Summerberry, Saskatchewan

The Summerberry region was named by local First Nations owing to the plentiful berry bushes found in the area. Migrating natives often stopped here in the summer to collect berries which were very important in supplementing their diet. Non-natives first settled this region in the early 1880s. The rail line was built through the settlement in 1882. The original stone United church was constructed in … Continue reading Summerberry, Saskatchewan

Pine Cree Regional Park

On a westward excursion last summer, I stayed a night at Pine Cree Regional Park. Nestled in a coulee fifteen miles northeast of Eastend, this park proves an ideal spot for peaceful camping. The Swift Current Creek flows through the park, accessible from most sites. Tall spruce and pine trees add to the beauty of the campground. This is the place to relax with a … Continue reading Pine Cree Regional Park

Fauna of Saskatchewan 20

Wood Duck (on the left) Aix sponsa Location: Wascana Lake Migratory Bird Sanctuary, Regina, SK My friend and I came across a male wood duck swimming with a few mallards while snowshoeing in February. Saskatchewan is in breeding range for wood ducks; although it early for breeding and we did not see his partner. Interesting facts: – The wood duck is a perching duck; it … Continue reading Fauna of Saskatchewan 20

Snowshoes and Sunshine

In late December I purchased new snowshoes to get me outdoors and keep me active in the winter. So far I have been out a dozen times and logged nearly fifty kilometers of snowshoeing. Snowfall was below normal in January which limited where I could go. We received about 10 cm total in two snowfalls in February. Now we have just enough snow to enjoy … Continue reading Snowshoes and Sunshine

Cannington Manor Provincial Historic Park

Cannington Manor was founded in 1882 by Captain Edward Mitchell Pierce. His hope was to emulate an aristocratic English colony in western Canada. Remittance men from England moved to the village throughout the 1880s. These men were younger sons of elite families who had no chance of inheriting their father’s wealth. Several businesses were established to bolster the community. This included the Moose Mountain Trading … Continue reading Cannington Manor Provincial Historic Park

Grasslands National Park – East Block

This October I traveled to the East Block of Grasslands National Park. The weather was beautiful. The first day was windy and 7°C. We checked into our Otentik then hiked Rock Creek Trail to get a sense of the park. Later we drove to the Badlands Viewpoint area about ten miles south. Zahursky Point was our original destination. However we wanted to take advantage of … Continue reading Grasslands National Park – East Block