The Conventions Saskatoon! team has a lot of city offerings to be proud of.
Whether you’re hosting an intimate business meeting or a large-scale conference, Saskatoon, one of the sunniest cities in Canada, has everything you could possibly need to impress your delegates.
As Saskatchewan’s largest city, Saskatoon offers a unique mix of down-home hospitality and big city amenities including a diverse selection of event space - everything from an award winning convention centre to a true Western-style saloon in a country setting. And, with more than 198 parks in the city providing spectacular scenery, wildlife and a multitude of recreational opportunities, there’ll be no such thing as “down time.”
Long commutes are a foreign concept in Saskatoon – major convention centres and event facilities are conveniently located close to attractions, services and accommodations. TCU Place (www.tcuplace.com) – Saskatoon’s Arts and Convention Centre offering more than 100,000 square feet of meeting space in addition to a full theatre and production stage, is an easy walk from downtown hotels; while Prairieland Park (www.saskatoonex.com), Saskatoon’s largest trade show and convention facility is just a short drive away. Delegates heading to the University of Saskatchewan (www.usask.ca) need only cross the bridge – the campus is located directly across the river from Saskatoon’s city centre – a five minute drive or a 30-minute walk along the picturesque Meewasin Valley Trail. Smaller or more intimate meetings can easily be accommodated by Saskatoon’s charming and diverse array of downtown hotels, offering visitors a variety of meeting facilities in addition to spacious guest rooms and stunning views.
For organizers looking to make a lasting impression long after their event is over, Saskatoon’s “out-of-the-box” venues provide just that. The Berry Patch at The Berry Barn (www.theberrybarn.com) hosts group functions for up to 400 people, and offers country-style fare and private gardens. Western-themed Champetre County (www.champetrecounty.com) provides delegates with an “Old West” experience and caters to corporate retreats and planning sessions. After a day of meetings, guests will surely appreciate the rustic charm of the venue’s Howling Coyote Saloon – an ideal space for great entertainment as well as breakaway sessions. Other unique venues include the Las Vegas-style Dakota Dunes Casino (www.dakotadunescasino.com), the Western Development Museum (http://wdm.ca), the Willows Golf and Country Club (www.willowsgolf.com), along with many other creative and special destinations.
Delegates looking to turn their meeting into an extended vacation, or just seeking a way to fill their free time, will find plenty of extra-curricular activities to keep them entertained in Saskatoon. Designated the Cultural Capital of Canada in 2006, the city continues to thrive, offering a variety of shopping, festivals, events, theatre, galleries and delicious places to dine.
For those looking to escape Saskatoon’s big city feel, the city offers plenty of breathing space. Among the bounty of recreational opportunities, guests can hike or take a leisurely stroll along the banks of the South Saskatchewan River before stopping for lunch to enjoy the delicacies at the Saskatoon’s Farmer’s Market.
After deciding upon Saskatoon as the destination for your convention, meeting or event, sit back and relax and leave the to-do’s to Conventions Saskatoon - a committee comprised of more than 30 partner organizations that can help plan your event from start to finish. From accommodation and transportation logistics to the unique finishing touches that make an event memorable, Saskatoon’s suppliers make every event special.
For more information, please visit www.conventionssaskatoon.com or www.tourismsaskatoon.com.