06 June, 2008

June 7 Marks First-Ever Saskatchewan Trails Day

The Saskatchewan Trails Association (STA) has announced that the first-ever Saskatchewan Trails Day will take place on Saturday, June 7, 2008. The day will celebrate the beauty and the benefits of the Trans Canada Trail and the numerous other recreational trails in the province, with a focus on tourism, healthy lifestyles, and the conservation of Saskatchewan’s environment.

“There are many reasons to take pride in Saskatchewan’s trails. They provide an open, safe space for recreation and physical activity, from walking and running, to cycling, horseback riding, and snowmobiling. In addition, the trails are a tourist attraction and a place where the Saskatchewan landscape is preserved,” says Curt Schroeder, President of STA. “During Saskatchewan Trails Day, trail users throughout the province are encouraged to enjoy over 40 recreational trails in Saskatchewan, which include sections of the Trans Canada Trail.”

Honourable Christine Tell, Minister of Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport, officially proclaimed Saskatchewan Trails Day at a media conference on June 6. The conference included Lucy Buller, CEO of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan; Candace Phelps, Vice President and Director of Marketing with Tourism Saskatchewan; Bill Shurniak, Saskatchewan representative on the national Trans Canada Trail committee; and Garry Michael, Program Manager of Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association.

Following the announcement, the Wascana Wanderers and the Whitmore Walkers were the first trail users to begin the Saskatchewan Trails Day celebration. Members of the two Regina-based walking groups, as well as the conference speakers, participated in a stroll along the Regina Trans Canada Trail.

The STA is a non-profit organization that was established in July 2004 to maintain and increase the Trans Canada Trail and recreational trails in Saskatchewan. The STA is also responsible for promoting Saskatchewan’s trails and increasing the number of individuals that utilize our trails every year.

For more information, contact Pat Rediger at (306) 522-9326 or email: prediger@sasktrails.ca.

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