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More Summer Fitness Ideas

2-1[1]One of wonderful captains suggested that teams or individual Globe Walkers set a goal of walking a distance equaling a part or all of  THE GREAT TRAIL (formerly the Trans Canada Trail).  You can start your trip anywhere along the trail.  Another Captain suggested a walk of 150 miles for Canada’s 150th birthday.  Or you can combine both ideas – 150 miles for each individual adding up to a greater distance for a group on a chosen route.  You can walk the some of the actual trail in Saskatoon, or do a mini Globe Walk – pick a route anywhere in Canada as a goal and count your exercise miles as you normally do.

 The Great Trail is the world’s largest network of trails. When completed, it will be 22,000 km, linking 1000 communities and over 33 million Canadians. “Mile zero” of the trail is located outside the Railway Coastal Museum in St. John’s, Newfoundland. 

In Saskatoon, 20 km of the Meewasin Trail is designated as part of the Great Trail.  The trail starts in the northwest of the city crossing the river at the Sid Buckwold Bridge (temporary crossing) and continues through historic Saskatchewan Crescent into beautiful Gabriel Dumont Park in the Southeast.

The following link will take you to an interactive map of the Great Trail:

You can plot routes and distances, see photos and read stories to inspire you.

There is even an app for that at this link:

Enjoy the hike everyone!




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Summer Fitness

Now that Globe Walk has finished for the year, many of us need new fitness challenges or goals.  Here are some ideas:

 1.  Join a summer walking group.

One of the Globe Walk Captains suggested:

Outdoor – Cosmopolitan Senior Citizens Centre, 614-11th Street East – (306) 652-9766

Availability: May- September, schedule is seasonal, please call for more information.


  • A variety of destinations for each day
  • Variety of levels for walking
  • Coffee follows a good walk

Fees: Membership

IndoorThe Centre – 3510 8th St. East  (306)-955-6611

Availability: Monday-Friday  7:30 – 9:30 am

Sign up at the Guest Services desk and receive a brochure to help you get started. After you’ve completed your walk for the day, mark your kilometers in the binder at Guest Services to keep track of your progress (Good for Globe Walk next year).

2.  Change your walking route

Try this link 20 best places to walk in Saskatoon


 Maps of walking routes in Saskatoon (1 km – 10 km)

3.  Take advantage of Leisure Centers Summer offer

3 months for the price of 2 – valid for all indoor Leisure Centers in the City of Saskatoon.  $90.00 for an adult.  Use the tracks, pools, weights etc.  Not valid at outdoor pools.

I will be posting more in the coming days – stay tuned and stay fit!  If anyone has ideas for summer fitness, please email me at

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Calling all talented Globe Walkers …

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 Auditions for Zoomer Idol 2017

Older Adults 55 years and older (individuals or groups of up to 8 who have talent in voice, dance, comedy, magic, storytelling, poetry reading, etc. that is suitable for a large venue.)

WHEN: Monday, June 26,  Tuesday June 27 and Friday June 30, 2017

WHERE: Knox United Church, 838 Spadina Crescent East, Saskatoon

Could you be Saskatoon’s next Zoomer Idol?

Zoomer Idol Competition:  October 19, 2017 at TCU Place

 For inquiries contact the Saskatoon Council on Aging (SCOA) 306-652-2255.

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Captain’s Feedback Meeting

The Globe Walk Captain’s feedback meeting was held on May 18th.  Thanks to all the Captains who attended and shared great ideas about the 2017 Globe Walk – what worked well and what could improve.  I will review them with the Globe Walk Committee at our next meeting.   A big shout out to Kimberly (FIM) who ran the meeting with me and brought her expertise to the discussion.

We are looking forward to Globe Walk 2018.  With input from Captains and participants, Globe Walk will be bigger and better than ever.

Thanks to both Captains and participants who filled out the online survey.   If you haven’t filled it out yet, please do.  It is another tool used to make Globe Walk successful.  Here are the links:





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Prairie Hardy People

According to CBC News, Saskatchewan has the highest per capita rates of centenarians.

There is a wonderful article about centenarians and more specifically about  Florence Tetreault, the oldest member of the SCOA Century Club

To read the full story follow this link:

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Globe Walk 2017 ends with a Celebration


Great food, great speakers and great company – what could be better?  Globe Walk celebrated another successful year at our annual Celebration Luncheon.

We started with a video message (and some beautiful video of the space station) from our Ambassador, Dr. Roberta Bondar,  congratulating all Globe Walkers on their achievements.  That was followed by an excellent luncheon buffet.  We finished with encouraging words from Mayor Charlie Clark and from some of our sponsors – Richard from Investors Group and Jamie from the Dakota Dunes CDC.

We also had some wonderful prizes.  The lucky ticket holders won walking poles, gift baskets, pedometers, YMCA memberships, Globe Walk back packs and passes  the City of Saskatoon Leisure centers.

Richard from Investors Group started a new program to give Globe Walk a great start for next year.  From now until June 10th we can make a charitable donation to Globe Walk and he will match our donations dollar for dollar.  Let’s take advantage of that wonderful offer.

Thanks to the Globe Walk Staff and the Globe Walk Committee for all of their hard work in making our wind up wonderful event.

Most of all thanks to all the Globe Walk participants and Captains.  Without you, there would be nothing to celebrate!

I look forward to doing it all over again in 2018 – with even more teams and participants.


Dr. Bondar


Richar and wifeMayor 2                           (C) Richard Kilburn & his lovely wife Brenda & (R) Mayor Clark