With boats and Sea-Doos roaring on the lake, and sunbathers and swimmers enjoying the warm weather, Buffalo Pound Provincial Park was a popular destination this long weekend. Whether visitors were in the pool, having a picnic or playing frisbee, the park was full of happy campers.
There were a host of activities planned for the park’s Heritage weekend running Friday through Monday. The heritage theme celebrates the rich culture and history of the park and surrounding area.
Events included a Lakota hike, Owl Pellet dissection, horse-drawn wagon rides, and old-fashioned ice cream making. On Saturday evening, The Mitchell Boys performed their cowboy poetry and music. Sunday night’s concert featured Brenda Lee Cottrell and Tex Emery.
“We are celebrating the different kinds of heritage in the area,” said Caitlynn Beckett, a park interpreter. “It’s been going really well. It’s been really busy and the weather is great.” She added that all of the campsites are full.
Steve Abbott from the Saskatchewan Burrowing Owl Interpretive Centre did a presentation with one of their burrowing owls named Potter, who perched on his hand for much of the presentation. Abbott talked about the endangered birds, and the importance of prairie conservation. “These outdoor presentations are the most fun to do,” he said. “It’s nice to be outside and get some fresh air.”
Norma Jean Byrd and her husband Dick Byrd were also around to present on the weekend. Dick led an interpretive history walk and presented on First Nations history and artifacts.
On Saturday, Norma Jean talked about the sacred circle of life, based on medicine wheel teachings. Her presentation highlighted the importance of fours in First Nations culture, and she shared stories about early life on the prairies. She said events like these are important because they challenge people to think more broadly.
“I think people have a sense of living in their own little bubble—we don’t look past our own noses,” she said. “I think this helps to put it all in perspective.”
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