A brand new multi-use trail park.
Mountain biking, hiking, snowshoeing, trail running, family walks, fat biking + more.
Valley Life Recreation continues to execute on a comprehensive plan to develop the Squirrel Hills Recreation Area on highway #10 and highway #16 (adjacent to the Town of Minnedosa) to accommodate a world-class mountain biking, hiking and snowshoe trail network, in addition to the existing cross-country ski trails and hiking system. This will facilitate the promotion of active living, economic development and increased tourism in the Minnedosa, R.M. of Minto-Odanah and Westman region.
We continue to seek Platinum ($10,000+), Gold ($5,000+), Silver ($2,500+), Bronze ($1,000+) and Friends ($100+) sponsors to complete the financial goals of this project.
The Squirrel Hills Trail Park trail system has been designed by award-winning trail designer Alex Man (PhD, PEng) of Scatliff+Miller+Murray and professionally construction was completed in September 2023. A comprehensive trailhead design has also been completed by Scatliff+Miller+Murray and construction is scheduled to take place in spring 2024.
The existing Squirrel Hills Recreation Area consists of cross-country ski and hiking trails shown in brown on this map. The new plans double the available trails, adding professionally designed trails with appropriate grading and design for all skill levels from novice to intermediate to advanced (see legend and trail difficulty rating).
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To facilitate park entry, a beautiful new trailhead will welcome community members and those visiting our region. This trailhead will be utilized as a hub for fitness, family and friends gathering, education and community celebrations. It will feature a nature play area, pavilion with beautiful views of the valley, areas for snacking before and after hitting the trails, and a walking loop with a mountain bike skills development area.
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“Given the topography of the area, there is enormous potential to create a world-class trail network that will be enjoyed by members of the community and by people travelling to the area.”
– Alex Man, PhD, PEng,
Geological Engineer/Trail Designer
“Heritage Co-op is proud to be able to support worthwhile community projects like this through our Community Fund. Building sustainable communities is a foundational piece of our business model that helps us to make a difference in members’ lives.”
– Heritage Co-op