Choose any of our Saskatoon holidays and you'll arrive on the shores of the South Saskatchewan River. Saskatoon is the largest city in Saskatchewan, and is located in the central part of the province. Mining, oil production and agriculture are the main economic influences here, but there are also several universities that contribute a strong student population. Saskatoon is located on the trans-Canada highway, and both of Canada’s main railway lines run through it as well. It is a scheduled stop on VIA Rail’s historic passenger train, The Canadian, connecting travellers to Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia along its route. As a visitor to the city, you will be amazed at the variety of activities and attractions that are available. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy the Meewasin trail, which winds along the river, or visit one of the nearby provincial parks for camping, hiking, boating, swimming and more. Arts and culture are very much alive here as well, with museums, galleries, and more than sixty-five festivals to choose from over the course of the year. Shop trendy neighborhoods like the historical Broadway District, or try one of several shopping malls in or close to the downtown area. No matter what time of year you visit, Saskatoon has something for you.
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Saskatoon is an all-season city, with plenty to see and do all year round. Dive into winter with Canada’s best and biggest outdoor skating rink, or cozy up with a glass of wine at one of the city’s top restaurants. Uniquely Canadian activities, such as snowshoeing on the river valley, can be had at Wanuskewin Heritage Park during the chilly months, while the park offers intriguing exhibits of Aboriginal artwork as well as workshops in folk art all year round. Families with children are easily entertained, with attractions like the Children’s Discovery Museum, the Forestry Farm Park and Zoo, the Saskatchewan Railway Museum (during the summer months), or one of several indoor playgrounds.
Nightlife and culinary delights are abundant, with everything from fantastic pizza to burgers, bistros and market fresh seafood. Be sure to ask your host or concierge for the best local recommendations. Summertime teems with outdoor festivals and farmer’s markets, and depending on when you are there, you may catch the Folk Festival, the Fringe Festival, a street fair or two, or the renowned Jazz Festival. In the winter, January brings the Wintershines Festival, while The Enchanted Forest is the province’s top winter tourist destination, featuring a self-guided holiday light tour set to music that you dial up on your car radio. It’s prairie magic at any time of the year!
When in Saskatoon, you’ll likely have no end of activities and attractions to keep you occupied, but here are our top tips – designed to bring some of the gems to the surface so you can be sure you’re making the most of your time.
- Kayak on the Saskatchewan River: there are not too many other cities in the world that you can rent a kayak and coast through the middle of town. It’s definitely a unique way to get to know a place! For those who love the water, but prefer being a spectator, don’t miss the River Lights Festival, an awesome couple of days in late July that are filled with splashy fun, races and competitions, dance presentations, first nations exhibits, live entertainment and so much more.
- Saskatoonberry: it’s everywhere – in pies, tarts, jams, glazes, ice cream and more, so you won’t be able to ignore it. Tuck into a juicy Saskatoonberry concoction as soon as you possibly can!
- Take a cruise on the Prairie Lily: cruising along the river in an honest to goodness riverboat can be so romantic … cruises leave three times daily on weekends during the summer months. Sunset cruises, fireworks cruises, dinner and brunch cruises are available, check website for details.
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