June 9, 2018:The 32nd annual Meewasin Plant-A-Tree Dedication was held Saturday, June 9, 2018 in Boomtown at the Western Development Museum Saskatoon
The Plant-A-Tree, Memorial Forest and Brick/Bench sponsorship programs are several successful fund raising activities at Meewasin for the purpose of greening the river valley for public use. Donations are made for a number of reasons: weddings, graduations, births, anniversaries and in memory of those who have touched our lives.
Since 1988, Meewasin has planted 4,153 trees and shrubs in the valley that have been sponsored by individuals and groups. The 2018 program includes the sponsorship recognition of more than 60 trees and shrubs, Meewasin Trail benches, and bricks.
The event this year features the Saskatoon Choral Society, Piper Jessalyn Wallace from the Saskatoon Police Pipe Band and speakers: The present and 22nd Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan His Honour, the Honourable W. Thomas Molloy, His Worship Mayor Charlie Clarke, Meewasin Board Chair Colin Tennent, Meewasin CEO Andrea Lafond, Aboriginal Prayer Drummer Marc Okihcihtawa (the Scout Singers) and Donor Speaker Bob Halliday. The general public are welcome to attend this event.
May 1, 2018: Meewasin Announces New Chief Executive Officer. Meewasin Valley Authority has taken another step toward achieving long-term sustainability and a bright future. Following the completion of an extensive recruitment process, on May 7, 2018, a new leader will take over the helm at the Meewasin Valley Authority.
"We are pleased to announce that Ms. Andrea Lafond was the successful candidate in our search for a new Chief Executive Officer (CEO)," says Colin Tennent, Chair of the Meewasin Board of Directors. "Ms. Lafond brings over 18 years of successful and progressive leadership in roles across profit, non-profit and charitable organizations. She has led many high level multi-year strategies, most recently at Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies where she held the position of Vice-President Operations."
Lafond will lead Meewasin in its ongoing conservation efforts in the South Saskatchewan River Valley, delivering programs and services, trail construction, and providing support for the rural river access sites. As CEO, this year Ms. Lafond will lead a visioning exercise, the goal of which will be to determine the best ways in which Meewasin can deliver on its mandate of conserving the cultural and natural resources in the Valley.
Government of Saskatchewan Budget - The Government of Saskatchewan tabled its budget April 10, 2018, and it was a welcome budget for Meewasin. Meewasin will receive status quo (same as last year) funding support from two participating parties: the Province of Saskatchewan and the University of Saskatchewan, and increased funding from the third participating party, the City of Saskatoon, for the fiscal year April 1, 2018 - March 31, 2019. This will allow a year's grace for a new Meewasin CEO to take office, and for a Meewasin visioning process to take place. Thank you all for your support, from the staff, to the Board, to the local MLAs to the river users to the park and trail users, to the volunteers. Meewasin now has to show further that it is not just an urban park but a conservation agency dedicated to conserving the heritage resources of the South Saskatchewan River Valley, an agency that benefits the entire province in tourism, health, social services, physical fitness, the economy, recreation, the environment and more. Thanks All.
November 28, 2017: The City of Saskatoon approved the total of $1,344,400 in funding support for Meewasin’s core operations in Conservation, Development and Education. This funding is the first step in securing a funding package from the three participating parties for the coming Meewasin fiscal year of April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019
November 23, 2017: The Cameco Meewasin Skating Rink @Nutrien Plaza was featured in Flare Magazine's Best Places To Go Ice Skating Across Canada
November 8, 2017: Architectural Digest featured the Cameco Meewasin Skating Rink @Nutrien Plaza in their article 11 Outdoor Ice Rinks at Luxury Hotels
October 2, 2017 : Meewasin announced that due to funding cuts, Beaver Creek Conservation Area is closed weekends and holidays until the end of March, 2018.
2017: Saskatoon named 4th in category Best Destination in Canada, citing the river trails as one of the main attractions.
August 11, 2017: Dr. Ryan Walker representing the University of Saskatchewan, was appointed to the Meewasin Board of Directors.
May 18, 2017: Meewasin announced two leadership changes. Colin Tennent was named as the 10th Chair of the Meewasin Valley Authority. Doug Porteous was named Interim Chief Executive Officer.
April 7, 2017: Meewasin Budget Highlights
March 22, 2017: The Government of Saskatchewan announced the elimination of statutory funding obligations for the University of Saskatchewan and the Government of Saskatchewan as outlined in the provincial budget. That means that funding to Meewasin from the University of Saskatchewan and Government of Saskatchewan becomes discretionary.
November 11, 2016: Cameco Meewasin Skating Rink @Nutrien Plaza was named as one of the reasons Saskatoon made the cut for Expedia's 22 Must-Visit Hockey Towns in North America
June 8, 2016: Meewasin announced that on July 1, 2016 the Meewasin Valley Interpretive Centre would close. The closure of the MVC is the result of long term erosion of Meewasin's statutory funding from its three participating parties and was made following extensive consultation between the Meewasin Board of Directors and Administration.
November 2015: Meewasin and its associates were recently recognized by the Design Council of Saskatchewan for three development projects completed in the past two years: River Landing Riverfront Phase 2 – Award of Excellence in Landscape Architecture – Design: Crosby Hanna and Associates; Meewasin Northeast Swale Master Plan – Honourable Mention in Landscape Architecture – Design: Meewasin Valley Authority; Meewasin South East Trail – Award of Merit in Integrated Design (involvement of three or more design professions) – Design: Stantec Architecture Ltd.
September 2015: In their September/October 2015 issue, Canadian Running magazine "On the run in..." feature highlighted Saskatoon as a "runner's haven" in which the Meewasin Trail figures prominently.
September 2015: Meewasin took Shaw Cable out on the river in one of their Voyageur Clipper canoes for the purposes of producing a "Canoe in the City" feature that aired multiple times daily on Shaw Cable Saskatoon during the week of August 31-September 6. Watch the segment here.
June 2015: Meewasin Trail ranked as the top thing Saskatonians liked about walking in Saskatoon, according to an informal question asked during the Active Transportation Plan consultation. For more about the City of Saskatoon's Active Transportation Plan, click here.
June 5, 2015: Meewasin Trail reached two milestones. The new section of the Meewasin Trail between 71st Street in the city's northwest and Wanuskewin Heritage Park was officially opened. This segment is also part of the Trans Canada Trail which follows the Meewasin Trail for 28 km through Saskatoon. Meewasin also announced the completion of a successful $8M Meewasin Matters Trail Campaign for the purpose of connecting Saskatoon to Wanuskewin Heritage Park and Chief Whitecap Park, adding approximately 15 km to the Meewasin Trail system.
November 13, 2014: Planet S Magazine - Best of Saskatoon 2014. The top three parks in Saskatoon (as voted by Planet S readers) can be found in the Meewasin Valley: Rotary Park, Kinsmen Park, and Diefenbaker Park. A walk by the river was also voted as the top thing to do in Saskatoon on a weeknight. To see all of the categories, click here.
October 2014: In Nutrien's Fall 2014 Report to the Community, CEO Jochen Tilk was quoted as saying, "Saskatoon’s Meewasin Valley Trail is a perfect place to go running." For the full report click here!
December 12, 2013: Planet S Magazine - Best of Saskatoon 2013: Once again, Meewasin has received the top recognition in 5 “Best of” categories, including the “Best Place for A First Date.” For the full story click here!
October 1, 2013: National Geographic Travel’s 50 Places of a Lifetime: Canada - noted Meewasin Park in 'How to Get Around': The city is easy to explore by foot, vehicle, or bike...In Meewasin Park, bike or hike trails alongside the water, or paddle under the seven bridges that connect the east and west sides of the city... For the full story click here!
August 25, 2013: Meewasin Valley Trail receives 5 star review on Trip Advisor: “If you have want to wander an extensive trail within a city this is one of the best to see. A great example of preserving a bit of nature within an urban area; the MVA trail is a way of exploring a mix of natural riverbank and urban park combined. You will have an opportunity to see both formal urban park and natural prairie only a short walk in between; green space that is always an escape from the development on both sides. Don't forget the river in between!”
August 2013: The Meewasin Valley was recently featured in West Jet's up! Magazine as one of the Top 10 summer bargain must-dos, "Follow the River in Saskatoon!" "The South Saskatchewan River sweeps through Saskatoon, making it easy to understand why the Cree called the river valley Meewasin, or beautiful. A sampling: Hike along the Meewasin Valley on more than 60 kilometres of trails running downtown alongside parks, museums and preserved grasslands. Explore the river by kayak, canoe or stand-up paddle board. Better yet, J-stroke back in time with a 10-passenger voyageur canoe tour ($200 for the canoe, so best booked as a group) or spy American White Pelicans fishing near the weir. The once-endangered bird migrates here every spring and stays on until September. (You might wander down the trail towards downtown to hear a sonnet or two, as the Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Festival sets up its tents near the Mendel Art Gallery in August.)" For the full story click here!
Fall 2012: The Meewasin Trail was named one of the Top 10 Greatest Hikes in Canada by Reader's Digest! For the full story click here!