Wintershines Event

Wintershines Event

Sunday – Jan 28, 2018

 Sunday  10:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Snow Fondo –

Man of the Trees Winter Fatbike Trail Network


To join in to this event and locate the Man of the Trees Winter Fatbike Trail, use these GPS coordinates 52.102628, -106.741664.  Access is traveling north via the old Snow Dump Road west of the Civic Operations Centre (Bus Barns) to arrive at the afforestation area east of the South West off leash recreation area


There are two courses at the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area, an orange course race on a single track, and a purple course race twisting and curving around and about the trees.

As the Fatlanders Fat Tire Brigade “Fat Fun For Fine Folks” note, fatbikes have tires wider than those on a mountain bike which grip the snow.  The city of Saskatoon offers trails which exceed 25 kilometers in length for cycling year round.

The signs are up posting where the Man of the Trees Winter Fatbike Trails are located in the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area.  The race it is actually not a race but rather a big social ride ~ city only has race signs… the event takes place on both the east and west sides of the South West off leash recreation area.

An historical side note: the trail course is called “Man of the Trees Winter Fatbike Trail” as the “Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area Winter Fatbike Trail” becomes a mouthful.  The “International Tree Foundation” began as the “Watu Wa Miti” a Kenyan word which roughly translated means “Men of the Trees” in English.  Richard St. Barbe Baker initiated Forest Scouts who promised that “they would protect the native forest, plant ten native trees each year, and take care of trees everywhere,” and it was these Watu Wa Miti who were the very first forest scouts of the “Men of the Trees” international organization which later became known as the “International Tree Foundation”.

The Winter Fatbike group is very enthusiastic, and have always re-assured everyone, that any trails made in the City of Saskatoon Urban Regional Park for winter fat-bicycling are open to everyone, be they nature watchers, walkers, foresters, entymologists, phenologists, photographers, hikers, explorers, bird watchers, Shinrin-yoku enthusiasts, classrooms of students, artists or silviculurists [St Barbe was a forester known as a silviculturist], &c.  as it is known that not all peoples bicycle for their particular sport or exercise, and not everyone can afford a Winter Fatbicycle.  (That being said, winter bicycling is very enjoyable on a “Mountain Bicycle” if you have not made the commitment to embrace winter bicycling and have not yet made a purchase of a “Fatbike” and would like to give winter bicycling a whirl to see if you like it, try it on your “Mountain Bike.”  For the upcoming “Snow Fondo” it may be wise to check with the organisers to see if the trails and “type of snow cover”  is suitable for Mountain Bicycles on that particular day. Wear mitts, hats, scarf and boots, and layer the body.  Fluffy mitts with an exterior windbreaker layer are especially nice.  If weather is windy, wind pants to break the wind may be an option to keep thighs cozy~ski pants may be too, too warm.  The actual exercise of bicycling does keep the interior of the body very, very toasty ~ hence layering with a back pack to capture excess jackets once the body is warm.  With the extremities warm and cozy in mitts and boots which stay on the bicycle pedals,  winter bicycling  is very, very enjoyable, and not freezing cold as one may perhaps imagine.) 

So perhaps ~ back to the history of the trails, if not the moniker ~ “Friends of the Trees Trails” ~ perhaps some other random, mutually inclusive name for both men and women and people of all backgrounds and all fitness levels to feel welcome to partake in green exercise on the trails in a city owned park ~ be it walking, snowshoeing, dancing, skiing, hopping, running, hiking, bicycling, &c.  This may perhaps be figured out over the course of time as “Man of the Trees Winter Fatbike Trail” is very specific.

In delving into the history of the International Tree Foundation, Richard St. Barbe Baker issued an appeal in the year 1959 as saying “The time has come for our women, the creative element, to take their part in guiding nations. We of the Men of the Trees would welcome women volunteers from every part of the UK to form local branches. If women would like to Change Men of the Trees to Friends of the Trees, as founding member, I would welcome it”.  Another name change was recorded when the The Guernsey Society of the Men of the Trees (GMOTT) voted on whether to adopt the moniker ‘Trees for Life’.Perhaps in time, 2018 will catch up to 1959, and the sentiments of Richard St. Barbe Baker and the trails may perhaps become known as  “Friends of the Trees Trails” or some other such name and welcome everyone.

SnowFondo 2018 Wintershines Festival Event
SnowFondo 2018 Wintershines Festival Event

Events to shake the frost off of your chin

For directions as to how to drive to “George Genereux” Urban Regional Park

For directions on how to drive to Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

For more information:

Blairmore Sector Plan Report; planning for the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area,  George Genereux Urban Regional Park and West Swale and areas around them inside of Saskatoon city limits

P4G Saskatoon North Partnership for Growth The P4G consists of the Cities of Saskatoon, Warman, and Martensville, the Town of Osler and the Rural Municipality of Corman Park; planning for areas around the afforestation area and West Swale outside of Saskatoon city limits

Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area is located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada north of Cedar Villa Road, within city limits, in the furthest south west area of the city. 52° 06′ 106° 45′
Part SE 23-36-6 – Afforestation Area – 241 Township Road 362-A
Part SE 23-36-6 – SW Off-Leash Recreation Area (Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area ) – 355 Township Road 362-A
S ½ 22-36-6 Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area (West of SW OLRA) – 467 Township Road 362-A
NE 21-36-6 “George Genereux” Afforestation Area – 133 Range Road 3063
Wikimapia Map: type in Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
Google Maps South West Off Leash area location pin at parking lot
Web page:
Where is the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area? with map
Where is the George Genereux Urban Regional Park (Afforestation Area)? with map

Pinterest richardstbarbeb

Facebook Group Page: Users of the George Genereux Urban Regional Park

Facebook: StBarbeBaker

Facebook group page : Users of the St Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

Facebook: South West OLRA

Twitter: StBarbeBaker

Please help protect / enhance your afforestation areas, please contact the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. (e-mail)

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“St. Barbe’s unique capacity to pass on his enthusiasm to others. . . Many foresters all over the world found their vocations as a result of hearing ‘The Man of the Trees’ speak. I certainly did, but his impact has been much wider than that. Through his global lecture tours, St. Barbe has made millions of people aware of the importance of trees and forests to our planet.” Allan Grainger

“We forget that we owe our existence to the presence of Trees. As far as forest cover goes, we have never been in such a vulnerable position as we are today. The only answer is to plant more Trees – to Plant Trees for Our Lives.” ~ Richard St. Barbe Baker

“In the words of Henry van Dyke, America’s greatest tree poet,
‘He that planteth a tree is a servant of God;
He provideth a kindness for many generations
And faces that he hath not seen shall bless him.’ ”

Richard St. Barbe Baker


“The glorious rich, colourful, quilted covering of trees and vegetation is not there merely to feed and please us, its presence is essential to earth as an organism. It is the first condition of all life. It is the skin of the earth.” ~ Richard St. Barbe Baker

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