sundays at the clubhouse.

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ooling off with a curling game in the middle of the summer has become an annual tradition in this friendly Turtle Lake community. Livelong Curling Club hosts its 20th annual Summer Spiel July 10 - 16, 2016. The bonspiel offers cash prizes and organizers hope to attract 20 teams for the regular spiel. On Sunday, July 16, two Sturling spiels are being hosted and each spiel is accepting eight teams. (For more

information on Sturling Curling go to www.sturling.net.) To enter call Doug Campbell at 306-845-8088. Entry fee is $240 per rink for the regular curling and $50 for each of the Sturling spiels. Slide on over to Livelong for some unusual summer fun. You can stay right in the village so you don’t miss a draw. Livelong offers a fully serviced RV park with washrooms and showers. Follow us on Facebook.

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Jeremy Harrison, MLA Meadow Lake Constituency

Toll Free:

• Mobile Service • Expert Installation by Qualified Technicians • All Insurance and Fleet Claims Welcome

306-446-0039

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.he 15 little info-boxes are popular, all made by Grade 5 students from St. Walburg and Turtleford schools under the watchful eye of teacher Brent Keen. They each focus on an animal, bird or insect. It is refreshing to see the natural world through the eyes of a 10-year-old. The trails throughout the sanctuary add up to almost two miles. Most are secondary trails for foot traffic only, but bicycles are welcome. Just bring it through the gate on one wheel. In winter, Vic Muirhead maintains a great ski trail. There are 14 wooden benches along the trails. Don’t forget to walk along the Lakeshore trail to the lookout.There is more to see this year. Beavers have returned to the shore below and carried off the young aspen for a few hundred feet in each direction.

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Bring your camera. If they are still there, they are fairly tame. Ducks and grebes nest right beside them. So do some rare sparrows. Osprey and Great Blue Herons roost there. The damage caused by the huge fire across the lake, almost 10 years ago, can still be seen, especially if you have binocs. 2010 was a wet year, producing a florescence of mushrooms. Many species have not been seen since 1995, and many more may have been dormant for 50 years. We have identified over 100 species with their photographs. Watch for more after the endless and snow burdened winter of 2014. See some of our wildlife on www.tlwi.ca. It is the web site of the Turtle Lake Watershed. As well, look up Nature Saskatchewan for both website and facebook. We are on the east side of

Come in and visit us on Hwy. 26

Motors Lt e g a l d. Vil Brian Rubletz

Mervin, SK

Phone 306-845-2229

www.villagemotorsltd.ca

• Full Electronic Diagnosis • • Air Conditioning Repair • • Wheel Alignments • • Sask Safety Inspections • • General Auto, Ag & HD Truck Repair •

SEE SOME OF OUR WILDLIFE ON WWW.TLWI.CA.

Turtle Lake, between Indian Point/ Golden Sands and Turtle Lake Lodge. It is lakefront property with two great upraised viewing sites. Part of the land is mixed wood forest, and some is boreal forest. About 12 acres are grassland and we plan to keep it that way, but sapling trees are stubborn little intruders. Over 260 species of plants have been identified, and that number should swell when we add the mushrooms. Nature Saskatchewan has owned and operated the Turtle Lake Nature Sanctuary for 17 years. Tours can be arranged by calling me at 306-845-3227. And remember, this is wilderness land and bears and other large animals are sometimes visiting. See you there. There are 6 comfortable rooms at Moose Country Service on Hwy#4 as well as about 20 trailer lots at the Lodge. The Turtle Lake Nature Sanctuary is located on the east side of Turtle Lake about 115 kms north of the Battlefords. It is situated between two beach resorts on the lakeshore which provides a riparian habitat, the most productive and diverse type. A trail loop inside the sanctuary provides a 3 km walk, or you can branch off and explore other

trails.The sanctuary is part of the Saskatchewan Birding Trail system. Take along binoculars, a camera or sketchbook. Self-guiding brochures are available on site or from Turtle Lake Lodge and other local merchants. When the snow lies in a deep blanket, a ski trail will be groomed. This is part of Nature Saskatchewan’s way of saying thank you to donors and volunteers who have stepped forward with funding and assistance for a variety of incentives. Students from St. Walburg School have built and developed the text for a series of small flat box signs that feature small replaceable “info bytes” of wisdom about plants and animals of special interest. A special sign at the frog pond has been designed and financed by local residents.Their sign explains the special ecosystems and life cycles of frogs and toads. Digitized maps have been developed by Michael Williams, a sanctuary steward, with computer graphics by Nicole Bergan. The signs will acquaint visitors and landowners about the true reason for the sanctuary: to preserve a small piece of the mixed wood forest ecosystem and allow it to thrive.

South Bay Convenience Store - Your one stop shop for all your lake necessities Grocery • Gas Propane Water • Ice • & More

Turtle Lake, SK.

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One of the

Finest stops in the

NORTHWEST

The first settlers in the Livelong area arrived about 1905, and from then on the community progressed. Roads and bridges fell into place and a post office was started and called Livelong, the name suggested by Mrs. Frank Wilson of the Daysville district.

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he community has held together for more than 100 years. Lifestyles have changed, but the community hasn’t changed as far as devoted support by the young and old. Recreation has only changed to more modern facilities. The Complex offers socializing to young and old. Under one roof are a seniors room, Legion room, bowling alley, curling rink, catering kitchen and large hall. Visitors will also be drawn to the Complex, because of a colourful mural installed there. Joan McNabb created the wildlife scene. Fundraising efforts are currently underway for an expansion of the complex. Residents invite you to take part in the many entertaining functions organized to support this project. The business sector features a

hotel, grocery stores, a car wash and a fast food outlet. A campground was recently added to the hamlet’s amenities. With the help of the resort and cabin owners along beautiful Turtle Lake, just 6.5 kilometres north, residents are able to support their businesses and keep them all going. Residents say their little community is one of the finest in the Northwest. If you are planning a holiday, try north.You’ll love it. Livelong now offers a fully serviced RV park with washrooms and showers. For more information or to book a site call 306845-3330. Take in Livelong’s annual Live It Up Day the first Saturday in August.This fun-filled day features old-fashioned entertainment ranging from a parade in the morning to a dance in the evening.

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OPEN Mon. - Sat. 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Groceries Hardware

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urtleford and its various service clubs and community organizations host a wide array of events and activities each year: • CanSkate and figure skating; • Firemen’s Ball - in the spring; • Lions Club snowmobile rally February; • Mervin 4-H Beef Club and Turtle River Multiple 4-H Club Achievement Days - May and June; • George Bronsan Memorial Golf

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Tournament - June; • Turtleford Lions Club Trade Fair First Saturday in November; • Fall Supper - first Sunday in November (Ladies’ TADRA and Good Shepherd United Anglican Church alternate hosting). Library Hours Turtleford Branch of the Lakeland Library is open Monday and Wednesday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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• Village Park Areas (full bloom in summer) • Newly renovated Community Hall to accommodate large functions

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Fort Pitt Reeks with

GHOSTLY IMAGES This is a summary of the events which occurred in the Fort Pitt area during the spring of 1885. A detailed account is contained in the book, Steele’s Scouts, available at the Frenchman Butte Museum, Paradise Hill and St. Walburg.

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n the early 1800s, many of the HBC Trading posts along the North Saskatchewan River were abandoned during the “race for fur” with the rival North West Company. A second generation of posts such as Ft. Edmonton and Ft. Carlton replaced them, with Fort Pitt halfway between the two on the Carlton Trail.

FORT PITT BECAME HEADQUARTERS FOR STEELE’S SCOUTS DURING HOSTILITIES WHICH BEGAN IN EARLY APRIL, 1885.

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By Wayne F. Brown From 1829-76 Ft. Pitt served as a supply fort, providing meat and pemmican to the fur brigades as well as trade goods to the natives. It also witnessed the arrival of the first settlers as well as the decimation of the Indian population from a disastrous smallpox epidemic. In 1876, Fort Pitt was chosen to co-host the signing of Treaty 6, the other half of the process being at Ft. Carlton. This historic event was held outside on the hill to the west of the Fort. The negotiation process and ceremonies took several days. In the years that followed, the government in Ottawa attempted to force the natives into farming enterprises, sending out oppressive farm instructors and Indian Agents who made medicine, food and equipment difficult for the natives to obtain. The situation steadily deteriorated and unrest swelled until on April 2, 1885 hostilities erupted as Cree warriors of Big Bear’s band attempted to solve their dilemma. They interrupted a Roman Catholic Church service at Frog Lake and herded the congregation outside; a violent argument broke out and nine men, including two priests, were murdered by the warriors. This incident coincided with another uprising to the east, near Batoche. The Métis, under the leadership of Louis Riel were also unhappy with their plight; being continually ignored by Ottawa. Riel and his Métis force confronted a supply train of North West Mounted Police near Duck Lake on March 26, 1885 and a vicious battle ensued with several police being killed. Ottawa appointed Gen. Frederick Middleton commander of the campaign to quell the rebellion. General Thomas B. Strange was given authority to organize the Alberta Field Force at Calgary, march north to Edmonton, down the North Saskatchewan River to Ft. Pitt, suppress the Cree and free the hostages taken from Frog Lake and Ft. Pitt. The NWM Police maintained a detachment of about 25 men at Ft. Pitt under the command of Insp. Francis Dickens, the son of renowned author, Charles Dickens. To gain more information about the Frog Lake killings, Dickens sent a patrol of three men to Frog Lake. In the meantime, the Indians broke camp at Frog Lake and moved to the hill overlooking Ft. Pitt. Shortly after the patrol left Ft. Pitt, the Cree appeared on the crest of the hill overlooking the fort, laying siege to it. Chief trader William McLean attempted to negotiate a peaceable solution to the situation. On the police patrol’s return they foolishly galloped into the Cree camp while the negotiations were underway, charging toward the safety of the fort below. The warriors, thinking they were under attack, opened fire. Two Constables were shot off their horses, one mortally, while the civilian guide escaped into some brush only to be captured later. Negotiations continued at the Cree camp and concluded with the civilians becoming prisoners, while the police were allowed to “escape” that night, floating downstream to safety at Ft. Battleford. Once the police were away, the fort was sacked by the Cree and burned, never to be rebuilt. On May 25, Gen. Strange and the Alberta Field Force marched into the ruins of the fort. It became battle headquarters until the campaign ended in July 1885. The conclusion of the North West Rebellion signalled the end of Fort Pitt. Fort Pitt Historical Site is located five kms south of a paved secondary road 797 about 15 kms west of Frenchman Butte. A picnic area lies under giant poplar trees, and descriptive plaques are present, outlining the fort’s features and history. Old Fort Pitt reeks with ghostly images of squeaking Red River carts, gunfire and smoking paddle-wheeled riverboats tied up at the landing.

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Echoes of Battle at

G e n . T. B . “ J i n g o ” S t r a n g e , commander of the Alberta Field Force, established his militia camp at Fort Pitt on May 25, 1885.

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mmediately, he dispatched his elite reconnaissance group, Steele’s Scouts, on a mission to detect the location of the Cree who were responsible for the April 2 massacre at Frog Lake.About midnight, at the Pipestone Creek, four km east of Pitt, Sam Steele, the NW Mounted Police and two other scouts stumbled into a Cree raiding party who were on their way to attack the fort. A gunfight erupted in the dark with one native, Meminook, being killed. The next day, Gen. Strange’s militia column

caught up with the scouts and the trail east led them to the base of Frenchman Butte and a fork in the trail. Here they bivouacked for the night under heavy guard. The next morning the force approached the south edge of a coulee that runs east and west just north of the “butte”. Gen. Strange could see coloured cloth banners tied in the trees on the opposite side. Peering through the lifting fog with binoculars he detected concealed rifle pits along the crest of the valley; it was an ambush!

THIS MAP OF FRENCHMAN BUTTE AND AREA SHOWS PATHS OF IMPORTANCE IN OUR HISTORY

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Strange spread out his force, Steele’s Scouts to the west, 85th Mount Royal Rifles centre left, 90th Winnipeg Light Infantry to centre right and his cavalry, Alberta Mounted Rifles, to the east. The force advanced on foot into the ravine, and the Cree waited in the fortifications above.The military force soon found they weren’t capable of advancing past the bottom of the valley because the flooding creek had turned it into an impassable swamp. Sam Steele and his Scouts attempted an out-flanking manoeuvre up the valley to the northwest about three kilometres.Wandering Spirit, the Cree war chief, noticed the scouts movement and with a few other warriors paralleled them, thus foiling the manoeuvre. On the north side of the coulee, the Cree non-combatants and hostages had dug numerous protective pits behind the firing line the previous night (still visible today). Heeding the wise direction of Chief Big Bear, they abandoned them and fled northward about eight kilometres to a second, safer camp, then ultimately northward to yet another camp at Sidney (Horse) Lake. The battle continued most of the morning with both sides firing at each other from long range, neither gaining an advantage. Around noon, low on ammunition and unknown to one other, both sides simultaneously began to withdraw, going their separate ways. Several natives were wounded, one mortally, while two soldiers and a Scout were wounded on the other side. To quote one veteran of the battle, “The fight was best known for a waste of good ammunition”! Historic Site The National Historic Site of Frenchman Butte is well marked, north of Highway # 3 about 10 km. There is a tidy day use area, Echoes of Battle, at Frenchman Butte with outdoor privies and a descriptive sign which outlines the features of the battle-site. Paths connect to the original, unmaintained rifle pits that face out on the militia positions across the valley. On the opposite side you’ll discover a rock cairn near a fence line on the crest of the valley, dedicated to the militia. There are no militia fortifications; however, the location of this militia cairn is almost on the exact location of Gen. Strange’s cannon during the battle. Also of interest, next to this monument is a steel pole, a rare example of the original telegraph poles which were brought by ship and wagon in 1882-83 from England.

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On the morning of June 2, 1885, Sam Steele, commander of an elite portion of the Alberta Field Force known as “Steele’s Scouts”, looked down on the narrows from an open ridge about two kms to the south.

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fter the battle at Frenchman Butte, he and 65 men had left Ft. Pitt to pursue ..the ..fleeing Cree northward through the forest. Now, lying below, was a small native camp and through his binoculars he could see people wading the narrows (where the highway is today) eastward. His orders were to free a group of hostages the Cree had captured at Frog Lake and Ft. Pitt and this was the opportune moment. He split his force, which had dwindled to 42 men, into two groups; he’d lead one attacking the village, hopefully freeing the prisoners, the other would act as “cover” from rifle fire he expected from warriors on the overlooking ridge. The attack on foot initially went as planned, but as it developed his force came under fire from not only the ridge, but from across the water (Sanderson Bay). His intrepid, fiery Irish sergeant,William Fury, led the assault up the ridge as planned, but was shot through the chest by a Metis with a long range Sharps buffalo rifle. The battle became a confusing “jungle style” fight with both sides uncertain who was behind the next tree. The scouts shot at a group of people wading across the narrows, one of who was hostage teenager Kitty McLean, carrying her young brother. A scout’s bullet narrowly missed, passing between their heads, only inches apart. At times, both sides tried in vain to acquire a cease fire, the “Fighting Preacher”, George McKay with the Scouts, while on the other side of the narrows hostage W.J. McLean (Kitty’s father) attempted likewise. In the meantime, about three kms east of the narrows, Chief Seekaskootch and two of his faithful were murdered by Cree dissidents as he urged surrender. The number of natives killed in the battle is officially recorded as five; however, chronicles of several individuals suggest numbers in excess of that.

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No Steele’s Scouts were killed in the battle and William Fury eventually recuperated, passing away in 1936. About a week later Gen. Fred Middleton and his force, pulling a Gatling gun, led by Steele’s Final Skirmish at Steele’s Narrows Scouts returned to the scene, then continued around the lake to a second narrows on the north side, eventually giving up the pursuit at this point. The hostages would eventually be

set free near Goodsoil.Around the middle of July the militia forces would be on their way home with the rebellion stamped out. Steele’s Narrows Steele’s Narrows is now a Provincial Historic Site, located on secondary Highway #699 about 10 kms west of the town of Loon Lake. At the site, there is a dayuse, picnic area and boat launch as well as a commemorative cairn overlooking the narrows.

The location of the Indian camp the Scouts attacked is approximately one km directly south of the cairn, hidden behind a ridge. The skirmish here in 1885 was far more violent than the battle at Frenchman Butte, yet the incident remains in relative obscurity. White cement markers and a small cairn on the south side of the highway indicate the approximate location where natives were killed that morning.

STEELE’S NARROWS IS A PROVINCIAL HISTORIC SITE

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Trails to

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ated mainly in the creek valley, the pristine terrain of willows, poplars and prairie grasses provides safe haven for abundant wildlife. A den of coyotes has made this area their home. Hawks, eagles, and owls have nested here annually. The creek has been home to a colony of beaver that are not too shy to show themselves to the quiet and patient observer. Deer and moose occasionally frequent the area. Two-Wheel Paradise Cyclists will find kilometres of country roads to explore in this neck of the woods. u m m e r A d v e n t u r e . I f Many of the roads within the RM of Turtle y o u ’r e l o o k i n g f o r s u m - River surrounding Edam have been paved .mer recreational trails, Edam is with oil sands, creating a dust-free surface. on the primary Trans Canada Trail route and Traffic is generally light and motorists always the local TCT Committee has constructed courteous, creating a safe environment for over 3 km of improved walking trail in and law-abiding bikers. around the village of Edam as part of 26 km This region is scenic, offering long steep of registered right-of-way passing through hills along the banks of the North Saskatchthe RM of Turtle River.There are nature trails ewan River, to rolling farmland intersected by at Dulwich Station for environment-minded sandy trails bordered by saskatoon berry and users year-round.This trail system is ideal for chokecherry bushes. A route east of Edam hikers and bird watchers. includes Picnic Lake, a comfortable oasis offerRunning parallel to Turtle Creek and situ- ing the chance for a refreshing swim. Cycling a route from Edam west to the banks of the North Saskatchewan River overlooking Pine Island makes for an aggressive, but scenic, day-trip.Visitors can purchase a map at the RM office on Main Street in Edam, or ask Fight back! one of the locals to Rely onon an an installed standby standby generator from Rely installed generator from suggest routes to exCummins Power Generation. Keep your family safe Cummins Generation. FightPower back! plore. and comfortable or your business up and running. Keep family safe and comfortable Relyyour on anback! installed standby generator from For more informaFight or your business up andKeep running. Cummins Power Generation. your family safe tion call 306-441-3753. Contact us to learn more. Rely on an installed standby generator from Edam is the place if you’re looking for outdoor winter fun. Tobogganing is enjoying a comeback thanks to a groomed hill at Dulwich Station; a small all-season day lodge with privy. Lodge access can be arranged by calling 306441-3753. Battlefords Trailbreakers Snowmobile Club has extended their groomed snowmobile trails into the Edam area. For updated snowmobile trails information check www.sasksnowmobiling.sk.ca/.

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Northwest Saskatchewan is home to eight First Nation communities.

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.hunderchild First Nation inhabits land between St.Walburg and Turtleford. Northeast of Cochin is Saulteaux First Nation and in the Cut Knife area you will find Little Pine First Nation and Poundmaker First Nation. South of the Battlefords are Red Pheasant First Nation and Mosquito First Nation. When First Nations people gather to celebrate their culture they often do so at a powwow. These colourful events reflect the strong ties First Nations people feel to their traditions and to the spirit that defines them. The word derives from the Narragansett word powwaw, meaning “spiritual leader.” At the heart of a powwow is the drums. The powerful and

mesmerizing beat of the drum group is accompanied by the singing of traditional songs. Once the dancers, spectators and dignitaries are in place the powwow kicks off with a stirring grand entry.The entry is led by the Eagle Staff and often includes attending chiefs, elders, veterans and even non-native dignitaries. The dancing itself can be competitive or celebratory, but most hosted in the Northwest are of a competitive nature, with prize money offered in a wide range of categories. And dancers of all ages will take to the floor during a powwow from the tiniest of tiny tots to aged but spry elders. The element that provides the most stirring draw for the eye is the dancers’ regalia. The

Women’s Dances

Traditional features regalia of cloth or leather, featuring authentic design and materials, and dancers who perform, with precise, highly controlled movement. Fancy Shawl is a dance featuring women wearing brilliant colors, a long, usually fringed and decorated, shawl, performing rapid spins and elaborate dance steps. Jingle Dress is a healing dance.The jingle dress includes a skirt with hundreds of small tin cones that make noise as the dancer moves with light footwork danced close to the ground. colourful fabrics are highly adorned with beads, feathers, bells and other ornamentation. Head gear is also elaborate and striking. The type of dance dictates the type of regalia the dancer will wear. Most of the various types of dances performed at a powwow are descended from the dances of the Plains tribes of Canada and the United States.

A Whirl of

COLOUR & Pageantry

Thunderchild First Nation hosts an annual powwow, as does North Battleford’s Gold Eagle Casino. That event is traditionally held in July and attracts dancers and spectators throughout the region. So, if you’re looking for a taste of First Nations culture consider taking in a powwow. It’s an experience you won’t forget.

HOOP DANCERS ARE FEATURED AT SOME POWWOWS. THE HOOP HAS NO BEGINNING OR END; IT REPRESENTS THE CONTINUITY OF THE SPIRITS OF ALL LIVING THINGS.

Men’s Dances

Fancy Dance or Fancy Feather Dance featuring vivid regalia with dramatic movement, including spins and leaps. Traditional features traditional regalia, authentic design and materials and movements based on traditional dances. Regalia for the Grass Dance features long, flowing fringe and designs reminiscent of grass blowing in the wind. Dance movements are more elaborate than the traditional dancers, but less flashy than the fancy dancers.

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Edam, A Little Bit of Holland in Saskatchewan. Hosting 23 km of Trans Canada Trail route (www.tctrail.ca) along Highway 26, northwest 50 km from the junction with Highway 4.

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sports town, Edam is the home of the Edam Three Stars, champions of the .North Saskatchewan River Hockey League for nine consecutive years, and who were champions again in 2009. Joey LaClare, former Canadian Amateur Boxing Champion in the 71 kg class, calls Edam home, as does Fiona Smith-Bell,

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member of Canada’s 1998 Olympic Silver Medal Women’s Hockey Team. As you crest the hill north of Vawn you’ll notice the black oil tanks - sentinels to more than 1,000 oil wells within this heavy oil field. Husky Oil and Serafina Oil have built steam injection plants which began production in 2016. Stop at the RM of Turtle River office on Main Street for information on the local heavy oil industry. Visit the village office and library to peruse the Edam Historical Society’s book Their Hopes - Our Heritage, and ask directions to the Washbrook Museum, the

The Village of Edam "A Little Bit of Holland in Saskatchewan"

stocked trout fishing and campground at Picnic Lake or the government operated ferry which crosses the North Saskatchewan River daily from breakup to freeze-up. Head north 7.4 kms along Highway 26 to the regional campground, then west 3.4 km to the Fort Pitt Trail cairn to learn more about this early trade route. Read about our connection with the fur trade and the Hudson’s Bay Company. Travel 3.5 kms south and 12 kms west from the cairn to the North Saskatchewan River overlooking Pine Island, where the Hudson Bay Company’s Manchester House competed for local furs from 1786 until it was destroyed by fire in 1794. Edam’s recreation facilities include a skating rink, curling rink with three sheets of artificial ice and five-diamond ballpark featuring shale infields. The vil-

lage has a Kindergarten to Grade 12 school and a Level III health centre and long-term care facility. 2015 saw the opening of the Edam Enriched Manor. This facility has 26 units, some singles and the rest doubles. The Manor is open to anyone 55 and over. The rental of a unit includes all meals, laundry, parking and recreational activities. Other services are post office, groceries, deli, bakery, restaurant, liquor vendor, banking, automotive services, car and truck wash, hotel, lottery centre, bus service, air strip, volunteer fire department, volunteer first responders and a public library. The public library has free Internet and email service available. Travellers are invited to stop in and check in with family and friends at home. The Edam Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion has a modern hall available for public rent.

The Village of Edam is a thriving community situated in the midst of heavy oilfield development and a bustling agricultural economy. For the Sports enthusiast, we have a five diamond ball park; newly "twinned" Community Centre with a skating arena, curling rink and community hall; cross country ski trails and camping and fishing at Picnic Lake. The Annual Edam Fall Fair, Trade Show and Craft Show and Sale are held on the last Saturday of October. 28 new residential lots will soon be available, as well as industrial lots are available. Contact the Village Office at

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Edam’s former grain elevator is the centrepiece of the Washbrook Museum & Heritage Village.

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dam residents Harry and Mildred Washbrook devoted many years to their private museum of prairie artifacts. The museum was featured in a film about Saskatchewan shown at Expo ‘86, but their greatest enjoyment came from meeting the different people who came to visit their museum each year. The Washbrooks made arrangements so the museum would continue to flourish even after they were no longer able to provide the tender loving care it had received for so many years.

The Edam Vawn Lions Club spearheaded a project to create the Washbrook Museum & Heritage Village, and relocated the contents of the museum to the former local grain elevator provided by the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool. Directly across from the museum, the Heritage Village provides a new home for historic buildings on land donated by Les and Annabelle Elliott. The first building restored is the Edam Cafe, dating from 1915. The Washbrook Museum & Heritage Village showcases all aspects of daily life in a typical rural community of days gone by. The wide variety of artifacts creates a picture of the past to life in an enjoyable journey through time. The project has created a living legacy to be enjoyed for generations to come.

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Lakeside LINKS

Listen for the Creak of the Wagon Wheels

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.he five-acre park, officially opened Jan. 23, 1983, commemorates the Stoney Lake Trail, a branch of the Carlton Trail. A stone marker keeps alive the memory of the settlers, law enforcement officers, fur traders and First Nations people who travelled the trail by foot, horseback, wagon and ox cart in the early days of western settlement. The trail, used around the turn of the century, follows a north-south route and was the early highway linking Battleford with Stoney Lake. Settlers and First Nations people travelled back and forth for supplies. It is believed the trail branches off the main Carlton Trail north of North Battleford in an area south of Prince and then travels almost a kilometre west of the present day Jackfish River Bridge on Hwy. 26 towards the western shore of Jackfish Lake through Meota. The trail came north along the lake to where the NWMP barracks were located on the east side of Jackfish Creek, just north of Aquadeo Beach. It then travels along the creek to a point near the Minnehaha Memorial Park where it divides. The two trails lead to Stoney Lake, but the westward trail leads to Turtle Lake and the eastern trail to Midnight Lake. Park facilities include a baseball diamond, picnic and rest area, a memorial cairn and a map of the Stoney Lake Trail.

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eota and District Golf Course offers a challenge to golfers of all ages. Meota’s nine-hole, grass green community golf course is open for its eighth season. Located in scenic Jackfish Lake country, the course also features a driving range.The greenskeeper and staff are ready to welcome golfers to their perfectly groomed and conveniently located facility. The course features a clubhouse as well as power cart, pull cart and club rentals. The club offers special men’s and ladies’ nights and is a popular destination for private tournaments and other group events. Every Tuesday is mens’ night, and Wednesday is ladies’ night. Meota and District Golf Course is located on the southeast edge of the Village of Meota. The course is the pride of community members who worked hard to develop the facility.

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.he ambitious project has created an attractive swimming hole for visitors and residents. The regional park’s wide range of amenities includes a new cook house and fish filleting facility. Meota Regional Park is located within the village of Meota, 40 km northwest of the Battlefords on Hwy.

26, on the south shore of Jackfish Lake. The park has 100 campsites of which 10 are non-electrical. These are carved out of the natural bush. An overflow area is being developed. Recreational facilities include three ball diamonds with shale infields, picnic areas, horseshoe pits, sand volleyball, boat launch and

A popular swimming area on Jackfish Lake is just the latest improvement to Meota Regional Park, which was established in 1966.

playground equipment. There is an RV dump station in the park, and modern washrooms and showers. Wood is provided. Meota Regional Park is a great place to meet family and friends. Visit Meota & District Golf Course (nine holes, grass greens). The golf course is located just 2 km from the park.

THERE’S FUN IN THE SUN, SAND AND WATER AT MEOTA’S SWIMMING HOLE.

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Meota is situated in the midst of a thriving agricultural economy, oileld development and a bustling residential and recreational community. A grocery store (food, liquor vendor, gas, lottery, etc.), Innovation Credit Union, Hotel and Cafe, SGI, Lakeland Library, Hair Centre and laundromat, are just some of the services available. The Village is home to the Battlefords Sailing Club, Meota Regional Park, and Meota & District Lakeside Golf Course.

Village of Meota

Located 43 kms northwest of North Battleford on Highway 26, the community of Meota is situated along the south shores of Jacksh Lake.

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Summer or winter, this is one of Saskatchewan’s best recreation and leisure communities, and is home to the only lighthouse in Saskatchewan. Every year the Resort Village of Cochin hosts “COCHIN DAYS” It’s a family event for everyone! Plan to join us this year

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Friendly Village Hugs Shores of

JACKFISH Lake

The village of Meota, located on Hwy. 26, 32 kms from North Battleford, is on the western shore of Jackfish Lake. It is at the gateway to the lake-rich Northwest and shares the shoreline of Jackfish Lake with resorts such as Lakeview, Metinota, Martinson’s Beach, Day’s Beach, Cochin, Aquadeo and Battlefords Provincial Park.

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Riders Seek Out By Wayne F. Brown

The Bronson Forest, a tract of land in excess of 2,400 square miles to the north and west of St. Walburg, provides the perfect place to roam on an all-terrain vehicle such as a quad, or a snow machine.

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iders come from all around Saskatchewan and much of Alberta to unload their machines and travel the multitudes of trails, ..cut lines and un-maintained roads of the area, often not crossing their track in several days of exploration. Popular events for both snow machine and quad riders are the locally sponsored “rallies.” With either mode of transportation, the event is conducted over a circuitous route marked out by the organizers. A nominal registration fee is charged. At the starting camp, each rider is registered and provided with directions. The route will normally extend about 40 to 70 kilometres, with a rest stop about half way around the circuit. It will take

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lean sand beaches attract visitors, as do special events — ball tournaments, sports days and handcraft sales. The village and surrounding district have a long and colourful history. Situated near the historic Carlton Trail, the early highway between Fort Carlton and Fort Pitt, the area was chosen early as a settlement site. Most of the land was surveyed by 1894 and settlement began in earnest after 1900. Settlers were of Métis, French, English, Scottish, Irish and Scandinavian descent. Just west of Meota rises a long hill, known today as Scrogie Hill. Its slopes are green in spring and covered with golden grain in the fall. Climbing to the highest point offers a panoramic view in all directions. Scrogie Hill was once a traditional dancing ground for the Cree and Saulteaux. It was here the tribes held spring medicine dances and sun dances. The

festivals were characterized by feasting, dancing and story telling. Meota, incorporated in 1911, was a booming community in its early days featuring a wide variety of businesses and services. Today, as one of the fastest growing centres in Saskatchewan, its economy is based on agriculture, petroleum and tourism. Summer cottages abound, and the village has become a bedroom community for those who build year round homes. Recreation facilities include a curling rink, open air skating rink, Community Hall and library. Meota Regional Park, located on the shores of the lake within the village, features electrical campsites, beach, boat launch and ball diamonds. The ninehole Meota Golf Course is located on the south east corner of the village. Services include Meota General Store, Meota Hotel and Cafe, credit union and insurance outlet.

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much of the day to cover the trail, which is well marked, so becoming disorientated and lost is highly unlikely. At the conclusion of the ride the entrant is “checked off” the registry as a safety feature and invited to a lunch or meal by the organizers of the event. These events are popular, with over 500 registrants often attending. The first quad rally of the spring is usually the Bronson Forest Rally sponsored by the Paradise Hill Kinsmen the third Saturday in April; (www.phillkinsmen.com). The following week is the St. Walburg event, followed by Loon Lake’s circuit. St. Walburg hosts a second rally in the fall. Despite the initial intimidation a rider might feel attending such activities, they are an excellent way for the neophyte to experience the backcountry safely. They also provide an opportunity for riders to compare equipment, machines and techniques with other participants and meet equipment dealers who attend to advertise and promote their product.

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Commercial facilities in the Bronson Forest centre near several campgrounds that can become a base of operations. Little Fishing Lake and Peck Lake both have good provincial campgrounds that are popular on weekends.ATVs are not legal to operate inside these facilities so riders often choose campsites on the fringe of the campground to allow them to park their machines nearby during the offhours. There are extensive trail systems leading away from both campgrounds where the opportunities become boundless. The Little Fishing Lake Store offers summer only cabins; Lakeview Bed & Breakfast at Peck Lake welcomes riders, while nearby the old “Marina” location is currently under renovation. Riding the trails of the Bronson Forest provides untold hours of enjoyment throughout the year, summer and winter. There are few restrictions to hamper the fun and the pleasures of the wilderness will provide wonderful memories for you to cherish in the years to come.

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and History PHOTO BY HEATHER LABRECQUE Some of the earlier homesteaders to the Maidstone area arrived in 1902. There were no buildings except a small log and canvas shack occupied by a black man, William Small. This was known as a hotel and restaurant, but no beds were to be found in the hotel, just hearty pioneer meals of bread, salt pork and tea, and sometimes stewed rabbit.

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y summer 1905, the railway was almost finished to Lloydminster and a station was under construction at Maidstone, then known as Siding 5, NWT.William Stone, a Barr Colonist, seized the opportunity and built the first store in Maidstone. He built a house next door and hosted many parties and dances, as it was one of the largest homes in the village.This house is now part of the Pioneer Village at the Museum. John L. Courtice, John Andrew Pickel and Robert Bryans of Morden, Man. shipped in lumber and

commenced building Courtice and Pickel’s General Store and Bryans Drugs and Settlers Effects. In July 1905 a small group of people gathered to select a name for the new centre.“Pickeltown” was one of the suggestions. However, it was found CNR officials had already named the village “Maidstone,” after Maidstone in Kent, England, as influenced by the Stone family. In less than 20 years the village grew to a population of 227. By 1955 it had increased to 565 and on March 1 of that year the village attained official town status.The current count

is approximately 1,200 with a trading population of over 7,500. Maidstone can accredit its growth and sustainability to its prime location in one of the most affluent rural municipalities in Saskatchewan. Known as the “Canola Capital of Canada” it is an outstanding area for the growing of all grains. Livestock is also a thriving industry, as well as oil, which, in the past 30 years, has had a tremendous influence on the economy of Maidstone. As the town continues to grow, so does pride in the community. In 2006, Maidstone competed na-

tionally in “Communities in Bloom” earning an impressive four out of five blooms. Maidstone celebrated its centennial in 2005 and continues to celebrate community each year with an old time sports day on July 1, complete with entertainment stages, food booths, ball games, a parade, and fireworks. You are invited to stop in and check out what Maidstone and district has to offer. Tourist information is available at the museum on 4th Street East or contact the town office at 306893-2373.

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Trails to

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Several community organizations host rallies throughout the season. Riders ca n take in events that will i n t ro d u c e t h e m t o exciting new trails to travel. These rallies traditionally feature good food and g reat prizes. Looking for a new snowmobiling adventure? Check out a rally in beautiful Northwest Saskatchewan.

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.attlefords Trailbreakers snowmobile club grooms trails running from the Battlefords north to Glaslyn and beyond to the trail’s end at South Bay on Turtle Lake. From South Bay, the trail proceeds south past Livelong, Edam and Vawn, to join up with the existing trail north of Meota, making a complete loop through lake country and prairie landscapes without having to retrace the route. The trail also covers an area southeast of the Battlefords to Denholm and northeast to Rabbit Lake and Whitkow. The accompanying map indicates trails extending from Rabbit Lake to Spiritwood and Leoville. The Trailbreakers groom the section up to Rabbit Lake and other clubs are responsible for the remainder of that route. Riders can enjoy wellmarked trails, which feature several warm up facilities along the route. Call 306-397-3225 or 306-937-2930 for information.

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Delfrari-Victoria Park Located in Maidstone. Turn down 4th Street East and watch for signs!

• Camping Serviced & Non-Serviced Sites, Drive Through Sites, Showers, Sewage Dump • Public Picnic Area with New Camp Kitchen with Electricity and Water

“YOUR SUPPLY HOUSE”

Agriculture Automotive Industrial Oilfield

• New Overflow for group camping, weddings or reunions with serviced R.V. Lots

507 Hwy. 21 North, Box 330, Maidstone, SK Ph: 306-893-2631 Fax: 306-893-2410

• Trout Pond and Walking Paths • Tennis Courts, Ball Diamonds and Playground • X-C Ski Trails Campground Open: May 1 to September 17

Email: info@keranda.com See us on the web@ www.keranda.ca

SORRY, NO RESERVATIONS

Maidstone, Saskatchewan 55 km East of Lloydminster • 85 km West of North Battleford South of the junction of Hwy #16 & 21

Be Sure To Come Out & Help Celebrate July 1st! Silver Lake Golf Course - 9 holes, grass greens, driving range, camping and RV sites, mini golf & swimming area 893-2831 Campground/Rest Stop - Silver Lake (10 km N). Maidstone Rest Stop/Campground (5 km W). Delfrari-Victoria Park (serviced) Gas, Snacks & Restaurants - Husky 16-21, Hancock (24 hour cardlock), Sunny’s Family Restaurant, A&S Corner Store, Legion Club Room, Maidstone Hotel Tavern and Restaurant, Lou’s and Sue’s and Cindy’s Place

Accommodations - Maidstone Hotel 893-2242, Sandpiper Motel 893-2635 Shopping - Fields, groceries (AG Foods), pharmacy, banks (CU and CIBC), ATMs, videos, flowers, building supplies, industrial supply, automotive, liquor store, SGI, tires and more

Recreational - arena, bowling alley, golfing, tennis courts, ball diamonds, hunting, river fishing, etc. Historical - museum and pioneer village, Shiloh Settlement and Pine Island Viewpoint Emergency - hospital 24 HOUR EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT, medical clinic, RCMP, fire department

1(306) 893-2373 • townofmaidstone.com

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PHOTOS AND MORE INFORMATION MAY BE FOUND AT THE MAIDSTONE AND DISTRICT MUSEUM.

First Black

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Shiloh Church was first saved from demolition in the early 1970s by descendants of the area’s white settlers. They cared for it until descendants of the black settlers took up the cause in recent years. In 20 0 8 t h e p roje ct earned the Lt.-Gov. of Saskatchewan Architectural Heritage Award.

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hiloh Church is the site of the first black settlement in Saskatchewan. The Shiloh people emigrated from Oklahoma in May 1910. They were of the Baptist faith and by 1911 had started building a place of worship. They used large flat stones for the foundation and hand hewn squared logs for the walls, which were then plastered with mud. Pews were made of boards with peeled willow branches for legs.This little log church was used until the 1940s. The cemetery, with white crosses marking each grave, is the resting place of more than 40 members of the settlement. A meticulous restoration process is now complete. Located 21 km north of Maidstone on Hwy 21, 4.8 km east and 2.4 km north. Pine Island Pine Island, located on the North Saskatchewan River, is the site of five fur trading posts that operated from 1785 to 1793. The North West Co. and Hudson’s Bay Co. Manchester House, as well as free traders, set up rival forts clustered together for self protection. A confrontation occured between the Gros Ventre Indians and the fur traders in 1793. This tribe was angered because the traders were supplying more guns and goods to their enemy, the Cree. The Gros Ventre attacked and burned Manchester House, stripping it of all goods. The men at the fort barely escaped being murdered. This hostility, plus poor returns for the traders, led them to abandon Pine Island. Noted names to set foot on Pine

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Island are: • 1785 - 16-year-old David Thompson, explorer and map maker; • 1808 - Alexander Henry, the younger, who served with the North West Co.; • 1885 - Francis Jeffrey Dickens, a NWMP inspector and son of author Charles Dickens; • (circa 1815) Peter Fiddler, surveyor, explorer and astronomer. Pine Island is about 2.4 km long and covered with spruce trees (pine to the traders), poplar and willow. The timber provided protection from the elements, fuel for the log shacks and early steamers on the river and lumber for the building of the first York Boat (1788). Lookout and monument are located 13.5 km north of Maidstone on Hwy 21 and 17.5 km. east. Wesson Memorial J.H. Wesson was among those who helped write agriculture history in the West. John came to Canada from England in 1907, when he was 19. The Wesson family settled north of Maidstone, where the memorial now sits. Part of the citation on the plaque reads: “His voice became the voice of the prairie wheat farmer...” Wesson, a founding member of the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool, was the president 1937-60. He was the first president of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (1936-40) and served as a member of the advisory committee to the Canadian Wheat Board. In 1942 he led a delegation to Ottawa asking for higher wheat prices. In 1946,Wesson was named a Commander

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of the British Empire. In 1959, he led another delegation of 1,000 farmers and businessmen to Ottawa to petition the government for deficiency payments. In 1961, the University of Saskatchewan conferred on him an honorary Doctor of Laws Degree. J.H.Wesson passed away in 1965, five years after his retirement from SWP. In his memory, Maidstone Museum has built a working replica of a SWP elevator. Wesson is buried in the Forest Bank Cemetery, beside the church his family helped build and where he married Laura Pike. It is a pretty place, worth a visit. Kenderdine Memorial Augustus F. Kenderdine was born in Blackpool, England and studied art in Manchester and Paris. About 1907 he felt the lure of the West and took up land north of Waseca, where he farmed for several years. He found inspiration for his painting in the prairie landscape and in 1920 travelled to Saskatoon to hold a one-man exhibition. Kenderdine was immediately recognized as an artist of great merit and received an appointment as Instructor in Art at the University of Saskatchewan. In 1934 he was appointed Professor of Art and Director of the School of Fine Arts. “Gus” Kenderdine had a dream to set up an artist’s camp in the solitude of Saskatchewan’s north. The Emma Lake Art Camp, founded in 1935, was the outcome of his vision and is now nationally renowned.The bulk of Kenderdine’s works can be found at Calgary’s Glenbow Museum and both the University of Saskatchewan and Regina.

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SILVER LAKE A PRIME DESTINATION

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n March, 1961, the Kinsmen Club of Maidstone started to develop Silver Lake, located 18 km north of Maidstone, into a community recreational facility. The Standard Hill Baseball Club joined the endeavour as they needed a home diamond. By May 1, 1964, Silver Lake became a Regional Park and the ever-popular golf course was started. It took four years for the nine-hole course to be completed and by the summer of 1968 the first golfers were teeing off. The new course was a hit right from the beginning and kept on getting better and better. In 1971, a clubhouse was built onto the existing concession and in 1983 irrigation was added to the fairways. One of the most anticipated improvements was the replacement of sand greens with grass in June 1986. The most recent additions of a driving range and putting green have also been well received. The Silver Lake Golf Course is heading into its 42nd season and is now known as one of the best golf destinations in the Mid-West. It is a scenic, well-treed course, with a natural creek coming into play in several areas.There is a challenging Par 3 water hole and several sand traps to keep the game interesting. The trademark of the course is the swinging bridge below the No. 3 tee-off. This lovely golf course must be played to be fully appreciated. The licensed clubhouse provides clubs, pull carts and powercart rentals as well as a concession. Tournaments are held throughout the season. Call 306-893-2831.

SILVER LAKE REGIONAL PARK

TAKE A SWIM AT SILVER LAKE REGIONAL PARK

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ilver Lake Regional Park has undergone .a few improvements to enhance services. Families will enjoy the renovated beach area.The swimming area has been dug out to create a better place for swimming and enjoying the summer sun.The park offers two weeks of swimming lessons in early July, drawing many families to the campground. The Standard Hill Baseball Tournament, one of the largest in the region, is held the Father’s Day weekend each year. Silver Lake, located within easy driving distance of all the services offered in the bustling community of Maidstone, offers daily, weekly and annual camping rates. Amenities include four ball diamonds, a new mini golf course, driving range and a nature trail, which features a lookout tower.

MAIDSTONE MUSEUM & PIONEER VILLAGE

Located 9 miles North on Hwy. 21, 1 mile East and 1/2 mile North of Maidstone.

306-893-2831

FEATURES:

• A Family Park with a 9-hole Grass Green Golf Course • Cart Rentals • Licensed Club House

• Camping – Daily, Weekly and Annual Rates • Swimming - 2 weeks Summer Swimming Lessons Early August • 3 Ball Diamonds • Mini Golf and Driving Range • Nature Trail with Lookout Tower Page 60

Located on 4th Street East.

Open 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Saturday and Sunday from June 1 until Labor Day weekend in September.

For after hours and off season viewing call 306-893-2663, 306-903-7350 or 306-893-4030 to arrange an appointment. SCHOOL AND BUS TOURS ARE NOW AVAILABLE!

Highlights of Pioneer Village

• CNR Station House • CNR Caboose • CNR Ice House • CNR Speeder Shed • RCMP Barracks • Blacksmith Shop • General Store • Barber Shop • Church • Corker • Dining Hall • 1 Room School House For additional information visit us on the web at townofmaidstone.com or maidstonemuseum.weebly.com

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Little Loon Regional Park In the Heart of Country Living

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ittle Loon Regional Park is located 5 kms east of Glaslyn, SK on Highway #3. The park was founded in 1965 by a group of locals that had a vision for family camping. With the help of many, the park has, over the years, turned into a beautiful and inviting facility, perfect for those who like the quite, non commercial atmosphere. Attractions today include: Camping: 35 electric with water sites and 28 non-electric sites. There are also 58 lease sites with power and water. As well as regular camp sites, there is a large overflow area suitable for those bigger get togethers. Free firewood and showers are also available to campers. A camp kitchen on the grounds is a bonus when the weather does not cooperate and you need to find shelter. A laundry facility can be used for a minimal fee. Golfing: A 9 hole grass green course awaits you set in nature’s own beauty. It has been said many times this course will provide you with one of the most challenging games in the area.Throughout the summer, the park hosts several tournaments, all are a lot of fun.An 18 hole mini golf is available for the younger crowd, or for those who like to test their putting skills. Concession and Office: The former Glaslyn Rural School House has been converted to the concession and park office which opens May 1 to Sept. 30. It is a great place for a meal, ice cream or a visit with friends over a cup of coffee. Boating, Fishing and Swimming: The swimming beach, located across from the Day Picnic area, is great entertainment

on those hot summer days. Because the lake is small and well treed, seldom is it too windy to go out on the water.The lake was restocked several years ago so try your hand at fishing. Playground: From the proceeds of the Sunday morning pancake breakfasts and other local donations, a beautiful playground has been put in place. It consists of teeter-totters, swings, slides, merry-go-round and monkey bars. What more could you ask for! Little Loon Regional Park has become a favourite spot for many. Facilities can be booked by phoning the park office at 306-342-2176 during operating hours.

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We have added a BAKERY

GLASLYN, SASKATCHEWAN Open Monday - Saturday, 9:00 am - 6:30 pm May 20 - Sept. 2 Open 9:00 am - 8:00 pm on Fridays!

• Groceries • Produce • Fresh Meats • Ice • Homemade Sausage & Smoked Meats • Lotto Ticket Centre

Jerry & Jamey Kuhmayer

Phone 306-342-2171

Tourists Welcome! STOP IN FOR A VISIT THIS SUMMER

DISCOVERY CO-OP

Little Loon Regional Park

Glaslyn Pantry Store

• Groceries • Produce

• Hardware REGULAR HOURS: Open Monday - Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. SUMMER HOURS: Sundays from 12:00 - 5:00 p.m. (June - Sept.)

306-342-2125 Glaslyn, SK

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Little Loon Regional park is located 5 kms east of Glaslyn, SK on Highway #3. Canada Day festivities will be celebrated as usual on Friday, July 1st. The day will start with a pancake breakfast, games for the kids followed by live entertainment under the big tent closing off with a great fireworks display. On Sunday, July 31st of the August long weekend, Funk Brothers Garage will be hosting their THIRD ANNUAL CAR SHOW in the Park. Please feel free to bring over your vehicle for the show. Trophies are awarded. Couples night golfing is on Monday and Mens night on Wednesdays. Sunday Pancake Breakfasts start July 1st and run through to August 31st. There are 7 golf tournaments planned for the 2016 season as follows, weather permitting. 1. Sunday, June 5 3. Sunday, June 26 Cash Scramble Ryder Cup 2. Sunday, June 12 4. Sunday, July 17 Mens & Ladies Open Sr. Open Mens & Ladies

WE TAKE CAMPING RESERVATIONS

So check your calendar and book in a camp spot.

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5. Tuesday, July 26 7. Saturday, Senior Cash Scamble August 13 6. Saturday, August 6 Ladies 5 Person Cash Scramble Open

From March 1st to April 30th, please phone 306-342-4456 From May 1st to September 15th, please phone 306-342-2176. Email: llrp@littleloon.ca SEE YOU THIS SUMMER!

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Transition from Forest to

PARKLAND PARKLAND

The village of Glaslyn is situated at the junction of Highways 3 and 4, bordering the transition of the parkland and boreal forest. This village of 400 is considered by many to be the gateway to the Northwest area of the province and access to some of the provinces best fishing, hunting and many, many other recreational activities, summer and winter.

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laslyn was incorporated as a village in 1929 and has maintained a stable population and economy. Due to its centralized location and close proximity to the developing oil and gas fields in the west, it is beginning to experience a new economic outlook and positive change. As a result, the village is currently planning a new subdivision and has completed lift station upgrades including a natural gas powered genset. This friendly village has much to offer travellers, sportsmen, tourists or people just

passing through. It is home to an RCMP detachment, post office, library, museum, hardware store, fire hall, STC bus depot, liquor vendor, gift store, grocery stores, insurance agency, hair salons, hotel, restaurants, banks, automotive and machinery repair services, service stations, auto body shop, saw mill, real estate agency, and tire repair shop. 2014 saw the addition of Primary Health Care Services! Glaslyn now has a Medical Clinic open 2 full days a week with attending Nurse Practitioner Celeste Toews. We are very excited to be able to

offer this service to our Community and area residents. This has been made possible through partnerships with the Village of Glaslyn, North Saskatchewan River Municipal Health Holdings, and Prairie North Health Region. In addition to the large number of amenities, Glaslyn also has recreational facilities such as a hockey arena, bowling alley, sports grounds, community hall and an Elks Hall. Just 5 km east of Glaslyn on Highway 3 is one of the nicest regional parks in the province. Little Loon Re-

gional Park is a sparkling gem, possessing a nine-hole grass green golf course, numerous campsites, playground, swimming area, mini-golf and a lake stocked with walleye. The park books up quickly, so don’t hesitate to call for your weekend spot! Stop in at our Museum for a rest on your drive through, or pay a visit to one of our many businesses, who are eager to serve you. You will find that people here go above and beyond to help and make you feel welcome.

The Village of Glaslyn

Located at the Junction of Highways 3 & 4 North 40 miles North of North Battleford

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

Library, RCMP, Grocery Shopping, Bank, Credit Union, Post Office, Service Stations, Propane Refill, Diesel Fuel, Trucking and Hauling, Liquor Vendor, Restaurants, Lumber Yard, Hardware Store, Vehicle Licensing and Insurance, Hair Salons, Electrical and Construction Contractors, Towing Services, Mechanical and Structural Automotive Repair, Beverage Room, Accommodations, Massage Therapy, Museum, Churches, Elementary & High School, Community Hall, STC Bus Service, Medical Clinic, Air Strip, Camping, Grass Greens Golfing, Fishing, Boating, Park, Play Area, Outfitters, Trail Riding, Indoor Skating Rink, Ball Diamonds, Bowling Alley.

Stop in for a visit this summer

Phone: 306-342-2145

Fax: 306-342-4402 Toll Free: 1-800-446-7001 www.innovationcu.ca

HARDWARE

Chernesky

For more information contact Kate Clarke, CAO www.glaslyn.ca

101 Main Street, P.O. Box 186 Glaslyn, SK S0M 0Y0

Chernesky Hardware Ltd.

306-342-2144

Lots for Sale: Residential, Commercial, and Industrial

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Glaslyn, SK Ph. (306) 342-2173 Fax. (306) 342-2173 Morris and Terry

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THE GOLD EAGLE CASINO The Eagle symbolizes courage, strength and bravery. Eagles are sacred birds of the skies and the closest to the creator. First Nations people believe that the Eagle carries their prayers to the Creator. The Gold Eagle Casino offers a wide range of slot machines. With 335 machines on the gaming floor there is something for every gaming enthusiast. If you enjoy the thrill of being one on one with a dealer, we have 8 Live Games tables just for you, Roulette, Black Jack, Phil’ Em up, Three Card Stud & Poker. Players Club Card is your all-access pass to exclusive deals no one else can get. We’re talking 10% discount on hotel rooms, Players Club Rewards, concerts, contests, fine dining and much, much more. THE KIHIW RESTAURANT & LOUNGE The Gold Eagle Casino’s Kihiw Restaurant & Lounge offers casual dining options in an atmosphere rich with Aboriginal art. EVENT CENTRE Planning your event in the Battlefords, whether it’s for business or pleasure, extravagant or intimate, the facilities at the Gold Eagle Casino can offer the perfect amount of space and service to suit your needs. OUTSTANDING ENTERTAINMENT Sit back and relax while the Gold Eagle Casino treats you to the best in live entertainment working in the industry today. Some of the more famous concerts have included: Irish Rovers, Sawyer Brown, Tanya Tucker, Terri Clark, Ettinger, Charlie Major, Tara Oram, Bif Naked, Jo Dee Messina, The Stampeders & Dean Brody. Gold Eagle Casino 11902 Railway Avenue North Battleford, SK S9A 3K7 Phone 1.877.446.3833, www.GoldEagleCasino.ca

Open Everyday 11902 Railway Avenue North Battleford 1.877.446.3833

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Stay with us when you visit The Battlefords • 58 Room Hotel • 18 Hole Championship Golf Course • Licensed Dining and Convention Facilities

Reservations

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“Dream Chair”

St. Walburg | 306.248.3353 WE HAVE IT ALL! COMPLETE LINE OF HARDWARE • Paint & Supplies • Tools Carpenter • Electical & Plumbing Supplies COMPLETE LINE OF CAMPING/LEISURE SUPPLIES • Tents • Coolers • Air Mattresses • Sleeping Bags • Golf Clubs • Golf Bags • Golf Balls WE CARRY A FULL LINE OF FISHING TACKLE • Lures • Tackle Boxes • Life Jackets • BBQs • Briquettes • Starters • Lava Rock• Tanks COMPLETE LINE OF TOYS/CRAFTS • Puzzles • Puppets • Classic Toys • Play Food Sets • Art & Craft Supplies • Magnetic Dolls and more COMPLETE LINE OF HOUSEWARES

Self-Serve Digital Photo Center

St. Walburg Pharmacy

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• Lottery Sport - Select Centre • Confectionery • Film • Batteries • Cosmetics • Baby Formula • Baby Supplies • Greeting Cards • Health & Beauty Products • Full Prescription Service

Pharmacist on duty ve days d a week. Monday through Friday.

306-248-3611 or 1-800-665-3611

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Discover Our History, Smell Our Flowers, Listen to Our Birds & Enjoy Our Hospitality!

Heritage Sites St. Walburg & District Museum is housed in the old Roman Catholic Church on Main Street. Imhoff Museum, just south of town is the artist’s original studio. National Parks Historic Site of the 1885 Battle of Frenchman Butte can be found west of St. Walburg. Natural Environment Acres of wild flowers and berries, large variety of birds and abundant wildlife. Twelve large lakes and six golf courses within a 30 minute radius. The Town Life-sized bronze sculpture of Count Berthold von Imhoff on horseback, beautifully landscaped Centennial Park with a stunning town clock as its centrepiece, the Grotto and Shrine (a peaceful haven), integrated sports complex, Golf Course and Chuckwagon Sculpture.

Town of St Walburg

Artists and Crafts People Wildlife art, sculpture, drawing and many other interesting artists and art forms. Services Florists, home decorating and furniture, cappuccino and tea bar, massage therapy, hair stylists, nail studios and tanning salons, restaurants, liquor store, banking, camping/fishing supplies, pharmacy, souvenirs, clothing, hardware, lumber yard, Post Office, RCMP, ambulance, groceries, furniture, laundromat, gym, garages and health clinic. Camping & Accommodations Full service campground with showers and electrical outlets. St. Walburg Inn, Farm House Inn, Blueberry Inn, and Marie's Country Getaway.

FOR MORE INFORMATION SEE INSIDE BOOKLET OR PHONE (306) 248-3232 EMAIL info@stwalburg.com or MAIL Town of St. Walburg, Box 368, St. Walburg, SK S0M 2T0

2007 INTERNATIONAL LIVCOM AWARDS Earning the Criteria Award for Community Sustainability puts St. Walburg among prestigous company as one of the world’s most desirable places to live. The community also received a Silver Award in the Whole City Awards for communities under 20,000.

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