Trails Advisory Board
The Candle Lake Trails Advisory Board works with the Resort Village Council to plan new routes and maintain existing trails in an effort to ensure residents and visitors have opportunities to enjoy a safe and varied outdoor experience year round.
The Advisory Board is a key resource for the Resort Village. The Board provides information regarding best practices, standards, funding and usage of trails. As new developments and subdivisions are developed in the Resort Village, the Board provides input and advice on incorporating trail networks into community designs, and advises on budgets for all trail development and maintenance in the Resort Village.
Mission Statement: To advise the Resort Village of Candle Lake Council on the management, operation, improvement, development and promotion of all trails, intended for human powered use, under the management of the Resort Village of Candle Lake, and to identify key trails maintenance priorities annually.
Vision Statement: We envision a sustainable, coordinated network of multi-use trails throughout the areas under the management of the Resort Village of Candle Lake, designed and maintained to high standards for safety and a diversity of human powered user experiences and needs, to enhance accessibility, healthy activities, tourism and economic prosperity. We envision the Candle Lake Trails Advisory Board as the key resource and a valued stakeholder for trail information regarding best practices, standards, funding and usage. We are key stakeholders, and involved in early consultations regarding new developments and/or subdivisions, so that the trails network can be built into all future community designs.
The Board is guided in its work based on three areas of focus for trail development:
- Safety - trails designed to provide safer options for people to access popular beaches and commercial areas.
- Connectivity - trails designed to connect subdivisions when possible.
- Nature - trails designed to create and promote activity walks into the forested areas around Candle Lake as well as much of the shoreline interface with our local water bodies.
A few of the trails maintained by the Trails Advisory Board include the following. Click on Activity Trails to access the maps for these and other trails in the Resort Village. Visit the Candle Lake Activity Trails Facebook Page for the latest Trail news and post your photos to the page!
Candle Lake Trails Advisory Board – 5 Year PLAN 2023 to 2027
Short-Term Plan (budgeted in 2023)
- Extend West Side Trail from Bereskin Drive to Main Street to be completed in 2023
- Establish a land bridge to access a crosswalk on Hwy 265 to the Bayview Business district and better define the walking path in front of the Market
- Extend Simon Lehne Trail to Northview Trail to Nobles Point Marina, with a crosswalk on Simon Lehne to be completed in 2023
- Upgrade cross-country ski track setter by adding weights
- Replace existing trail head garbage cans with bear proof garbage cans
- Establish a dedicated storage area for Trails supplies and materials
- Develop a roadside trail from Deep Bay to the old Telwin access
- Resurface the section of the West Side Trail from Main St to The Market by applying crusher dust.
- Develop a Trail from Bayview to RVCL recreation area and Bay Lake Trails
- Extend the boardwalk on the Nobles Point Nature Trail
Long-Term Plan (not yet budgeted)
- Improve pedestrian access along Simon Lehne
- Recognize and promote the historic significance of Old Horse Trail with signage, in concert with Communities in Bloom
- Develop connectors to the Flood Berm
- Pursue development of a nature trail north of Elm St, West of Simon Lehne, south of Nobles
- Connect the existing Trails system from Van Impe to to Minowukaw
- Support RVCL renewal of the adoption of the Aschim Heritage Homestead property (expiration of current agreement 2029)
Annual (on-going maintenance and sustainability) (budgeted annually)
- Consult on new development applications re trails and pedestrian access
- Maintain accessible entrances to winter ski trails
- Groom winter ski and snowshoe trails
- Identify low, wet, eroded, or damaged areas and recommend maintenance options
- Identify trails that should be closed temporarily due to unsafe or impassible conditions
- Create an annual seasonal task list for Trails maintenance for the RVCL Maintenance Crew
- Update maps, signs, promotional material, and social media to reflect the current trail status
- Boardwalk construction, maintenance, and repair over marshy/wet areas
- Maintain markings/barriers to walking lanes on roadways
- Consult with Community Engineering regarding trails design and trail upgrades
- Partner with Parks & Rec to host Ski/Snowshoe/curling event(s) to promote trails use and community engagement
- Promote Trails by having a display at the Sandy Bay Festival of Lights
Interested in Joining the Trails Advisory Board?
The key to the success of our Board is our trail volunteers and community members who see outdoor activities as an important part of resort life.
The Board is always looking for new trail enthusiasts to join our volunteer Board. To enquire, please contact the Resort Village Office at (306) 929-2236.
The Trails Advisory Board thanks all of its volunteers and local businesses who provide ongoing support to trail initiatives. This support ranges from providing time and energy to helping with trail maintenance, offering ideas on how to strengthen our trails system, displaying trails maps, and providing personal financial donations.
- Affinity Credit Union District Council Funding for Fall 2022 awarded to Candle Lake Trails Advisory Board (see more)
- Communities in Bloom $5,000 Grant in December 2020 - used toward the purchase of a new groomer (see more)
- Saskatchewan Tails Association $500 grant 2021 for trail Acknowledge (see more)
- FireSmart $500 grant 2021 for trail cleanup (see more)
- Fun Run Inc. Funding of $16,000 for Phase 1 to develop a trail connecting Bayview Drive (connector to West Side Trail) to the Resort Village Recreation Grounds (Hall / Curling Rink / Tennis Courts / Park / entrance to Bay Lake Trails). (see more)