Tourism Saskatchewan's 18th Annual Tourism Awards of Excellence for 2006
"Spirit of Saskatchewan Award"
Sponsored by Access Communications Cooperative Limited
Presented April 19, 2007 to:
HISTORIC REESOR RANCH, CYPRESS HILLS
This award celebrates the tourism experience that helps capture the essence and spirit of Saskatchewan. This product or service helps define who we are to visitors in terms of pride, authenticity and sense of place.
Homesteaded in 1904, Historic Reesor Ranch continues to provide a living testament to the resourcefulness and tenacity of the early prairie settlers. The ranch shares a story that is integral to Saskatchewan's history----that of hopeful pioneers settling in the west to start a new and better life for themselves and their families. Today, the ranch is home to members of the fifth generation of Reesors, who work to secure its future for generation to come. Historic Reesor Ranch is in its tenth year of operation as a guest ranch, where visitors can enjoy authentic frontier experiences.
Finalists for "Spirit of Saskatchewan Award" in 2003, 2004 and 2005
Finalists for "Land of Living Skies Award" in 2002, 2003 and 2005
This award recognizes a tourism business that has demonstrated innovative efforts to prevent and reduce the environmental impacts of their business operations through planning and practice. Their commitment to environmentally responsible tourism and changing the way they conduct business will serve as an example for others.
The fifth generation of the Reesor family is now living on this historic site. The Reesors pride themselves on being stewards of the land and take their role seriously in managing it properly. They hope to some day pass the ranch on to their children and with that in mind, they incorporate a balanced approach in planning and practising in hopes of preventing and reducing environmental impacts for the future. The Reesors carry out such actions as protecting their grasses from over grazing and human activity, as well as using rotational grazing and woodlot management techniques. They have also spent much time in the renewal, renovation and restoration of original buildings - architectural heritage protection which is a non-renewable resource.