Fairy Hill South
Fairy Hill, SK (Photo by Cherie Westmoreland)
Fairy Hill South in Saskatchewan is not just about the future of wild spaces and uncommon wildlife species; it's also about partnerships and people.
Now, Fairy Hill South is another of the Nature Conservancy of Canada's (NCC's) special places in Saskatchewan.
A vista of beauty
Fairy Hill is just a 20-minute drive north of Regina on Highway #6. This expanse of native grasslands, woodlands, river and flood plains serve as a home for aquatic and terrestrial species and a haven for visitors wishing to enjoy this area.
Conserving this area is significant
NCC's conservation work here means this area will be managed in its natural state. These 665 hectares (1,642 acres) of valleys, hillside and bottomland are protected for the long term through our purchase of the property from its conservation-minded landowner, Dorothy Schuurmans, and a generous donation from Lloyd and Janet Sauer.
Gaillardia (Photo by Shaylee Booty, Sebastian Fallen Feather Photography)
Rare species found at Fairy Hill include loggerhead shrike, northern leopard frog, bigmouth buffalo fish and Sprague's pipit. This area is also well used as a staging area for ducks and geese and serves as a stopover for many and varied shorebird species.
There are proud partners involved in this project. Various private and individual contributors have dedicated funds toward the purchase of this property. Environment Canada (now Environment and Climate Change Canada), through its Natural Areas Conservation Program, and the Province of Saskatchewan, through its Fish and Wildlife Development Fund, have also substantially contributed to this purchase.
"Core to this purchase — and other Nature Conservancy of Canada land purchases like this — is our strength of partnership and our ability to work together for greater good, conserving the ecological significance of these lands," says Mark Wartman, regional vice-president in the Saskatchewan Region of the Nature Conservancy of Canada.
Want to get involved?
It's easy. Become a Conservation Volunteer or find out other ways to help.
Contact us for more information about how you can help conserve our province's natural heritage.
Come Visit Fairy Hill
Driving directions from Regina: Take Highway 6 north for approximately 36 kilometres. The highway will enter and go down into the Qu'Appelle Valley. The property is off of the highway on the right side. If you drive out of the valley or pass Highway 99, you've gone too far.
Parking is available in several places outlined on the map. (See left)
(Disclaimer: All visitors to NCC properties do so at their own risk.)