A new portion of the Great Trail is now open in Saskatchewan.
The RM of Edenwold officially opened the Emerald Park Walkway Monday, which includes a portion of the trail in it.
“It’s very vital,” said reeve Mitchell Huber. “The pathways are used by all aspects of the community, whether it’s babes in strollers or your oldest seniors in the community.”
Huber said this two kilometre portion of pathway is significant due to partner coming to the plate for safety reasons.
One of those partners was the province.
“The Saskatchewan government is proud to partner with communities like the RM who are making investments that continue to enhance the quality of life for their residents,” said Highways Minister Lori Carr.
Carr noted this came as a result of the Regina Bypass project.
- Regina Bypass project nears the 50% completion mark
- Phase 1 of Regina bypass complete
- Regina Bypass roughly 90 percent complete
“We do anticipate increased activity in the area, whether that be through businesses or housing, whatever the case may be,” she said. “To add on a walking path is just important.”
The trail links in with around 24,000 kilometres of trail across Canada.
“Whether you’re coming from another province across Canada one the #1 Highway, here’s an opportunity to stop and explore the Emerald Park community or connect onto other areas along the Qu’Appelle Valley quite easily,” said Ralph Leibel, member of the Saskatchewan Trans Canada Trail committee.
“It’s important for us as citizens as of Canada to explore the trail here in Saskatchewan, explore the trail when we’re in other parts of Canada so we can get to meet the people in each one of those communities.”