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Saskatoon Holidays

Saskatoon is described as being the best of both worlds – dynamic urban energy in sync with nature. This city is an integral part of the prairie province of Saskatchewan and is home to a host of activities that will capture the imagination.

Seven bridges span the South Saskatchewan River, which winds its way through the city and gives Saskatoon its nickname "Paris of the Prairies." Trendy neighbourhoods showcase craft breweries, a delicious culinary scene and the city’s artistic character.

Outdoor recreation lovers will feel at home here. Stroll the Meewasin Trail, which has more than 80 kilometres of paths that wind along the tree-lined banks of the South Saskatchewan River.

Explore Wanuskewin Heritage Park, on the city’s northern fringe, where vast tracts of prairie grassland, colourful wildflowers and the earthy aroma of wild sage provide a feast for the senses. The park reflects a time when bison roamed the plains. Indigenous culture and traditions are experienced through dance performances, art exhibitions, hands-on activities and authentic foods with a contemporary twist.

Saskatoon’s unique culture contributes to the city’s charm. Museums and galleries feature exhibits that examine the past, present and future. The Remain Modern museum houses an impressive collection of Picasso’s works, and exhibits modern and contemporary art.

Hosting more than 65 festivals and events annually, Saskatoon knows how to delight visitors and treat them to remarkable hospitality.

Booking your trip to Saskatoon has never been easier with Canada Travel Specialists. Your personal advisor can tailor any itinerary to reflect your tastes. With our low deposits and flexible holiday payment plans, you are already one step closer to the adventure of a lifetime.

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Saskatoon Travel Guides

Things To Do in Saskatoon

1. Discover the Western Development Museum

1910 Boomtown will take visitors back in time, capturing the bustling atmosphere of a typical prairie settlement. Daily life is portrayed in the reconstructed buildings, from the general store to the blacksmiths. Fascinating exhibits are also part of the Western Development Museum, covering over 100 years of the region’s history.

2. Indulge at the Black Fox Farm and Distillery

A treasure within the province, this in-farm distillery produces award-wining spirits and hosts regular tasting events to share their incredible produce with visitors. Make sure you purchase a couple of handcrafted bottles home to enjoy long after you head home.

3. Remai Modern Art Gallery of Saskatchewan

A stroll through downtown Saskatoon offers plenty of shopping as well as cultural attractions. Art lovers will enjoy the new Remai Modern museum, which houses the world’s largest collection of Picasso linocut prints, along with nearly two dozen ceramic works by the Spanish master

4. Wanuskewin Heritage Park

On the city’s northern edge sits Wanuskewin Heritage Park, a National Historic Site that has yielded evidence of human occupation dating back 6,400 years. Traces of every cultural group that existed on the Northern Plains have been discovered here. Authentic First Nations culture and traditions are experienced through dance performances, exhibitions of Indigenous art and hands-on activities. An onsite restaurant serves traditional First Nations cuisine with a contemporary twist.

5. Go to the Barn Playhouse

Open in the summer months weekly from Wednesday until Sunday, this entertainment centre is home to plays and concerts in the warmer evenings. You will also find a variety of food booths and traditional music during your visit. The Barn Playhouse provides the perfect day out for all the family.

Places to Eat in Saskatoon

1. Ayden’s Kitchen and Bar

If you love stylish cocktails, delicious food and modern décor, Ayden’s Kitchen and Bar is the eatery for you. Ran by ‘Top Chef’ 2011 champion Ayden McKay, here you will learn just why he took home the title as you sample his internationally inspired comfort food. The menu is simple, reasonably priced and uses only the best produce available.

2. Odla

Odla is a unique farm-direct restaurant and market that work seamlessly together to offer you a curated, delectable and inclusive culinary experience. They want to reconnect you with the food you eat, make you feel happily at home, and stimulate your senses with an array of delicious, seasonal and intentional ingredients that come directly from our local farm, Farm One Forty.

3. Hometown Diner

Located in Saskatoon's eclectic Riversdale District, the Hometown Diner serves all day breakfast and lunch, seven days a week. Savour their fresh donuts which feature new flavours each day.

4. Food Trucks

Found across the city in the summer months, the food truck culinary scene in Saskatoon is ever on the rise. Check out the online ‘snack map’ to track down the varied cuisine available on every street corner. Our favourites are Rebel Melt for sublime grilled sandwiches, Yummtruck for a collection of sweet and savoury treats and Hawaiian Shave Ice for a popular dessert you will never forget.

5. Odd Couple

Odd Couple is a renowned Asian fusion restaurant that will tickle your taste buds and engage all of your senses. Visit this casual spot and enjoy traditional Canadian cuisine with a unique Asian twist - with options for all dietary requirements from gluten-free to vegan, even the fussiest diners will be happy. Delicacies on the menu include bacon fried rice, tomato pad Thai and a pear and maple walnut salad.

Top Tips for Visiting Saskatoon

1. Get Active

The Meewasin Valley Authority (MVA) manages the more than 6,700 hectares of land along the South Saskatchewan River Valley, including Saskatoon’s river banks. This is where you’ll spot beautiful natural vegetation and wildlife. Throughout the city the MVA maintains trails above and below the valley, perfect for hiking and biking adventures.

2. Attend a Festival

Saskatoon hosts around 65 festivals each year – 40 of which take place in the hot summer months. Experience this electrifying cultural hub for yourself and plan your visit around one of these eclectic events – just make sure you book your accommodation in advance as rooms tend to sell out quickly.

3. Cruise the Prairie Lilly

See the city from the water and learn about the past, present and future of Saskatoon on a cruise along the Prairie Lilly. We recommend taking a cruise at sunset for panoramic views of the city skyline. For those with a taste for the finer things in life, you can enjoy canapes, brunch or whiskey tastings onboard.

4. Explore Saskatoon’s Broadway

Perfect to discover on foot, Saskatoon’s Broadway district is packed full of artisan coffee shops, speciality retailers and a variety of dining options. This district promises to offer the ultimate urban village experience; we recommend you check out some of the live entertainment at one of the many venues that dot the street.

5. Visit the Berry Barn

Located just 10 minutes from Saskatoon, The Berry Barn is your opportunity to sample the best of the prairie province’s local produce. Sample the famous Saskatoon berries and enjoy a delicious meal in the dining room. In particular, we recommend sampling the classic mushroom cheddar chowder and the Saskatoon Berry Chicken Wings. Once you have had your fill, head to the gift shop and purchase an edible souvenir to enjoy long after you head home.