St. Brieux Regional Park is a non-profit organization, which operates from revenues earned in the five-month operating season. Other financial assistance comes from donations, grants, sponsors, and our contributing partners. Our contributing partners include: Rural Municipality of Lake Lenore No. 399, Town of St. Brieux, and Rural Municipality of Flett’s Springs No. 429. All regional parks fall under the Regional Parks Act. The Saskatchewan Regional Parks Association exists to support all the regional parks in the province and help them continually grow and improve in order to provide the most fantastic and affordable recreational and tourism services for everyone to enjoy!
St. Brieux Regional Park is ran by a Board of Directors. The position of a director is a volunteer position, usually requires the position holder to reside within the area of one of our contributing partners, and is appointed by the respectful contributing partner. St. Brieux Regional Park Authority’s Board of Directors creates all policies, approves all budgets, and makes all major decisions for the regional park. They also direct the General Manager, who oversees the daily operations of the park and golf course, capital projects, sponsorships and grants, and all staff. St. Brieux Regional Park also employs a Golf Course Superintendent, who oversees the maintenance of the golf course; a Clubhouse Manager, who handles the daily operations of and events at the clubhouse and golf course; and a Maintenance Manager, who oversees the maintenance of the campground and clubhouse amenities. Our staff are individuals from the community and surrounding area who love their regional park and work very hard to keep the park and golf course at their very best!
REGIONAL PARK HISTORY
Established in 1972, St. Brieux Regional Park has been the site of family-oriented recreation for many years. At this time, the campground housed just a few campsites by the water edge and a bathroom. The area where the boats launch now exist was the beach and boat launch area and the area we call the Beach Loop was just picnic sites with cement picnic tables, two of which still exist! Our contributing partners – R.M. of Flett’s Springs no. 429, R.M. of Lake Lenore No. 399, and Town of St. Brieux – made the application to establish the park as a regional park. We continue to thank the following 1972 representatives – Joby Bedard, Paul Kernaleguen, Melvin Folden, Arvel Rheaume, Lawrence Bernard, Pierre Coquet, Leo Senecal, Arsene Gallays, and Donatien Coquet – for their hard work in establishing our regional park. These individuals and many local businesses and volunteers are the reason we continue to grow and succeed.
Regional parks operate using the money they make in the five-month season via revenue, sponsorships, grants, and donations. St. Brieux Regional Park would not be the park it is today if it weren’t for the support of the R.M. of Lake Lenore, Town of St. Brieux, R.M. of Flett’s Springs, and our local individuals and businesses. For this, we are forever grateful for the generosity bestowed upon us from many in and around the community.
Over the years, more campsites were created in the area we call the Upper Loop. Along with another set of bathrooms, the Beach Loop picnic sites had electrical service added to them and, thus, our Beach Loop campsites were created. The Group Camping area and Overflow campsites soon followed. Now, 46 years later, we offer over 80 campsites, 3 full washrooms with showers, a boat launch area with 2 docks, 3 boat parking lots, a marina, a very popular fishing dock, a modern fish filleting shack, a new gatehouse and park office, a renovated mini golf course and building, recently constructed playground structures, expanded picnic sites, and an automatic gate system.
On site is the former Roman Catholic Rectory – built circa 1918, with a 1932 addition – and municipal and Roman Catholic cemeteries attracting both buffs and genealogists. There is also a historic monument to the 1904 settlers of the area, a replica of the first church in St. Brieux, and a cross that marks the church’s 25th anniversary celebration. The St. Brieux Museum, which houses artifacts from local early settlers, is only a short walk from the park.
GOLF COURSE HISTORY
In 1982, some local residents had a dream to convert a cow pasture, rock pile, and dump into a golf course within St. Brieux Regional Park. We thank the following individuals for their fantastic ideas and hard work: Frank Bourgault, Lionel Boyer, Pierre Coquet, Wilf Dube, George Galambos, Joseph Laczko, Emeril Robert, and Marcel Thomas. Without the effort of these individuals, our golf course would not exist today.
Thousands and thousands of hours were involved in the development of the golf course with the majority of these as volunteer hours. They first developed 5 holes with carpeted greens. In 1989, 4 more holes with grass greens were added. At the same time, the first 5 holes were restructured into grass greens, thereby completing our golf course as it exists today! Around 1991, the clubhouse was built to improve the customer service and increase the amenities the golf course was able to offer. Again, we thank our local community members and businesses for their time and financial assistance in making all of this possible.
The Town of St. Brieux gives patrons the convenience of being within biking and walking distance to a variety of services such as: restaurants, grocery stores, hardware stores, gift shops, a garage, hotel, gas station, car wash, financial institution with ATM, movie theater, museum, coin operated laundry facilities, meat market and butcher shop, and liquor store.