Prairie Wind & Silver Sage is Val Marie’s provincially recognized ecomuseum, offering a variety of services, including:
ECOMUSEUM — Our museum highlights the unique character of Grasslands, Val Marie, and the surrounding area through a combination of artifacts, mapping, photography, sound, and stories, incorporating historical, environmental, and cultural appreciation of both the land and the community. Expect to be engaged!
COFFEE BAR — Enjoy a cup of well-brewed espresso and home made treats for your coffee break, breakfast bagels and eggs to start your morning, or get together with a friend before or after a park tour. Internet access available.
BOOKSTORE — One of the best selections of titles of a regional nature you’ll find anywhere. Up-to-date and diverse. Books for all ages.
GIFT & CRAFT ITEMS — With quality crafts and gifts as well as locally-made products and other items that make perfect remembrances — for yourself or others. There is something for every age.
ART GALLERIES — Two galleries, each with an exhibition related to the region. Exhibitions change seasonally.
PUBLIC PROGRAMS — Every year we host a number of public programs interpreting our mandate, at the Little Brick Schoolhouse and in the community. Watch the News and Events page on our website for information.
PRAIRIE GARDEN — Staff and volunteers have worked hard over the years to create garden spaces featuring indigenous species of grasses and flowers.
Prairie Wind & Silver Sage is located in Val Marie, Saskatchewan, a heartbeat from Grasslands National Park. We are on Centre Street in the Little Brick Schoolhouse heritage building, across from the park Visitor Centre.
SPRING/SUMMER: Open 9 am – 5 pm, 7 days a week. Closed for lunch 12 – 1
FALL: SEPTEMBER 1 – to the third weekend: Open 9 am – 5 pm, Friday to Monday. Closed for lunch 12 – 1
GROUPS: when possible, groups of 5+ people are advised to contact Prairie Wind prior to arrival to allow us to serve you better. Call 306 298-4910.
Building Mary’s Labyrinth
A Presentation by Susan Howard
7:00 pm, Thursday, June 14, 2018
Little Brick Schoolhouse, Val Marie
A labyrinth is an ancient pattern found in many cultures with a single path that moves in a circular fashion into the centre and out again. It is used as a walking meditation or spiritual practice. When Susan Howard moved to Val Marie in 2015, with her husband Neil Ward as new owners of The Crossing at Grasslands, she brought along a love of labyrinths and many years of leading labyrinth walks for meditation and prayer. For Susan, a labyrinth is a place of homecoming, peace, and healing that she wanted to share with her new community, honouring the land and all who have lived here.
In June 2017, Mary’s Labyrinth was built by volunteers at The Crossing at Grasslands as the first Canadian labyrinth in a growing international network, called the Legacy Labyrinth Project, dedicated to the peace and healing of all who walk. Built out of local rock originally planted by glaciers then cleared by hand from Homestead fields a century ago, Mary’s Labyrinth, named after Susan’s mother, is an 85′ diameter circular path on the edge of Grasslands National Park.
One year after the labyrinth was completed, on Thursday, June 14 at 7:00 pm, please join Susan Howard at Prairie Wind & Silver Sage as she presents the story of the building of Mary’s Labyrinth. Everyone is welcome, admission is free of charge and refreshments will be available.
Mary’s Labyrinth is open for walking in the afternoon year round, Thursdays to Sundays, by appointment at 1-306-298-7373 or firstname.lastname@example.org or http://thecrossingatgrasslands.com. A celebration and community dedication is being held at The Crossing at Grasslands on June 21st at 7pm. Everyone is welcome.