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Winter in Saskatoon
Saskatoon is a breathtaking destination in every season, but winter is really special. There's something about the hoar frost that graces tree-lined streets and the South Saskatchewan River as it winds through the city's downtown that makes you stop and truly appreciate the wonder of Mother Nature.
It's a great thing, seeing how a city changes from one season to the next. Winter is a big part of what makes Saskatoon special and our citizens embrace a whole new set of activities in this snowy season. Cross-country skiing, Lacrosse games, trampoline parks, kicksledding, dining, craft breweries, hockey, snowshoeing, even record-breaking snowball fights are included in this video.
And while it's certainly true that winters in Saskatoon can be frigid, it doesn't stop residents and visitors from getting outside and making the best of it! From ice skating on one of Canada's best outdoor rinks (we've got the award to prove it!), to snowshoeing on the river valley at Wanuskewin Heritage Park, or simply cozy up with a glass of wine and the one you love in front of a fireplace at your favourite restaurant, Saskatoon offers endless options for experiencing a winter that is both warm and cool.
Click the image below to get a virtual tour of Saskatoon in the winter!
Need some inspiration for a few of the best ways to get out and enjoy our winters? Here are our top suggestions:
Have you ever heard of kicksledding? This sport and mode of transportation is popular in northern Europe, but it is just starting to catch on in Canada. It is an excellent way to get a great cardio workout, and get where you are going! If you are excited to try right away, go to Escape Sports where they can rent you a kicksled for $15 per day.
Popular with families in Saskatoon is tobogganing at Diefenbaker Park, or on Pest Hill in the George D. Archibald Memorial Park North.
Another leisurely winter activity to enjoy is the Cameco Meewasin Skating Rink at PotashCorp Plaza, with its new warming area. Skate rentals are available by donation, and there are lots of restaurants nearby to grab a coffee or hot chocolate to go!
For those looking to enjoy the outdoors while attending one of Saskatoon's most loved events, be sure to check out the WinterShines Festival with cool things to do, outside and inside! In addition to the amazing ice sculptures, petting zoo, and Soup Cook-off, there is also a Winter Camp in the City and Ice Cycling. A new winter festival to our city is the much-anticipated Frosted Gardens, taking place at the Bessborough Gardens. From amazing ice sculptures to an ice bar, ice maze and ice bowling, this event is one that is sure to heat up your winter!
Cross country skiing: Ski trails are maintained along the east and west banks of the beautiful South Saskatchewan River and in a variety of parks and open spaces throughout Saskatoon. Trail updates are available by calling (306)975-3300 (Monday to Friday), or visit the City of Saskatoon's Cross Country Skiing page. The Nordic Ski Club also offers lessons for children, youth and adults in Kinsmen Park.