It took a total of 17 days to walk the Battleford Swift Current trail.

Members of the Saskatchewan History and Folklore Society, as well as a few others, set out to walk and mark the old trail, which was originally used in the 1890s. The group started their trek earlier this month on August 3rd in Swift Current and finished in Fort Battleford on August 20th.

The original trail stretches 192 miles or 309 kilometers long and runs through most of the West Central region.

Hugh Henry, Vice President of Saskatchewan History and Folklore Society, said they couldn't have asked for a better turnout on the hike, "It turned out very well. I think the participants were very happy and we got some nice surprises along the way in terms of local folks coming out and greeting us with water and goodies along the trail."

Most of the original trail is now farm and pasture land. Henry said they marked out roughly where the trail would be and followed it as closely as possible on the grid roads. "We did walk on roads for the most part, which were close to where the trail would have ran. We did go through a few pastures and when we did everyone tried to find evidence on the original trail, which we did on several occasions."

Henry said while they were walking, the group was really able to take note of their surroundings, "When you're walking, you get up close and personal. You're getting to see how the crops are developing and whats going on in the farming and ranching community."

The core walking group consisted of 9 members from Swift Current, Regina and even Montreal. Henry said they had another 11 people who joined the walk at some point for a day or two. He said they also had met quite a few local folks along the way, including residents of a hutterite colony.

Along the hike, the group stopped in at a few towns including Kyle, Fiske, Biggar and Cando. The walk ended with a program in Fort Battleford.

Henry said the closing ceremonies included some indigenous performers, "We had some dancers, indigenous dancers and drummers and singers. So they all performed together, which was very nice of them. It was nice to round things up at the end, bringing the cultures together and a few people talked about their connection to the trail and that sort of thing. So it was nice to finish the hike on a high note."

Henry said everyone can look forward to a video they are putting together of the hike. It will be posted in the next few days on the Saskatchewan History and Folklore Society Facebook Page.

More Local News

Rob Clarke Drops Out of Sask. Party Leadership Race

The most recent addition to the Sask Party Leadership Race, Rob Clarke is dropping out of the race and throwing his support behind Ken Cheveldayoff. In a news release on Wednesday, the former RCMP…

Update: Precautionary Drinking Water Advisory in Kindersley Lifted

*Update* The precautionary drinking water advisory in Kindersley has been lifted for the West Central Events Centre and all properties affected by the 2nd Street East water leak, which is now…

New Councillor in Harris

The village of Harris sent out a call for a new Town Councillor recently after John Wallebeck resigned due to personal reasons. Wallebeck resided on council since 2009 when he was voted in through…

Take Care On Ice

Anglers in southern Saskatchewan are being warned to be careful when out on the ice. In the last week, there have been a plethora of social media posts showing ice fishing shacks sinking into the ice…

Strongfield's New Rink Coming Together

The new curling rink in Strongfield is starting to take shape again after it was destroyed in a violent wind storm this past July. So far the main structure for the building is up and the tin siding…

Kindersley Council Delays Passing New Airport Bylaw

A pair of delegations were made at the Kindersley town council meeting on Monday evening regarding a new proposed airport bylaw. The updated airport bylaw was given first reading at the previous…

Biggar Robbery Being Investigated

Around 9:00 p.m. on the evening of December 9th, a lone male entered a business on Highway #14 in Biggar and produced a hand gun. A quantity of cash and cigarettes was taken. No one was physically…

Eatonia's Old Fashioned Christmas

The town of Eatonia kicked off their Christmas festivities this past weekend with their Old Fashioned Christmas event, put on by the Chamber of Commerce and the Eatonia Lions. The event took place on…

More men with trade certificates, more women with bachelor degrees

A new study from Stats Canada released last week says young men in Saskatchewan are much more eager to get an apprenticeship certificate over a bachelors degree. The study released last week found…

Biggar Legion Hosts Santa Day

The Biggar Legion spread some Christmas cheer around town this past Saturday with their annual Santa Day. Kevin McLeod with the Biggar Legion, said things turned out quite well. "We had a good…

Glauser Pleads Guilty in T & T Travel Case

Kindersley residents will have to wait another few months to hear the verdict of the T & T Travel Case. Leslie Glauser, the previous owner of the Kindersley based travel business, pleaded guilty…

Stolen ATV in Kindersley

The Kindersley RCMP are asking for your help in solving the following crime: This past Wednesday Kindersley RCMP received a call of a stolen All Terrain Vehicle on 4th Street West in Kindersley. The…

Battlefords-Lloydminster remains Conservative after Falk victory

The federal constituency of Battlefords-Lloydminster will remain Conservative following the byelection that took place yesterday. Rosemarie Falk won the byelection by nearly 70 per cent of the vote…

Weather Update with Meteorologist Terry Laing

A continuation of mild temperatures will occur this week in West Central Saskatchewan, according to Environment Canada Meteorologist Terry Laing. She said a massive ridge of high pressure has…

Rosetown Lift Station Expected to be Completed Spring 2018

Rosetown's lift station is expected to be completed a few months into the new year. The project started earlier this year in January to replace the old, worn out lift station that 'had passed it's…

Outlook Food Bank Sees Busy Year

It's been a busy season for Outlook's food bank, which has seen an increase in the number of people coming through it's doors this year. Leah Larson with the food bank, said at one point, they were…

Unity, Wilkie and Macklin RCMP Report for December 5th to 11th

Unity, Wilkie and Macklin RCMP detachments have released their latest report for the week of December 5th to 11th. UNITY REPORTS RCMP received a report of a single vehicle collision on Highway 21…

Health Cards Expiring At the End of the Month

Residents with expired health cards could be charged for medical services in the new year. Saskatchewan health cards are expiring at the end of the month unless the sticker has been updated. Over…

Water Leak in Kindersley

Public works responded to a water leak on 2nd Street East in Kindersley today. Some addresses may have already experienced water service disruptions, while more residents may be impacted as workers…

Biggar Museum Holds Christmas Silent Auction

The Biggar Museum began their Christmas Magic Silent auction mid-way through November and have encountered some high-end prizes during the auction. This past weekend, the Silent Auction wrapped up… is Westman's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

Heartland Health Influenza Clinics

23 October 2017 8:00 pm - 22 January 2018 6:00 pm

Heartland Health Region, Rosetown

Kindersley Community Service Group "Chase The Ace"

12 December 2017 5:00 pm - 20 September 2018 11:00 pm


Dahling Productions Christmas Spectacular "What Christmas means to me"

15 December 2017 7:00 pm - 17 December 2017 4:00 pm

Kindersley Christian Fellowship Church, Kindersley

Dahling Productions Christmas Spectacular 'What Christmas means to me'

15 December 2017 7:00 pm - 17 December 2017 6:00 pm

Kindersley Christian Fellowship Church, Kindersley

Elrose Minor Hockey day/Elrose Lions Santa Claus Day

16 December 2017 9:00 am

Elrose Uniplex, Elrose

West Central Crisis Centre Santa's Hut

16 December 2017 9:00 am

Kindersley Elizabeth School, Kindersley

Rosetown Curling Club "Stakes Spiel

16 December 2017 9:00 am

Rosetown Curling Rink, Rosetown