The Fort Saskatchewan Sheep
This flock of Finn sheep have a very special story, travelling around the Edmonton area in Treaty 6 territory every year. They spend the winters at home at Brightbank Finnsheep farm near Stony Plain, AB, and their summers at the Fort Heritage Precinct in Fort Saskatchewan, AB where they have been grazing in Peter T. Ream Historic Park for the last 25 years.
The City of Fort Saskatchewan has a Sheep Parade twice a year to celebrate the arrival of the sheep in the spring, and the leaving of the sheep in the fall, where people come to follow the sheep on a short wander through town. You can visit the flock at Peter T. Ream Park annually from June to September.
Sorting the fleeces from this flock is also a collaborative effort, which we share with our friend Vicki at the Wetaskiwin & District Heritage Museum. The finest fibres make up our Heirloom Finn yarn, the medium fine fibres make up Harvest Finn, and the super long, strong fibres make up Hearth Finn. Vicki stocks Finn fibre for spinning and felting at her shop, The Naked Ewe, at the Wetaskiwin & District Heritage Museum.
Finn yarn has natural softness, drape, and luster and is ideal for sweaters or shawls.