What’s Happening in the CHDA (Part 1 of 4)

What’s Happening in the CHDA (Part 1 of 4)

May 30, 2018 / No Comments

NEW Tours Offered in the CHDA

  • A Taste of Bannock & Teepee Teachings:

What: Located on the grounds of Grotto Gardens Country Market, your bannock making experience will take place alongside a teepee that was constructed and raised by members of Nekaneet First Nation. The Nekaneet are a Cree-speaking nation whose history pre-dates European settlement in the Cypress Hills. Sit and learn to make this Indigenous staple from a local Nekaneet elder. While your bannock roasts on a stick over an open fire, listen to the stories from a time before the Grotto.

When: Every Thursday starting May 24th – September 6th

Time: 10:00am & 12:30pm

Where: Grotto Gardens Country Market

Ages: 13 and up (Note: Children under 13 may participate when accompanied by a parent or guardian).

Cost: $25/person

For more information contact Grotto Gardens at:  306.662.3585

Book:  https://visitcypresshills.rezgo.com/details/155991/a-taste-of-bannock-and-teepee-teachings


  • Trading Post Tours

What: Back after a 10 year hiatus, Fort Walsh National Historic Site is once again offering tours to it’s Trading Post site, the site of the Cypress Hills Massacre.  Travel through the heart of the majestic Cypress Hills to the original sites of Farwell and Solomon’s trading posts on this guided bus tour. (Advance tickets required – weather permitting, space is limited).

When: Daily operation Monday – Sunday

Time: 1:30pm

Where: Fort Walsh National Historic Site (West Block, Cypress Hills)

Ages: No age restriction.

Cost: $4.90/person

Book: https://visitcypresshills.rezgo.com/details/147453/trading-post-tour


  • Frontier Life

What: Help a Northwest Mounted Police officer complete their mid-day stable duties, discover stories at the First Nation’s camp and tast flavours of the past at the cook tent. Don’t miss the historic weapons and cannon firing.

When: Saturdays in July and August

Time: Begins at 10:45am (Cannon Firing) with additional activities held until 4:45pm).


  • Wine in the West Tours

What: Enjoy a Guided Tour of this provincially designated heritage property (the only Ranch in Saskatchewan to be so designated) which includes:

  • 12:30pm – 1:00pm: A guided walking tour of the Ranch’s five historically designated buildings that make up their Provincial Heritage Designation.
  • A picnic lunch with wine/beer (or non-alcoholic beverage) at the Ranch Hall Grill Restaurant and Bar. (Note: Visitors are welcome to eat inside or at picnic tables in restaurant patio area.)
  • Following tour, guests can enjoy a hike on the Kinnikinik Kliff Trail or hang around for a 4:00pm Horseback Riding Adventure or ATV Guided Tour.

When: Daily Operation Monday – Sunday

Time: 12:15pm

Where: The Historic Reesor Ranch (West Block, Cypress Hills)

Ages: No age restriction. (*Minimum of 2 visitors.)

Cost: $29 (+tax/fee per person) (Must prebook prior to tour).

To book call: 306.662.3498 or 1.403.977.2128 or email: reesorranch@hotmail.com


  • Pot Party | Nixavl Pottery Studio

What: Beautiful bright, colourful and lightweight, Nixavl bowls are made at Nick Saville’s pottery workshop located in the artistic community of Eastend, Saskatchewan.  Made on the wheel, Nick follows the philosophy of a Navajo Weaver which states that the intentional irregularities of the weave represent the imperfections of humans. Join Nick in his workshop, and paint your own Nixavl Bowl to take home with accompanying snacks and beverages (coffee, tea, wine) as you paint.  Join alone, join as a group, or book your own Group time on another night/day.

When: Tuesdays, throughout the Summer (May 22nd – August 28th)

Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Where: Nixavl Pottery Studio – 215 Railway Street East, Eastend, SK

Ages: No Age restriction

Cost: Call for pricing

To book call or text: 306.295.7432 or email: nix7432@gmail.com


  • Where the Buffalo Roam

What:  Join a Grasslands National Park Interpreter in this guided program that takes a walk back in time to experience a historical reverie of bison and their importance to the First Nation’s People.

When: Saturdays, in July and August

Time:  7:00pm

Where:  Frenchman Valley Campground (West Block), Grasslands National Park

Ages: No age restriction

Cost:  $7.30/person

To Book: Call 1.877.345.2257 or email: grasslands.info@pc.gc.ca


  • Photography Workshop Tours | Grasslands National Park & The Great Sandhills

What: Join photographer Scott Aspinall on  dark sky and nature photography sessions to be held at the Great Sandhills and Grasslands National Park.

When: May 4th – 5th at the Great Sandhills; June 15th – 16th at Grasslands National Park

Time: TBA

Where: Great Sandhills & Grasslands National Park

Ages: Adults only

Cost: Range depending on how many nights booking:  $175 – $600

To Book:  http://nichgabr.mywhc.ca/product/booksandhills/


  • Leader and Area Guided Bus Tours

What: Jump on this spectacular tour that loops throughout the Leader Area and includes:  The Great Sandhills Museum, the Great Sandhills, River Ridge Golf Course, Estuary Hutterite Colony, Blumenfeld Church and more. (Note: each different set of tour dates offers value added opportunities. See website for details). For more information, click here!

When: June 2nd, June 16th & 17th, September 1st & 2nd.

Time: 8:00am

Where: Leave from Leader Tourist Info Centre

Ages: No age restriction

Cost: $85/person (includes snacks and drinks but not lunch)

To Book: call 306.628.3860 (Monday – Friday), or email: recreation.leader@sasktel.net

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