CN EcoConnexions Community Food Orchard Unveiled

Representatives from Wakamow Valley Authority, CN, Tree Canada, and Communities in Bloom were proud to officially open the Community Food Orchard, located just north of the existing Mosaic Community Food Farm located in Churchill Park within Wakamow Valley. Wakamow Valley Authority’s CEO Margaret Moran says “that the Community Orchard, made possible through a generous grant from CN EcoConnexions – From the Ground Up is a welcomed complement to the Mosaic Community Food Farm”. Moran further added “that it is very fitting that the orchard is located at the foot of the existing CN rail line through Moose Jaw“. “Volunteers are a vital component to any project Wakamow undertakes and the planting of all the trees and shrubs was done with the assistance of members of the Moose Jaw Rotary Wakamow, we couldn’t have done this without their help.” Through the CN EcoConnexions –From the Ground Up community tree-planting program in partnership with Tree Canada and Communities in Bloom, “CN is committed to making a positive impact on communities along our network, and we are proud to be a part of a program that helps to make these communities better places to live, work and play,” said Claude Mongeau, president and chief executive officer of CN. Partnering with existing community organizations that already address food security concerns is the best method of direct distribution of produce to vulnerable populations.  All future fruit harvest will be distributed to the Moose Jaw and District Food Bank, Hunger in Moose Jaw and Riverside Mission.  Wakamow Valley encourage those who would like to support the project in the future through volunteerism or with in-kind...

Festival of Flavours Fundraiser

Following the recent construction of the playground in Kinsmen-Wellesley Park, Wakamow Valley is already thinking ahead to fundraising for the next playground project. Proceeds from this year’s Festival of Flavours fundraiser, which is on Thursday November 3, will go towards replacing the 30 year old wooden structure in Connor Park. This was the first playground to be built in the valley and will be the last to be replaced with one which is fully accessible. Margaret Moran, CEO Wakamow Valley Authority comments: “Wakamow Valley is committed to providing outdoor space for children of all abilities to play and enjoy the outdoors. Outdoor play is so important for both physical well-being and the social development of children but it’s also a lot of fun for us to fundraise, choose a playground and then work with volunteers to build it. There is a real sense of achievement and pride.” Ailsa McKeen, Event Coordinator comments: “The Festival of Flavours is a great way for people to contribute towards this project. They can enjoy specialty dishes and drinks from lots of different restaurants, cafes, and liquor companies and listen to live music all under one roof while raising money for our final playground.” There are some exciting new vendors this year including Little Red Market Café, Simplicitea Organic Boutique, Prairie Bee Meadery, Wines of the World, Forty Creek Distillery and Big Rock Brewery as well as returning favourites Mitsu Sweet Café, Supermeats, Taste of Lebanon, Harwood’s at Temple Garden, Charton Hobbs and Last Mountain Distillery. The tasting event will take place on Thursday November 3 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the...

Saskatchewan’s section of The Great Trail now connected

Trans Canada Trail (TCT) is thrilled to announce that Saskatchewan’s section of The Great Trail is now connected, province-wide, making it Canada’s fourth province or territory — after Newfoundland & Labrador, Prince Edward Island and Yukon — to reach this milestone. This achievement was marked at a public celebration in collaboration with Wakamow Valley Authority in Moose Jaw, in conjunction with the unveiling of the new Wakamow Valley Suspension Bridge, part of The Great Trail. TCT partners, volunteers, donors, and government supporters were in attendance, including Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness (Regina–Wascana), and representatives from the Canadian Armed Forces involved in the construction of the Wakamow Valley Suspension bridge. TCT is supported by financial contributions from donors in both the public and private sectors, who believe in TCT’s commitment to investing in vital infrastructure for safe, affordable outdoor activity, and fostering an appreciation for Canada’s spectacular natural heritage. All gifts to TCT are matched by the Government of Canada, as part of a funding program to support TCT’s 2017 national connection goal.  This program has the Federal Government contributing one dollar for every two raised, up to $25 million. This support allows for Trail development across the country, benefitting Canadians and strengthening communities. Every Canadian province and territory is home to its own section of The Great Trail, which is owned and operated at the local level. The Saskatchewan Vision 2017 Committee is comprised of dedicated volunteers from across Saskatchewan with representation from provincial and municipal governments, Indigenous peoples and user groups. The Committee has been the driving force in connecting The Great Trail across...