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Upcoming Society Events

There are several events scheduled this summer:

1) Walking the NWMP Trail (pilgrimage)
1a) Heritage & Trail Walk Activities in Eastend
1b) Trail Walk activities in McCord
1c) Trail Walk presentations in Mankota
1d) Trail Walk presentations in Val Marie
2) Symphony Under the Sky at the Motherwell Homestead

Walking the NWMP Trail

Dr. Matthew Anderson (Concordia University) and SHFS Board Member Hugh Henry, will ‘pilgrimage’ along the NWMP Trail* this summer. The walk will begin at Wood Mountain Post Historical Site on July 18th and is scheduled to be completed at Fort Walsh on August 7th.  Here is a link to Dr. Anderson’s blog about the walk.

The event is an opportunity to reflect on how the activities of the 1870s and later, impact First Nation and Metis lives and lead to the transformation of the land through settlement.  The public is invited to join any part of this pilgrimage.  The draft version of the daily itinerary is here. Below are the route maps:

Trail map – July 17-18
Trail map – July 19
Trail map – July 20

Trail map – July 21
Trail map – July 22
Trail map – July 23-24
Trail map – July 25
Trail map – July 26
Trail map – July 27
Trail map – July 28
Trail map – July 29
Trail map – July 30-Aug. 1
Trail map – Aug. 2
Trail map – Aug. 3
Trail map – Aug. 4
Trail map – Aug. 5
Trail map – Aug. 6
Trail map – Aug. 7

Eastend Heritage & Trail Walk activities on Saturday, August 1. There will be guided tours of archaeology and geology/paleontology sites and points of interest in and around Eastend. Tours and presentations are free. REGISTRATION for these events will take place at the United Church (102 Poplar St.) on August 1 starting at 9:00 a.m.  The church basement will serve as the orientation/information centre.

Morning and Afternoon Program Options:

  • Guided tour of Chimney Coulee (Metis hivernant, NWMP post, fur trade, etc.)
  • Guided tour of local geology (Frenchman River valley; coal and clay mining sites)
  • Presentation by Dr. Matthew Anderson on NWMP Trail pilgrimage
  • Eastend attractions – Stegner House, museum, artists, bird watching
  • Presentation on “The Grasslands Project” (National Film Board, Associate Producer Scott Parker)
  • Visit the T-Rex Discovery Centre

A buffet supper is being planned at the historic Jack’s Café, with Candace Savage (author of A Geography of Blood).   Buffet supper will be approximately $25/person; seating is limited. Make your reservation by calling 306-295-3313.

For accommodation and other local information, visit the Town of Eastend website

McCord Trail Walk activities on Sunday, July 19

– pot luck supper in the community hall starting at 6:00 pm
– after-supper presentations by Matthew Anderson and Hugh Henry
– contact Audrey Wilson in McCord at 306-478-2522

Mankota activities on Monday, July 20
– Presentations by Matthew Anderson and Hugh Henry at the New Horizons Centre at 7:30 p.m.
– Share your stories about the NWMP Trail!

Val Marie presentations on Friday, July 24
– Trevor Herriot, Saskatchewan author & naturalist will read from his latest book The Road is How: A Prairie Pilgrimage through Nature, Desire and Soul
– Matthew Anderson will discuss his pilgrimage experiences and his current documentary
– Hugh Henry will show Everett Baker images of when the Fort Walsh-Wood Mt. NWMP Trail was marked in the 1960s
– activities start at 7:30 pm at the Prairie Wind & Silver Sage in Val Marie

* The Society has a history with the NWMP Fort Walsh-Wood Mountain Trail extending back into the early 1960s. Click here.


Symphony Under the Sky at the Motherwell Homestead 

Saturday, August 29, 2015

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Family Day of Activities (see description below)
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Regina Symphony Orchestra’s Symphony Under the Sky Concert

Period demonstrations will include threshing demonstrations in the field at least twice that day and ice cream and butter making.  There will be the “Field to Fork Festival” (similar to a Farmer’s Market) where Saskatchewan made and Saskatchewan producers of food will be present. Children’s activities include face painting, an animal petting zoo and musical instrument ‘petting zoo’. Wagons will be moving people around the site. The Canadian Army, Navy and Air Force will be present with a display of vehicles and tents (and maybe even a trench for people to experience – this is not confirmed yet).

At least 5 concession vendors will have food available. Musical performances and entertainment will occur throughout the day.  The highlight of the afternoon will be the RSO concert from 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and this event goes ahead, rain or shine, so come prepared!

National Park Site entry and special event fees apply: Single -$10; Family (up to 7 people, with a maximum of two adults) – $35; and children under the age of 5 have free admission.

Please note that SHFS has booked a motorcoach to take people from Regina to this event. Cost of the bus ticket is $50. All other expenses are not included.  To reserve your seat, please leave a phone message at 306-780-9204 or 1-800-919-9437.




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