In the heart of the one of our most beautiful areas of Saskatchewan in the Prince Albert National Park is Waskesiu Lake. In the Cree language, Waskesiu means “red deer” or elk. On the eastern shore of the lake is the town site of Waskesiu.
The national park protects a slice of the boreal forest and contains many outstanding natural and cultural features, including the only fully protected white pelican nesting colony in Canada, rare fescue grasslands, free-ranging plains bison and the isolated cabin of conservationist Grey Owl. There is a bountiful 8,000-year Aboriginal history in this area as well as many fond memories of the early days of those who settled in Saskatchewan.
The Prince Albert National Park was established in 1927 and is highly regarded for its spiritual and cultural values by many peoples. The official opening was on Aug. 10, 1928 by Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King. In the “Dirty Thirties” and during Second World War, there were many alternate service work camps and men in those camps erected the historic facilities and trails of the park were built.
This area is steeped in history and we at the School of Horticulture are fortunate to be making a little bit more history here in Waskesiu. Currently, we are helping to construct a nature themed micro golf course that is sure to be enjoyed for many years to come. Our job is to bring the course to life with landscaping that fits the theme of the course. That means we are creating a little slice of the boreal forest with appropriate plant materials for the site. It is exciting to be involved in this project that has so many people helping to make it a reality.
The major sponsor of this undertaking is the Alan Vincent Hadley Logue Memorial Golf Tournament. Little AL’s Mini Golf is named in memory of Alan Vincent Hadley Logue who was a natural athlete and loved activities and sports of every kind, including golf. Alan was well known for his love of people, sharing a laugh and bringing light to all those around him. He could be seen puttering around Waskesiu in his van nicknamed “Little Al” seeking out new adventure at every corner. Alan’s journey of 22 years took an unexpected turn when he was diagnosed in May of 2011 with leukemia. In spite of many treatments and hospitalizations, his courage and optimism never left him although his life came to an end on Feb. 10, 2012.
The grand opening celebration is going to be held on July 14 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Play the course for only $5 and help to thank the incredible tournament participants and the many, many other people who have donated their time, dollars and expertise. This course has many features including life-size elk, bison and eagle and each hole has a different theme. Hope to see you at the celebration.