Maple Creek – 2019 National Finalist
The Town of Maple Creek is a community of 2,500 located in the southwest corner of Saskatchewan, half way between Calgary & Regina along the Trans-Canada. Nestled at the base of the beautiful Cypress Hills, Maple Creek is rich in aboriginal & ranching.
The first shipment of cattle from western Canada was loaded on the rails in Maple Creek in 1884, earning the community the traditional moniker of “The Old Cowtown of Maple Creek.” Agriculture still plays a central role in the community’s economy. However, tourism is now playing an increasingly important role in the community’s economic growth. Approximately 250,000 visitors pass through Maple Creek each year, drawn to the area by Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park. An “Accredited” level community with the Main Street Saskatchewan Program, Maple Creek takes great pride in the work that it has been undertaking since 2012 in revitalizing its downtown Heritage District.
The community boasts two museums, two art galleries, public parks and a variety of recreational facilities. The community is active culturally, showcasing a large number of community events over the course of the year, including; numerous rodeos, the annual Maple Creek Heritage Festival, the annual Taste of Maple Creek Festival, Cowtown Christmas, and the annual Maple Creek Cowboy Poetry and Western Art & Gear Show. A highlight of the annual cultural calendar is also the annual “Battle of the Little Big Puck” which pits local cowboys against members of Nekaneet First Nation in a unique charity hockey game that sees the participants donning traditional regalia in the third period. The game is refereed by members of the RCMP in red serge.
Maple Creek has an active Communities in Bloom Steering Committee that takes great provide in improving the First Impressions of the community, and celebrating community successes at their annual CiB Soiree in January.
URL : http://www.maplecreek.ca