Six Spring Safety Reminders

As the sun continues to shine and the snow melts, residents in Saskatoon and area cannot help but feel excited for spring. Spring brings back favorable conditions for many to enjoy recreation in the outdoors. However, spring in Saskatchewan calls for a couple safety reminders.

There are some concerns about exploring too closely to the river at this time. As the snow melts, ice flows into the river. These conditions cause a higher flow of water that can cut into the ice and soil along the riverbank. This also causes shelves of unsteady ground that may initially appear solid.

Meewasin asks the community to stay away from the shores of the river, and reminds the public that these conditions of the lower Meewasin Trail with melting snow, ice shelves and muddy conditions are prone to erosion boarding the South Saskatchewan River and are extremely dangerous in the spring.  “We want everyone to safely experience the river valley, and this can be done by keeping to the main paved Meewasin Trail away from the river’s edge,” says Mike Velonas, Manager of Planning and Conservation at Meewasin. It is also good for the soil to let it dry throughout the spring, instead of disturbing the mud that easily shifts.

Its the time of year where many of us escape from the indoors and step outside for fresh air and sunshine. During this time, Meewasin also wants to remind everyone to be aware of wildlife when enjoying the beauty of nature. Spring is an active time for many animals that make their home in the Meewasin Valley and other natural areas around Saskatoon. The river and swales are a wildlife corridor and are important parts of the unique prairie ecosystem that is their habitat. It is important to know many animals are defensive as they protect their young. So it’s even more important to keep in mind the following guidelines for coexistence:

  1. Stick to main pathways and well lit areas.
  2. Follow any and all signage posted in an area, including alternate routes. Giving animals space reduces the chance of conflict.
  3. Never feed wildlife including birds, coyotes, deer or other wildlife.
  4. Remove features from your yard that can attract the animals; contain waste and compost, pick up fallen fruit, and feed pets indoors
  5. Supervise all pets when outdoors, keeping them inside when possible and on-leash when outdoors.
  6. Stay as far away from animals – especially coyotes – as possible. If you find yourself being approached by one, act big and make loud noises to deter them. Many animals will settle down if you look at them in the eyes and slowly walk away with your shoulders square to it, while giving them a clear path to leave the area.

If you need more information or would like to report activity, please call (306) 975-3300 and leave the area immediately. For emergencies please call 9-11.