This is what happens when you spend too much time watching video of Saskatoon City Council debates.
For us old-timers who call Saskatoon home, we can remember a day when we could “Ski the Strap”. Mount Blackstrap wasn’t a great ski hill but was good enough to spend a day at and have a really good time without having to drive to North Battleford or Alberta.
Since it has close, I find myself looking at it as I drive to Regina and sighing each time we go past.
For so long we have seen it has a (unused) ski hill but it can be so much more than that.
As the snow melts each spring in Whistler, snow grooming machines are replaced by shovels who create and groom all sorts of mountain bike trails out of the mountain. Not only does it create a world class attraction but it brings revenue into the park, something that has always been lacking from Blackstrap which has always been subject to the unpredictable Saskatchewan winters.
While Pike Lake attracts a crowd all summer long, Blackstrap Provincial Park is greatly under-utilized despite it’s proximity to Saskatoon. Done right it could be a fabulous summer destination of children and parents alike as they have the chance to race downhills all day and then relax by the lake at night. Other hills like this have offered pickup at local destinations like McDonalds where a lift ticket and bus pass can be purchased (What could go wrong sending your child mountain biking for the day?) and they are taken away for a day of cycling or skiing.
It is going to take a lot of investment and dreams, some of which were expressed last fall. Hopefully we will see an all-season park at Blackstrap much sooner than later. It could be a great addition to both summer and winter life here and if done well, bring in people from all over the province.
The Regional Planning Association of America produced this film in the late 1930′s, hoping to put an end to the growth of large overcrowded cities and instead promote new suburban communities better suited to the needs and well-being of people.
What’s interesting is that the idealized suburb/cities presented in the film are all walkable and bikeable. Autos are part of the urban disaster that is to be left behind by progress. We see from the air the familiar cul-de-sacs of today’s America but there are no six-lane arterial roads, no massive shopping centers with enormous parking lots. Kids ride around on bicycles along paths that look very much like what you see in the Netherlands of today, and in a few American cities such as Boulder, Colorado, or Davis, California.
A vampire movie shot in Dundurn, Saskachewan. Make sure you watch the trailer.
Rufus is afraid and alone. Stranded in a sleepy prairie town after the death of his hundred-and-seven-year-old traveling companion, Rufus is determined to make a fresh start. Hunted, poked and prodded, Rufus knows people are always pegging him as this or that. If there really are vampires, Rufus has never met one. Sure he has some quirks. So what if he likes the taste of blood? It’s not like he’s addicted. Rufus does not age or feel the passage of time. he’s a boy and will always remain so. When a multi-national drug company discovers Rufus? genome just might be the fountain of youth and a cunning vampire hunter arrives to claim the boy as the property of Bristol Anderson Pharmaceuticals, Rufus knows it’s time to move on. The only problem is, Rufus like his new life and the pretty girl next door.There’s no such thing as vampires! They are just stories in books. What’s a boy to do?