Fairy Hill

Fairy Hill is a protected area north of Regina. Nature Conservancy Canada owns this 1,600 acre parcel of land. The region includes grasslands, ravines, wetlands, bush, woods, and pasture. The trail section of Fairy Hill is located just east of Highway 6 before it descends into the Qu’Appelle Valley. The lollipop trail is about six kilometres in length and is easy to moderate. It has … Continue reading Fairy Hill

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Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis Location: Wascana Lake, Regina, SK Interesting facts: Named for their ability to imitate a cat’s “mew”-like sound. Catbirds copy several other birds’ calls as well.   Catbirds eat a variety of foods including insects: moths, beetles, ants, and grasshoppers and fruit: blackberries, cherries, holly berries, and strawberries.   Nests are built in shrubs or small trees. They are constructed with mud, … Continue reading Fauna of Saskatchewan 26

Hiking 2020

This year I hiked 158.22 kilometres during twenty-five outings. All trails were in Saskatchewan. Locations included Buffalo Pound Provincial Park, Wascana Trails, Duck Mountain Provincial Park, Meadow Lake Provincial Park, Moose Mountain Provincial Park, Hidden Valley Nature Refuge, and Fairy Hill. My average was 6.33 kilometres and the longest hike 10.37 kilometres. Here are some pictures from my hiking adventures: Continue reading Hiking 2020

Dummer, Saskatchewan Revisited

Dummer is one of my favourite ghost towns to visit. It is a true ghost town; deserted with several buildings to explore and photograph. My first trip to the hamlet was in August of 2010. I toured Dummer again in the summer of 2018. Obviously the structures were deteriorating due to age, weather, and neglect. However, I was sad to see buildings vandalized, expediting their … Continue reading Dummer, Saskatchewan Revisited

Hidden Valley Nature Refuge

Hidden Valley Nature Refuge is located eight kilometres east of Craven. It covers over three hundred acres and is owned by Nature Regina. Hiking, educational studies, photography, and observing wildlife are the primary purposes of this protected space. The terrain includes grassland, hills, woods, and coulees. Two weeks ago I hiked the hills with a couple friends. There are a couple paths up the hills … Continue reading Hidden Valley Nature Refuge

St. John’s Lutheran Church

St. John’s Lutheran Church is located ten kilometres southwest of Edenwold. The original church on this site was built in 1891. The cemetery dates back to the same year. Seventeen families made up the initial congregation. By the 1910s, the population of Edenwold had grown and the residents requested a church located within the town. St. Paul’s Lutheran Church began serving Edenwold, while St. John’s … Continue reading St. John’s Lutheran Church

Meadow Lake Provincial Park

This summer I crossed off Meadow Lake Provincial Park from my Saskatchewan bucket list. We spent four nights at the park in July. Kimball Lake “C” Campground – a ten-minute walk from the beach, but quiet Kimball Lake was our base, although the park has several campgrounds. This campground has welcoming campsites, modern shower facilities, a great, sandy beach, and a couple trail heads. We … Continue reading Meadow Lake Provincial Park

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House Sparrow Passer domesticus Location: Regina, SK Interesting facts: – House sparrows are very aggressive. In the late 1800s, a scientist documented sparrows protecting their nest from seventy varying species including Purple Martins and Eastern Bluebirds. – This species of sparrow was first imported to Brooklyn in the 1850s. They protected city trees by eating the larva of the snow-white linden moth. In less than … Continue reading Fauna of Saskatchewan 25

Aylesbury, Saskatchewan

Aylesbury was named after Aylesbury Vale in England. H. H. Johnson established a post office in the region on October 1st, 1905. The first elevator was built in 1906 by the Hall Milling Company based out of Lumsden. It changed hands a few times, eventually becoming the property of Parrish and Heimbecker in 1928. It was the first of six elevators in the village. A … Continue reading Aylesbury, Saskatchewan