Tour Day, Wednesday May 17th

Tour #1 Saskatoon – Canadian Light Source / Musée Ukraina Museum

  1. Tour the Canadian Light Source and watch samples being analyzed on the IDEAS beamline.
  2. Learn about the Ukrainian heritage and its contribution to Canada.

The Canadian Light Source, Canada’s only synchrotron light source facility, conducts research in health sciences, materials, agriculture and environment. Users from around the world apply to investigate scientific questions using the various beamlines. You will tour the facility and watch how samples are prepared and situated in a beamline for analysis.

The other half of this tour will take place at the Musée Ukraina Museum on Saskatoon’s west side. The museum chronicles the experiences of Ukrainian people, particularly their role as settlers in Saskatchewan. Learn dance steps from renowned Ukrainian dancers. The Ukrainian community is well known for their beautifully decorated pysanky (easter eggs). Learn how and why they are decorated the way they are. You will have time to explore the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of St. George and see the rich Ukrainian Eastern Byzantine rite architecture, art and iconography.

Your tour will begin bright and early at 6:30 a.m. for the 2 ½ hour drive to Saskatoon. Expect to return around 7:30 p.m.

 

Tour #2 Saskatoon – Western Development Museum / Wanuskewin Heritage Park

  1. Begin your day on 1910 Boomtown Street, learning about life in the prairies at the turn of the 20th century.
  2. In the afternoon, visit Wanuskewin Heritage Park and develop awareness, sensitivity and knowledge of the Northern Plains cultures.

The theme of the Western Development Museum branch in Saskatoon is 1910 Boomtown Street. This recreation of a typical prairie town in 1910 contains replicas of over 30 typical businesses. Other exhibits include the transportation gallery, the Cancer Bomb, Votes for Women: Towards Equality and tractors and farm machinery. The feature exhibit, Winning the Prairie Gamble, celebrates 100 years of Saskatchewan.

Wanuskewin Heritage Park sits above Opimihaw Creek and the South Saskatchewan River near Saskatoon – a window into a part of Canada’s history that remains largely undiscovered, and a link to our past unlike any other National Historic Site in Canada. Wanuskewin’s uniqueness is not just the fact that there exists evidence of ancient peoples, but rather the composition of many different aspects of habitation, hunting and gathering, and spirituality – all in one place. Your visit here will include a DVD presentation, access to all the trails, activity room and exhibits as well as hands-on program that will examine the archaelogy, history, significance of the Bison, connections to Earth and significant cultural aspects of the site at Wanuskewin and Northern Plains Indigenous culture.

Note: Much of your time at Wanuskewin will be outside so please wear appropriate clothing and shoes.

Your tour will begin bright and early at 6:30 a.m. for the 2 ½ hour drive to Saskatoon. Expect to return around 7:30 p.m.

 

Tour #3 Saskatoon – Wanuskewin Heritage Park / Western Development Museum

  1. Begin your day at Wanuskewin Heritage Park and develop awareness, sensitivity and knowledge of the Northern Plains cultures.
  2. In the afternoon, visit 1910 Boomtown Street to explore life in the prairies at the turn of the 20th century.

The theme of the Western Development Museum branch in Saskatoon is 1910 Boomtown Street. This recreation of a typical prairie town in 1910 contains replicas of over 30 typical businesses. Other exhibits include the transportation gallery, the Cancer Bomb, Votes for Women: Towards Equality and tractors and farm machinery. The feature exhibit, Winning the Prairie Gamble, celebrates 100 years of Saskatchewan.

Wanuskewin Heritage Park sits above Opimihaw Creek and the South Saskatchewan River near Saskatoon – a window into a part of Canada’s history that remains largely undiscovered, and a link to our past unlike any other National Historic Site in Canada. Wanuskewin’s uniqueness is not just the fact that there exists evidence of ancient peoples, but rather the composition of many different aspects of habitation, hunting and gathering, and spirituality – all in one place. Your visit here will include a DVD presentation, access to all the trails, activity room and exhibits as well as hands-on program that will examine the archaelogy, history, significance of the Bison, connections to Earth and significant cultural aspects of the site at Wanuskewin and Northern Plains Indigenous culture.

Note: Much of your time at Wanuskewin will be outside so please wear appropriate clothing and shoes.

Your tour will begin bright and early at 6:30 a.m. for the 2 ½ hour drive to Saskatoon. Expect to return around 7:30 p.m.

 

Tour #4 Poplar River Coal Mine & Power Plant

  1. This tour will visit Westmoreland Coal’s Poplar River Mine (an open pit coal mine) and the Saskatchewan Power Poplar River Power Plant to show how coal is mined and transformed into electricity.

The Poplar River Mine is owned and operated by Westmoreland Coal and boasts some of the largest earth moving equipment in North America, including 2 draglines which remove 90 cubic yards of earth with each bucketful. The local coal mine supplies the fuel to the Poplar River Power Station which takes the total lignite coal production from the mine. The Poplar River Power Station is Saskatchewan's most environmentally advanced coal-fired (thermal) generating station. On the tour you will see how coal is mined and transformed into electricity for use by the residents of Saskatchewan.

Note: This tour involves considerable walking and is situated in an industrial setting. Closed toe shoes are required. The tour operators provide hard hats, safety glasses and vests. There will be some downtime at the power plant because only groups of 15 can tour at a time. Please bring a Frisbee, book or games for entertainment.

Your tour will begin bright and early at 6:30 a.m. for the 2 hour drive to Coronach. Expect to return around 5:30 p.m.

 

Tour #5 Claybank Brick Plant & Massold Clay Canyons / Avonlea Heritage Musuem

  1. Begin with a tour of the historic Claybank Brick Plant and explore the Massold Clay Canyons.
  2. In the afternoon, you will tour the Avonlea Heritage Museum.

The Claybank Brick Plant is North America’s best-preserved brick making site, virtually unchanged from the day it opened in 1914. The rare fire brick produced here lined the fire boxes of the CN and CP Rail line locomotives, and of the Corvette warships in World War II. The fire brick was also used in the construction of the rocket launch pads at Cape Canaveral, Florida. The landscape of the Massold Clay Canyons has been in place since the last glacial age, the Wisconsin, which retreated approximately 10,000 years ago. You will have time to explore the flora, fauna, geology and historical features of this unique area. As part of your time at Claybank, you will make a Saskatoon berry pie from scratch that you get to eat.

After lunch, you will travel to the town of Avonlea and tour the Avonlea Heritage Museum, which contains local artifacts from pioneers who homesteaded the area in the early 1900s. The museum is situated in the former Canadian Northern railway station which was built in 1912. In the other buildings, you will see large murals by local artist Paul Geraghty, the Main Street display and Avonlea Before the Plow exhibit.

Note: Much of this tour is outside.

Your tour will begin at 8:00 a.m. Expect to return home around 4:00 p.m.

 

Tour #6 Big Muddy Badlands

  1. This is a full-day tour of the Big Muddy Badlands to explore the unique geography and history of this region of southern Saskatchewan.

This full-day, guided tour will visit the geographically unique Big Muddy Badlands to see Castle Butte, cone-shaped hills, steep cliffs, eroded clay formations and sandstone formations that resemble petrified tree trunks. In the late 1800s, cattle rustlers and train robbers from the United States hid out in the Big Muddy Valley, which was part of the Outlaw Trail. You will visit the Sam Kelly Caves, one of their most famous hiding places. You will also see stone effigies and Indian ceremonial rings that date from the time when Chief Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse and an estimated 700 Plains Indians lived in Canada to escape persecution from the U.S. government. Other points of interest including the North West Mounted Police detachment that was established at Big Muddy in 1902 and the Paisley Brook School from the early 1900s.

Note: This tour is primarily outside and involves extensive hiking. Please wear appropriate clothing.

Your tour will begin at 7:30 a.m. Expect to return home around 6:00 p.m.

 
Tour #7 Moose Jaw – Tunnels of Moose Jaw / 15 Wing

  1. Explore the Tunnels of Moose Jaw to learn about the story of early Chinese immigrants to Canada in an hour-long guided tour.
  2. The afternoon includes a guided tour of 15 Wing, the home of Canada’s military pilot training and the Canadian Air Forces Snowbirds military air demonstration team.

The stories of tunnels under the streets of Moose Jaw come alive in an interactive 50-minute theatre tours featuring state of the art animatronics characters, a multi-media presentation, fabulous spaces underground and tour guides in character. The Passage to Fortune tour tells the compelling story of Chinese immigration to Canada in the early 1900s. You become an immigrant and follow in their footsteps through Burrows and Sons Laundry, in darkened tunnels under the streets and in the kitchen of Mr. Wong’s cafe. Your passage to fortune is just around the corner.

15 Wing, headquartered in Moose Jaw, is the centre of Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) aircrew training and is comprised of 402 Squadron in Winnipeg, MB, 419 Squadron in Cold Lake, AB, 2 Canadian Forces Flying Training School (CFFTS) in Moose Jaw, SK, and 3 CFFTS in Portage la Prairie, MB. 15 Wing is also home to the Canadian Air Forces Snowbirds military aerobics display team.

Note: The tunnel portion of the tour involves walking and is underground. There may be approximately 45 minutes of downtime at the Tunnels as groups of 15 will depart every 15 minutes. Please bring a Frisbee, book or games for entertainment.

Your tour will begin at 8:30 a.m. Expect to return home around 4:30 p.m.

 

Tour #8 Moose Jaw – Western Development Museum / Tunnels of Moose Jaw / RCMP Heritage Centre

  1. Students will begin by exploring the Western Development Museum to explore the history of transportation on the prairies.
  2. Explore the Tunnels of Moose Jaw to learn about the story of early Chinese immigrants to Canada in an hour-long guided tour.
  3. Explore the RCMP Heritage Centre in Regina at the end of the day. This includes a guided driving tour of the facility and time to visit the displays inside.

The theme of the Western Development Museum branch in Moose Jaw is the Story of Transportation. You can tour permanent exhibits including galleries dedicated to rail, water, land and air travel as well as winter travel, classy cars, an observatory and the Snowbirds Gallery. The feature exhibit, Winning the Prairie Gamble, celebrates 100 years of Saskatchewan.

The stories of tunnels under the streets of Moose Jaw come alive an interactive 50-minute theatre tour featuring state of the art animatronics characters, a multi-media presentation, fabulous spaces underground and tour guides in character. The Passage to Fortune tour tells the compelling story of Chinese immigration to Canada in the early 1900s. You become an immigrant and follow in their footsteps through Burrows and Sons Laundry, in darkened tunnels under the streets and in the kitchen of Mr. Wong’s cafe. Your passage to fortune is just around the corner.

End your tour day at the RCMP Heritage Center which is located on the historic grounds of RCMP Academy “Depot” Division, the home for training members since 1885. The main gallery will take you on a journey through the history of the Mounted Police and its evolution from a frontier police force to a modern police force known the world over. Anchored by the evocative “March of the Mounties” showcasing the history of RCMP transportation, the story is told through six core exhibits. There is a self-guided audio tour app available for download.

Note: The tunnel portion of the tour involves walking and is underground. There may be approximately 45 minutes of downtime at the Tunnels as groups of 15 will depart every 15 minutes. Please bring a Frisbee, book or games for entertainment.

Your tour will begin at 8:30 a.m. Expect to return home around 5:00 p.m.

 

Tour #9 Moose Jaw – 15 Wing / Western Development Museum

  1. Students will begin by exploring the Western Development Museum to learn about the history of transportation on the prairies.
  2. The afternoon includes a guided tour of 15 Wing, the home of Canada’s military pilot training and the Canadian Forces Snowbirds military air demonstration team.
  3. End your day at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum to tour the life sciences, earth sciences and First Nations galleries.

15 Wing, headquartered in Moose Jaw, is the centre of Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) aircrew training and is comprised of 402 Squadron in Winnipeg, MB, 419 Squadron in Cold Lake, AB, 2 Canadian Forces Flying Training School (CFFTS) in Moose Jaw, SK, and 3 CFFTS in Portage la Prairie, MB. 15 Wing is also home to the Canadian Air Forces Snowbirds military aerobics display team.

The theme of the Western Development Museum branch in Moose Jaw is the Story of Transportation. You can tour permanent exhibits including galleries dedicated to rail, water, land and air travel as well as winter travel, classy cars, an observatory and the Snowbirds Gallery. The feature exhibit, Winning the Prairie Gamble, celebrates 100 years of Saskatchewan.

The Royal Saskatchewan Museum furthers an understanding of Saskatchewan’s natural history and aboriginal cultures, past and present. Explore many specimens and artifacts in each gallery, including the new We are All Treaty People exhibit.

Note: This tour involves extensive walking.

Your tour will begin at 8:30 a.m. Expect to return home around 5:30 p.m.

 

Tour #10 Fort Qu’Appelle – Fish Culture Station / Treaty 4 Governance Centre

  1. Tour the provincial fish culture station to learn about fish stocking operations in Saskatchewan and the species involved, including fish spawning, incubating eggs, and rearing fingerlings.
  2. Visit the Treaty 4 Governance Centre to learn about the signing treaties between First Nations and the Canadian government and the role of treaties in today’s society.

Unique in North America, the Fort Qu'Appelle Fish Culture Station produces both cold and cool water fish species, raising 3/4 million trout and 40 million walleye annually. You will see fish being reared from the egg through to adult stages in the various indoor and outdoor tanks.

The Treaty 4 Governance Centre is located on the hills above the town of Fort Qu’Appelle overlooking the beautiful Qu’Appelle valley. Approximately one-third of Saskatchewan’s 70 First Nations are located within the boundaries of Treaty 4. You will learn about the signing of Treaty 4 and why the Government of Canada wanted to negotiate treaties with First Nations, the terms of the treaty and the impact of treaties on First Nations and all citizens of Canada.

Note: Part of this tour is outside.

Your tour will begin at 9:00 a.m. Expect to return home around 4:30 p.m.

 

Tour #11 Yorkton – Young’s Equipment / Lajord Hutterite Colony / Western Development Museum

  1. Being with a visit to Young’s Equipment to see a modern, large agricultural equipment dealer.
  2. The Lajord Hutterite Colony is representative of the 50+ colonies in Saskatchewan and their communal society that embraces technology to support their agricultural operations.
  3. Finish the day at the Western Development Museum in Yorkton and learn about the lives and cultures of pioneer immigrants from around the world.

This tour kicks off a visit to Young’s Equipment – a leading agricultural equipment dealer that services farmers in southern Saskatchewan. The mechanization of farming is considered one of the top ten engineering accomplishments of the 20th century. During your visit at Young’s Equipment, you will get to see some of the latest technology in agriculture machinery – and learn about career options in this field as well!

The next stop on the tour is a visit to the Lajord Hutterite Colony. The Hutterite people live in colonies belonging to the largest, oldest, and most successful communal society in the Western World. Contrary to the Amish, the Hutterite people have embraced technology to the finest degree for the well-being of their community. Embrace their hospitality and willingness to open their lives to us and share their unique lifestyle, their knowledge, their faith in the health system, their love of the land and their spirituality. Not only with you be guided by young Hutterite women, you will also have a wonderful conversation with them about their way of life.

After a wonderful home-cooked lunch, prepared with Colony harvested food, the group will get on the open road and travel to Yorkton. Yorkton is the largest city in east-central Saskatchewan. Located 120 km east of Regina, the community of 16,000 has a large Ukrainian and German population. We will visit the Western Development Museum and explore the lives and cultures of early pioneer immigrants from around the world. Enter a real settler shack, explore how and why people have come to Saskatchewan from all over the world and trace this province’s history through a 100-year timeline.

An unforgettable experience awaits you!

Your tour will begin at 8:00 a.m. Expect to return home around 5:30 p.m.

 

Tour #12 Experience Agriculture: the Foundation of Saskatchewan’s Past, Present and Future

  1. Begin your day at the Evergreen Cattle Ranch to see a modern, large cattle operation.
  2. The Motherwell Homestead showcases life for late 19th century homesteaders.
  3. At Green Atlantic Farms, you will learn about precision farming and the role of technologies in farming today.

Bright and early, we will head to the wide-open spaces on the Saskatchewan Prairies and visit Evergreen Cattle Co. near Ituna. Producing beef and grass is the core business of this family-owned ranch. Adrienne and Aaron Ivey were Saskatchewan’s Outstanding Young Farmers in 2014 and today they run a herd of over 1200 cows. The cows will be grazing in the pasture and May is calving time at the Ivey ranch.

After learning about ranching, we will take a step back in time and travel to the Motherwell Homestead in Abernathy, SK. At the close of the 19th century, a stream of pioneer-farmers moved west from Ontario, seeking a new life on the Prairies. Early Saskatchewan settler, W.R. Motherwell became a community leader whose passion for scientific farming methods took him all the way to Parliament as Minister of Agriculture. Here we will enjoy lunch and then experience a day in the life of a prairie farmer in the 1900s.

Fast forward to 2017 and the next stop is Frank and Kari Groeneweg’s grain farm, Green Atlantic Farms, by Edgeley. The science of agriculture is continuously advancing. Today Saskatchewan boasts many farmers who are at the cutting edge of technology. Frank is one of these farmers, he is passionate about promoting modern agriculture as the most sustainable way to “feed the world”. His interests include precision farming and equipment technologies. Frank and Kari will be busy seeding their 7500 acres of wheat, canola, peas, flax, and fababeans and this stop will highlight some of the modern equipment used on grain farms today.

Your tour will begin at 8:00 a.m. Expect to return home around 5:15 p.m.

 

Tour #13 - Royal Saskatchewan Museum / Subsurface geological lab / RCMP Heritage Centre

  1. Subsurface Geological Laboratory
  2. RCMP Depot Division and Heritage Centre
  3. Royal Saskatchewan Museum

Why would anyone store more than 10 million kilograms of rock in a warehouse in the middle of the prairies? Come to the Subsurface Geological Lab and explore the largest repository of drill core samples in the province. Examine core samples and learn how geologists use the core samples to determine where to drill for petroleum, natural gas, industrial minerals and uranium deposits. View 3-D models of a section of rocks in the 3-D projection room.

Since 1885, the RCMP Academy "Depot" Division in Regina has been training members of Canada's national police force. Tour Depot and learn about its history as the headquarters of the North West Mounted Police and its current role as a training academy. Participate in the same drills cadets experience and watch the Sergeant Major's Parade which includes a roll call and inspection of the troops, accompanied by the Cadet Band.

The RCMP Heritage Centre is dedicated to telling the story of the RCMP through interactive exhibits, audio tours and programming in six main galleries: Creating a Mounted Police, Maintaining Law and Order in the West, Protecting the North, Serving All of Canada, Preserving the Tradition and Cracking the Case.

The Royal Saskatchewan Museum furthers an understanding of Saskatchewan's natural history and aboriginal cultures, past and present. Explore specimens and artifacts in each gallery, including the new We are All Treaty People exhibit.

 

Tour #14 Regina – Francophone

This tour will be provided in French.

  1. Joe Fafard studio / foundry
  2. RCMP Depot Division / RCMP Heritage Centre
  3. Walking tour of downtown Regina, including Wascana Park.

Joe Fafard is an internationally recognized Francophone sculptor who has worked mainly in bronze. His art is heavily influenced by his Saskatchewan roots and includes life-sized bronze sculptures of cows, horses and pigs. Your visit will include his gallery and/or foundry.

Since 1885, the RCMP Academy “Depot” Division in Regina has been training members of Canada’s national police force. Tour Depot and learn about its history as the headquarters of the North West Mounted Police and its current role as a training academy. Participate in the same drills cadets experience and watch the Sergeant Major’s Parade which includes a roll call and inspection of the troops, accompanied by the Cadet Band.

The RCMP Heritage Centre is dedicated to telling the story of the RCMP through interactive exhibits, audio tours and programming in six main galleries: Creating a Mounted Police, Maintaining Law and Order in the West, Protecting the North, Serving All of Canada, Preserving the Tradition and Cracking the Case.

 

Tour #15 - Francophone Culture

  1. Willow Bunch Museum
  2. Campagne organic farm

Explore the francophone culture in south-central Saskatchewan. Your first stop will be in the town of Willow Bunch. Here you will visit the Willow Bunch Museum and learn about the life of the Willow Bunch Giant – Edouard Beaupre – who grew to over 8’ tall and see artifacts dating back to the early 1900s. On the second floor, exhibits showcase early Métis settlers, the NWMP, hospital and school.

After leaving Willow Bunch, you will travel to the Campagne family’s organic farm. Solange and Paul Campagne will take half of the group to learn about the science of organic farming and tour the family operations. Annette Campagne will explore the relationship between science, spirituality and art with the other half of the group.
Lunch at the farm will include authentic home-grown organic food, followed by a bilingual musical performance by the Campagnes. There may also be wagon rides to explore the surrounding countryside.

Your tour will begin at 8:00 a.m. Expect to return home around 6:00 p.m.

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