Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area - Historic Places Days

Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

Grasswood, Saskatchewan
Parc / Paysage
Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area, Township Rd 362, Saskatoon, SK, Canada
Open all the time

This urban regional park commemorating Richard St. Barbe Baker founder of the International Tree Foundation [ITF] is coming up to the afforestation 50th anniversary in 2022  the same year that thee ITF is celebrating its centenary.  326 acres of a boreal like woodlands on the prairies inside a growing city is an amazing discovery of a semi-wilderness habitat.  Planted 50 years ago under the award winning Green Survival Program as a tree nursery, it is now an urban regional park for the city residents and tourists to enjoy and marvel at this laboratory of ecological succession.  The wetlands have a fascinating geological history wrapped up in a Pleistocene glacial spillway.  It’s a great place wrapped up with a lot of community involvement and the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas offer guided tours, organize bio-blitzes to connect with nature.   The park is home to a community made Winter Trail Network, as well as the South West Off Leash Recreation Area for pet lovers.  It is a forest created in the old glacial river valley flood plain, so it is flat, and easy walking for families and seniors to enjoy a break in nature.  In 2021, the community is celebrating the ceremony when John Diefenbaker – chancellor of the University of Sask at the time – conferred an honourary Doctorate of Laws upon Richard St. Barbe Baker for extraordinary global humanitarian service.


  • Animaux de compagnie bienvenus
  • Familles bienvenues
  • Parcs
  • Stationnement
  • Visite guidée

Faits amusants

The Caraganavan trail celebrates Richard St. Barbe Baker’s foray into entrepreneurship before he became a world reknown forester.  Baker enlisted to help him wounded ex military service personnel after world war I to build one of the first ever car-drawn trailers created from aircraft parts.  A unique and revolutionary concept of his era instead of a horse drawn carriage.

BeLikeBruce trail commemorates Bruce Gordon
Saskatoon Detective Sargeant crossfit marathon athlete, hockey coach who raised thousands of dollars for the
#BeLikeBruce Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund.

By some estimates, organisations Richard St. Barbe Baker founded or assisted have been responsible for planting at least 26 billion trees, internationally which has a powerful impact for nature based solutions for climate action.

The northern small yellow lady’s slipper, a rare species of orchid is a delightful beauty to behold in the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area along with about a dozen species at risk.



Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area, Township Rd 362, Saskatoon, SK, Canada


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