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Welcome . . . We know there is no place in the province or in the world that combines the naturally peaceful beauty and the friendly small-town atmosphere quite like the spirit in the Northern Lakes region. Welcome. Whether you are planning a weekend trip or your summer vacation, we are proud to provide you with limitless possibilities for enjoying our quiet camping, our fresh-water lakes and our pristine forests. All your needs and wishes will be surpassed when you visit our bountiful tourist destinations and our local businesses. Golf with us. Fish with us. Play with us. Explore our communities and learn about our secret treasures - we are excited to share with you! The towns and villages in our community offer a wide

variety of goods and services. Whether you are staying here or playing here, you will find most everything you need or desire - with our “Shop at Home” discount card you will also realize a savings for your loyalty to our merchants. Watch for the “Shop at Home” decal on participating businesses and use your discount card to reduce the price of your purchases immediately. Our business community looks forward to serving you and we welcome your visit! On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Northern Lakes Economic Development Corp., I invite you to visit with me for assistance with your new business idea, expansion to your existing business or your needs for real estate to live or work in the Northern Lakes region.

Visit our website www.nledc.ca or our facebook page for more information on how we can help you.”

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Welcome to the Northern Lakes! There is no place in the province or in the world that combines the naturally peaceful beauty and the friendly small-town atmosphere quite like the spirit in the Northern Lakes region. Welcome. Whether you are planning a weekend trip or your summer vacation, we are proud to provide you with limitless possibilities for enjoying our quiet camping, our fresh-water lakes and our pristine forests. All your needs and wishes will be surpassed when you visit our bountiful tourist destinations and our local businesses. Golf with us. Fish with us. Play with us. Explore our website and learn about our secret treasures - we are excited to share with you! The towns and villages in our community offer a wide variety of goods and services. Whether you are staying here or playing here, you will find most everything you need or desire - with our “Shop at Home” discount card you will also realize a savings for your loyalty to our merchants. Watch for the “Shop at Home” decal on participating businesses and use your discount card to reduce the price of your purchases immediately. Our business community looks forward to serving you and we welcome your visit!

Along the #3... Spiritwood - The hub that serves the north-west portion of the region, the thriving town of Spiritwood boasts a broad range of businesses and services to accommodate your needs while visiting or traveling. The 18-hole golf course along Highway #3 is a must, while the B & Bs that are located on the course offer accommodations second to none. The thriving Main Street is always bustling - don’t miss the Farmer’s Market in the summer! Visit the Tourist information booth along Highway #3 in Spiritwood for maps, hunting and fishing guides and answers to all your questions! Shell Lake - Located adjacent to the very popular Memorial Lake Regional Park, this quiet village becomes a major tourist destination in the summer! Swimming lessons, cabins, campsites, mini-golf and ice cream - what more do you want from your get-away destination! With new developments at Green Jewel Estates offering lake living, Shell River Villas offering a quality up-scale lifestyle with a private putting green, and the well maintained Memorial Lake Golf Course...you need to take a closer look at Shell Lake. Shellbrook - The eastern hub of the Region, Shellbrook is a picturesque agricultural community that lies a short

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half hour outside the city of Prince Albert. Shellbrook is the largest town in the Northern Lakes Region and offers all amenities for a safe and quiet family lifestyle. Recreation abounds with the outdoor swimming pool offering lessons and a synchronized swimming club. Top-notch sports grounds and an exciting hockey team provide plenty of entertainment and activity yearround. With a regional hospital housed in the new (2013) Parkland Integrated Health Facility, Shellbrook is home to numerous physicians and clinicians that provide 24/7 emergency and acute care. The junction to Highway #55 North to the lakes within town limits and #40 South to Parkside and Blaine Lake makes us your chance to re-fuel, dine, shop and plan the rest of your holiday with us!

South on 40... Parkside - The village of Parkside is the proud home to Honeywood (Dr. A. J. Porter) Heritage Nursery. Located along Highway #40, you will notice the large prairie lily in Parkside - right near the sports grounds and demolition derby site! Stop in at the post office and general store to enjoy a visit with the Mayor; coffee is always on. Blaine Lake - Your gateway to the lakes, Blaine Lake sits at the junction of highways #40 and #12. A quick look at a regional map will indicate the number of lakes, campgrounds, resorts and tourist spots that are located within a short distance of the Blaine Lake community. With our rich heritage of Slavic and European cultures blended with the original English and French settlers, the diversity offers a blend of warm hospitality to visitors while adding ethnic cuisine to many of the local dining establishments. Just a short drive from Martin’s Lake Regional Park and surrounded by stops on the ‘12-40 And Beyond’ artisans tour, Blaine Lake is your southern hub of the Northern Lakes Region.


Welcome to the Northern Lakes! Up the #24 North... Leoville - Small town, Big Heart! The village on the forest fringe at the point where Highway 24 swings west to Chitek Lake is a place with friendly people, all the services you might require and a strong volunteer spirit! Major events during the year in Leoville are the Ladies Diamond Dinner, Mother’s Day Brunch, Father’s Day ATV Rally and Slo-pitch Tournament, Trailriders Rodeo, Snowdrifters Snowmobile Rally. In the sports field, Leoville has a very active youth badminton program with hundreds of medals won over the years. There is minor, senior and recreational hockey, sandlot ball, figure skating and curling. There is also an active 4-H program and a very active Girl Guides of Canada program. Chitek Lake - The resort village of Chitek Lake is one of the most popular camping destinations in our Region. With a growing population of permanent residents, the village bursts with activity during the summer months - family reunions, swimming lessons, quadding, great fishing - all great reasons to plan your holidays around Chitek Lake! With the Van Dam Good Ice Fishing Derby and the Bush Buddies Snowmobile Rally on plenty of well-marked trails, your family will want to make plans for winter too. Stock up on supplies at Harv’s, catch a weekly bingo game at the Community Hall or scope out where to build your lake home - Chitek Lake welcomes you!

Tour #378 South... Meeting Lake Regional Park - Located just off Highway #378 between Spiritwood and Rabbit Lake, this is your camping destination with the family fun in mind! Open from May long weekend until September long weekend. Meeting Lake Regional Park boasts modern conveniences such as a concession, dining room, gas, laundromat, showers and a camp kitchen. Fish for northern pike, pickerel and perch, take part in musical jam sessions and karaoke nights, enter the parade, or just enjoy the beach - Meeting Lake is everything you want for the entire summer or just a sunny day! Rabbit Lake - Famous for being the district that hosts the Carlton Trail Jamboree, Rabbit Lake is the epitome

of friendly country hospitality. Visit the museum or relax at the Whistle Stop coffee shop - take a break and visit relatives at Rose Gill Lodge or gear up for your day trip to the Crooked Bush - Rabbit Lake always has something going on. Bunnock tournament, summer fair and trade show...your time here will be enjoyable.

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Canwood - The ideal location and variety of services offered makes Canwood a good choice for people looking to get back to small town life. Offering a variety of essential services, from groceries to health care, Canwood is close enough to major centers to make travel convenient for day trips as well as weekend visits! There is never a lack of activity - from activities with the Seniors to events at the Community School or a round of golf after work, Canwood is a great destination in itself or a stop on your trip to the lakes. Debden & Morin Lake - Debden is a bilingual community that was founded in 1912, pioneered by brave souls mostly from Quebec. By 1922 the small hamlet of Debden became incorporated as a village. Today the village has 348 residents and is a full service community for everything you need, all within a few minutes walking distance. Whether you are an avid nature lover or sportsman we are located in the heart of some of the best nature has to offer. With 100 lakes within 50 miles, there is always a lot to explore. Being in the heart of such amazing country with large expanses of land, wilderness and bodies of water, this region can proudly say that we have some of the best fishing and hunting anywhere in Canada. Big River - The hub of the lake region in our Northern reaches, Big River is a town with everything! You will not find better fishing and boating opportunities - you can even fish off the dock right inside the town limits. Having un-paralleled sports grounds and hall facilities, Big River plays host to high caliber ball playoffs and tournaments. In addition to the excellent winter recreation, such as ice fishing and snowmobiling, Big River is the place to stock up on your camping supplies when you visit the popular music festivals at Ness Creek. Country, Folk or Bluegrass - Ness Creek has you covered all summer!

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Welcome . . .

12-40 and Beyond

Sink your teeth into a syrupy wedge of fresh apple pie made from locally grown apples, pick saskatoons till your hands are purple or purchase farm-fresh veggies for supper. The 12-40 and Beyond tour offers these delights and more.

Curious about the past and how things were done in by-gone days? Let the sound of the hammer shaping hot metal at a working forge take you back in time. Browse through an antiques shop, take in a weaving demonstration or slip your feet into a pair of soft leather moccasins made just for you. You can also run your fingers over the fine threads of fabric art created by a textile artist, choose a scroll saw design to grace your window, pick up some photo note cards, or find just the right painting for a special spot in your home. Want to get involved? A number of venues offer demonstrations so you can be part of the action. There’s

even an “ugly stick” competition where you can set your inner-musician free as you make your own music. The highlights are the work of more than a dozen artists, producers and crafters. All stops on the tour are within a half-hour drive of Blaine Lake. Participating sites are open from 9 a.m. till 8 p.m. near the end of July. Check the website for dates and mark your calendar. You won’t want to miss it! Then follow the signs with the old red grain elevator for an unforgettable adventure in rural life.

For a map and more information visit www.12-40andbeyond.com

Northern Horizons Journey of Creativity Bring a favourite family photo for a portrait artist to transform into a portrait you’ll treasure forever. Have your design ideas brought to life in shiny aluminum to adorn your home or office, or see what an award-winning ceramic artist can do for your home in custom-made ceramic architecture. Share your creative ideas with artists on the Northern Horizons Journey of Creativity and make your design dreams a reality.

Sip tea and swap ideas with award-winning film producers and musicians in their bonsai tea garden or pick up some home-made authentic Ukrainian food. Choose a few bars of lovingly hand-crafted soaps made from locally grown ingredients or bring home a dainty piece of beaded crochet work. Whatever your preferences, come and experience the passion that motivates artists on this tour. If you’re looking for a distinctive painting, drawing, sculpture or piece of pottery, you’re sure to find something that dazzles you, too. Discover outstanding artwork, visit with artists, hear their stories and learn what inspires them. All studies are within a half-hour drive of Glaslyn. Remember to bring your camera and a picnic lunch and enjoy the scenic countryside and lakes that the area is known for. First weekend of August Studios are open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Watch for and follow the horizon signs!

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Thickwood Hills Studio Trail Take a drive to Shell Lake during the second weekend in August and follow the Thickwood Hills Studio Trail over rolling hills and through the aspen forests and get to know the talented artists of the parkland. With more than ten studios to visit, you can book a nearby cabin or cottage or bring your RV and spend the full two days of the tour driving the scenic countryside to participating studios. If you don’t have that much time, select the studios you’d most like to see. Either way, this tour offers great variety, friendly artistic folks and charming country drives. Whatever you decide, be sure to allow enough time to take in the scenic lakes and sandy beaches that dot the Thickwood Hills area. Participating artists will have artworks available for purchase and some artists welcome you to visit them while they work. Washroom facilities and picnic tables are located at all studios.

Whether you’re looking for distinctive garden décor, a unique gift or an artist to commission for a special piece of artwork, you’ll find it along the Thickwood Hills Studio Trail. A diversity of artists offer works in: • Paint • Photography • Pottery • Bronze casting and sculpture • Stained glass • Wood: lathe work, intarsia, children’s furniture From Saskatoon, follow Highway 12, about 1.5 hours to Shell Lake. From Prince Albert, take Highway 3, about one hour. Maps are available on our website - watch for the blue moon logo on signs marking studios of exhibiting artists.

For more information visit www.studiotrail.com

Taste Summer in the Northern Lakes

Spiritwood Farmers Market

Let the scent of sun-warmed strawberries and freshly made bakery goods draw you to the Farmers Market for fresh fruit, vegetables, bakery goods and more! Summer in the Northern Lakes mean long, sun-saturated days and warm, short nights – ideal for a variety of recreational pursuits in the great outdoors. But warm temperatures and lengthy day-light hours are also the perfect ingredients for growing an amazing assortment of produce of every shape and colour. Spiritwood Farmers Market season produce may include Stock your fridge and pantry at the Farmers Market delectable patty pan squash, on Spiritwood’s Main Street every Friday between 8:00 baby potatoes, swiss chard, am and 1:00 pm from May till September. Hard-working and peas. Later in the season, local growers serve up the freshest and best of what they come for pumpkins, corn, and juicy tomatoes. Regular produce right here in the Northern Lakes region. Try unique visits ensure you won’t miss out on what’s new. varieties of fruits and vegetables for creative and colourful Tantalize Your Taste Buds summer meals that are loaded with flavour and nutrition. Prepare to be surprised by the flavour of fresh, locally You can also shop for farm fresh eggs, locally-made meat grown food. The difference that freshness makes is products, an ever-changing variety of home-baked treats, enormous. That’s because most of the produce you’ll find and local crafts. at Farmers Market was picked the day before, sometimes Surprising Variety the same day, it’s sold. Because the produce travels just Those new to farmers markets are often surprised by a few kilometres from where it’s grown to get to market, it the variety of foods they find here. Long, sunny days make can be left to ripen on the plant. That means you reap the up for the short growing season, making it possible for flavour and nutrition benefits of eating sun-ripened fruit. local growers to bring to market such specialties as bell Once you’ve eaten a tomato or a strawberry from our local peppers, sweet corn, apricots and cherries. You’ll also find Farmers Market you’ll be hooked! local producers’ stalls brimming with varieties of produce Unique Gifts that aren’t typically available in large chain grocery stores. Farmers Market is also a great place to find unique, Seasonal Specials locally made gifts. Crafters display a variety of thoughtful Expect something new each time you visit Farmers and quirky items that make one-of-a-kind treasures. You’ll Market as the week’s offerings reflect what’s ripening at also find home-made preserves such as jams and jellies the moment. Early season specialties include spinach that capture the essence of summer in the Northern Lakes and salad greens, strawberries and spring onions. Mid- region.

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Crooked Bush

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Calendar of Events JANUARY

• Witchekan Lake Wildlife Federation Annual Awards Night & Banquet • Spiritwood Grey Goose Funspiel

FEBRUARY

• Leoville Snow Drifters Snowmobile Rally • Chitek Lake Bush Buddies Snowmobile Rally • Leoville, Shell Lake Open Curling Bonspiels • Medstead Casino Night • Spiritwood Funspiel • Spiritwood Co-Ed Hockey Tournament • Shell Lake Crossroad Farms Annual Bull Sale

MARCH

• Spiritwood, Medstead Open Curling Bonspiels • Spiritwood Senior Open Curling Bonspiel • Spiritwood Ladies Curling Bonspiel • Annual Ag. Society Bull Sale • Spiritwood Draft Hockey Tournament • Spiritwood Lions Cordwood Bonspiel • Spiritwood Northern Alliance Annual Bull Sale • Shell Lake (Memorial Lake) Fish Derby (ice conditions permitting)

APRIL

• Shell Lake Dinner Theatre • Golf Courses open for the season in The Spirit of the Northern Lakes • Parkside Apples Workshop at Honeywood Nursery • Grand Ole Opry - Spiritwood • Spiritwood Branding The Best Bull Sale • Leoville Road Hockey Tournament

MAY

• Fishing Season opens in The Spirit of the Northern Lakes • Medstead 4-H Achievement Day • Leoville Ladies Diamond Dinner • Parkside Apple Blossom Time at Honeywood Nursery

JUNE

• Leoville Father’s Day ATV Rally • Spiritwood RCMP Open Golf Tournament • Spiritwood Regional 4-H Achievement Day, Show & Sale

JULY

• Ness Creek Music Festival - Big River District • Shell Lake Homesteader Days • Swimming Lessons (Morin Lake, Memorial Lake & Chitek Lake) • Blaine Lake 12-40 & Beyond Culture Journey

• Blaine Lake Doukhobor Dugout House Opens • Parkside Demolition Derby & Ball Tournament • Parkside Lilies in Bloom at Honeywood Nursery • Parkside Christmas in July at Honeywood Nursery • Spiritwood Summer Playground Program

AUGUST

• Timberland Rodeo - Leoville District (Long Weekend) • Morin Lake Fun Days • Thickwood Hills Studio Art Trail • Shell Lake Open Golf Tournament • Shell Lake - Prairie Sculptors Exhibits/Wood Turning & Blacksmith Demonstrations • Northern Horizons/Journey of Creativity - Medstead • Big River Northern Lights Bluegrass Festival • Spiritwood Summer Playground Program

SEPTEMBER

• Parks close - Schools open • Hunting Season opens for Upland Game Birds/ Migratory birds • Terry Fox Run - Marathon of Hope Run - At all Centers • Spiritwood Dale Willick Memorial Golf Tournament • Parkside Touch of Autumn at Honeywood Nursery • Spiritwood Hockey Registration

OCTOBER

• Fowl Suppers (All Centers) • Bull Riding • Spiritwood Ducks Unlimited Banquet & Auction

NOVEMBER

• Spiritwood Lions Annual Craft Show & Sale • Spiritwood Annual Senior’s Appreciation Supper • Spiritwood Remembrance Day Ceremonies • Shell Lake Lions - November Feast • Trade Show - Debden • Leoville Harvest Unwind

DECEMBER

• Christmas Celebrations throughout - At all Locations • Spiritwood Chamber of Commerce Shop At Home for Christmas Cash • Spiritwood Lions Club $1000 Cash Draw • Spiritwood High School Toy Bingo

For the dates of the upcoming events please call our information number at 1-800-693-4199 or visit our website at: www.townofspiritwood.ca

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Welcome to Spiritwood nights fill up the social calendar. As well, the mezzanine is available for private groups, conferences, weddings and other functions. Hockey is a staple in the community for all ages and abilities and with the new HJR Asphalt arena opened in 2011 athletes enjoy a state-of-the-art facility. Summer activities are based around Spiritwood’s 12-site camp ground located next to our softball fields with five diamonds, two that are shaled. The museum full of pioneer memorabilia, massive agricultural display and vintage church rounds out the attractions at the park.

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January - Wildlife Federation Banquet Grey Goose Funspiel Open spaces, northern lights rippling across the star filled skies. Fresh air and wheat fields and some of the most breathtaking sunsets against the prairie horizon. Spiritwood is an agricultural centre situated in the north central Parkland District, an area of relatively good soils. Grain growing is the chief industry followed closely by raising livestock. Spiritwood offers its residents fully modern accommodation, education, medical, dental, retail and government services. Its close proximity to an abundance of lakes and parks with camping, boating, fishing, golfing, hunting, snowmobiling and hiking enhances the quality of life. Spiritwood’s economy is healthy and vibrant due to the diversity of mixed farming, retail trade, government services and tourism. Spiritwood’s population is approximately 1000. As the largest community within 80 km in any direction, Spiritwood is regarded as one of the hubs of the Northern Lakes region. The total population of our trading area is between 6000 and 7000; this takes in a 30-35 mile radius. With over 200 businesses, community service groups and government agencies, residents have many choices in all aspects of family requirements from education to daily needs, agriculture supplies to beauty care. The region’s economy is aided in areas such as recruitment and retention through the Northern Lakes Economic Development Corporation. Their motto “partnering for sustainable economic growth” is the basis on which new business development is identified and planned. The community boasts a 1.6 million dollar facility opened in 2005 for curling and bowling. It has a finished mezzanine (with lift and wheelchair access) to host larger functions. Movie nights, dances, fundraisers and specialty

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February - March - Co-Ed Hockey Tournament March - Open Bonspiel - Second week in March April - Grand Ole Opry June - 4-H Achievement Day Town-Wide Garage Sale - First weekend in June July - Canada Day Picnic October - Bull Riding

Family Halloween Party Ducks Unlimited Banquet & Auction  - Third Saturday in October

December - Breakfast with Santa Shop at Home for Christmas Cash  - Second Saturday in December

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Town of Spiritwood Town of Spiritwood SARCS

Spiritwood Area Recreation, Culture & Sport Spiritwood offers a variety of recreation programs and activities for all ages:

More information call Recreation Director 306-883-2176 or www.spiritwoodrecreation.com • Curling • Bowling • Youth Soccer • Skate • Rec Hockey • Minor Hockey • Slo-Pitch • Lions Club • Seniors Club • Youth Basketball • Tae Kwon Do

REC CENTER

• Spirited Players Drama Club • Spiritwood Arrows Archery Club • Spiritwood Museum • Timberwolves Senior Hockey • Summer Rec Program • Northern Spirit 4-H Club • Spiritwood Golf Course • Music Lessons • Dance • Spiritwood Horticultural Society • Witchekan Wildlife Federation

Open 7 Days a Week

Offering • Bowling Alley • Curling Rink • Ice Rink • Mezzanine

Book a Party • Birthday/ Wedding • Christmas • Meetings • Group Functions

Call today 306-883-2088

SARCS would like to thank all volunteers, donators and users for your enthusiasm, generosity and support over the years.

Upcoming Events

• Farmer Market 200 Block of Main Street May - October • Street Dance ~ June 2 - Live Band • Ball Tournament ~ June 2 & 3 • Canada Day ~ July 1 - BBQ at Sad Saac Park - Music, Food & Fireworks

1-306-883-2161 Tourism: Email:

• Country Music Festival July 7 & 8 • SARCS 2nd Annual Bull Riding & Cabaret October 6 - BRC Pro Bull Riding - Rally Big 50/50 Draw - Country Cabaret - Live Band • Campground/RV Park May - October - Water & Power - Trailer Dump Station

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Cameron & Bourdages Memorial Park Purpose of the Society The purpose of forming the Cameron & Bourdages Memorial Society is to design and construct a public memorial in Spiritwood, Saskatchewan to honour our fallen RCMP members, Constable Robin Cameron and Constable Marc Bourdages, and all peace officers who have served and continue to serve with courage and dedication.

Purpose of the Memorial: The purpose of the Memorial is to offer a positive and peaceful space to pay respect to Constable Robin Cameron and Constable Marc Bourdages and peace keepers across Canada and around the world.

History: In 2006 Constable Robin Cameron and Constable Marc Bourdages were attending a call while on duty in Spiritwood when they were shot and later succumbed to their injuries in hospital. The community of Spiritwood chose to recognize the

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sacrifice of these two Constables by naming the local ice arena the “Bourdages Cameron Arena.” Since then, the community built a new arena/multiplex centre, which has been renamed after a generous donation from a large corporate sponsor, leaving the old arena slated for demolition. It became clear that Spiritwood needed a public memorial to commemorate and recognize its own fallen Constables. The Cameron & Bourdages Memorial Society was created out of this. The Cameron & Bourdages Memorial Society includes a variety of members from Spiritwood and area, all united behind a common goal. Furthermore the town of Spiritwood has assisted the Society by donating a parcel of land for the park to be built on, and have agreed to maintain it after the Memorial Park is built. Robin and Marc’s families have blessed the idea of the Memorial Park and have been involved in the planning to honour their loved ones. The Cameron & Bourdages Memorial Society’s vision is to construct a Memorial Park that is a place of peace, remembrance, pride and gathering for the community of Spiritwood and surrounding areas. We continue to work towards completion of this park and are proud and excited about what we have accomplished so far. This park has been a light that has come out of a dark and tragic event from our community’s past.


Main Street Gallery

Along Spiritwood’s Main Street are sights you wouldn’t expect to see in a town of 1,000. In the library’s window are lakeside scenes, while in the window of The Nines hair salon, stands a rooster in bold colour. A number of businesses along Spiritwood’s Main Street are featuring the work of local artists and artists from the surrounding area in its windows. The idea was Heather Beauchesne’s, a local physiotherapist and artist. In 2016, artist Mavis Bellisle approached Beauchesne to establish the presence of art in town. Beauchesne, along with Northern Lakes Economic Development Corporation’s Managing Director Bevra Fee, asked local businesses if they’d allow for art to be showcased in display windows they weren’t using. The first building to have art in its windows was the RM of Spiritwood building. Businesses gradually allowed art to be displayed in their windows, although Beauchesne said it was sometimes a hard sell at the beginning. “A lot of people wanted to wait and see before they’d say yes to something.” Now, Fee said, there is art in “pretty much all the windows in town that are available.” Beauschesne said she initially expected only three or four artists to participate, but interest grew. The work of 12 artists is currently featured. Fee was also surprised by the local interest. “I didn’t know a little northern prairie town was interested in the arts,” Fee said. “It’s not only locals, it’s tourism. Lots of people come through the area. It’s really sparked an interest I didn’t know we had.” Artists that came along for a tour were Mavis Bellisle, Taylor Olson, Monica Kitching, Rigmor Clarke from Shell Lake, Nathan Pinsent from Leoville (who said he’s been marketing himself for 26 years), and Pat Jacobson. Most featured artists are selftaught, with some art classes here and there. Fee and Beauchesne said the plan is to try to secure funding for a gallery space and an artist-in-residence. The gallery space would be the RM building in town. In order to prevent too much art in the building at once, Fee said an option is to showcase the work of two artists at once, while the other work would stay in its respective windows. “We’ve had so much interest with people coming into the offices and businesses where the artwork is, looking for the gallery,” Fee said. New to Spiritwood’s Main Street is a contemporary art gallery, located in the basement of the RM Building. The hours are typically Monday – Friday, 8 am – 4 pm, or by appointment at 883-2426. Spiritwood Main Street Gallery held its grand opening in November, with Rick Pilling the first artist to be featured. Pat Jacobson said she likes the art along Main Street because not needing to go into a building allows for more people to see the art, and walking tours offer an opportunity to walk around and chat. Jacobson has displayed her work in the Chapel and Allen Sapp galleries in North Battleford. She said people are more likely to judge art that’s in a gallery, rather than just admire it. “Sometimes as an artist it doesn’t matter to me if they like it or not,” Jacobson said. Along Main Street, “if you like it, you like it. If you don’t, you don’t.”

Monica Kitching said she enjoys the opportunity to display her work to the public. “I’m 60 and starting over again on a new journey in life.” She said her family inspired her to start painting again. “The door’s open for me, and I’m loving it.” Beauchesne wrote in an email that the program wasn’t driven by an artist collective, but rather by individuals and town representatives. Artists in the Spiritwood and surrounding area are encouraged to contact Beauchesne or Fee. Featuring art in Main Street windows, Beauchesne added, is something any town can start doing. Fee said she’s embracing Spiritwood’s new artistic side. “We used to be known for the rodeo, now we’re going to be known for the arts,” Fee said. She said she often hears of rural towns disappearing and changing for the worse, but art along Main Street is an example of the community thriving. “We’re holding our own and maybe even winning the battle a bit.”

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Spiritwood Museum Spiritwood Museum Committee is a registered non-profit group that boasts a museum depicting rural farm house, agricultural building and a church, all with adjoining displays representing many aspects of rural Saskatchewan history. With large emphasis on agriculture as well as vintage machinery and vehicles. Each building tells its own story of life in northern Saskatchewan. The main museum, a rural farm house represents the lives of northern Saskatchewan’s early settlers. The two upper levels of the house resembles a family home containing many original artifacts donated by Spiritwood and the surrounding district’s communities. Also in this building; on the first floor, we have many interesting displays, ranging from sports to military and wedding dresses to first nations artifacts. Just down the road, in the Agriculture building you’ll find many hand tools and farming equipment. In this building you’ll notice a tools of the trade theme. Experience the past knowing all these items had once been used by farmers and people of

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other professions from this region. While visiting this building, check out the veterinarian display, old shop display, shoe making and watch display as well as our fire truck! Also on our grounds is one of the six original Bissell Memorial Church, built in 1936. The church was built by Mr. Bissell after inventing and patenting a plough. The united church was built in Mildred SK and moved to Spiritwood SK in the year of 1965. The interior remains the same since it had been used in Spiritwood. This church is unique because it was one of six built in Canada, including the last minutes from the Norbury Hungarian church donation items, such as the bell and an alter cloth. Our community museum has a huge range of items to see. Our impressive collection has something for the entire family and people of all ages to enjoy. Located near the RV park and less than a minute from town. Come take a tour at the Spiritwood & District Museum to experience the home, working and religious life of people long ago.


Grand Ole Opry

Thursday - Saturday, April 5 - 7, 2018

All Photos on this page for the Grand Ole Opry to Dave Hyndman

This chronically popular country music event in Spiritwood showcases local talent annually at their well-planned event in April. “The question asked after every version of the Spiritwood Grand Ole Opry is just how many people attended over the course of the two evenings, and again, the most reliable number is a clear guess. About 900. Suffice to say, the place was jammed to the rafters.” - Spiritwood Herald, April 2016. The volunteer committee has developed the format and the selection process over the years, but be assured that the variety of performers provides a satisfying balance of entertainers – veteran

and newcomer, young and old, male and female. Twelve performers each night are backed by a house band and are selected via applications that are submitted by November of the previous year. Performers typically have some tie to Spiritwood – whether it is currently their hometown or they live elsewhere but are from the area or work in the area. The MC keeps the audience engaged during act changes and skillfully guides the eager fans through the bios and introductions of firsttimers and welcomes back the long-time favourites. Spiritwood’s Grand Ole Opry is an early sellout every year.

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Spiritwood RM of Spiritwood No. 496 Open spaces, northern lights rippling across the star filled skies. Fresh air & wheat fields & some of the most breathtaking sunsets against the prairie horizon. The RM of Spiritwood No. 496 is an agricultural municipality situated in the north central parkland district of Saskatchewan. Grain growing is the chief industry followed closely by livestock operations. Big game hunting, great fishing and the many resorts and regional parks make this area a popular destination. The Rural Municipality of Spiritwood No. 496 first formed on December 9, 1929 and expanded to amalgamate Shell Lake No. 495 on December 31, 1953. We are located in the north central region of the province. The Organized Hamlet of Spruce Bay, Aspen Ridge Estates,  Green Jewel Estates, Sunset Rim Estates, Angus Estates, Misty Grove & The Cove are all lakeshore developments that are governed by the RM. The Town of Spiritwood, Villages of Leoville and

Shell Lake, Resort Villages of Big Shell & Echo Bay, are self-governing entities that lie within the geographical boundaries of the RM. Memorial Lake Regional Park and Meeting Lake Regional Park, as well as Witchekan Lake First Nation & Pelican Lake First Nation also lie within the boundary of the RM of Spiritwood. Saskatchewan has 296 rural municipalities with a provincial average of 1033 sq. km. The RM of Spiritwood No. 496 has 29 townships with a land base of 2,392 sq. km The RM of Spiritwood supports a diverse array of land use options with regulations in place to ensure ratepayers are able to enjoy the rural quality of life. Whether you are constructing a residence on your land, renovating an existing building, operating a home based business, constructing a commercial or industrial building, or operating an intensive livestock operation, a number of permits and approvals may be required prior to beginning your project. The first step in your planning is to ensure that your development has access to an all-weather road that meets the RM of Spiritwood road standards.

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A Development Permit may be issued within 7 -10 business days of receiving a complete application. However, it may take up to six (6) weeks to process a development permit application, depending on the circumstances. If you need further assistance contact the municipal office to help you determine whether you need a development permit, a building permit or both.


Spiritwood

RM of Spiritwood No. 496

Development Permits A development permit acknowledges the use of land or buildings and its compliance with the applicable Official Community Plan and Zoning Bylaw. In almost all cases an approved development permit is required before commencing any development or use of land in the RM of Spiritwood. Building Permit A building permit is separate from a development permit. A building permit refers to building construction and compliance with the National Building Code and is governed by the RM Building Bylaw.

Minor Variances A minor variance is a request for a relaxation of the minimum required setback distance of a building.

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Village of Leoville The Leoville area has an agricultural economic base. Cattle and grain predominate, but hog operations, game farming, timbering, outfitting and trucking are other businesses that make for a mixed economy. Our village is situated along Highway 24, just 32 km north of Spiritwood near the Northern Provincial Forest boundary. Leoville is a vibrant community with plenty of opportunities and activities, especially for the outdoor enthusiast - camping, quadding, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, as well as sporting events and community services throughout the year. We have friendly people and all the services you require for daily life, whether operating a business, raising a family or enjoying your retirement. We offer a K-12 school with full extra-curricular schedule as well as Evergreen Centre - a 17 bed Level 3 and 4 healthcare facility. Our town is known for its volunteer spirit. We have many strong organizations that contribute to the quality of life in our community. In addition to our natural economy, we have a stable trading area, affordable housing and a partnership in a regional economic development corporation. Recreation is ongoing in Leoville - our public facilities such as a skating arena, curling rink, playground, senior citizens’ centre and campground all complement our beautiful and modern ball park, with free camping as an added bonus! Nearby golf courses and major events throughout the year extend the recreational offering.

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Prairie North Contracting Ltd. General Contractors

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Spruce Row Stables Welcome to Spruce Row Stables... Where horses influence positive change!

Nestled in the beautiful Big River valley, just minutes from the towns of Leoville and Spiritwood, is your next northern adventure for the entire family! We are a horseback riding stable and working ranch that has much to offer it’s visitors of all ages and experience. We offer: Horseback riding lessons to all ages and levels specializing in beginners and nervous riders in both Western and English, your horse or ours; An assortment of well trained lesson horses for all levels; Horse training to a limited number of carefully chosen clients; Horse Showing; Equine Assisted Learning exercises that use horse interaction to focus on building daily life skills for anyone from family/ friend groups to corporate groups to

schools and group homes; Clinics and Camps that focus on learning horsemanship/riding skills in a fun, safe and non judgmental environment; Petting zoo, on site or available for travel; Birthday parties, horse themed, petting zoo or both; Guided trail rides on your horse or ours; Team tracker parties for team building, school field trips,family reunions or stag/stagette’s; Used tack store on site; and Horse boarding. We are also in close proximity to beautiful lakes, hunting, camping, fishing and quadding/snowmobile trails. Our Facility includes: 68’ indoor round pen with lighting, windows, tack up, area and a heated viewing area. This building is used for general riding, lessons, horse training, indoor

petting zoo, equine assisted learning, birthday parties and other events when the weather is less than ideal; 20 x 60 meter outdoor sand arena; Two 50’ outdoor round pens (one attached to turn out pens); Turn out pens and pastures for horses; Individual boarder tack lockers; Clubhouse/ used tack store; An assortment of jumps; Ample room for horse trailers; Miles of trails and open field in the river valley and surrounding area for horseback riding, mountain biking and hiking; River access for fishing, canoeing or kayaking; Beef cattle operation. Soon to be added to our facility are: a Grass/ sand combo jumping arena; an Outdoor trail challenge obstacle course; and Rustic camping.

Contact us/check us out at: emailsprucerowstables@hotmail.com Cell (306) 883-8777 website sprucerowstables.webs.com Facebook sprucerowstables sprucerowriders and sprucerowcreationandusedtack

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Debden Chamber of Commerce Cooter’s Mobile Tire Sales & Service Ltd. Mobile Unit Onsight Repair

306-468-7912

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Lake Country Co-op Gas Bar, C-Store & Cardlock

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306-724-2104

Tom Collins

306-468-7210

C.B. Small Engine & Laundromat For all your snowmobile, ATV & Small Engine Repair Needs

306-724-4933

Art Rocks Gallery “Specializing in painted Feathers”

Artist Lucille Scott

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“For all your Machining & Welding Needs”

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Pat’s Electric Journeyman Electrician Cell: 306-468-7470

Home: 306-724-4767

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Shell Lake

Welcome to Shell Lake

Oasis of the Parkland! The Village of Shell Lake, though small in population, is a vibrant, bustling community. It is located close to the junction of Highways #3 and #12 and is surrounded by 14 lakes in a 15-mile radius! The Village lies adjacent to Memorial Lake Regional Park which is the major employer during the summer month. If you are looking for a vacation spot away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Shell Lake is the place to be, both during the summer and the winter. Step out your door and you are minutes away from swimming, fishing, hunting, golfing, tennis courts, mini-golf, snowmobiling, curling, crosscountry skiing or skating.

If you are looking for the perfect place to purchase or build a retirement home, look no further. There are serviced lots for sale in the new sub-division - contact us for details!

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Chitek Lake Golf Carved from the natural beauty of the northern boreal forest this 9 hole golf course is laid out over the entire 80 acre property allowing for an almost private atmosphere from fairway to fairway.

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Chitek Lake Golf and Recreation provides a unique family orientation for its golfing clientele, even the littlest ones can be seen taking their first swing at that magical white sphere or often as not trying to catch frogs for dad’s bait box. For TEE-TIME RESERVATIONS or other information call:

306-984-4514 or call/text 306-984-7422

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Big River

Snowmobiling in the Northern Lakes

More than 300 km of ATV and snowmobile trails are found in the Big River area, providing trail users with scenic forest rides, along abandoned logging roads that offer various challenges depending on the time of year and local weather conditions. The ATV trails can become quite muddy at times as riders cross shallow streams, creeks and rivers. The majority of the ATV and snowmobile trails are well-groomed throughout the year and lead to some excellent fishing lakes that are only accessible from the trails. Regardless of the trail or time of year, though, riders are asked to exercise caution as potentially hazardous conditions may occur. Due to the extensive trail network, riders are encouraged to ride with a friend and use GPS or a trained guide to lead them through the area.

Riders are also asked to not drink and ride and to always wear a helmet to help ensure a safe trail adventure every time. www.sasktourism.com

If you Love to Ski or Snowboard! If you love to ski or snowboard and live in Saskatchewan, then come visit Ski Timber Ridge. Located only 2 1/2 hours from Saskatoon and 1 1/2 hours from Prince Albert, our community run ski hill is the perfect escape.

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Nestled in Saskatchewan’s northern boreal forest, located off Highway 55 just south of the town of Big River, Ski Timber Ridge awaits you. A short drive from Saskatoon or Prince Albert makes our hill a perfect escape from the city for a rejuvenating day of skiing or snowboarding. At 300 vertical feet, the landscape’s natural beauty is exposed. Six runs ranging from 1,300 feet to 2,600 feet are spread left to right offering challenging and varied terrain for beginners and those more advanced in the sport. When you order a cup of coffee it is served steaming hot, along with a smile. Our instructors are outside having a great time in the snow, encouraging struggling newcomers in hopes the sport will become a lifelong passion as it has for them. The lift attendant is singing along to the stereo, chatting easily with everybody riding the lift. Inside the comfortable and cozy new lodge you can warm yourself by the fire, watch the outdoor activity from our big deck or refuel with a steaming bowl of chili. Outside the slopes invite you. Strap on your board or step into skis, choose your terrain and carve it up with your friends.

Contact Info Phone (306) 469-4545 Email: skitimberridge@gmail.com


Big River

Northern Lights Bluegrass and Old Tyme Music Camp The man without hesitation gave his dobro to the land. He said “Next year, come back, show me that you can play it and it will be yours to keep.” Lifelong friendships are born here. Since the first camp, numerous groups have been formed. Some are just a group of people gathering to jam and others have created bands that are performing across the province.

For more information go to www.northernlightsbluegrass.ca Email: camp@northernlightsbluegrass.ca Call 306-653-1880 or Facebook group Northern Lights Bluegrass and Old Tyme Music

Here is what people are saying about Northern Lights Music Camp

“I think the camp has changed the landscape of roots music in Saskatchewan. People are learning that actively participating in the music is more fun and more exciting than passively listening to it. Plus banjo playing is a chick magnet.” Michael Corcoran, professor at U of S, Saskatoon, bluegrass banjo instructor and bluegrass historian “There is a magic that happens at our camp that we have yet to be able to articulate. If you are searching for a home for your love of music, you just might find it with us. Pull up a chair around the campfire and experience it.” Tracy Lalonde, Saskatoon, Music Camp Co-ordinator & Banjo Mom “Well run and one of the very best Music Camp and Festival that we’ve ever attended. Truly a memorable event that will amaze you with super talent and entertainment. Be sure to attend, you’ll be glad you did!!” David Davis, musician and band leader of David Davis and the Warrior River Boys from Cullen, Alabama, Advanced mandolin instructor

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Big River

Northern Lights Bluegrass and Old Tyme Music Camp

Where can you go to learn or improve your music skills? Northern Lights Bluegrass and Old Tyme Music Camp takes place in the forest near Big River at the site known as Ness Creek. For nine years now, during the 2nd week of August, amateur musicians gather there to learn from professional musicians in the genres of Bluegrass and Old Tyme music. A three day music festival happens at the end of the week for the public. The instructors for the music camp are hired from these headlining bands. In the past, instructors have come from mountains of the Yukon, the swamps of Louisiana, the hills of San Francisco and from the kitchen parties of the Maritimes. Bluegrass music is a form of acoustic string band music that features vocal harmonies and virtuosic displays of picking on individual instruments. It all started with Bill Munroe and the Bluegrass Boys but has been made popular again by the movie Oh Brother Where Art Thou and the pop sounds of Mumford and Sons, etc. Old Tyme music is also string music but encompasses a much broader genre. It can include piano, harmonica, and more. We define it as anything from old mountain music from Appalachia, to East Coast fiddle tunes, Metis tunes, and anything in between. Grandparents, moms, dads and kids of all ages are combining a week of camping and socializing with a week of learning to play music, sing and dance. They will be privy to some of the most jaw dropping professional performances; private concerts and impromptu music creation. There are week long classes in guitar, mandolin, banjo (bluegrass and claw hammer), fiddle, dobro, bass, vocal harmony, and old time piano. No matter what level of expertise you are at, there is a class for everyone’s ability. For the youngsters that are not ready to take up an instrument yet, there is a kid’s class that introduces them to music. They build their own instruments and have an absolute blast learning! The instructors also collaborate and host miniworkshops where they may be showcasing regional fiddle styles, perhaps a history lesson, song writing techniques, band dynamics, or how to operate sound equipment. Every day is a surprise at music camp.

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The evenings feature old time dances, band showcases, class performances, and of course organized and spontaneous jam sessions. Another fun event is the band scrambles where new “bands” are randomly created and given minutes to learn and perform a song together. The week finishes with a Songwriters Concert where students have the opportunity to write and perform their own songs. One of the greatest parts of the week is the jamming. Every day there are opportunities for the students to get together to play songs as a group around a campfire. Musicians love to learn, improve and practice but nothing seems to satisfy them more than when they get to jam together. Imagine the sadness of the greatest skilled hockey player who only ever practices but never gets to play a game with others. Here, artists learns an instrument well and how it fits into these styles of music. They also learn jam etiquette, the rules of how not to be annoying or disruptive and the proper way to encourage and support fellow musicians while jamming. The gift of music is transferred from one generation to the next at the Northern Lights Bluegrass and Old Tyme Music Camp. It is not uncommon to see complete strangers crossing generations to offer help to each other. Last year, a young boy expressed interest in the dobro being played by an older gentleman.


Big River After the past six years being a great success we are putting on another great Country Music Festival for 2018!​ ​June 21, 22 & 23, 2018 ​​Ness Creek Site, 20 Km’s NE of Big River, SK

On June 21, 22 & 23, 2018, Big River hosts its 7th Annual “Country at the Creek” music festival at the Ness Creek Site. We will have an amazing line up planned with popular artists as well as local artists from our town. In the past we've had such artists as The Washboard Union, Chris Buck Band, Dan Davidson, Tommy John Ehman, Trick Ryder, Heidi Munro with the RealGroovyBand, Joanne Janzen, Sydney Mae, Jackie Guy, The Willie Sons, Scotty Hills, Randy & Rai Smith, Rocky Lakner & Don Milliken, Rivertown and Layton Ferster.

Main Stage music begins Friday at 4:00 pm till 10:30 pm and Saturday 12:00 noon till 10:30 pm. Beer Gardens entertainment begins Thursday at 7:30 pm. On Friday and Saturday, Beer Garden entertainment begins at 11:00 pm till 1:30 am. We have a limited amount of Early Bird tickets at $105. Once those are sold, the remaining tickets will be sold at general admission price of $140. Camping passes are $25 and are required if staying on site.

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Birdwatching

Birdwatching in the Northern Lakes Region

By Tammie Burak Grab your binoculars and bring your camera for exciting or two weeks to rest and feed here in the Northern Lakes birdwatching opportunities in the Northern Lakes region. region and have often been seen in the Blaine Lake – Located in the transition zone between the parkland and Leask area and the area around Witchekan Lake. October boreal forest, the area is blessed with a variety of habitats is the best time to watch for them. that support a wide range of nesting birds. Wetlands, Birds of Prey meadows, rolling hills, mixed wood and conifer forests Many species of raptors are summer residents in the attract approximately 200 species of nesting birds. Around Northern Lakes area. Ospreys and bald eagles soar high 70 additional species of northern nesting birds pass above lakes and rivers and build their untidy twig-nests through the area, often making a stop-over to refuel and in tall trees near water. A diversity of falcons and hawks rest before continuing on their journeys north. In addition, also nest here. The fighting-spirited northern goshawk is a several rare and endangered species can be found in the year-round resident. area. These factors combine to make the Northern Lakes Although the Northern Lakes region has few of the rocky a productive birding area with good prospects for a variety cliffs and ledges that make up their natural habitat, turkey of successful birding adventures. vultures are regular summer residents. Abandoned barns On the Central Flyway and the attics of derelict farm houses make attractive Located along the central flyway, the area is a thrilling nesting sites for these carrion-seeking scavengers. Watch place to be during spring and fall migration. In the fall, for these large black-brown birds soaring high on thermal snow geese, in flocks that number in the thousands, spend air currents over open country. their days gleaning fallen grain in local fields, then gather Wetlands and Waterfowl on water bodies in the evening. Witchekan Lake, on the While boating on lakes in the region, be on the look out outskirts of Spiritwood, is a favourite resting place for for many different kinds of waterfowl. Area lakes abound enormous flocks of migrating waterfowl. The dark-headed with numerous species of ducks, grebes, shorebirds and arctic-nesting Brant geese, sea-going cousins of Canada water-loving birds of prey. Common loons, mallards, geese, are also occasionally seen in the area. and Canada geese are easily recognizable and are The Whooping Crane entertaining to watch. With a little effort and determination, If spotting the endangered whooping crane is on your less common species can also be viewed. bucket list, the Northern Lakes region is the place to Slip quietly among the cattails and sedges as you be during fall migration. The whooping crane nests in a paddle your canoe and you might just spot the seldomremote area of Wood Buffalo National Park, on the border seen yellow rail or sora. These wetland birds are related of Alberta and the Northwest Territories and overwinters to the more common American coot but are much more in the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge in Texas. Happily, secretive and elusive. Spotting a yellow rail is a rare prize, these magnificent birds make regular stop-overs of one even for most experienced birders.

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Birdwatching Wonderful Warblers

Step into a mature spruce forest. Listen and quietly wait. Your patience may be richly rewarded by a view of the beautiful Blackburnian Warbler in its vibrant orange-andblack breeding plumage. Magnolia warblers, cape may warblers, and many other of these miniature songsters may also be present. These delightful little insect-eating neotropical songbirds overwinter in Central and South America. Each spring many species of warblers return to nest in the Northern Lakes region and spotting a particular species is a highlight for many birders.

Birding at Sunset

When the sun sinks below the western horizon and the daytime songbirds become quiet, listen from beside a crackling campfire as the forest and woodland animals begin to stir. Pay attention to the new sounds that ring out at the end of the day. A sudden squawk may alert you to a black crowned night heron hunting in the shallows. Among the evening sounds you might also hear the whistlingfeathers “call” of the common snipe as it performs its aerial manoeuvres, the squeaky whinny of the sora, the booming of a ruffed grouse, or the hooting of an owl.

Northern Lakes Nightlife

For a unique late-night experience give owling a try. You don’t have to wait till midnight, as many owls become active about dusk. Pack a strong flashlight with extra batteries and take along some insect repellent. Owl spotting takes

patience, but it can be a highly rewarding and memorable experience. Follow your ears, as you’re likely to hear owls before you see them. If you’re still and quiet, off in the distance you might just catch the sound of the deep hoots of a greathorned owl, the maniacal laughing call of the barred owl, or the soft, low hoo-hoos of the much sought-after great gray. These owls, along with the northern hawk owl, northern saw whet, northern boreal, and possibly some short-eared owls are all year-round residents in the Northern Lakes region. You can also check local bird spotting reports to know where to go.

Permanent Residents

Strap on a pair of snow shoes or skis for a wonderful winter bird watching adventure in the Northern Lakes region. Although most birds leave the area during fall migrations, sighting one of our cold-hardy residents can make a winter outing extraordinary. A flash of yellow over snow-laden spruce trees may draw your attention to a flock of evening grosbeaks. A spark of red along a branch may yield a sighting of white-winged crossbills gleaning seeds from conifer cones. Winter in the Northern Lakes region is far from drab and boring! Other winter residents include the seldom seen threetoed and black-backed woodpeckers which forage for grubs in mature stands of conifers. Red crossbills, pine grosbeaks, as well as ruffed, sharp-tailed and spruce grouse are also present here all winter.

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Honeywood Heritage Nursery Honeywood (Dr. A.J. Porter) Heritage Nursery Inc.

History

History and Origins of Honeywood Lilies and Nursery – Founded 1934 by A. J. (Bert) Porter

Dr Porter A. J. (Bert) Porter is recognized in Saskatchewan as one of the pioneer plant breeders. His home and nursery are an important reminder to our generation and future generations that the fruit we enjoy in our yards and gardens did not just happen, but are the result of years of testing and research by people like Dr. Porter. Honeywood, as his home and nursery, is the foundation of the work carried out by Dr. A. J. Porter throughout his life. It is a living legacy to future generations showing what someone, who has no formal education in a given field, can accomplish. With a lot of drive and determination to produce a superior plant, be it ornamental, such as the lily, or practical, such as the many varieties of fruit, Dr. Porter was able to reach beyond himself and set an ideal example. Although he received recognition for his work, his nursery was almost lost to future generations as many of the great nurseries and orchards in Saskatchewan have been. Honeywood (Dr. A. J. Porter) Heritage Nursery Inc was designated a Municipal Heritage property in 2001, a Provincial Heritage property in 2007.

Today

Honeywood is home to fields of lilies, fruit trees, peonies, daylilies, roses and a collection of specialty trees & shrubs to be found throughout the nursery. There is a unique gift shop located in the log home and a picnic area with tables outside on the lawn. Stroll through the gardens located in the main yard or take a longer walk to get a close up view of the fields, orchards and the many outstanding trees collected by Dr. Porter. The nursery is open to visitors throughout the season. The effort to preserve the nursery has been recognized in Saskatchewan not only by its heritage designation but also by Tourism Saskatchewan and the Architectural Heritage Society of Saskatchewan. We are also recognized beyond the boundaries of Saskatchewan when we received the 2005 Prairie Garden Award for Excellence based in Winnipeg.

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Directory Accommodations

Sunset Escape B & B (Spiritwood)........................ 306-883-2869 Inn on the 10th B & B (Spiritwood)........................ 306-883-2139 Spiritwood Carlton Inn (Spiritwood)........................306-883-2112 Hill Side Cabins (Spiritwood)................................. 306-883-2208 Parkland Bed & Breakfast (Spiritwood)................. 306-883-3378 Little Pine Lodge (Chitek Lake)............................. 306-984-2332 Chitek Lake Inn (Chitek Lake)............................... 306-984-4478 Shellbrook Hotel (Shellbrook)................................ 306-747-2233 Shellbrook Motel (Shellbrook)............................... 306-747-2631 Elizabeth House B & B (Shell Lake)...................... 306-427-2101 Pine Ridge Cottage (Shell Lake)........................... 306-427-4499

Agriculture

Northern Feeds (Spiritwood)..................................306-883-3311 Fast Genetics Inc. (Spiritwood)............................. 306-883-2894 Spiritwood Stockyards (Spiritwood)....................... 306-883-2168 Richardson Pioneer (Shellbrook).......................... 306-747-2464

Arts & Culture

Country at The Creek (Big River).......................... 306-469-4558 Ness Creek Music Festival (Big River).................. 306-652-6377 Northern Lights Bluegrass Festival (Big River)..... 306-373-4190 Thickwood Hills Studio Trail (Shell Lake)..... 306-427-4915/4626 Honeywood Heritage Nursery (Parkside).............. 306-747-3307 Parkland Artisan’s Tour (Shellbrook)..................... 306-747-3494 Northern Horizons Tour (Belbutte)......................... 306-883-2697 12-40 & Beyond (Blaine Lake).............................. 306-226-4646 Doukhobour Dugout House (Blaine Lake)............. 306-497-3140 Riverbend Riches History Tour (Blaine Lake)........ 306-497-3140

Campgrounds

Cozy Creek Seasonal Campground (Spiritwood).. 306-961-7676 Kinsmen Campground (Shellbrook)...................... 306-747-2597 Big River Regional Park (Big River)...................... 306-469-2232 Classic View Resort (Big River)............................. 306-469-5728 Li’l Douce Camping (Big River)............................. 306-469-7744 Nesslin Lake Campgrounds (Big River)................ 306-469-4803 Pickerel Point Resort (Big River)........................... 306-469-4906 Pier 55 (Big River)................................................. 306-469-2022 Poplar Point Resort (Big River)............................. 306-469-4987 Sturgeon River Ranch (Big River)......................... 306-469-2356 Stoney Bay Campground (Big River).................... 306-469-2424 Chamakese Resort (Chitek Lake)......................... 306-984-2330 Chitek Lake Provincial Park (Chitek Lake)............ 306-236-7688 Memorial Lake Regional Park (Shell Lake)........... 306-427-2281 Lac La Peche Resort (Blaine Lake)....................... 306-226-4225 Morin Lake Regional Park (Victoire)...................... 306-724-4955 Shady Bay Beach (Meeting Lake)......................... 306-824-4538 Meeting Lake Regional Park (Meeting Lake)........ 306-824-4812

Camping/Fishing/Outdoor Supplies

Shellbrook Home Hardware (Shellbrook).............. 306-747-2616 P.A. Co-op Association (Shellbrook)...................... 306-747-2122 Spiritwood Co-op (Spiritwood)............................... 306-883-2236 Shell Lake Co-op (Shell Lake)............................... 306-427-4457 Blaine Lake True Value (Blaine Lake)................... 306-497-2461

Carpentry/Home Building Supplies/Hardware

3D Electric (Leoville)............................................. 306-984-7634 Shellbrook Home Hardware (Shellbrook).............. 306-747-2616 Prairie North Surplus (Shellbrook)......................... 306-747-4077 E & B Lumber (Shellbrook).................................... 306-747-2101 Sterling Concrete & Hauling Ltd. (Shellbrook)....... 306-747-2496 Roland Riel Equipment Rentals (Shellbrook)........ 306-747-2796 BP Construction Ltd. (Shellbrook)......................... 306-468-7440 Carbin Contracting Ltd. Electrical (Shellbrook)..... 306-747-4999 Dupuis Construction Ltd. (Shellbrook)................... 306-747-7326 J.K. Plumbing & Heating (Shellbrook)................... 306-747-7756 J & H Electric (Shellbrook).................................... 306-747-9073 Livewire Electric Ltd. (Shellbrook)......................... 306-747-8282 Old Tyme Plumbing & Heating (Shellbrook).......... 306-747-3100 Shelltown Plumbing & Heating (Shellbrook).......... 306-747-4332 Thompson Excavating (Shellbrook)...................... 306-747-5698 L & L Construction (Spiritwood)............................. 306-883-2234 Lake Country Construction (Spiritwood)................ 306-883-1500 DL Construction (Spiritwood)................................. 306-883-3334 H & J Plumbing & Heating (Big River)................... 306-469-2204 Morin Plumbing, Heating & Gas (Big River).......... 306-469-4405 PK Plumbing (Big River)........................................ 306-460-4542 Smokey’s Plumbing & Heating (Big River)............ 306-469-7642 Snyder Construction (Big River)............................ 306-469-4476 Darren Davidson Construction (Big River)............ 306-469-7496 Glasrud Contracting (Big River)............................ 306-469-2244 Ritchie Construction (Big River)............................ 306-469-2013 Smooth ROCK Construction (Big River)............... 306-469-7237 Big River Glass (Big River).................................... 306-469-5621 North Cowan Electric (Big River)........................... 306-460-2362 Rovera Controls (Big River).................................. 306-469-4938 HyGear Electric (Big River)................................... 306-469-0277 Big River Co-op (Big River)................................... 306-469-2014 Pasqua Plumbing & Heating (Leoville).................. 306-984-7854 Crown Electric (Spiritwood)................................... 306-883-2515 Gerryz Painting (Spiritwood)................................. 306-883-2446 Spiritwood Co-op (Spiritwood)............................... 306-883-2236 R & M Bldg. Supplies (Spiritwood)........................ 306-883-2072 Spiritwood Home Bldg. Centre (Spiritwood).......... 306-883-2255 Shell Lake Co-op (Shell Lake)............................... 306-427-4457 Blaine Lake True Value (Blaine Lake)................... 306-497-2461 Prairie North Contracting Ltd. (Leoville)................ 306-883-7829 Laventure Backhoe Trucking................................. 306-984-7822 Lil Devil Drilling - Construction Mechanical........... 306-984-7644 Soucy’s Holdings - Excavating.............................. 306-984-7915 Jerrold Boese - General Contract/Concrete (Leoville)... 306-768-7273

Clothing

Night Owl Embroidery & Sportswear (Shellbrook).306-747-4355 Prairie North Surplus (Shellbrook)......................... 306-747-4077 The Bargain Hut (Big River).................................. 306-469-2437 Krienke’s T-Shirt Shop (Big River)......................... 306-469-2354 Martodam’s Family Retail (Spiritwood).................. 306-883-2742 R & L Sales (Spiritwood)....................................... 306-883-2419 Blaine Lake Variety (Blaine Lake).......................... 306-497-2231

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Directory Confectionery

Dee Gee’s Confectionary (Shellbrook).................. 306-747-2823 Shellbrook Subway (Shellbrook)........................... 306-747-3357 Woodland Pharmacy (Shellbrook)......................... 306-747-2545 Surprenant’s General Store (Chitek)..................... 306-984-2324 D & D Confectionary & Laundromat (Big River).... 306-469-2372 Big River Co-op (Big River)................................... 306-469-4592 Spiritwood Esso & Subway (Spiritwood)............... 306-883-3800 Spiritwood Confectionary (Spiritwood).................. 306-883-2019 Spiritwood Pharmacy (Spiritwood)........................ 306-883-2391 Shell Lake Esso (Shell Lake)................................ 306-427-2212 Blaine Lake Esso (Blaine Lake)............................ 306-497-3300 Lac La Peche (Summer) (Blaine Lake)................. 306-226-4225 Blaine Lake Petro Canada (Blaine Lake).............. 306-497-2442 Village Video Shack (Leoville)............................... 306-984-2208

Delivery

Cotton Pickin’ Courier (Shellbrook)....................... 306-747-7827 Kel-Dal Ventures Ltd. (Shellbrook)........................ 306-747-4328 Sterling Concrete & Hauling (Shellbrook).............. 306-747-2496 Triple S Transport Inc. (Shellbrook)....................... 305-747-2944 Earl Beebe Trucking (Big River)............................ 306-469-2289 Henry’s Transport (Spiritwood).............................. 306-883-2524 Bedrock Sand & Gravel (Spiritwood).............306-883-7114/7523

Emergency Service/Healthcare/Pharmacy

Big River Ambulance Care (Big River).................. 306-469-8000 Parkland Integrated Health Centre (Shellbrook)... 306-747-6840 Spiritwood Dental Clinic (Spiritwood).................... 306-883-3000 Spiritwood Ambulance Care (Spiritwood)... 911 or 306-310-5000   Info:................................................................ 306-883-2500 Koeberlin Dentistry (Shellbrook)............................ 306-747-2555 Northview Clinic (Shellbrook).................................306-747-2311 Parkland Therapeutic Massage (Shellbrook)........ 306-747-2222 Shellbrook Primary Health Care Clinic (Shellbrook)... 306-747-2552 White Crane Traditional Chinese Medicine (Shellbrook).. 306-747-9393 Your Own Pace Fitness (Shellbrook)..................... 306-747-4555 Shellbrook Pharmacy (Shellbrook)........................ 306-747-3435 Woodland Pharmacy (Shellbrook)......................... 306-747-2545 Spiritwood Pharmacy (Spiritwood)........................ 306-883-2391 Dr. Nguegno (Shellbrook)...................................... 306-747-2171 Spiritwood Health Complex (Spiritwood)............... 306-883-2133 Dr. Deanna Haubold, Dr. of Chinese Medicine (Spiritwood).. 306-342-7366 Big River Health Centre & Medical Clinic (Big River).... 306-469-2055 Evergreen Health Centre (Leoville)....................... 306-984-2136 Prescription Works Pharmacy Inc. (Big River)...... 306-460-2137 Blaine Lake Ambulance (Blaine Lake)........ 911 or 306-310-5000   Info:................................................................ 306-497-2616

Farm Supplies/Gasoline

Shellbrook Tempo (Shellbrook)............................. 306-747-2444 Northwood Esso (Shellbrook)................................ 306-747-2477 Cavalier Agrow (Spiritwood).................................. 306-883-2076 Crop Production Services (Spiritwood)................. 306-883-2076 Spiritwood Co-op (Spiritwood)............................... 306-883-2236 Spiritwood Esso (Spiritwood)................................ 306-883-3800 R & L Feeds (Spiritwood)...................................... 306-883-2419 Wendland Ag Services (Blaine Lake).................... 306-497-2455

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Blaine Lake Esso (Blaine Lake)............................ 306-497-3300 Spiritwood Co-op (Shell Lake)............................... 306-427-4457 Shell Lake Esso (Shell Lake)................................ 306-427-2212 Big River Co-op (Big River)................................... 306-469-5777 Blaine Lake Petro Canada (Blaine Lake).............. 306-497-2442

Financial

Affinity Credit Union (Shellbrook).......................... 306-747-2636 Groenen Accounting (Shellbrook)......................... 306-747-2225 Scotiabank (Shellbrook)........................................ 306-747-2623 Nicole Klassen Bookkeeping (Big River)............... 306-469-4527 Jeanette Siegel CGA (Spiritwood)......................... 306-883-3022 Bookkeeping Solutions (Spiritwood)...................... 306-883-2041 John P. Ostoforoff, Accountant (Debden).............. 306-724-2166 Spiritwood Credit Union (Spiritwood).................... 306-883-2250 Innovation Credit Union (Medstead)...................... 306-342-4649 Innovation Credit Union (Leoville)......................... 306-984-2222 Innovation Credit Union (Shell Lake)..................... 306-427-2144 Innovation Credit Union (Glaslyn)......................... 306-342-2145 Debden Credit Union (Debden/Big River).306-724-8370/306-469-4944 C.I.B.C (Blaine Lake)............................................. 306-497-2522

Food Supplies

Surprenant’s General Store (Chitek)..................... 306-984-2324 Bigway Foods (Shellbrook)................................... 306-747-3623 Parkland Meats Ltd. (Shellbrook).......................... 306-747-3939 Heritage Bakery (Shell Lake)................................ 306-427-0044 Spiritwood Super A (Spiritwood).............................306-883-2113 Spiritwood Shop Easy Foods (Spiritwood)............ 306-883-2444 Big River Co-op (Big River)................................... 306-469-2066 Shell Lake General Store (Shell Lake).................. 306-427-2044 Blaine Lake General Store (Blaine Lake).............. 306-497-3306 Leoville Grocery (Leoville)..................................... 306-984-4410 Demers Shopping Centre (Debden)...................... 306-724-2104 Victoire General Store (Victoire)............................ 306-724-4800

Furniture & Appliances

Prairie North Surplus (Shellbrook)......................... 306-747-4077 Guy’s Furniture (Spiritwood).................................. 306-883-2209 Big River Co-op (Big River)................................... 306-469-2066

Gifts & Artworks

K-5 Market Enterprise (Shellbrook)....................... 306-747-2829 Shellbrook Flower Shop (Shellbrook).................... 306-747-3960 Flowers & More (Spiritwood)................................. 306-883-3990 Woodland Pharmacy (Shellbrook)......................... 306-747-2545 Prairie North Surplus (Shellbrook)......................... 306-747-4077 Kangaroo Cottage (Big River)............................... 306-469-2484 The Right Angle Gallery (Big River)...................... 306-469-5750 Twisted Toolbox (Big River)................................... 306-469-8005 Northern Exposure Trading Company (Big River).306-469-2332 Big River Custom Signs & Apparel (Big River)...... 306-469-4995 Peppermint Designs (Shell Lake).......................... 306-883-1203 Chitek Lake Handicrafts (Chitek Lake).................. 306-984-2155 Northern Lake Vendor (Spiritwood)....................... 306-883-2210 Spiritwood Pharmacy (Spiritwood)........................ 306-883-2391 Krienke’s T-Shirt Shop (Big River)......................... 306-469-2354 Blaine Lake Variety (Blaine Lake).......................... 306-497-2231 Shell Lake Craft Shop (Shell Lake)....................... 306-427-2255 Spiritwood Lake Quilt Shop (Spiritwood)............... 306-883-3455


Directory Golf

Hidden Hills of Shellbrook Golf Course (Shellbrook).. 306-747-3484 Canwood Regional Park Golf Course (Canwood)... 306-468-2663 Big River Golf Club (Big River).............................. 306-469-7022 Spirtwood Golf Club (Spiritwood).......................... 306-883-2731 Chitek Lake Golf & Rec. (Chitek Lake).................. 306-984-4514 Shell Lake Golf Club (Shell Lake)......................... 306-427-2281

Hair Care/Esthetics/Massage

ABT Massage (Leoville)........................................ 306-984-7337 Carla’s Hair Place (Shellbrook)............................. 306-747-2577 Corne’s Hair Shop & Tanning (Leoville)................. 306-984-4979 Designer’s Edge Hair Salon (Shellbrook).............. 306-747-2277 Hair Studio (Shellbrook)........................................ 306-747-3077 Brynn’s Hair Studio (Spiritwood)............................ 306-883-2442 The Nines (Spiritwood).......................................... 306-883-7313 The Massage Booth (Spiritwood).......................... 306-883-2308 Angela Hundt Massage (Spiritwood)..................... 306-342-4343 Urban Trendz Salon & Esthetics (Spiritwood)....... 306-883-2199 Soul Therapy Aesthetics (Spiritwood).................... 306-883-2946 Mind, Body & Spirit Salon (Big River).................... 306-469-2004 Hair & More (Big River)......................................... 306-469-5656 Sandra’s Beauty Salon (Big River)........................ 306-469-2151 EJ Stylin (Big River).............................................. 306-469-4422 Honeymoon Point Salon (Big River)...................... 306-469-5765 Spiritwood Barber Shop (Spiritwood).................... 306-883-2400 Creative Image Salon (Debden)............................ 306-724-4414

Hotels

Shellbrook Motel (Shellbrook)............................... 306-747-2631 Shellbrook Hotel (Shellbrook)................................ 306-747-2233 Big River Hotel (Big River).................................... 306-469-2030 Timberland Motel (Big River)................................. 306-469-4888 Chitek Lake Inn (Chitek Lake)............................... 306-984-4478 Welcome Inn (Spiritwood)..................................... 306-883-2058 Teddy Bear’s Inn (Shell Lake)............................... 306-427-2025 Rockin’ J Bar (Rabbit Lake)................................... 306-824-2002

Insurance

Debden Agencies (Debden).................................. 306-724-2012 Leoville Agencies (Leoville)................................... 306-984-2038 Panter Agencies (Big River).................................. 306-469-2155 Thompson Agencies (Spiritwood).......................... 306-883-2675 Hoeppner Insurance (Blaine Lake)........................ 306-497-2695 Shell Lake Agency (Shell Lake)............................. 306-427-2255

Recreation

Spiritwood Rec Lotto (Spiritwood)..........................306-883-2600 Spiritwood Bowling Center (Spiritwood).................306-883-2088 Timber Ridge Ski Resort (Big River)......................306-469-4545 Chamakese Resort Boat Rental (Chitek Lake)......306-984-2330 Leoville Trail-Riders Rodeo (Leoville).....................306-984-4676 Leoville Snow-Drifters (Leoville).............................306-984-4538

Repair/Automotive Supplies/Storage

Beaulac’s Busting Tires (Leoville)...........................306-883-9292 Gollers Tire (Spiritwood).........................................306-883-2992 Git R Done Towing & Storage (Spiritwood)............306-883-2202 Gemini Storage (Spiritwood)..................................306-883-3933

Spiritwood Motors (Spiritwood)..............................306-883-2772 Spiritwood Tires & Lube (Spiritwood).....................306-883-2772 Spiritwood Paint & Body (Spiritwood).....................306-883-2699 Martodam Motors (1983) (Spiritwood)....................306-883-2045 K.B. Auto (Spiritwood)............................................306-883-2506 Big River Truck & Trailer (Big River).......................306-469-2471 Danger Sandblasting & Painting Ltd. (Shellbrook).306-747-2888 Shellbrook Storage & Rentals (Shellbrook)............306-747-7890 A&A Trading Ltd. (Shellbrook)................................306-747-4321 Adventure Auto (Shellbrook)..................................306-747-3348 DNA Tire & Auto (Shellbrook).................................306-747-3142 L.L. Muller Sales (Shellbrook)................................306-747-2805 Naber Ford Sales Ltd. (Shellbrook)........................306-747-2213 Naber Performance (Shellbrook)............................306-747-6100 Northwood Esso (Shellbrook).................................306-747-2477 Shellbrook Sales & Service (1994) (Shellbrook)....306-747-2550 Shellbrook Chevrolet (Shellbrook).......................... 306-747-2411 Shellbrook Tempo (Tang’s Farm Service) (Shellbrook)..306-747-2444 Blaine Lake Tire & Repair (Blaine Lake)................306-497-2461 Ernie’s Service “2001” Ltd. (Leoville)......................306-984-2024 Highway 55 Service (Debden)................................306-724-2035 G&S Service (Medstead)........................................306-342-4610 Ralph’s Mechanical (Medstead).............................306-342-4660 Startech Mechanical (Leoville)...............................306-984-2054

Restaurants

Amanda’s Pizza (Shellbrook).................................306-747-2800 Neighborhood Restaurant (Shellbrook)..................306-747-3450 Dee Gee’s Confectionary (Shellbrook)...................306-747-2823 Red Lion Restaurant (Shellbrook)..........................306-747-3268 Shellbrook Bar (Shellbrook)...................................306-747-2233 Shellbrook Restaurant (Shellbrook).......................306-747-3405 Subway (Shellbrook)..............................................306-747-3357 Your Break Billiards & Coffee House (Shellbrook).306-747-2148 Chitek Lake Inn (Chitek Lake)................................306-984-4478 Gateway North Cafe (Spiritwood)...........................306-883-2227 Ming’s Wok (Spiritwood).........................................306-883-3333 Mag’s Soup & Such (Spiritwood)............................306-883-2317 Spiritwood Esso & Subway (Spiritwood)................306-883-3800 The Lark (Shell Lake).............................................306-427-2200 Village Snack & Gas Inc.........................................306-984-2208 Lamplight Cuisine (Debden)...................................306-724-4757 Taste of Home (Leoville).........................................306-984-1200 Leoville Restaurant (Leoville).................................306-984-1288

Services

Prairie Community Endeavors (Spiritwood)...........306-883-2025 Spiritwood Library (Spiritwood)..............................306-883-2264 Spiritwood Sarcan Recycle (Spiritwood)................306-883-2230 Royal Canadian Legion (Spiritwood)......................306-883-2087 Spiritwood Lions Club (Spiritwood)........................306-883-2490 Shell Lake Lions Club (Shell Lake)........................306-427-4550 Leoville Library.......................................................306-984-2057

Small Engine Repair

Wave Rentals (Spiritwood).....................................306-883-8999

Welding

Lavoie’s Machining (Spiritwood).............................306-883-2315

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Map Big River

Big River Home to the Northern Bluegrass & Old Tyme Music Camp See pages 23, 24 & 25

Chitek Lake

Prince Albert National Park

See pages 20 & 21

Leoville

See pages 16 & 17

953 263

Debden See page 19

788

North Battleford

792

Parkside Home of Honeywood Nursery See page 28

Saskatoon

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