A former retreat space for Franciscan friars-turned-conference-centre in Lumsden, Sask. is up for sale.

On Friday, it was announced The Living Skies Retreat & Conference Centre has been placed on the market.

The 206-acre property in the R.M. of Lumsden has been priced at $2.9 million.

In  news release circulated by Colliers International, Glen Weir, one of the part-owners of the property, said he and other investors don't have, "the time or funds to focus on setting and implementing a new direction for the centre."

"So we've decided we need to sell it to individuals or an organization that can make better use of the facility," it reads. 

Opened in 2015

In 1963, the property was named the St. Michael's Retreat and operated by the Franciscan Friars of Western Canada.

But a declining numbers led the friars to sell the property to Weir and six other investors in 2015, who reopened the facility as retreat and conference centre.

The facility was advertised as a getaway, nestled in the Qu'Appelle Valley, for either a personal retreat or event location.

Not a surprise

The Mayor of Lumsden said he's disappointed, but not surprised the property is up for sale.

"It was certainly a landmark in our area and it still is landmark in our area," Bryan Matheson said Saturday.

"I think what they were trying to do with it was a tough sell," explaining there were limited accommodations to bring in large groups, so it relied on small numbers of people using it on a regular basis.

According to the real estate listing, there were 52 beds and both large and small conference rooms.