Communities in Bloom

Communities in Bloom (CiB) is a  Canadian non-profit organization committed to encouraging and inspiring communities to develop, enhance and sustain the visual appeal of subdivisions, public spaces, parks and streetscapes through the use of floral displays, trees and landscaping. CiB promotes the preservation of heritage and cultural components and special emphasis is placed on environmental stewardship through recycling and tidiness. The provincial branch consists of a program offered by the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association.


The local committee was formed in 2007 and became a committee of the Council of the Resort Village of Candle Lake. CiB consists of volunteers. The organization receives  financial assistance from the village as well as having its own fund raising projects. CiB has brought about many positive changes in the resort area. With the help of many volunteers and businesses from the community  donating their time, talent and financial support many projects have been initiated, completed and maintained by the group and their supporters.


  * An information kiosk stands at the entrance to the village, with a large area map of the lake and its subdivisions, parks, camps, boat launches and trails. Reflecting the true spirit and emblematic of the motto of Communities in Bloom,  People, Plants & Pride, … Growing Together, the main map was created by a volunteer citizen. Two additional maps of the local Parks and Rec trails and Snowmobile trails frame the kiosk. This was a true community effort involving local contractors, the village staff and many, many volunteers. The area features flags and planters filled with deer resistant plants!


  * The recycling program at Candle Lake is a reality due to the initiative and perseverance of the members of Communities in Bloom.  Funds contributed by Sheri and Jason Praski for an environmental project, as well as additional help and funds from the Resort Village were used to construct the recycling building.



Recycling barrels are set out at the Provincial beaches and campgrounds, PineView Rentals & Carwash, Candle Lake All Season Service, C & S, Mariner’s Cove, and Candle Lake Golf Resort.




The cans and bottles are sorted by volunteers and funds raised are used for CiB projects. Cans and bottles, paint cans, batteries and empty propane bottles can be left at the landfill recycling building free of charge.

  • Plastic, cardboard, paper and tin can be dropped off in the recycling bins free of charge.




Banners have been erected in the resort area. Banners are based on the theme, Candle Lake, a Resort for all Seasons.


  * Hanging baskets have greatly improved the visual appeal of the downtown core. Many businesses and individuals have sponsored the cost of the baskets. The village workers assist with the watering of the baskets, planters and flower beds.



* Grass clippings, leaves, garden refuse (except, tomato and potato vines) can be left at the landfill to add to the compost. Compost will soon be available free of charge.

* Welcome to Candle Lake signs stand at the corner of 120 and 265 and the northeast and northwest entrances of the resort. The committee assisted in the consolidation of the number of subdivisions to 23 and names of streets designated to the appropriate subdivision. The committee is encouraging subdivisions to design and erect their own sign or mural for the entrance to their subdivision. Work of local artists can been seen on the murals at the entrance for Island View, Glendale Park, Nobles Point, Minowukaw, Sanderman Park, Clearsand, Northview and Aspen Grove. Other murals are presently in the works.


* Beach clean-up at the Provincial Park beaches occurs after the long week-ends in summer, with volunteers assisting the staff from TPCS.


  • Our committee has sponsored several Garden Tours.
  • Presentations by Ivan Beuker on deer resistant plants, Larry Mullen on backyard composting, Don Ragush on Hobby Greenhouses and a seminar called Friends, Fungi, Flowers and Food were informative and popular. A follow up visit to the forest for fungi identification was held in September. Perennial Exchanges were part of these programs.



  •  We’ve held a BBQ in the Park prior to Saskatchewan Express, once again supported by many volunteers.


  • “Pitch in and Clean Up in May”, ditch cleaning program, involves almost all organizations in Candle Lake.




  • Members of Communities in Bloom were instrumental in developing the Public Reserve Standards which serve as guidelines for the development of Public and Reserve Lands. This policy was adopted by Council of the Resort Village in 2011.


  • Members of CiB in conjunction with the Mosher family and the Resort Village planned and established a park on King’s Way, complete with kiosk, tables, benches and swimming area. This work is dedicated to the memory of Daniel Mosher and friends who carved a trail through the bush from Paddockwood to Candle Lake 100 years ago.





Local Committee:

Chairpersons- Ed Horn/Gail Haight

Secretary- Marilynn Pearse

Treasurer- Gary Haight

Publicity- Gail Haight

Committee Chairs:

    Environmental Awareness: Gary Haight

    Heritage Conservation/ Aschim Homestead: Ed Horn

    Signage- Ed Horn

    Floral Displays- Doris Horn & Ellen Lokinger

    Community Profile Book- Dawn Folden

    Members –at-large: Paula Eldstrom, Terry Pearce, Beatrice Meili, Roy Button

    Council Representative: Louise Tarasiuk

Our other volunteers are very supportive, hard-working and dedicated members who do not attend the monthly meetings but they are the backbone of our local committee and ensure the success of our projects.

As  a volunteer committee of Council we are always in need of new members and supporters. If you see an area that interests and you would be willing to donate a bit of time please call  Ed at 929-4512 or Gail at 929-3149. We continue to develop new projects so new ideas and help is crucial to the success of our group.



People, Plants & Pride….. Growing Together



Communities in Bloom Information (Click Here)

Sasktourism information on the Candle Lake Trails (click here)


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