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Meewasin Has Paved the Way!

The Meewasin Valley Authority’s Beaver Creek Conservation Area just south of Saskatoon has taken mobility access to a new level. They’ve installed a mechanical lift and hardened the viewing trail so those with physical limitations can also enjoy nature.

A mechanical lift now enables visitors with limited mobility to enjoy the SaskEnergy Beaver Pond Room, filled with nature exhibits and activities, in the building’s lower level. And from there, the recently hardened 375 metre (410 yard) nature trail makes viewing and experiencing nature a breeze, even for those with physical limitation. And at trail’s end, a spectacular vista that overlooks the South Saskatchewan River awaits.

Meewasin’s plans for a lift and hardened nature trail were supported in 2010 through a $42,500 grant through the Community Vitality Program of the Community Initiatives Fund. Matching funds for this project were provided through private donors and Meewasin’s core funds. .

“Never before at Beaver Creek (Conservation Area) have those in wheelchairs or walkers been able to reach the crest overlooking the South Saskatchewan (River).” says Susan Lamb, chief executive officer of the Meewasin Valley Authority. “We’re thrilled to now offer everyone the experience of nature here … and year round, too!”

Much more than a nature trail, this accessible wilderness path affords wildlife viewing, a study of flora and fauna, outdoor recreation … perhaps can also be an inspiration for artists and photographers. The Beaver Creek Conservation Area is 13 km (8 mi) south of Saskatoon on the west side of Highway #219.

 

  

Opening the new nature trail.                                 SaskEnergy Beaver Pond Room.

Photo credits:  Meewasin Valley Authority.

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