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A Step Back in Time
Begin your day with an invigorating and awe-inspiring trip to Wanuskewin Heritage Park, where over 6,000 years of Northern Plains Indians history is celebrated. Enjoy bannock in a beautiful natural setting.
Continue your walk through history at the Western Development Museum. The past comes alive as you are transported through 100 years of pioneer history from 1910 Boomtown through the Winning the Prairie Gamble exhibit. For lunch, stop in at the Boomtown Café for prairie style cooking!
Rich, colourful, cultural heritage on the prairies is on display at the Ukrainian Museum of Canada. Afterwards, pay a visit to Saskatoon’s oldest building (1884) on its original site: the Marr Residence. Programming varies throughout the year and may include pioneer gatherings, storytelling and music, or even a rhubarb festival!
For a taste of Saskatchewan, have dinner at The Granary, where the menu includes uniquely Saskatchewan interpretations of traditional dishes.
For the Love of Arts
Calories is a great spot for a leisurely coffee and bagel, or light lunch before you visit the Affinity Gallery (Saskatchewan Craft Council) on Broadway. Don't miss the many unique shops that make up the Broadway District. You'll be glad you did!
Explore the shops downtown. Many wonderful artisans’ works can be found at the Trading Post. As you move through the area, you will see many sculptures by local artists. Enjoy a leisurely luncheon at any one of many downtown eateries.
Located along the riverbank, at the Mendel Art Gallery and Civic Conservatory you will find an impressive fine art collection and temporary visiting exhibitions. Stop by the Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Festival (seasonal) box office to pick up your tickets for an entertaining evening performance. Consider a French theatre performance by La Troupe du Jour or take a short 25km drive north of Saskatoon to experience the Barn Playhouse and Craft Barn. If you’re in the mood for music, TCU Place is home to the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra and hosts other major performances throughout the year.
Tour the Riversdale District and view the amazing wall murals and interesting sculptures that accentuate this culturally diverse area. While there, visit the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market to pick up some fresh produce and homemade crafts.
Head back to the hotel and get ready for an entertaining evening out.
The Great Outdoors
Boasting hundreds of acres of riverbank parks and trails to explore, Saskatoon is a nature-lover's delight.
Start with a visit to the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park and Zoo. Go early and catch feeding time for the animals, many of which are native to Saskatchewan.
Stop at Saskatoon’s Bus Stop Refreshments – the bright red bus in front of the Delta Bessborough – and pick up lunch. Make sure to get ice cream before taking a leisurely walk along the Meewasin Valley trails that follow the South Saskatchewan River. Cross either the University or Broadway bridges for a signature view of the landmark "Castle on the River" – the Delta Bessborough.
In summer, board the Prairie Lily docked behind the Mendel Art Gallery for a relaxing river cruise.
Enjoy a light dinner at the Berry Barn (seasonal). The garden-like setting overlooking the South Saskatchewan River is a must-visit. Save room for a piece of Saskatoon Berry Pie!
Wanting more? Lace up your hiking boots and hit the trails at Beaver Creek Conservation Area. Don't forget your binoculars; it's a great bird watching spot.
Winter is a special time in Saskatoon; beautiful white landscapes, sundogs and hoar frost are a few of the marvels to share. Dress warmly, and you’re off to enjoy winter in Saskatoon! View the spectacle of Canada’s largest outdoor drive through Christmas light display at the Enchanted Forest (end of November - mid January). Be filled with the wonders of the holiday season: presents, snowmen, reindeer, candy and more!
View lavishly decorated trees, wreaths, gingerbread houses and more at The Festival of Trees (end of November) at the Western Development Museum.
To get a jump on your holiday shopping, be sure to stop in at the Artisans and the Sundog Arts and Entertainment fairs (end of November to the first weekend in December). Or take a stroll downtown or along Broadway Avenue. These areas are bursting with eclectic, unique and high-end shopping.
Take the kids skating at the Meewasin Rink beside the Delta Bessborough. Or if you want to relax a bit, enjoy a leisurely horse drawn cutter ride in Kiwanis Park. Warm up with a cup of rich hot chocolate at Windows Café at The Sheraton Cavalier, or at the Four Seasons Dining Room at the Park Town Hotel as you enjoy a view of the river bank.
Check out our events calendar for more ideas on what to do in Saskatoon.