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FRIDAYS 3-6 pm

• Pool Table • Games • Dining


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Tuesdays 3-6 pm & Fridays 3-6 pm at the St. Walburg Town Campground (beside the FarmHouse Inn)

• Cold Beer Off Sale • Special Occasion Permits sold here

If you or someone you know, would like more information, or to reserve a spot in the St. Walburg Farmers’ Market please call:

306.248.7574 We welcome home-made, home-grown, home-sold products, and have room for a few more select vendors.

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Priority will be given to local producers and/or to unique products. Home based businesses are welcome to participate with no duplicates.

Bar: 306-248-3414 Restaurant: 306-248-3411 Hotel: 306-218-8887 Liquor Store: 306-248-3230


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St. Walburg

St. Walburg’s Wild Blueberry Festival

Celebrates Its 31st Anniversary

The first Wild Blueberry Festival was held on the north end of Main Street, St.Walburg, from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m., 1988. Activities included Home Economic food demonstrations, local entertainment, CWL and UCW Blueberry Tea, Farmer’s Market and local merchants created Blueberry Festival in-store specials. The event was spurred by a Department of Agriculture’s grant of $300 to assist in event promotion. At the time, the Department had thousands of pounds of frozen wild blueberries stored in Prince Albert. The Department needed a way to market the berries. Of the many berry festivals which were started during this time two events are still occurring, the one in St. Walburg and the Museum Festival in Frenchman Butte which is held the long weekend in August. The St. Walburg Wild Blueberry Festival ran many years by putting the event on alternating between the north and south ends of Main Street. The Royal Purple Ladies became involved very early on and started a Supper and Local Talent Evening on the Saturday night with entertainment scheduled for the down town stage to perform during the evening after the supper. One year a tour bus happened upon the town, the riders said, “Let’s Stop”. They then asked the Committee members if they “could do some dancing on the street”. This was the first year, 1990 we think, of many when the North Battleford Country Dancers provided the day and evening entertainment. The first year the Committee gave the group a box of chocolates to thank them for dancing all afternoon on the asphalt street, in the heat. The event grew yearly until the Festival now occupies Main Street, three blocks of First Avenue and part of First Street East. The Chamber of Commerce Wild Blueberry Festival Committee works year-round to ensure the event is exceptional each year. Special mention must be made of the volunteer Event Coordinators who spend the year ensuring the vendors are in place, a waiting list maintained, work and clean-up crews organized, advertising, parking marked and the many and varied activities necessary to ensure a successful event.The volunteers who have undertaken this role over the years deserve a special “thank you” for the continued growth and cache the Wild Blue Berry Festival holds within the town, region and province. It is estimated between 8,000 to 10,000 people attend the Festival on the Saturday but we haven’t found a way to accurately count those in attendance. For the 25th Anniversary the Committee thought a large raffle would enable us to obtain a count on attendees. The raffle was free, the only requirement was to complete the ticket information. Results confirmed the Committee’s belief the event drew people from a large area, not only regionally but inter-provincially. This is the 20th year for the Show & Shine which fills the south end of Main Street. Henry Seguin who spear-headed this spends the balance of his year promoting the Show and Shine attending

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show and shine events throughout the province. His specially designed Wild Blueberry Festival trailer can be seen touring the province throughout the year. There are so many people wandering around the community on Friday preparing for the Saturday Festival, the Knight of Columbus felt something should be scheduled for the Friday to give everyone something to do. In 2001, they created the Ethnic Supper and Old Time Dance.This event now has two sittings for the Ethnic Supper. Festival goers now start filtering into the community as early as Monday in order to attend the Wild Blueberry Festival. Many resort people in the area schedule family gatherings and weddings for this weekend as the Wild Blueberry Festival provides entertainment for everyone, young and old. Venders enjoy the event and schedule from year to year, and many end their season at the Wild Blueberry Festival. The success of the Wild Blueberry Festival could not have been achieved without the cooperation of the entire community, every organization and every individual. If you live in the area, you will have a table to make product for, a booth to man, be on the set-up or cleanup crews, or provide entertainment. The St.Walburg Chamber of Commerce’s Wild Blueberry Festival Committee thanks ever yone for your exceptional contribution to the event, be proud, you provide an exceptional example for others. Our Thirtyfirst Anniversary Event will be memorable, please plan to attend the fourth Saturday in August, we hope to welcome you.

Welcome to a Community that works together with many great non-profit organizations, volunteer groups and surrounding Municipalities. Our Regional Joint Aerated Lagoon with the Rural Municipality of Frenchmann Butte #501 and the Village of Paradise Hill that has been in the works for some time is now becoming a reality. We are anticipating pumping affluent in 2019. I invite you to come and experience two of our big events in St. Walburg. Party in the Pasture is May 31 – June 2nd, 2019. Come out and check out a weekend full of excitement including: 3 days of Mudracing, Quad races, Lawn Mower racing, Kids activities, slo-pitch tournament and live music. The Wild Blueberry Festival is the 4th Saturday of August. The day begins with a pancake breakfast, live musical entertainment, art and craft market, show and shine, kids game area and an amazing food court. We are fortunate to have many recreational opportunities just a step away. Enjoy hunting, fishing, camping, and nature walks in our small community. The St.Walburg Campground has expanded to include 10 – 20 amp sites to our already existing 16 - 15 amp


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sites available on a first come first serve basis. If we find a demand for additional sites, we are willing to add an additional 8 sites. St.Walburg has a variety of businesses that cater to both our urban and rural populations. Stop in and let them assist you with whatever you may be looking for. We welcome you and your family to stop in, check out our amenities, and enjoy the small-town atmosphere and friendliness that St. Walburg has to offer. Should you decide to extend your visit to a longer one, I am sure you will find that St. Walburg offers a quality of life that all who live here, enjoy to the fullest. Whether it’s a drive down our picturesque country roads, a family stroll on the Trans Canada Trail, a day at the Wild Blueberry Festival or Party in the Pasture or a day at the beach, we hope your experience will be memorable and will encourage you to come back and visit us again. George Prudat - Mayor

FARM HOUSE Inn and Suites The Farm House Inn has a warm and inviting family restaurant decorated with local art and interesting antiques.

Dining Room Hours: Monday - Friday 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Saturday & Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.


St. Walburg

A Message from the Mayor

For family dinners, business lunches or just for fun, we have three semi-private dining areas. In nice weather enjoy our outdoor cafe/lounge, decorated with colourful umbrellas and nature's own sunshine & fresh air. Located near scenic golf courses, beautiful beaches, historic sites, museums, bird watching, trail rides and much more. The Farm House Inn has eight spacious, comfortable country-style guest rooms. Each with full bath, telephone and queen size bed and T.V. We recently added four brand new suites complete with kitchenettes.

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ST. WALBURG • Imhoff Museum is open daily June 1 to Sept. long weekend from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and by appointment outside opening hours. The museum is located 8 km south and 2 km west of St. Walburg. Contact Bert Imhoff 306-248-3812. • St. Walburg and District Historical Museum is open seven days a week from July 1 to Sept. long weekend. It is open 10:00 a.m. to noon and from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Museum is located at the South end of Main Street. Contact Lil McGowan a 306-248-7663 for appointment outside open hours. • St. Walburg Chuckwagon Interpretive Centre open by appointment and during Wild Blueberry Festival. • Elks Bingo, Tuesdays. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Pre-call Bonanza starts at 7:15 p.m. at St. Walburg Elks Hall. • Sunday, May 26, 2019 - St. Walburg 4-H Achievement Day. Contact Larry Kurjata 306-2483309. • Monday, May 27, 2019 - St. Walburg 4-H Regional Show and Sale. Contact Bonnie Boser 306248-7574. • May 31 - June 2, 2019 - “Party In the Pasture - Demolition Derby, Concerts, Big Truck Pull, Slow Pitch Tournament Call Keith Kerr for information at 306-2481268. • Saturday, July 13, 2019 - St. Walburg’s Annual Polka Fest at the Elks Hall - 521 - 4th Street East. Dance from 2:00 p.m. to

11:00 p.m. Music by Leon Ochs of Wilkie, Sask. & William & The Shadows, Sask. Tickets $30.00 per person and includes a delicious supper at 5:00 p.m.; lunch available at 9:00 p.m. • Friday evening August 23, 2019 - Pre-Wild Blueberry Festival events: 1. Ethnic Supper - two sittings 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. 2. Old Time Dance - 8:00 p.m. - 12:00 p.m. Both events at the St. Walburg Parish Center. Entrance $10.00. • Saturday,August 24, 2019 - St. Walburg Wild Blueberry Festival - Pancake Breakfast 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. Served by the St. Walburg school representative council. Show and Shine - Classic Vehicle Display - 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Main Street. Contact Henri at 306-248-7788 for information or 306-248-7618. • Saturday, August 24, 2019Wild Blueberry Festival Dinner and Talent night, 5:00 p.m.Advance tickets required call Lois at 306248-3353. • St. Walburg Library Hours: Tues. 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; Wed. 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Thurs. 10:00 a.m to 5:30 p.m. Public access computers. Free internet. One province-one card. Your Saskatchewan Library card is good anywhere in the province. Ongoing book sales. Phone 306248-3250 www.lakeland.lib.sk.ca. • November 11 - 2019 Annual Remembrance Day Service organized by North Star Legion #013 at 10:30 a.m. at R.C. Church, followed by laying of wreaths, at the cenotaph. Soup and sandwich at the Parish Center. • Saturday, February 1, 2020 Wildlife Banquet at Elks Hall. Contact Bodan at 306-248-3608. BRIGHTSAND LAKE • Golf Tournaments: Contact Ruth at 306-248-3296. • 2019 Swimming Lessons: North End Brightsand Lake Regional Park.

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South End Brightsand Lake: Contact Joanne at 306-845-2764. North End Brightsand Lake – first two weeks in July. Contact the park to register 306-248-3780. FRENCHMAN BUTTE • Frenchman Butte Heritage Centre and Museum open weekends beginning Victoria Day weekend. Daily from July 1 to Labour Day 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., call 306-344-4478, fax 306-8253122, check the webpage: www. frenchmanbuttemuseum.ca or info@frenchmanbuttemuseum. ca for more information. • August 11 - 2019 Annual Museum Festival at Frenchman Butte Heritage Centre and Museum. Interdenominational c h u rc h s e r v i c e , m u s e u m tours, lunch, parade, fruit pies, entertainment, silent auction,quilt raffle,supper, demonstrations and games, call Marilyn at 780-8723610 for more information. • Nov. 11, 2019 Lest We Forget Remembrance Day Service 10:30 a.m. at the Legion Hall. PARADISE HILL • Paradise Hill Library Hours: Tues. 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.;Wed. 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.; Fri. 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Free Wifi. One Province-one card. Ongoing book sales. • May 25 - Paradise Hill 4-H Multi-Club Achievement Day at the Fort Pitt Hall. Projects include Beef, Light Horse, Rodeo,Archery, Welding, Foods, and Sewing. Contact Sherry at 306-344-2266. • June 14-16 - Ray’s Lake Ball Tournament at Kinsmen Community Park. Outdoor beer gardens both days and a dance Saturday night at the Park. Contact Neal at 306-344-7774. • August 10 - Paradise Hill Community Centre 10th annual Summer Bash with Brett Kissel performing Sat., and Dirt Rich Band performing Fri. & Sat. For

more information about the many activities that weekend call Neil at (306)248-7668. • August 9-11 - Co-ed SloPitch Tournament and Beer Gardens. Contact Ryan at 306344-5055, or Neil at 306-3447668. • September - Terry Fox Run at Paradise Hill School. Contact Krissy 306-344-2055. • October - UCW/CWL Fowl Supper at the Community Centre. Contacts: Audrey at 306-344-4934 or Patty at 306344-2303. • November 30 - Christmas Craft Show and Sale at the Community Centre. For tables contact Krissy at 306-344-2273. • December - Community Carol Festival at Our Lady of Sorrows Roman Catholic Church. Contact Heather at 306-344-4625. MANITOU LAKE GOSPEL JAMBOREE June 9-11, 2019 Held at Manitou Lake Bible Camp between Neilburg and Marsden. Free admission to all 6 concerts held in a warm coverall building. Booth, near the tabernacle is available for meals. There is a steak supper Saturday in the dining hall. 2019 Artists: The Daae Family, Fraser Valley Quartet, Potter’s Clay, Keepers of the Faith, Touch of Grace with Grant Hoffman, Ben Johnson Family, Kenny Mac Band, The Budds (Saskatoon), Neilburg Church Children/Youth Worship Team. Free on-site day camping and cabins. For Information: Website: www.manitoulakegosepl jamboree.com. Contact 780-846-2105 or 306-823-3662.

Party in the Pasture The 2nd annual Party in the Pasture will take place The 2nd annual Party in the Pasture will take place May 31-June 2nd, 2019. This event happens annually May 31-June 2nd, 2019. This event happens annually on the first weekend in June! on the first weekend in June! We are excited to build off last years’ inaugural We are excited to build off last years’ inaugural event as we plan to bring tourism, business and event as we plan to bring tourism, business and community together once again at the St. Walburg community together once again at the St. Walburg Exhibition grounds. Exhibition grounds. The event is an action-packed weekend full of fun The event is an action-packed weekend full of fun for the whole family! We are pleased to announce for the whole family! We are pleased to announce that the Canadian Mudracers’ Organization will be that the Canadian Mudracers’ Organization will be here to kick off their season with a three day meet. here to kick off their season with a three day meet.

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We will have a slopitch tournament consisting of We will have a slopitch tournament consisting of 24 teams. The demolition derby will be bigger than 24 teams. The demolition derby will be bigger than ever with total prize money of $10000. Cabarets ever with total prize money of of $10,000. $10000. Cabarets both Friday and Saturday nights, combined with last both Friday and Saturday nights, combined with last seasons ever popular online auction, kids activities a seasons ever popular online auction, kids activities, activities a community parade and an epic bonfire to cap off the community parade and an epic bonfire to cap off the weekend events. weekend events. All proceeds from the event will go towards the All proceeds from the event will go towards the upkeep and expenses of the St.Walburg Communiplex. upkeep and expenses of the St.Walburg Communiplex. We see this building as a pillar in our community We see this building as a pillar in our community and want to continue to maintain this building for and want to continue to maintain this building for generations to come. generations to come.






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Annually at the St. Walburg Fairgrounds on the first weekend of June Annually at the St. Walburg Fairgrounds on the first weekend of June 2019-2020 •

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Town of St. Walburg Town of St. Walburg 134 Main Street, P.O. Box 368 St. Walburg, SK S0M 2T0 Facebook: Town of St. Walburg Website: www.stwalburg.ca Email: info@stpwalburg.com Office Hours: Monday to Friday 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Closed all Statutory Holidays

Waste Transfer Site April until October. Closed August 24, 2019 Weather Permitting Regular Hours Tuesdays - 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Fridays - 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Saturdays - 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. October to April by Appointment. Contact the Town Office 306-248-3232 Compost Site - (Temporary Location) Is now located just West of the RV park and behind The Farmhouse Inn.This area is not supervised daily, so please be considerate. Do not leave any materials that cannot compost. Misuse of this service, provided by the Town of St. Walburg, will result in closure of the area for all residents. Recycle Bins The Recycle Centre is located at the north side of the Water Treatment Plant on 4th Street West.The bins are commingle bins, that offer the simplicity of not having to sort the different items. The Town of St.Walburg encourages all residents to break down as many items as possible. The recycle bins are available to the Town of St.Walburg Residents and the surrounding communities. Our Centre offers a glass bin - please note that this bin is for glass only, windows and such are not allowed in the bin. The bins are exchanged each week. Electronic recycle services coming soon. St. Walburg Campground The campground opens in May and is open with power/water until the temperatures get low enough to begin freezing. It is typically open until September long weekend. The daily cost is $20.00 per night on an honour system. St. Walburg Communiplex For further information about programs running at the Communiplex please contact: Minor Hockey - Duane Larre 306-248-3166 Bowling - Leanne Harris 306-248-1293 Curling - Stan Krzak 306-248-3750 Bowling - Peggy Bull 306-248-3717 Website The Town of St. Walburg website offers information and the ability to post items that may be happening in our community.The Town Office encourages the submission of events. Individuals or organizations can contact the Town Office at 306-248-3232 for further information.Additional features of stwalburg.ca are the

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Mayor: George Prudat Deputy Mayor: Jamie Hallett Councilors: Ted Wolfe, Nancy Schneider, Jean Steinacher, Kristin Lukan,Virginia Mowery Chief Administrative Officer (CAO): Shiloh Bronken Administrative Assistant: Barbara Gauthier & Christine Seguin Public Works Supervisor: Darrell Stephenson Utilities Supervisor: Devlin Panko

ability of residents to submit meter readings, view our monthly newsletters, just to name a few.Visit stwalburg.ca for details. St. Walburg Library Hours Tues. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Wed. 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Thurs. 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Our librarian is Kim Ford Public access computers, internet, large print books, DVDs, Blu Ray, audo books and more. Books are also available for sale too. Call 306-248-3250 or visit www.lakeland.lib.sk.ca Utility Billings The Town of St.Walburg has utility billings at the beginning of each month for the previous months usage. Please ensure that the path to the outside reader is clear for the safety of our staff. Utility bill payments must be received in the Town Office by the last banking day of each month to avoid interest penalties. Pet Licensing The Town of St. Walburg requires all dogs and cats to have an annual license. These are due annually in January. The office will be sending out notices in December to remind pet owners. When you pay your pet license fee, you will be given a tag. This tag must be placed on the pet’s collar.A picture of the pet should be submitted to the office to remain on file in the event of the loss of a collar. Domestic Animal Control Bylaw - No owner of any dog or cat shall permit such dog or cat to run at large in the town. There is a fine if a cat or dog is found to be running at large or found without a license. If a dog or cat is found in town it is brought to the town office. If the owner cannot be found, then the animal is taken to the Lloydminster SPCA. Concerns/Complaints If any residents in the Town of St. Walburg has a concern/ complaint, please come down to the Town Office and our staff will gladly assist you in filling out our Complaint Registration form, or visit www.stwalburg.ca and complete the online concern form or send us a letter.The information will then be forwarded to the next regular town council meeting for consideration and follow-up action. The Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) will follow-up with a letter indicating the actions taken to resolve this issue. Handi-Van The Town of St.Walburg offers this service to St.Walburg and surrounding community residents who are elderly and/or who have a disability (this means physical or mental). Please contact


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and building permits are available on the Town website www.stwalburg.ca OR can be picked up at the Town Office. Should you have any questions about a project or renovation that you are considering please contact the Town Office at 306-248-3232 to discuss the particulars involved to ensure compliance. Demolition Permits The Town of St.Walburg requires a demolition permit be issued from the Town Office prior to the removal or dismantling of a building or structure in St. Walburg town limits. Town Council Regular Scheduled Meetings On the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month, the Town of St. Walburg regular scheduled meetings occur at 1 p.m. in the Town Council Chambers. All Council meetings are open to the general public for viewing. Should any ratepayer like to request a delegation to address Council, the CAO requires notification on the Friday prior to each meeting by 12 noon. This notification shall include the topic and supporting information that the delegate would like to discuss. Each delegation is given 10 minutes to address the Council. At the expiration of 10 minutes, Council may pass a resolution extending the time. For more information, please contact the Town Office 306-248-3232. ATV/Golf Cart Permits The Town of St. Walburg issues a yearly permit for ATV’s and Golf Carts. Please be advised that all permits issued are regulated by The Highway Traffic Act. The Town Office will issue a receipt and supply an Appendix to be carried on the ATV/Golf Cart. The ATV permit grants permission from the Town of St. Walburg to operate an all terrain vehicle within the town limits for the purpose of business; to be operated between the hours of 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and must proceed from one parcel of privately owned land to another parcel on any side street. The Golf Cart permit grants permission from the Town of St. Walburg to operate a golf cart within the Town Boundaries.The operation of the golf cart is between the hours of 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. for the sole purpose of transportation to and from the Eagle Ridge Golf Course by the direct shortest distance between the golf course and where the golf cart is stored. For more information, please contact the Town Office 306-248-3232. St. Walburg

the Town Office at 306-248-3232 to arrange for your trip or for additional information. Development The Town of St. Walburg has residential lots ready for development in Pioneer Crescent. Visit Remax website or call Kayla Petersen at 306-481-5780 @ Remax for more details. Joint Collaborations with Surrounding Municipalities The Town of St. Walburg has many agreements with the R.M. of Frenchman Butte #501 and the R.M. of Mervin #499. These agreements provide services to our residents, such as protection for fire services. The R.M. of Frenchman Butte #501 and the Village of Paradise Hill have embarked on a Regional Joint Lagoon. For more information please contact the Town Office at 306-248-3232. Building & Development Permits The Town of St. Walburg requires both a development and a building permit to be purchased and approved prior to any addition/change to property in St. Walburg. The development permit is a document issued by the Town of St. Walburg that authorized development pursuant to the Zoning Bylaw but does not include a building permit. The building permit is a permit, issued under The Building Bylaw of the Town of St. Walburg, authorizing the construction of or the addition to any building, but does not include the Development Permit. The Town of St. Walburg outsources the inspection services of JWS Inspection Services for residential and commercial properties. Once the resident has completed the required documents for the building permit and submitted them to the Town Office, the CAO reviews the permit application. Should there be NO discretionary uses, the CAO will approve the application and forward all the documents to the Building Inspector. The Inspector will review the application for adherence to the National Building Code requirements. The resident will receive an invoice for the cost of the inspections from the Town of St. Walburg. This is a cost associated to the TOTAL cost of the project. The Town of St. Walburg has various zones established in St. Walburg and the uses associated with those zones are defined in the Zoning Bylaw. Each zone sets out permitted uses, discretionary uses (that require Town Council approval by resolution), site development regulations, accessory building and structures, fence and hedge height, signage, parking, outside storage and supplementary regulations.The development

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Welcome to St. Walburg St. Walburg Tourism and Heritage Society

Town of St. Walburg Phone: 306-248-3232 www.stwalburg.com

St. Walburg prides itself as a neat and tidy town. Take time to wander through our town.

Brightsand and Turtle Lakes

These large lakes have their southern ends in farmland and their northern ends in the Northern Provincial Forest. They are home to Brightsand Regional Park, Turtle Lake Nature Sanctuary and numerous cabin subdivisions. All of these developments have public beach access, some easier to find than others.


Some suggested side trips and stops 1. Rifle Pits National Historic Site, on the Frenchman Butte Museum and Teahouse and on further to the site of Fort Pitt. 2. Little Fishing Lake is worth a stop. 3. Visit Bronson, Peck and Worthington Lakes. 4. Stop off at Ministikwan Lake before heading East. 5. Climb up to the marker at Steele Narrows. 6. Pull into Jumbo Beach and maybe go into the Provincial Park. The trails at Meewasin Beach are worth the effort.


• Curling • Public Skate • Hockey - St. Walburg Eagles • KO Fitness • Elmhurst Ski Club - Martial Arts Gym • Bowling • TransCanada Trail • Star Skate - You can go any time!


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• Swimming at Brightsand Lake   or Turtle Lake • Quading Down Trails • KO Fitness - Martial Arts Gym • Elks Park - It’s so much fun!

• Bowling • Baseball • Golf Course • TransCanada Trail


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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. Just south of St. Walburg’s Museum, the Church of Assumption and the Roman Catholic Rectory is a forested space dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes. It is accessible on the curved roadway immediately east of the Museum, the former Church of Assumption. Visitors are welcome to spend time in this quiet, secluded area where rabbits hop about and deer are often spotted especially in fall and winter months. The Stations of the Cross are situated along a maintained pathway leading through the trees. The Shine itself stands in the center of the enclosure and invites quiet meditation and contemplation. It features a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary standing in a niche high in the stone structure. St. Bernadette kneels below her praying with her rosary. A large cross stands above the altar

area surrounded by Spruce and Poplar trees.The Altar enclosure is at ground level and is slated for some much needed upkeep this summer. High on the left, standing on an outcropping of stone, stands an Angel reading from a book of Heaven recording the deeds of all of God’s creatures. The area is a favorite spot for local residents, a quiet place in which to walk, to visit and to pray. Everyone is welcome.

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. After five years of hard work and fundraising 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 clay 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. In September a plaster mold was taken

from the clay statue by Bill Epp and his team from Dalmeny. 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. She traveled to La Ronge to select granite rock slabs to serve as a base for the sculpture and to provide a display space for a bronze plaque. 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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Celebrating over 30 Years of Preserving our Past For Present and Future Generations

St. Walburg

St. Walburg

St. Walburg & District Historical Museum Open June to Labour Day Open 7 days a week 10 am - 12 pm & 1 - 5 pm Tour Buses Welcome Please book ahead Phone: Jenna-Lee Lukan 306-845-7916 Or Dave Swift 306-248-3848 Featuring Unusual and Rare Artifacts. Many may not be found in other museums.

The St. Walburg and District Historical Museum is located in the former Roman Catholic Church at the south end of Main Street. The former Roman Catholic Church dates back to 1924-25, and was declared a Municipal Heritage Site in 1984. The restored 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 local history books, or searching for their family name on the map in the entry way. New to the research area upstairs are the St.Walburg Enterprise newspapers published by Alex Vinge from 1933 to 1970. During 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. In keeping with our annual feature display, the Museum will be showcasing the second year of its wedding dresses from the early 1900’s to 1980. Our wedding dresses will be displayed on mannequins throughout the Museum for everyone to admire. The Kline Photos and other photos from St. Walburg’s past are being organized into albums and will be on display. Several volunteers have worked through the winter to identify the un-identified, and to catalogue and remount the photos into archival albums.

Come in and enjoy the displays. Admission is by donation.

Photo by Brandi Mae

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Route 26 Coffee House It’s been 2 years since we started up the Route 26 Coffee House at 229 - 1st Ave. East in St. Walburg on Highway 26. It has grown and evolved into a wonderful, inviting meeting place. This year we are excited and looking forward to opening our outdoor bar area on Friday and Saturday evenings weather cooperating! We are now fully licensed and serving alcoholic drinks. We have a huge custom built wood burning barbecue, for “cook your own steak” on those evenings, as well as other new items on our menu, such as Rosa’s piled high nachos etc. We encourage musicians to come jam, and there will always be a game of “ladder ball” to play.

SUMMER HOURS May to September

Mon. - Fri. 7 am - 5 pm ~ Sat. - Sun. 9 am - 5 pm (Winter hours posted in Sept.)

Outdoor Bar Area - Open Friday & Saturday 5:00-11:00 pm (Weather permitting)

The quaint & unique little coffee house located at 229 – 1 Ave East, St. Walburg On Hwy #26, just East of #3 Organic Coffee, Espresso, Teas, In-House Baking & Light Lunches

(Menu changes seasonally as well as Feature Items – you can follow us on Facebook)

We have outdoor areas where you can sit at a bistro table and enjoy the sun and water feature, sit in the covered back porch, or enjoy the vista from the upper deck. There is a “Café au Play” Kid’s Zone, which is a fenced in play area for the kids, with bistro tables for the adults to enjoy their drinks and food while supervising. Check out the local artists items for sale in the Artisan’s Garage.

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St. Walburg Elks Lodge It was on April the 21, 1955 that the St. Walburg Elks Lodge No. 389 was formed. The Elks Lodge started with 37 chartered members. In May of 1955, these 37 members started the ball rolling by making their first donation of $25.00 to the Community Beef Club project. In July of the same year, they pledged $500.00 towards the St. Walburg Union Hospital. So you can see that the lodge got involved with the community as soon as it was formed.

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Every Tuesday

6:30 P.M. - Door Opens 7:15 P.M. - Games Start


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They started raising funds by selling raffle tickets on various item such as; a cottage built at Loon Lake, piglets, an electric dryer, a motor bike and a boat and motor. A substantial profit was realized on all these different projects. This tradition has carried on for the past yeas and to date, the Elks and the Royal Purple have donated in the excess of 1.8 million dollars to various charities and local communities. Through the Purple Cross Fund we donated to numerous families who had a child that required major medical attention and where costs were involved. In October of 1977, the St. Walburg High School was completely destroyed by fire. The Elks donated their hall to be used as classrooms until September of 1979. In June of 1966, the Elks and the Royal Purple Playground Park started to take shape and is still maintained and kept in good shape today. In 2010 - $85,000.00 was spent on a new equipment. In October of 1966, a meeting was held for the purpose of purchasing the Larson Theater. In January of 1967, a committee was formed to raise enough money to purchase needed theatre equipment. On November 27, 1989, a building committee of 2 was appointed and on February 28, 1991, 8 members volunteered to form a building committee to proceed towards construction of the new hall. The budget was set at 1/2 a million dollars. As of today, we have spent over $800,000 on this new facility. Our plans are to have some new signs, landscaping and paving done. About 20 years ago the Club started discussions on building a Golf Course in St. Walburg. Land was purchased and a course built. For several years the course operated with volunteers and several key employees. Eventually we were unable to provide the volunteer commitment that was needed and the course was sold. We are thrilled the course continues to grown and serve St. Walburg well. The construction of the Hall has been a valuable asset to the town. It has been used by people from here and the surrounding area. Our weekly Bingos and Hall Rental are our main fund raisers.

St. Walburg Royal Purple has been active in the community for 63 years. In the years January 2005 to December 2018 the Royal Purple provided funds to 34 different local organizations and charities and sponsored several entities. Some of these community activities are as follows: - Donated to St. Walburg Health Centre $4,066.80 to help purchase a tub chairlift - St. Walburg School - Royal Purple gives a yearly scholarship to a grade 12 student - Royal Purple provides funds for a first aid and CPR course to grade 12 students - St. Walburg Raise the Roof Agri - Sports Centre - The total funds given for these two entities was $166,126.70 - Local disaster money given with no fanfare or publicity - Provide dinner and local entertainment the evening of the Blueberry Festival the 4th Saturday in August - First Saturday in May sponsor Ladies Nite Out with a jewelry raffle - Cater to seniors noon luncheons every 2 weeks at the Elks Hall - Operate the concession at the weekly Elks Bingo - Deliver Meals on Wheels 2 months out of the year - Provide money for residents Bingo at Lakeland Lodge - Donate money for the candy bags for Santa Day - Visit departed members graves with flowers each year in June - Provided help with Elks Hall and Park - Provided help with Centennial Park - Helped the Elks when the golf course was being developed - Gave money to St. Walburg Museum - Gave money to Imhoff Gallery - Bought special mattresses for Lakeland Lodge - Purchased blinds for Lakeland Lodge - Helped purchase the fire truck for the St.Walburg Fire Dept. - Ski trail by Elmhurst Sponsorships to Regional activities: - Yearly money is sent so 2 campers can go to Camp Easter Seal at Manitou Lake at a cost of $1,500.00 each - total to date $7,500.00 - A once only purchase of a Vital Signs monitor for St. Walburg Health Complex - Once only purchase of a Lucas 2 monitor for the Emergency Ward at Riverside Health Complex in Turtleford - Permanent sponsor of Saskatchewan Brian Injury Association - $5,437.45

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- Yearly money given to Telemiracle - In 2017, the Royal Purple gave $20,000.00 to each of the following - St. Walburg Arena, St. Walburg Bowling Alley and St. Walburg Curling Club St. Walburg Lodge #201 was instituted in 1956. For 62 years this organization has been helping to make the community of St. Walburg a great place to live. When the Lodge began there were 21 ladies initiated.Today we have 47 members. In 1998 the Lodge received the Citizen of the Year Award. The Lodge began by selling tickets on Saturday night hockey games, put on teas and bake sales and catered to weddings in our small hall.When the new hall was built, our catering business grew and is our main money maker now. New members are always welcome. If you would like to become part of this dynamic group, contact any Royal Purple member or the President at 306-248-3883.

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One of the World’s Most Liveable Communities 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. The LivCom Awards are the world’s only competition fo- Management, Environmentally Sensitive Practices, Community cusing on best practice regarding the management of the local Sustainability, Healthy Lifestyles and Planning for the Future. environment. Endorsed by the United Nations Environmental One award is given for each category and St. Walburg was Programme, the 2007 awards held in Westminster, England awarded the Criteria Award for Community Sustainability. In showcased presentations from 46 communities and projects the Whole City Awards Section A, for communities with a from 23 nations. population of under 20,000, St.Walburg won a Silver Award and Judging is across 6 criteria considered to create livable placed second after Clonakilty, Ireland. This award is based on communities: Enhancement of the Landscape, Heritage all 6 categories.



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St. Walburg North Star Branch Royal Canadian Legion

The St. Walburg North Star Branch of the Royal Canadian of silence can take place at 11:00 a.m. The community Legion was registered December 13, 1926. It’s been active since has been excellently supportive of this event with 26 that time meeting once a month for 90 years. The St. Walburg local interests and organizations presenting wreaths to Legion is located at #15 Main Street. Games night takes place honor soldiers and veterans in 2018. Any group or individual every Friday night at 7:30 p.m. Bingo goes weekly beginning at wishing to present a wreath at the service is welcome to do so. 2:00 p.m. every Saturday afternoon. Two weeks prior to Thanks- A donation of $25 to $30 helps the Legion cover the cost of the giving and Christmas a Turkey Bingo is featured. A ham Bingo is wreath. If interested please call Lynn Ross at 1-780-870-5553 held two weeks prior to Easter every year. or write to: The St. Walburg Legion, Box 177, St. Walburg, S0M At this time there are 35 members in the local Legion. Mem- 2T0. Musical Bands and other entertainers have been gracious bership this year costs $40.00 per person and like most non- and generous in providing music and other entertainment during profit organizations, new members are always welcomed and and following the lunch provided in the Centre. encouraged. The St. WalThe St. burg Legion The Royal Canadian St. Walburg Legion provided a check for $2,500 Wa l b u r g L e would like to towards the purchase of a Health Monitoring Machine. gion works to take this opinclude young portunity to people in its invite neighboroperations. In ing communities the Fall school which are not students of all presently affiligrades are asked ated with other to write poems Legion groups in a n d p ro d u c e this North West posters honorRegion to join ing the men and us. Join us durwomen who ing the popular join the Army, Remembrance Navy and Air Day service but Force to help also for other defend right activities and and freedom for to become fullall. Students are fledged memawarded for the bers. All memtop entries at bers are not the local level usually able to and for Provinattend regular cial levels if qualmeetings which ity merits. Stuoccur at 7:30 dents are also p.m. on the first encouraged to Monday of evattend and take ery month in part in the most the Legion visible and sig- LEFT TO RIGHT: Pat Guenther and Janessa Macnab from Prairie Health Holdings, Bethany Bloom Building at #15 nificant annual Administrator of St. Walburg Health Complex and George Prudat President of the Royal Canadian M a i n S t r e e t . service spear - Legion St. Walburg Branch #13. Residents of headed by the Bright Sand, local Legion - The Remembrance Day Service. Spruce Lake. Peck Lake, Ministikwan, Onion Lake, Thunderchild, This event, as you all know, is held each year on November Makwa Sahgaicehcan First Nation and all other communities are 11. The St. Walburg Remembrance Day service is usually held warmly welcomed to join “North Star “ Legion #013 in St.Walin the St. Walburg Church of Assumption with a soup and sand- burg. Everybody is welcome. Please call Rosemarie Veenstra at wich luncheon held after the service in the Parish Centre of the 306-248 3125 or 780-214-3197 or write to: St.Walburg Legion, same building. The service begins at 10:30 a.m. so that the time Box 177, St. Walburg, S0M 2T0. 2019-2020 •

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Missionaries Oblate Priests

Do the names Cleeves, Sandall, Germania, Charlotte or Stowlea mean anything to you? These were pioneer locations in the area of Saskatchewan from around 1908. People from Russia, France, Germany, England the Ukraine and other locations were coming to homestead land and build a new life. Some came from their home countries other via the Dakotas, Wisconsin, Minnesota and other states. The Oblate priests of Mary Immaculate are Missionary priests and they came from Battleford once or twice a month to minister to the spiritual needs of the residents and new arrivals of these communities. They traveled on foot, horseback or buggy and boarded with whomever was prepared to welcome them into their homes. They helped to establish parishes, chapels, schools and churches.They played a vital role in the cultural & spiritual development of this entire north west region. One of these men, Father Clovis Mollier even filed for a homestead on SW 1/4 of Section 24, Township 53, Range 23, West of the third Meridian on October 11, 1910. He built a cabin on the property and proved his title on February 26, 1914.This location is just 1/2 mile North East of St. Marguerite Cemetery. Joseph Bertrand and his family who owned the quarter on which Ste Marguerite Cemetery is located donated a sizable corner of their land in order to establish a cemetery, church, school and rectory. Fathers Mollier and Ben Ibold who was the first resident pastor of Ste Marguerite worked hard helping the local residents to build a mission. The school (#1321, 1912 to 1952) was about 1/4 mile south of the cemetery. A store operated by the Dore family was run out of their home just north of the cemetery. There is a long list of Oblate priests who served in the St. Walburg Region before ever there was a Town of St. Walburg. The Canadian National Railway came this way in 1920. This caused great changes. A Town site was established on Section 5, Township 54, Range 22, W3. YOUR FOOD SHOPPING HEADQUARTERS Bishop Albert Pascal of Prince Albert Diocese decreed that a Church be built and that Church life be centered here in St. COMPLETE LINE OF: Walburg. Father Hubert Hermes omi was appointed Pastor in Groceries, Frozen Foods, Meat, Produce, Ice, 1922. He remained the Pastor of St.Walburg Church of AssumpIce Cream and Dairy Products. tion until his death in July 1946. When he first came he boarded Ultra Pure Reverse Osmosis Purified Water with the family of William Leison whose farm is now owned by Self-Serve Dispenser — 18.9 Litres - $2.99 Glen & Donna Lantz. The Oblates included this Parish in the Oblate order of St. FRESH OR CURED Mary’s Province in March 1926. This meant that they would continue to serve here as long as possible. In July of 2014 when Father Richard Doll omi was retired from St. Walburg Parish his leaving marked the end of the presence of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate in this region. All meat gov't inspected They had been a constant fixture in this north west area for more than a century.This is significant and some parishioners felt ASSORTMENT OF that these men should be honored in some way. CHEESE & DAIRY Susan Velder found this a super excuse to work on a small sculpture to pay tribute to their many services over the years. Assumption Parish Council agreed to have it displayed near the Church entrance in St. Walburg. It is hoped that the Oblate Order of Missionaries would approve of this tribute to their invaluable presence in this community for those many years.



GRAHAM’S AG FOODS Downtown St. Walburg Phone 306-248-3254

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Susan Velder Velder: Sculpture & Drawing

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The Legacy of Count Berthold von Imhoff www.imhoffgallery.com

Tour the original working studio and home of this Renaissance-styled German artist Saskatchewan 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 religious-themed 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 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 best-known location is perhaps St. Peter’s Cathedral in Reading, Penn., which contains 226 life-size figures representing the Communion of Saints.

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STUDIO & HOME St. Walburg, 306-248-3812 OPEN DAILY

June 1 - Sept. 2, 7 days a week, 10:00 am to 4:30 pm Last tour starts at 4:00 p.m.

ADMISSION: $8.00 Adults (18 plus) $5.00 Students, No Charge - children under five Cash, Debit, Mastercard or Visa

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31st St. Walburg Wild Blueberry Festival Saturday, August 24, 2019

4th Saturday of August They say that time goes by quick when you’re having fun, and fun is definitely what the St. Walburg Wild Blueberry Fest 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 festivals in Northwest Saskatchewan.The Blueberry Festival, 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! This festival truly has become a community event. The Ethnic Supper followed by the Catholic Women’s League and Knight of Columbus OldTime Dance will be held in the Parish Centre the night before the festival on August 23rd.These events add flavour and fun to the Wild Blueberry Festival. There will be two seating’s for supper at 5 pm and 6:15 pm. The dance will follow at approximately 8 pm. There is a reason these folks come back year after year. Actually there is a variety of reasons. These range from the pancake breakfast on Saturday morning starting at 8 am in from of the Catholic Church hosted by the St. Walburg School Student Council. (All proceeds going to their various activities held at the school) There is live musical entertainment held on the downtown outdoor stage from 9 am to 4 pm 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 could you sample street cuisine ranging from souvlaki to our homemade sausage on a bun to delicious wild blueberry dessert? The festival has even expanded to create “Food Court Street” complete with tables, chairs and benches. Just look for it on the side street just south of the St.Walburg Inn. Don’t forget to wet your whistle at one of the two beer gardens, or stop in at both beer gardens to sample their different atmospheres, which are opened and operated by the two liquor stores in St. Walburg. 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 am to 4 pm. There is a Kids Game Area set up especially for the young

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ones to play. Operation of the kid’s area is donated to a community child friendly organization as a fundraiser. New for 2018 was a popular gaming van called 1-Up Gaming to provide teens something to occupy their time with while they wait for family to browse the streets. This year the Museum plans on featuring a vintage wedding dress display of dresses worn by the prairie wives of Saskatchewan, as I have been told, some as early as 1902. 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 favourite might win the People Choice Award. This year the St.Walburg and District Fire Department will be bringing back their popular burgers and barley, and while you are there make sure to take a look at the fire trucks and equipment. 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 Ace Hardware, or by calling 306-248-3353 between 9 am and 6 pm from Monday to Saturday. 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 Blueberry vendors who want to market their Wild Blueberries at the festival.Vendors begin their sales at 9 am. Be sure to come early to get your blueberries. If you are a vendor looking to have a spot at the Blueberry Festival to sell your products, please send a request for an application to our email address. For more information please call the Blueberry Festival committee at 306-248-3384, email the committee at stwalburgwildblueberryfest@yahoo.ca or check out our Facebook page St. Walburg Wild Blueberry Fest or try our website at http://blueberryfest.stwalburg.ca

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St. Walburg’s Annual Polka Fest Welcome to the St. Walburg Polka Fest on July 13, 2019 at the St. Walburg Elk’s Hall, 521 - 4th Street East. The Polka Fest has been very successful for many years. Dancers come from near and far to dance from 2:00 p.m. to 11: 00 p.m. Music this year is by “ William & The Shadows” & Leon Ochs” of Wilkie, SK.

The Blue Sky Country Boys

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For tickets phone Kim Rendle 306-248-7677 or Debbie Francover 306-248-7415. Tickets are $30.00 per person. This includes a delicious supper with all the trimmings. Supper at 5:00 p.m. Lunch available at 9:00 p.m. Free parking at the hall. Hotels available: St. Walburg Inn 306-248-3414 or Farm House Inn 306-248-3688.






We grew up listening to Country Music when it really was country. Today that is what we know and that is what we sing. If you have a yearning for traditional and classic country, we would love to share some with you. - Ray Cox and Frank Ervin

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St. Walburg Town Campsite The proposed expansion is moving forward slower than anticipated but some progress has been made. The showers have been upgraded and the camping area extended to create 5 new electrical sites at the back area and 5 more electrical sites higher up the hill

accessible only, for the time being, from the newly extended road. Initial landscaping of the new sites has been completed by volunteers and with financial help from local businesses. The daily cost of camping is $25 per unit for all sites.

Chuckwagon Interpretive Center With its rapidly expanding collection of memorabilia the Center, located in the old C.N. Station, is now worth another or first visit. The space designated for exhibits is rapidly running out of the available space.The south facing rooms of the old house were designated for other local or cultural exhibits. In the past these rooms have hosted many different functions and the plan is to continue. Any local volunteer organization may apply to use this space for as much as one season. Unfortunately the Center is not, at this point in time, financially

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able to provide regular opening hours. The Center will be open for the Wild Blueberry Festival. If you, a family group or organization would like to tour our Chuckwagon Interpretive Center, volunteers may be able to open the facility at an arranged time and date. These arrangements can be made by phoning St.Walburg Town Hall at 306248-3232. Please give your phone number in order that the volunteer can confirm their availability at the proposed time and date. To avoid disappointment, as the Town Hall is only staffed weekdays, for weekend visits make arrangements with Town Hall well in advance.

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Eagle Ridge Golf Course - Family Friendly On the south edge of St. Walburg is a family-friendly golf course run by Mike Bauer Eagle Ridge Golf Course is a nine-hole grass green course originally established by the St. Walburg Elks. The Young family purchased the course and is opening a new clubhouse.

The course offers a driving range and fully-licensed facilities with a deck and barbecue, plus, of course, 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

Photo credit Photography by Brandi

are welcome to book tee times as well. Green fees are $22 for nine holes and $35 for 18. They also hold regular men’s and ladies’ night. Eagle Ridge Golf Course is open seven days a week with 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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Patricia Kujawa Park features Boreal Serenity Seasonal changes in the Patricia Kujawa Park. Photos submitted Travel three kilometers east and then one kilometer south of St. Walburg and you will find yourself at the beginning of the Englishman River trail system. These trails meander through a quarter section of unadulterated boreal forest. They quietly slip through an array of diverse, beautiful landscapes and ecosystems. This wilderness experience was made possible through the generous donation of land by the late Nicholas Kujawa as a dedication to his wife, the late Patricia Kujawa. Trails in the Patricia Kujawa Park provide opportunities for local and visiting hikers to explore nature and experience tranquility, renewal, and inspiration in a setting removed from the noise and busyness of everyday. These trails will undoubtedly increase appreciation of wild spaces and establish a more personal contact between humans and nature. Walk slowly. Look closely.The sounds of nature – the soothing rush of water over an established beaver dam, the song of an invisible bird, the wind whispering through treetops ­will acquire a new meaning and significance.Time is forgotten, peace of mind is attained.The sight of violets lifting their tiny purple faces to the

sun that trickles through the dense foliage, brings joy to the heart. Catching a glimpse of a majestic bald eagle gliding low over the river valley takes the breath away. The pungent smell of dirt and last year’s leaves draws an appreciative smile after a long winter. Each of the seasons hold a specific beauty that can be experienced firsthand on these trails. The first spring buttercups, the return of geese; wood lilies and lady’s slippers sharing the trailside in early summer; the autumn storm of colour; spruce trees standing motionless in the quiet solitude of winter. Breathe deeply. The Patricia Kujawa Park is an ecological wonderland, a birder’s paradise.The combination of water, riparian shoreline, woodland, and open meadows provides a home for a plethora of flora and fauna, insects, birds, amphibians and reptiles. Keep your species identification guides and camera close as you traverse the different areas of the trails. Expect hillsides and wet patches. Introduce your children to the joys of pond dipping, encourage them to be detectives as they inspect various animal tracks, challenge them to identify the parallels between a human community and a natural ecosystem, and finally, take the opportunity afforded to teach the importance of appreciating and respecting the natural world. But, most importantly, just enjoy!

Mervin McGowan P.O. Box 526 St. Walburg, Sask. S0M 2T0

32 Main Street, PO Box 399 St. Walburg, SK S0M 2T0 Tel: 306-248-3244 Fax: 306-248-3400

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All Lumber Sawn with a Bandsaw

Brightsand Lake Regional Park offers group camping & a pavilion which is ideal for family reunions, weddings, anniversaries and sport tournaments. Group rates & reservations are available. The 18-hole mini golf course situated near the main offices proves to be a popular attraction for all ages. The course has recently received a major renovations with new greens and obstacles. Come and enjoy a trip down memory lane. 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

Explore the Forest 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. A 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. New directional and interpretive signs are being erected the summer of 2018. 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.

Brightsand Lake

Groups, Golfers & Fishermen Welcome

children’s playground. This summer the playground will feature a brand new structure.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. Other amenities include groceries, fast food and a few confectionary items at our concession. Firewood, laundry facilities, a pay phone, 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.

Park o f Year fothe r 2015


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.


9 - 30 amp/water 17 - 30 amp 14 - 15 amp

12 - regular non-electric 14 - premium non-electric 5 - group electric 52 - seasonal

See saskregionalparks.ca for fees Firewood, concession/groceries, picnic tables, shower/laundry facility, pay telephone available.

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Brightsand Lake Photo credit Photography by Brandi

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. Watchers 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 September 15. 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.

Photo credit Photography by Brandi

Make Brightsand Park Your Destination 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.

Photo credit Photography by Brandi

Spanning over 1,600 acres across the entire northern end of Brightsand Lake, the park offers 123 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 52 seasonal sites are available, with or without power. Family reunions and other large gatherings will find our 5 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.

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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.

Paradise Hill

Mayor’s Message Paradise Hill has many amenities to offer those who wish to visit or those who wish to relocate here. Beautiful landscape, outstanding recreational facilities, and some of the best neighbors on the planet!! We are progressive and energetic, passionate and welcoming. A recently completed 16 lot subdivision on the west side of the village provides a perfect location for new residential housing. Construction is soon to begin on a regional lagoon to be located along Highway #3 just 6 miles east of the Village, a part-

Paradise Hill Ranch & Western Wear Welcomes you to our unique store while visiting the northwest!

nership between the Village of Paradise Hill, R.M. of Frenchman Butte, and the Town of St. Walburg. This project, along with a reverse osmosis water treatment plant completed in 2008, puts us in an optimum position for growth potential. Paradise Hill’s 13 bed care home was a welcome addition to our community in 2006. Along with the 18 unit Heritage Homes and Heritage Manor, it provides the means for our seniors to remain living in their community. Paradise Hill’s Community Centre is a source of community pride and joy. This multi-use building, opened in 2016, is a testament to what a community can accomplish when they work together, as stated in their motto “Working together for a common goal”. Paradise Hill has many events to offer. See the Imhoff paintings, attend our Summer Bash the second weekend in August, which host many outstanding performers from all over, join us for the annual Kinsmen Ball Tournament the third weekend in June, stay in our campground, attend the Christmas Craft Show in November, enjoy our many fine recreational facilities, or just stop in for an ice cream and a coffee! Whatever brings you here, you are sure to receive a warm welcome in Paradise Hill! Enjoy your stay! Mayor Bernard Ecker


• Tack • Clothing • Pet & Garden Supplies • Giftware • Feed & Livestock Equipment HOURS: Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 6:00 pm Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 noon

• Full Line Hardware & Building Supplies • Camping Supplies • Paint • Recreation Supplies • Fishing Tackle


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Volunteer of the Year for Saskatchewan Marion Hougham from Paradise Hill has been a pillar of our community for years. She exemplifies the true attributes of an outstanding volunteer and leader. Marion has contributed to many achievements in the improvement of sport, culture and recreation that benefit active living and a healthier future. Marion has volunteered with Paradise Hill Minor Hockey, Figure Skating, Gymnastics, 4-H Club and Medical Clinic Committee. She continues to offer her services to committees wherever needed being chairman, secretary, treasurer, statistician and human resources. In our small community, approximately 450 individuals, she spearheaded, fundraised, facilitated the development and continues operations of a 5-million-dollar Community Centre. This facility supports many partnerships with senior’s programs, daycare, music programs, gymnastics, fitness programs, dance classes and the school. She was also actively involved in spearheading and converting the closed Paradise Hill hospital

into a Senior’s Care Home where she continues to donate her time to operations. Marion continues to volunteer at the Frenchman Butte Museum, the Annual Fruit Festival, Summer Tea House, Provincial/ Federal elections and many other events including extensive involvement with the Annual Summer Bash. These programs require countless hours of grant writing to subsidize these programs that Marion continues to complete successfully. Along with all her volunteer work she has raised 3 successful children and plays an active role at their family ranch,Y-Coulee Marion is a fantastic person to work with as she exudes energy, passion, drive and approaches all tasks with enthusiasm. Her positive spirit is motivating and inspiring to others, leaving a lasting impression on everyone. Join us in congratulating Marion Hougham for receiving the provincial Saskatchewan Parks & Recreation Association Volunteer of the Year Award.

White Eagle Grace Lutheran Church A Refurbished Pioneer Log Building Enclosed and Maintained Community Cemetery Celebrated 90th Anniversary 1927 - 2017 Location - NW 8-54-24 W3rd Junction - 542/3249 For information call Corrie Zweifel 306-344-2395 or Gwen Zweifel 306-344-4451

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What started with humble beginnings as a dinner & an open concession & Sunday AM pancake breakfast. Also show in 2009 with Bev Munro & The Alberta Country Mu- available is a Saturday supper at the Paradise Hill Comsic Legends has turned into an annual summer bash that munity Centre. has attracted top entertainers to Paradise Hill. Past years Tickets are on sale June 10 have featured current Canadian Country acts Gord Bamat Paradise Hill Ranch & Western Wear ford, Aaron Pritchett, George Canyon, Lindsay Ell, High and at Eventbrite.ca. Valley, Washboard Union & American Country favorites, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Diamond Rio & Sawyer Brown. 2019 will be the Bash of the Decade featuring BRETT KISSEL. Kissel earned his second career Juno Award last month, walking away with the award for Country Album of the Year for his album “We Were That Song,” after previously winning his first Juno in 2014 in the Breakthrough Artist of the Year category. The Juno Award caps off an incredible year for the Bonnyville, Alberta singer. Brett won his 13th CCMA Award in September. In December, he wrapped up his record-breaking 112-date cross-Canada We Were That Song tour, which hit every single province and territory. Over the summer, he was the first country artist ever to perform at the Much Music Video Awards, hitting the stage with Bebe Rexha. As well, Kissel was the most played Canadian artist at Canadian country radio in 2018. Brett recently was presented with a Gold award for his single “Anthem,” the seventh Gold single of his career to go along with two Gold albums. His high energy show is one not to be missed! Additional weekend activities include The Dirt Rich Band entertaining at the Friday night cabaret as well opener & closer on Saturday. A coed slo-pitch tournament will run throughout the weekend with 2019-2020 •

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Paradise Hill Seniors Personal Care Home The Paradise Hill Care Home is a project that we, as a community and surrounding area, are very proud of. The Paradise Hill Care Home is run by a Board of Directors consisting of 12 volunteers from the area, along with representatives from the RM of Frenchman Butte and the Village of Paradise Hill. It was created to provide the area with a facility that would support seniors. Seniors are the backbone of our community and we wish to provide a place for them here, as we are a Community Believing in Senior Living. In 2004, the local hospital was closed, as were many other smaller community hospitals in the province, so the vacant building was the perfect location for a Seniors Care Home. This gorgeous facility sits on the top of a hillside with a beautiful view overlooking the entire community and surrounding countryside. The conversion of the hospital into a 13-bed facility was completed in September of 2006, providing a facility with accommodations, meals, housekeeping, laundry, activities and personal care for seniors. Candidates for residency include individuals who are relatively independent, however are not able to, or do not wish to, live on their own. They may struggle with managing medications, maintaining a balanced diet, mobility, etc.The Paradise Hill Health Centre, which comprises the home care office, medical clinic, and lab services, is connected to this facility offering

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necessary services and the luxury of convenience. The staff are a vital part of our Care Home as the excellent care they provide to the residents is key to the success of our operation. Our staff have the necessary training and provide 24/7 assistance and supervision. In the years since opening, a handivan has been purchased and the care home has become a place where seniors outside the care home can come and visit, participate in programs and activities including bingo, age appropriate exercise program, walking and gardening. Local churches and musicians partner by providing worship services and entertainment. Often the Care Home is visited by students from the local school.Through these programs and activities, the seniors build relationships with individuals of all generations. The Paradise Hill Care Home is a warm and inviting environment that has proven to be a successful endeavour and an attraction for newcomers to our community. Please feel free to drop in to the care home for an afternoon of old time music, join in on a game of bingo or bean bag toss, relax in the beautiful flower garden, or just to enjoy a cup of tea with the residents. Check out the care home’s facebook page to see what events are planned. We love company so the coffee is always on!

Paradise Hill

View Paradise It’s on the Horizon Travelers approaching from the east or west on Highway No.3 will not be able to miss the beauty of Paradise Hill,nestled against a splendid tree-covered hillside. Looking 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 it passed through what is now known as Paradise Hill. Campsites and recreational facilities are available for visitors to the Village. The campground, featuring hot showers and modern washroom facilities, offers very reasonably priced accommodations at $10.00 per night for non-serviced sites or $15.00 per night with electricity. The Village of Paradise Hill’s recreational facilities include tennis courts, arena, curling rink, bowling alley, ball diamonds, playground, a school gymnasium and a community centre with meeting rooms, a hall that will seat 500 people and can be used as an extra gymnasium. For the nature enthusiast, along the abandoned CN rail line, a trail has been developed which leads past the marsh located on the western edge of the Village. The marsh trail provides an excellent opportunity for bird watching enthusiasts or a beautiful nature walk. Just 12 kilometers to the east is the Kinsmen Community Park; there is camping, several ball diamonds, tennis courts, playground and all sorts of opportunity for hiking and nature enthusiasts. The park hosts the annual Kinsmen men’s and ladies’ softball tournaments held the third weekend in June. On Friday and Saturday night they host an outdoor beer garden and dance. Paradise Hill is the 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 deco-

rated by Count Berthold von Imhoff and his son Carl Imhoff, of St. Walburg. Noticeable on the landscape is the large butte located a few miles to the northwest. This is the historical Frenchman Butte, which played an important role in the Northwest Rebellion of 1885.

Village of

Paradise Hill

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.

SUMMER BASH - August 9, 10 & 11, 2019 Ball Tournament Friday Night Cabaret — “ The Dirt Rich Band” Saturday Night — “Brett Kissel”

Trade Show For more information contact the Village Office at 306-344-2206 CAMPING $15.00/night electric or $10.00/night non-electric

For more information contact the Village of Paradise Hill Office at Phone 306-344-2206 or Fax 306-344-4941 Email: paradisehill@sasktel.net

Check out our website at www.paradisehill.ca

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Paradise Hill Community Centre... Multi-Use Community Centre

In October of 2016, after 8 years of planning, fundraising, and thousands of hours of volunteer work, the Paradise Hill Community Centre, a multi-use community centre attached to the Paradise Hill K-12 School, opened its doors. The facility contains: • A full-sized gymnasium which doubles as a community hall • Commercial Kitchen accessible for the Home Economics program • Banquet room adjacent to kitchen • Music Room • Day Care with capacity for 20 children • Conference Room • Mezzanine • Storage In December of 2007, a group of interested community members set about to determine where the community needs lay in terms of infrastructure as some facilities within the community had reached or surpassed their useful life. After identifying a wide range of needs, it was suggested that an addition to the school that would accommodate all of these issues would be an ideal solution. Further, it was suggested that partnering with the school to maximize the utilization of the facility would provide a cost effective solution to the ongoing maintenance issues that plague many small community facilities. This was presented to the community at a public meeting on October 22, 2008. The overwhelming response resulted in a committee of 20 people, from which the executive of the Paradise Hill Community Centre was elected. In order to complete construction, it was necessary to borrow funds in the amount of $1,700,000. This loan was backed by $2,100,000 in guarantees provided by 50 separate community individuals and businesses. The community has, since opening, paid down more than $400,000, of this debt, thanks to the hard work of many volunteer fundraisers! The end result is a 19,000 square foot facility with countless opportunities for recreational programming. Through a rental agreement with the Northwest School Division, the facility is available to the school at all times, effectively doubling the amount of gymnasium time they have available for their K-12 students, and opening up endless opportunity for extra-curricular activities and events such as regional and provincial tournaments and events. The full-sized gymnasium, measuring over 7000 square feet, is suitable for all sporting events. It has a theatre seating capacity for 650 people and table seating capacity for 450 people. The stage has dressing rooms off of each end, one of which serves as the music room. A large retractable screen over the stage and wall mounted projector are available for use. The mezzanine overlooking the gym, measuring over 2800 square feet, is excellent for an additional viewing area or can be rented separately. To date, it has been utilized for fitness classes

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and yoga classes and has provided extra capacity for large events. Plans are in place to install a lift to the mezzanine level this year, improving access for seniors and people with limited mobility. A banquet room measuring 685 square feet, located off of the kitchen and adjacent to the hall, provides for a buffet area, or can be rented separately for meetings, yoga, dance classes, etc. The conference room is located near the main entrance, suitable for corporate usage, meetings, training, etc. It is 900 square feet, and includes board room tables and chairs, coffee station, cupboards, and sink. The day care is located in the community centre, but operates independently of our organization. However, they have access to the facility at any time. It’s location is ideal in terms of easing the transition for children from day care to play school to kindergarten. The Paradise Hill Community Centre has been registered as a non-profit corporation under the provisions of Saskatchewan’s Corporations Act. Eight committee members are named as directors under the provisions of this act, but the active committee members number closer to 20 people. We are a registered charity and as such can offer tax deductible receipts for donations to the centre. With strong community support, we can benefit a great deal from memorial donations, fundraisers, etc., having the charitable status required to offer tax-deductible receipts. Over the last few years, four fundraisers have evolved as our major sources of revenue, Summer Bash, Cow/Calf project (local ranchers feed and calve community owned cows), Grain Project (farming 200 acres with donated inputs), and the Community Christmas Party. All of these fundraisers have been conducted entirely by volunteers and annual receipts from them typically generate approximately $250,000. Countless other fundraisers have been undertaken involving almost every member of the community in some capacity. While maybe not the most profitable, some of the most notable examples, in terms of displaying support and commitment, are: •A 96 year old resident raised $187 by making and selling crocheted coat hangers • Approximately 500 man hours of volunteer time was spent picking garbage throughout the 4 days of the Lloydminster Colonial Days Exhibition, in each of 3 consecutive years. • The Paradise Hill School has challenged each class to conduct one community centre fundraiser, from which $2000 was donated to the cause last year. We are extremely proud to boast that 100% of the planning, fundraising, administration, and overseeing of construction for this project has been conducted by volunteers. Our community continues to support this venture and are excited about the possibilities that it generates in terms of sport, cultural development, and recreational programming.

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

Those members are all gone now, the last one, Norman Moore, having passed away in 2018. Norman took an active part in building the church, and also in the many changes and renovations that took place over the years. Even in his 80’s, Norman showed his dedication to the church. He could swing a hammer and haul lumber around, keeping up with the youngsters. His family have taken over the tradition of service to the church, living by his example. It became a tradition in the

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Frenchman Butte

History Revival at Little Stone Church

early days of the church for families to bring a picnic lunch 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 of interest in the Little Stone Church. Young people are coming in. The congregation enjoys sharing lunch, or cake and coffee, and fellowship after services. Visitors are invited to follow the Holy Trinity Church’s facebook page for a schedule of services and are most welcome to attend. Our Little Stone Church has had visitors from all over the world. Everyone is welcome to come, rest, and pray.

New Exhibit



Open: Weekends starting Victoria Day weekend

Open Daily 10 A.M. - 5 P.M. July 1st to Labour Day Year round and evenings by appointment

Museum .........................................306-344-4478 President (Tom Hougham) .............780-871-3610 Educational School Tours (Colleen) 780-808-0348

Full Service R.V. Park ON SITE

Tea House Open same days as museum OPEN FROM 10 am - 5 pm

Featuring: • CNR Station (Heritage Bldg) • Battle Field Tour Packages • Machinery Row • Lloyd Furman Building • Blacksmith Shop

• Log CabinTea House • Leer House • Big Hill School (Heritage Bldg) • 9 Hole Mini Golf & Playground

Frenchman Butte Museum Festival: August 11th, 2019 www.frenchmanbuttemuseum.ca

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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. It 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 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. Your last stop can be

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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 nine hole, 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 10 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!”


Services, Shopping and Hospitality Turtleford, founded before Saskatchewan became a province, continues to be a vital, vibrant community. Hardy 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 nine-hole, 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.

Welcome Visitors to TURTLEFORD

Larry Doke, MLA Cut Knife/Turtleford Constituency

#6 - 116 - 1st Ave. West, Maidstone, SK P.O. Box 850, S0M 1M0 Phone: 306-893-2619 Fax: 306-893-2660 Email: larrydoke@sasktel.net


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

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Town of Turtleford “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 9, 10 & 11

The Town of Turtleford Offers:

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, tattoo parlour, dance studio and gym, 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


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

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More than 250 Birds The Northwest is an ecologically diverse region where over 250 bird species have been catalogued. St. 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 white-breasted nuthatch, redpolls and sparrows.

Bonny Macnab...


Country Artist

ers fall task of bring in the herd for winter. Macnab was commissioned by the City of Regina for a “Farewell Mosaic Stadium” mural.The mural was created with images depicting scenes of Roughrider fans celebrating and is home in the new Mosaic Stadium. 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. The curiousity of silk and fiber art keeps Bonny’s art fresh and interesting, her silks are sold on her website and in stores across Saskatchewan. 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. Through the years Bonny’s work has earned a solid reputation as a quality exhibitor with her “Reflections of the Earth”A gallery exhibit displaying nine foot banners celebrating the reflections of color and water through the movement of silk and imagery. 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 captures 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.  Bonny mural work is also well recognized, in 1998 she created “Headin’ In”, a large mural now displayed Turtleford.The mural’s roundup theme is a vibrant and eye-catching, depicting the ranch-

T.L.C. Greenhouse

• 25 years - creative hanging baskets • New unique potted & bedding plants • Creative summer & fall artist retreats • Paint & Paint Nights

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

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Trans Canada Trail World’s longest networks of trails Facts about the Trail What is the Trans Canada Trail? Initiated in 1992 as a project to celebrate Canada’s 125th year, the Trans Canada Trail is the world’s longest networks of multi-use recreational trails, comprised of land and water routes across urban, rural and wilderness landscapes. Once fully connected, it will stretch nearly 24,000 kilometres from the Atlantic to the Pacific to the Arctic oceans, through every province and territory, linking Canadians in nearly 1,000 communities. The Trans Canada Trail is made up of nearly 500 individual trails, each with unique and varied features. This contributes to the diversity and grandeur of Canada’s national Trail. For day trips or multi-day adventures, the Trail offers countless opportunities to explore and discover. How much of the Trail has been connected? To date, just over 20,000 kilometres of the Trail are operational which is 86 percent of the proposed route. Four out of five Canadians live within 30 minutes of the Trail. How can I find the Trail in my area? Explore the Trail: Use our interactive map to highlight specific activities or points of interest, mark points or sections of the Trail you have visited and upload your own photos and stories.You’ll also find printable maps and downloadable GPS coordinates for all operational trail sections. You can download a map for a specific Trail section, or maps for an entire province or territory. Visit the websites of our provincial and territorial partners. They offer a wealth of information about the Trail in every province and territory.

About the Trail The Trans Canada Trail is one of the world’s longest networks of trails, developed and promoted by a non-profit registered charity. When completed, the Trail will stretch nearly 24,000 kilometres from the Atlantic to the Pacific to the Arctic oceans, linking Canadians in close to 1,000 communities. Today, over 18,000 kilometres of Trail have been developed. Millions of Canadians and international visitors are using the Trail to hike, cycle, ski, horseback ride, canoe and snowmobile. The Trans Canada Trail offers countless opportunities to explore Canada’s diverse landscapes and rich history.

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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. With 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

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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.


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Cooling 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 Annual Summer Spiel July 7 - 13, 2019. The bonspiel offers cash prizes and organizers hope to attract 20 teams for the regular spiel. July 8th - Annual Sturling Spiel at 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Thursday, July 11 - Banquet with Bar and Entertainment. (For more information on Sturling Curling go to www.sturling.net.) To enter call Red at 306-845-3216 or email ladra@littleloon. ca. Entry fee is $240 per rink for the regular curling and $60 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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L.A.D.R.A. Livelong and District

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23rd Annual Summerspiel OPEN EVENT - July 7 - 13, 2019 First 20 teams accepted - $240.00 entry fee 8th Annual Sturling Spiel 9:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m. Spiels - July 8, 2019 First 16 teams accepted - $60.00 entry fee July 11 - Banquet with Bar and Entertainment Contact Red Pearce 306-845-3216 Email: ladra@littleloon.ca or check us out at "Livelong Summerspiel" - facebook.com

Pickleball contact Leslie at 306-845-2193 for play times

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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. Owners 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 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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A Place for Family, Fun and Great Food In the spring of 2013, Turtle Grove (affectionately and often referred to as “TG”) was an idea and a piece of land. Partners came together to bring something new and exciting to the west end of Turtle Lake. At the time, the ideals of a family restaurant were sitting atop an empty lot of land, and beside — well, a small burger shack.TG served folks from near and far ice cream, burgers and other treats. That summer was spent connecting with the summer lake folk and establishing what Turtle Grove should and could be — a place for family, fun and great food. Looking back, it sounds like a lifetime ago for owners and operators, Misty Kay and DeeDee McConnell.As longtime community members of the area, the opportunity was something they only could have dreamed of alongside their head chef and one of the visionaries behind the homegrown, community-driven establishment, Brad Gitzel. Turtle Grove has now become a cornerstone for good times, connection and memories. From friendly animals like the famous english bulldog/unofficial mascot Angus, to the peacocks greeting new and returning customers, Turtle Grove is a unique place full of unique sites. For DeeDee and Misty alike, to own a restaurant has been a longtime dream, and to be partnered as a duo of women in business has made it all the more successful and exciting. “Salt and Pepper” as they’re lovingly referred to, have made this place their full focus, and especially for the team members within. With limited summer employment opportunities across the lake and surrounding area, Turtle Grove has

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become the place to gather for youngins looking for their first job with everything from line cooking opportunities, food prepping, ice cream scooping and front-of-house serving — there is a place for everyone at Turtle Grove. As for friends of Turtle Grove, the establishment offers a spot for post-church coffee go’ers, fish derby attendees and everything in between. TG has hosted holiday celebrations, retirement parties, celebrations of life and any and all sorts of gatherings in their general dining area, outdoor tent (which serves as a venue for live music, weekend farmers markets and is available for bookings May through September), and the recently added private banquet room that hosts up to 20 people. As much as the love and hardwork of Brad, Misty and DeeDee has shaped Turtle Grove — at the core, it has been created by the support and engagement of the visitors and families of Turtle Lake. From new and delicious menu item ideas, bands to bring the party to the people and so much more, TG wouldn’t be what it is today without the people who stop by and say hello.

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Frenchman Butte

Echoes of Battle at ...Frenchman Butte Gen. T. B. “Jingo” Strange, commander of the Alberta Field Force, established his militia camp at Fort Pitt on May 25, 1885. detected concealed rifle pits along the crest of the valley; it By Wayne F. Brown was an ambush! 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. THIS MAP OF FRENCHMAN BUTTE AND AREA SHOWS PATHS OF IMPORTANCE IN OUR HISTORY On the north side of the coulee, the Cree noncombatants 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.

Immediately, 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

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Steele Narrows

Final Skirmish at ...Steele’s Narrows

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 By Wayne F. Brown open ridge about two kms to the south. After the battle at Frenchman Butte, he and 65 men had left the middle of July the militia forces would be on their way home Ft. Pitt to pursue the fleeing Cree northward through the for- with the rebellion stamped out. Steele’s Narrows est. Now, lying below, was a small native camp and through his Steele’s Narrows is now a Provincial Historic Site, located binoculars he could see people wading the narrows (where the highway is today) eastward. His orders were to free a group of on secondary Highway #699 about 10 kms west of the town hostages the Cree had captured at Frog Lake and Ft. Pitt and of Loon Lake. At the site, there is a day-use, picnic area and boat launch as this was the opportune moment. He split his force, which had well as a commemorative cairn overlooking the narrows. The dwindled to 42 men, into two groups; he’d lead one attacking the village, hopefully freeing the prisoners, the other would act location of the Indian camp the Scouts attacked is approximately as “cover” from rifle fire he expected from warriors on the one km directly south of the cairn, hidden behind a ridge. The skirmish here in 1885 was far more violent than the battle overlooking ridge. at Frenchman Butte, yet the incident remains in relative obscurity. The attack on foot initially went as planned, but as it developed his force came under fire from not only the ridge, but White cement markers and a small cairn on the south side of the from across the water (Sanderson Bay). His intrepid, fiery Irish highway indicate the approximate location where natives were killed that morning. 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 STEELE’S NARROWS IS A PROVINCIAL HISTORIC SITE 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. 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 2019-2020 •

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A Little Bit of HOLLAND 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. A 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, 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 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 intersection, 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 village has a Kindergarten to Grade 12 school and a Level III-V 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 and the manor houses the Early Learning Centre. Other services are post office, groceries, deli, baker y, restaurant, banking, automotive ser vices, car and truck wash, bar, lottery centre, 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.

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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 306-441-3753. Battlefords Trailbreakers Snowmobile Club has extended their groomed snowmobile trails into the Edam area. For updated snowmobile trails information check www.sasksnowmobiling.sk.ca Summer Adventure. If you’re looking for summer recreational trails, Edam is on the primary Trans Canada Trail route and the local TCT Committee has constructed over 3 km of improved walking trail in and around the village of Edam as part of 26 km of registered right-of-way passing through the RM of Turtle River. There are nature trails at Dulwich Station for environmentminded users year-round. This trail system is ideal for hikers and bird watchers. Running parallel to Turtle River and situated mainly in the river 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 river 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. Many of the roads within the RM of Turtle River surrounding Edam have been paved with oil sands, creating a dust-free surface.Traffic is generally light and motorists always courteous, creating a safe environment for law-abiding bikers. This region is scenic, offering long steep hills along the banks of the North Saskatchewan River, to rolling farmland intersected by sandy trails bordered by saskatoon berry and chokecherry bushes.A route east of Edam includes Picnic Lake, a comfortable oasis offering 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, daytrip.Visitors can purchase a map at the RM office on Main Street in Edam, or ask one of the locals to suggest routes to explore. For more information call 306-441-3753.

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Edam’s former grain elevator is the centerpiece of the Washbrook Museum & Heritage Village. Edam 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 museum features theme rooms which illustrate the contributions of individuals, clubs and sports in general to our history. The project has created a living legacy to be enjoyed for generations to come.


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Bronson Forest

Riders Seek Out Mud and Snow 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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Riders 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 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. 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.

For an enjoyable day of winter fun, come ride the snowmobile trails of the North West. The Battlefords Trail Breakers have developed one of the best trail systems in the province for you to ride.

The trails are part of the province wide Saskatchewan Snowmobile Association trail system which can be ridden across most of the province. There are over 10,000 kilometers of trails through out WWW.SASKSNOWMOBILING.SK.CA

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the province. The Battlefords Trail Breakers system is 450 km which is the 3rd largest among the 43 clubs in the province. The groomed trails encompass a very large area near the Battlefords.Trails extend from Delmas in the south east all the way to Turtle Lake in the north west. Trails take you through the communities of North Battleford, Meota, Cochin, Vawn, Edam, South Bay (south end of Turtle Lake) and Glaslyn. Trails are connected to Meadow Lake from the north and Rabbit Lake from the north east. The trail is well marked and signed for rider’s safety.There are several junction sign boards with maps and every warm up shelter has trail maps for sledders to take and follow trails. Trail maps can also be down loaded at www. sasksnow.com. The Trail Breakers club was formed in 1998 with about 150 km of trails in the first few years. The system has expanded over the years to its present length of 450 km. The club purchased its first groomer from Table Mountain ski hill in 1999. With the development of the trails, the club purchased a second groomer in 2014. Both groomers run steady throughout the winter season to maintain a great trail to ride in comfort and safety. The club has invested over $250,000 over the past 20 years in grooming equipment, shelters and signs. Funding for our trails comes from a trail fund administered by SSA and paid from snowmobile license plate registrations. Only snowmobiles that are plated and registered are legal to ride the trails so please make sure your sled has a current license plate and is registered. Along the trails, riders will come across our fantastic collection of 10 warm up shelters. The shelters, which were voted as best in the province, are all unique in design and setting. Shelters are equipped with wood stoves, firewood, solar panels with lights and outdoor bathrooms. Stopping at the shelters and visiting with friends and out of town guests is a favorite past time. Cooking hot dogs and having lunch at the shelters is a great way to enjoy the great outdoors. For a fun day for you and your family to enjoy our scenic area, come and ride our trails.

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Edam, Jackfish & Cochin for mass times call 306-397-2848 Glaslyn - Holy Cross Parish Sunday 11:00 a.m. 306-397-2848 Maidstone Pastor Sebastian Kunnath 306-893-4074 Paradise Hill Pastor Sebastian Kunnath 306-344-2033 St.Walburg Pastor Dong Doan 306-248-3236 or Susan Velder 306-248-3488 Barthel Pastor Dong Doan 306-248-3236 or Erica Maier 306-837-2081 Makwa Pastor Dong Doan 306-248-3267 or Pat Leer 306-236-5026 Loon Lake Barb Tracey 306-837-4431 St. Leon’s Parish Jackfish - Mass - Saturday at 7:00 p.m. St. Charles - Moosomin, Meota & Vawn

GREEK ORTHODOX St.Walburg John Hritzuk 306-248-3315


St.Walburg Pastor Quinn Adams 306-248-3944 Visitors are always welcome at our local churches. Listed below are churches of various denominations.


Glaslyn, Livelong, Meota, Edam, Mervin & Turtleford Canon Don Skinner 306-845-2745


Spiritwood, Loon Lake, Paradise Hill, Fort Pitt, Frenchman Butte, Maidstone & Lashburn Rev. Jessie Pei 306-763-2455


Turtleford Pastor Dave Walker 306-845-2104 Loon Lake Pastor Tim Schellenberg 306-837-7779 Maidstone Pastor Alex 306-893-4355


Paradise Hill, St.Walburg & Loon Lake Donna Hall 306-285-3130 Livelong, Glaslyn, Meota, Edam, Mervin & Turtleford Rev. Kun Kim 306-397-2804 Maidstone Ian Casper 306-893-2611


Edam - Full Gospel Assembly Pastor Dave Walker 306-397-2378 Paradise Hill - The Potter’s House Pastor Bernard Ecker 306-344-2362

TURTLE LAKE MISSION & FOUR SQUARE CHURCH Turtle Lake Rev. Daniel Gies 306-845-7560


St.Walburg Pastor James Kwon 306-490-8205 or Norman Baldwin 306-218-8034

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Those Were The Days August 17 - 18, 2019 9:00 am to 5:00 pm


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Heritage Village Demonstrations Children’s Activities Story of Threshing Parade of Power

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Rich in Oil, Agriculture and History

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.

By 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, Manitoba 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 nationally 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.



Agriculture Automotive Industrial Oilfield 507 Hwy. 21 North, Box 330, Maidstone, SK Ph: 306-893-2631 Fax: 306-893-2410 Email: info@keranda.com See us on the web@ www.keranda.ca

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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 306-893-8130, 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 House • Dining Hall • 1 Room School House For additional information visit us on the web at townofmaidstone.com

Delfrari-Victoria Park


Serviced & Non-Serviced Sites, Drive Through Sites, Showers, Sewage Dump

Located in Maidstone. Turn down 4th Street East and watch for signs!

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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!

RCMP Detachment

Silver Lake Golf Course - 9 holes, grass greens, driving range, camping and RV sites, mini golf & swimming area 893-2831 Campground/Rest Stop - Delfrari-Victoria Park (serviced). Silver Lake (10 km N). Maidstone Rest Stop/Campground (5 km W). 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 Railway Breakfast Diner Accommodations - Maidstone Hotel 893-2242, Sandpiper Motel 893-2635 Shopping - liquor store, groceries (AG Foods), pharmacy, banks (CU and CIBC), ATMs, videos, flowers, Fields, building supplies, industrial supply, automotive, SGI, tires and more Recreational - tennis courts, “NEW” disc golf, arena, bowling alley, golfing, ball diamonds, hunting, river fishing, July 1st Slo-Pitch Ball Tournament Historical - museum and pioneer village, Shiloh Settlement and Pine Island Viewpoint Emergency - hospital 24 HOUR EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT, medical clinic, dental office, RCMP, fire department

1(306) 893-2373 • townofmaidstone.com


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First Black Settlement Shiloh 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 occurred 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 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.

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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 2008 the project earned the Lt.-Gov. of Saskatchewan Architectural Heritage Award.

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 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.

Turtle Lake

Elmhurst Jackrabbit Ski Club The Elmhurst Jackrabbit Ski Club is located in the picturesque mixed forest and parklands between Brightsand and Turtle Lakes. The Ski Club was formed in 1991 by a group of passionate cross country skiers who wanted packed and groomed ski trails. They were interested in a lifelong sport that was affordable for young families, something the whole family could do together. Parents took lessons on being leaders, the first of many Jackrabbits began taking their lessons, and the club was born. Fast forward to today: 45 km of classic trails, 10 km of skate trail, 9 km of snowshoe trails, 760 sq. ft. of club house that is heated daily, ski and snowshoe rentals, an annual ski loppet, a school ski program, club house rental, birthday parties, ski lessons, ladies ski day, moonlight skis, sledding hill and a walk – run event in the fall. With the assistance of grants from Cross Country Saskatchewan, the Club has extended, widened and improved the trail system over the years. Each fall the trails are mowed so skiing can begin with minimal snow coverage. With experience and better equipment, the packing and grooming of the trails has become top notch. Trails are groomed on a regular basis and after any heavy snowfall. Responding to request, snowshoe trails have been added.The varied terrain is from gently rolling to challenging and moves through the mixed boreal forest. The original 2 room club house has undergone a major renovation in the last few years. A spacious third room has been added, allowing one of the older rooms to be dedicated to the storage of the rental equipment. 2 wood stoves keep the club house warm and inviting. A generous grant from the St. Walburg Royal Purple has enabled the purchase of more ski equipment to meet the growing demands of the School Ski Program. The annual loppet, which is an organized ski event by definition, is known as the Cheesecake Classic. The Classic is held on the first Sunday of February. Distances are as short as 3 km or as long as 20 km. Upon completion of the skiing, each skier receives 2 coupons. One for a hot meal and the second for a piece of cheesecake. Hot beverages and veggie cups are also served. On

the longer ski loops, skiers are invited to stop at Checkpoint Bob, where a warm fire, hot dogs, candy and beverages are available as well as some good visiting. The Club House has been rented for birthday parties that include skiing, hot dog roast and the sledding hill. Additional activities have included a Ladies Ski Day, ski lessons and moonlight skis.The Elmhurst Jackrabbit Ski Club is responsive to the requests and needs of our members. The School Ski Program allows for any school to book a trip out to the Club. Bookings are handled by Rick and can be an afternoon or the whole day. Some schools bring hot dogs and roast them over the fire for lunch. If you would like your school to have a cross country ski day contact Rick at 306-248-1352. The Walk – Run In The Boonies is a fall fundraiser. Participants can walk or run the trails, bid on silent auction items and enjoy a hamburger or hot dog, veggie cups and beverages. It’s not unusual for 3 generations to be out enjoying the day. Some participants are in stollers or back packs. It is through the success of this fundraiser that the addition to the club house was completed. One of the founding members still volunteers as a coach for young athletes wanting to participate in the Saskatchewan Winter Games.These games are held every 4 years with the last Games in North Battleford in February 2018. Over the years more than 75 athletes have had the privilege to represent their communities at these multi-sport games thanks to this club coach. Athletes from the Club have gone on to compete at both the Provincial and the National level. From humble beginnings to the first class cross country facility today, the Elmhurst Jackrabbit Ski Club continues to pack and groom trails. The Club is open daily. Fees for the season were: $30 membership; $5 for day use; rentals, including day use fees, are $15 for adults and $10 for children. Please check us out on Facebook at Elmhurst Cross Country Ski Club. Trail conditions are posted regularly as well as special events. 2019-2020 •

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Little Loon

Little Loon Regional Park In the Heart of Country Living

Little Loon Regional Park is located 5 km east of Glaslyn, SK on Highway #3.The park was founded in 1965 by a group of locals with a vision for family camping. With the help of many, the park has turned into a beautiful and inviting facility, perfect for anyone who likes the quiet, rural community atmosphere. Attractions today include: Camping: 35 electric sites with water and 28 non electric sites. There are also 58 lease sites with power and water. Beyond regular camping, we have several large overflow sites that are perfect for those larger get-togethers. Showers and washrooms are available to park users. A camp kitchen on the grounds is a bonus for when the weather does not cooperate and you need to find shelter, or for cooking for those larger gatherings. A laundry facility is available for use at a minimal fee. Golfing: a 9 hole grass green course awaits you, set in nature’s own beauty. It has been said that this course can provide you with one of the most challenging games in the area.There are always a few tournaments planned for our golf course throughout the summer. An 18 hole mini golf is available for the younger crowd, or for those who like to test their putting skills.

Little Loon Regional Park Little Loon Regional park is located 5 kms east of Glaslyn, SK on Highway #3 Canada Day festivities will be celebrated as usual on July 1. The day will start with a pancake breakfast and games for the kids followed by live entertainment and a weiner roast and closing off with another great fireworks display. Sunday morning pancake breakfasts will start July 1 and run through to August 5. Mens night golfing is on Wednesday evening starting at 6:00 p.m. There are 7 golf tournaments planned for the 2019 season as follows, weather permitting. 1. Saturday June 22 Sr. Open $40/person 2. Sunday July 13 4 person Cash Scramble $40/person 3. Saturday July 27 Mens & Ladies Open $40/person

4. Saturday Aug. 10 5 person Scramble $60/person - meal included 5. Saturday Aug. 17 Ladies Open $50/person - meal included 6. Saturday Aug. 25 Club Tournament 7. Sunday Sept. 7 Senior Cash Scrable $40/person


From March 1st to April 30th, please phone 306-342-7750 From May 1st to September 15th, Check your calendar & book in a camp spot. please phone 306-342-2176. We are now offering online booking at www.littleloon.letscamp.ca email: llrp@littleloon.ca

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Concession and office: The former Glaslyn Rural School House has been converted to the concession and park office which opens May 1 to September 30. Surrounded by beautiful flowers and a peaceful patio in the back, it is a great place for a meal, ice cream, or a visit with friends over a cup of coffee. Boating and swimming: The swimming beach, located across from the day picnic area and close to the concession and office, is a great place to cool down on a hot summer day. 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. Little Loon Regional Park has become a favourite spot for many, whether you want to retreat for the summer, or get away for the weekend, our beautiful park and friendly staff will make sure your time spent here is enjoyed to the fullest. Facilities can be booked by phoning the park office at 306-342-2176 during operating hours May 1 to September 30.Try out our new online booking at www.littleloon.letscamp.ca or contact us at llrp@littleloon. ca, by phone or text to our office at 306-342-7750.

Listen for the Creak of the Wagon Wheels The 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.

June 2018 was the Grand Opening of the Water Tower Gallery in Glaslyn. We have acrylics to wood working and everything in between. Some of the different items we have are wooden trays, homemade soaps, lotions and scrubs, pottery, bags, quilts and blankets, painted silk scarves, original artwork, Pavlo and metal art. We have something for everyone. Our prices range from less than $10 on lots of items up to $1000 on some of our bigger paintings. If you need a gift for weddings, birthdays, teachers, babies or yourself, please feel free to stop in and see our selection. We have some great items for decorating your home. Some of our artisans can do custom pieces if you need something specific. Our Gallery overflows at Christmas.


GRAND OPENING of the Water Tower Gallery in Glaslyn

When I had the opportunity to have a store in my building, I looked at different options. Creating a place for artists and artisans to sell their products felt right. I talked to some of my friends that make their living by creating and worked on a plan of what I would need to do to get the space ready. Inventory is frequently changing. We have over 20 artisans now with their unique items and we are working on getting more information out to people about what we have. We started a guest book and have had people from all over stop in on their way through Glaslyn. It is really quite amazing. We are open 6 days a week. Follow us on Facebook or Google us to find out the times. We are open all seasons with extended summer hours. Louise Stuart

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Transition from Forest to 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. Glaslyn 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. 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, liquor vendor, gift store, grocery stores, insurance agency, hair salons, hotel, restaurants, bank, 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. Just 5 km east of Glaslyn on Highway 3 is one of the nicest



One stop for all your hardware needs. Chernesky Hardware Ltd. Glaslyn, SK Ph. (306) 342-2173 Fax. (306) 342-2173 Morris and Terry

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regional parks in the province. Little Loon Regional 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


Library, RCMP, Grocery Shopping, 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, Mechanical and Structural Automotive Repair, Beverage Room, Accommodations, Museum, Churches, Elementary & High School, Community Hall, Medical Clinic, Air Strip, Camping, Grass Greens Golfing, Fishing, Boating, Park, Play Area, Outfitters, Indoor Skating Rink, Ball Diamonds, Bowling Alley.

Stop in for a visit this summer

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


Lots for Sale: Residential, Commercial, and Industrial

Live Games Tables Kihiw Restaurant Free Shuttle Service

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Gold Eagle Casino (306) 446-3833 Kihiw Restaurant (306) 446-0507 Event Centre (306) 446-2488 11902 Railway Ave North Battleford, SK www.GoldEagleCasino.ca

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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 Significance: 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 Rifle Pits Significance: 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 rifle pits to a commemorative plaque on top of the Butte.

Location: 10 km West of Loon Lake Significance: Site of the final skirmish of the 1885 Northwest Rebellion. Climb the stairs to the top of the hill and read about the final exchange of gunfire in Western Canada’s last armed conflict.

Location: 21 km north of Maidstone on Hwy. 21, 4.8 km east and 2.4 km north Significance: Shiloh Church was built in 1911 by the first 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. Significance: The trail served as the first 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. Significance: Located in the North Saskatchewan River, Pine Island was the site of five 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 reflects its own interpretation of local history, art and culture.

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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 Call 306-248-3812 for more information

St. Walburg & District Historical Museum

For more information call 306-893-4078 or 780-205-9946 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: 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. daily June, July & August By appointment call 306-845-7777 or 306-845-7794

Location: Main Street, St. Walburg Open: 7 days a week, 10 a.m. - noon, 1 to 5 p.m. Monday - Saturday - Sundays - 1 to 5 p.m. Washbrook Museum July to Labour Day weekend Location: Edam By special appointment other times Now included in the Edam-Vawn Lions Heritage call 306-248-3267 or 306-248-3478 Village. The Washbrook collection is housed in the former grain elevator. Frenchman Butte Heritage For more information and viewing times Centre & Museum Tea House call 306-397-2705 Location: Frenchman Butte Big Bear Trail Museum Open: Weekends Victoria Day to the end of June Located: Loon Lake Daily July 1 to Labour day West of the Recreational Center. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open weekly during the Summer months Tea House closes 5 p.m. during the Farmers Market held beside the Call 306-344-4478 for more information Museum, Saturdays 10 - 12 a.m. For information and appointments for viewing Maidstone Museum call 306-837-2124 & Pioneer Village Artifacts included in the Museum have been Location: Maidstone picked off the Big Bear Trail, they include ration Open: 1 to 8 p.m. daily Victoria Day to Labour Day tins used by Sam Steele’s troops.

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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 Jackfish 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

Elmhurst Ski Club

Turtle Lake Sanctuary

Location: Between Big Jumbo and Little Jumbo Lakes Contact SERM: 306-837-2410 Features: Groomed trail through beautiful 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

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

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

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Prairie to Pine Corridor Birding Trail Local Information, Map & Sightings St. Walburg: 306-248-3232 at campsite www.stwalburg.com Paradise Hill: 306-344-2206 Turtleford: 306-845-2156 at Ernie the turtle Edam: 306-397-2223 Meota: 306-892-2061 • 306-892-2544 Meota There are migration staging areas on the shores of Jackfish, Murray and Scentgrass Lake.The North Sask River and its many islands have nesting colonies of great blue herons. Scentgrass Lake is a Federal Game Preserve where many species of diving ducks and coots can be found in great numbers in late October. Snowy egrets and black crowned night herons have been seen too. The marshy area around Scentgrass and Murray Lake are nesting area for bitterns, soro rails and night herons.The Jackfish river valley to the north of Meota has nesting pairs of sandhill cranes.White pelicans and cormorants are common in the area. Contacts: Gerry Iverson - 306-892-2185 Edam and Vawn This area is blessed with light sandy soil, oil wells, alkaline sloughs and beautiful scenery. Watch for mountain bluebirds, thrushes, brown thrashers, western kingbirds, Swainson’s hawks, goshawks, great horned owls, the occasional Canada goose that has adapted to nesting in abandoned buildings and golden eagles frequent the hills beside the river. In the village, bird feeders attract siskins, purple finches, sparrows and nuthatches. Picnic Lake, (4 miles east of Edam and then a mile north), is a great spot for grebes, coots, nesting ducks, rails and some warblers. Enjoy scouting for baby birds on sloughs in July.With permission, on Russell Lake, watch for immature pelicans, gulls, avocets, godwits, willets and the occasional piping plover. Accident Lake has marshy wetlands and is home to sandhill cranes, great blue herons and bitterns. Blackbirds and sedge wrens love this spot. Contacts: Tom & Marge Terpstra - 306-397-2667       Jim & Doris Forsyth - 306-397-2275 Mervin Mervin is on higher land where two rivers and several hills serve as focal points. Birding spots can be found wherever the grid roads or railroad spans the Turtlelake River just west of town, or Crawford Creek five miles east. Find bank and cliff swallows at small bridges. Ravines and wetland marshes have water/song birds. Thrushes and veerys call for woodlands. Yellowthroats and marsh wrens roam the marshes. Saw-whet owls prefer this habitat and can be heard calling in March/April. Huge flocks of geese and swans gather on fields in May and October. A linear slough, 2 miles south on Highway 26, then east over a ridge locates this gem for shore birds. Horse Hill, SW of town is 375’ above local terrain. A road along the west of the hill has groves of trees nearby; in April they host robins, black birds, sparrows, and later mixed flocks of warblers. Look for eagles, osprey and other raptors.

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Turtleford Turtleford and its immediate vicinity have several birding opportunities. The northern end of town, where the Spruce Lake Creek and the Turtle River converge, a marshy area and reservoirs provide nesting habitat for many species. The one mile hiking trail, accessed at the bridge west on grid road #303, provides good views of the Turtle River, yielding in season cormorant, great blue herons most of the time, as well as the large variety of nesting and feeding waterfowl and songbirds, that enjoy marsh, willows and beaver ponds. To the northeast, behind town, high hills covered with native grasses, berry bushes and ravines with poplars offers habitat for raptors, owls and many songbirds. An old stand of spruce just east of town, offers sightings of many songbirds and warblers throughout migration and larger predator birds during the summer. An afternoon of birding right at Turtleford can yield a good species count!!! Further afield excellent birding opportunities can be found, especially for those with access to a canoe, in the Englishman River valley, at Englishman Lake (where water levels are controlled by Ducks Unlimited) and Island (Millar) Lake. Contacts: Dorothy Textor - 306-845-2320       Marg Uhlig - 306-845-2438       Brent Keen - 306-845-2947 Turtle Lake and Livelong This parkland/boreal interface area is a region of varied habitat with unique bird species. Turtle Lake straddles this border and accounts for more than 250 species of birds: over 150 breed in this area. The nature sanctuary is on the east shore. Use a boat to search the north end of the lake for colonies of nesters like Western Grebe (some Clarke’s), Franklin gull, Forster’s tern, great blue heron (on the island), red-necked and eared grebe, yellowheaded blackbirds and large raptors: osprey, bald eagle, broad winged hawk.Turtle Lake boasts 22 warbler species in migration (late May to mid June), of which 13 stay to nest. Rails, swamp sparrows, 4 thrushes, great grey and 7 other owls are found there, and grosbeaks and orioles come to local feeders. Most beaches claim a few species. The Fire Guard Road offers some excellent opportunities for wilderness forest bird watching. Several wetlands around Livelong can produce good birding. This area has few retail outlets so be prepared and have most of your food pre-arranged and your tank full. Contacts: E. Merle Robinson - 306-845-2857       Muriel Carlson - 306-845-3227 Spruce Lake This small lake, beside the highway is a magnet for many species, with 116 documented to date. Several brackish ponds nearby

host marsh species. Shorebirds love the mudflats beside the lake on the southwest corner. Bonaparte’s gulls and Forster’s terns nest there in spruce that dot the shoreline. Cranes nest further north in small willow-lined sloughs. White-winged seaters, all three mergansers, bitterns, rails, black terns, avocets, willets, buffleheads and many other ducks nest here. It is a spring fed lake.The grid road west from town traverses wetlands, grasslands and aspen groves and offers many birding experiences. (See Tour E in “Birds Around St. Walburg”) Permission may be required to go beyond the Lake and on to private land. Contacts: William & Arlene Bleakney - 306-845-2246 Paradise Hill Paradise Hill offers the bird watcher boreal forest, meadows, aspen woodland and wetlands. Together these areas provide homes for a great variety of birds. Many species of waterfowl and shorebirds may be seen at marsh and lake during spring and fall migration. These rails and both herons may be viewed from the bird stand. Hawks, eagles and vultures ride the thermals on the top of the hill, while pileated woodpeckers and thrushes search for food in the mature aspen gallery forest on the hillside. The hawk watch begins the first week of September. Check out Ray’s Lake, Belliveau Lake and Half Moon Lake. Frenchman Butte, Fort Pitt (site of) and the Rifle Pits’ are also worth a visit. St. Walburg The area around St.Walburg is unspoilt glacial scenery. The deep outwash valleys combined with the activities of the beaver resist mechanized farming but provide habitat for birds of every size and description. So far 256 species of birds have been identified in our area. Water, in all but the driest year, is abundant in all of its natural forms. Our area boasts, freshwater lakes and rivers that flow year round as well as all sizes of sloughs such as those found to the south. The result is that we host large numbers of birds year round. Locally there are winter and spring bird counts, an owl count and “The humming bird”

phone-in. Pick up a copy of”Birds in St.Walburg ...and where to find them” that details six short tours. Contacts: Tony Leeson - 306-248-3294 Bright Sand Regional Park This park situated 28 km east of St. Walburg offers 1,600 acres of well-treed natural habitat for a complete range of birding possibilities ranging from humming birds to whooping cranes. A well-developed system of hiking trails permit access to much of this pristine area. There is a park entry fee. Contacts: Regional Park - 306-248-3780

Saskatchewan Birding Trail Prairie to Pine Corridor


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1391 - 100th Street. North Battleford, SK

of the Battlefords Each Office Independently Owned & Operated

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St. Walburg | 306.248.3353 WE HAVE IT ALL! COMPLETE LINE OF HARDWARE • Paint & Supplies • Tools Carpenter • Electical & Plumbing Supplies

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“Your closest drug store to the lake country”

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

Pharmacist on duty five days a week. Monday through Friday.

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

Main Street, St. Walburg

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 Monument.

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

Artists and Crafts People

Wildlife art, sculpture, drawing and many other interesting artists and art forms.


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, p h a r m a c y, s o u v e n i r s , c l o t h i n g , hardware, lumber yard, Post Office, R C M P, a m b u l a n c e , g r o c e r i e s , laundromat, gym, garages and health clinic.


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.


Camping & Accommodations

Serviced campground with showers and electrical outlets. St. Walburg Inn, Farm House Inn, Blueberry Inn, and Marie’s Country Getaway.

Town of St Walburg 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

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