Join us in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan on October 1st from 1:00-3:00 pm to celebrate the complete connection of The Great Trail in Saskatchewan with a fun-filled day packed with activities for the entire family, including entertainment and a guided walk on The Great Trail. The event will proceed rain or shine.
The event will start at the recently completed New Wakamow Valley Suspension Bridge in Moose Jaw. The ceremony will mark the completion of a pedestrian suspension bridge – built by the Canadian Armed Forces – that represents the last piece in connecting Saskatchewan’s trails from one end of the province to the other.
Aboriginal Entertainers and Trans Canada Trail Representatives
Hosted by Trans Canada Trail President & CEO Deborah Apps and Trans Canada Trail Foundation Co-Chair Valerie Pringle the ceremony will feature performances by popular local drum group, Black Cloud, and hoop dancers from the Wakamow Aboriginal Community Association.
Hailing from the Muscowpetung First Nation Black Cloud is a family group with strong roots in Traditional Ceremonial drumming.
A dance performance will feature world-renowned hoop dancer Terrance Littletent from Kawacatoose Cree Nation. Littletent began dancing as a child after being presented the gift of the hoop at age eight by his uncle, Kirby Littletent. Continuing his uncle’s legacy Terrance spent the next 11 years honing is art by performing across North America and internationally. Now recognized internationally, 23-year old Terrance will be accompanied by his nephew, Steve Obey Jr. from Piapot First Nation, who Terrance has mentored and performed with across Canada for years.
Bill Asikinack, a traditional Keeper of Anishinabe Knowledge and Professor Emeritus at the FNUniv/University of Regina, will also play a part in the ceremony.
Cake-cutting, family-friendly activities, and a guided tour of the new Trail section will round out the day’s program.
The Great Trail in Saskatchewan
While The Great Trail’s final connection in Saskatchewan will be celebrated in the Wakamow Valley, the Trail touches numerous points of historical and geological significance across the province. Among the highlights, Saskatoon’s cyclist-friendly Louis Riel Trail follows the footsteps of the Métis leader to his former headquarters at Batoche, now a National Historic Site.
Also notable, the 30-kilometre Elbow Trail starts in Elbow, Saskatchewan and continues north along the shore of Lake Diefenbaker, and ends in Danielson Provincial Park. This multi-use trail is ideal for hiking, cycling, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing. Visit our website for more highlights of The Great Trail in Saskatchewan.
Come together with your community: Saskatchewan Trail Connection Milestone
This final piece in the link of Saskatchewan’s connection to our nation’s Great Trail brings together Saskatchewan’s aboriginal community, Canadian celebrities, and members of the Canadian Armed Forces who built the bridge that made it all possible. Please join this free event on October 1st and celebrate Saskatchewan’s Trail Connection Milestone with other members of your community.