Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area - Historic Places Days

Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

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


  • Family-Friendly
  • Guided Tour
  • Parking
  • Parkland
  • Pet-Friendly

Fun Facts

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 alongside about a dozen species at risk.



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