While the Old Cowtown of Maple Creek and its award-winning Heritage District will play host to much of the Conference, the SPRA Awards Gala will be hosted just 20 minutes away in the lodgepole forest of Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park, the highest point in Canada between Labrador and the Rocky Mountains. Regular shuttle service between Maple Creek and Cypress Hills will ensure that once you have checkedin, no one will need to drive regardless of whether you choose to stay in one of the well-appointed new accommodations in Maple Creek or out at the resort in the beautiful Cypress Hills.
The theme for 2018 SPRA Conference is “Recreation Round-up” which is both a nod to the host area’s western heritage, as well as the concept of “rounding-up” the broader and more inclusive forms of recreation alluded to in the renewed definition of recreation within A Framework for Recreation in Canada 2015: Pathways to Wellbeing:
Recreation is the experience that results from freely chosen participation in physical, social, intellectual, creative and spiritual pursuits that enhance individual and community wellbeing.
Given this more extensive definition of recreation and that recreation volunteers and professionals are being called upon to play increasingly vast roles within their communities; the 2018 SPRA Conference will explore new ways of defining recreation and the role of recreation practitioners. The Conference will also explore how recreation, as defined, manifests itself in all facets of community life, including non-traditional recreation activities such as the arts, culture, heritage, tourism and community development.
Many of the Conference breakout sessions will showcase more broadly defined recreation initiatives that are being successfully implemented in Saskatchewan communities. These sessions will provide ideas and examples of what just might be waiting to be “rounded-up” in your own community!
Each session during the 2018 SPRA Conference will be linked to the goals and priorities identified in A Framework for Recreation in Canada 2015: Pathways to Wellbeing:
We look forward to welcoming you to the Town of Maple Creek and the Cypress Hills Destination Area in October!
Print and Online Registration and the Conference Brochure are coming soon.
As we identified during the registration period for the 2018 Framework Forum, SPRA members who attend this event and Gathering Strength: Framework for Recreation in Canada Forum 2018 will receive a $225 rebate on their Conference registration.
Visit the Member Rebate page for more information.