In today’s day and age it’s easy to get caught up in the latest gadgets and technology. Next time you’re looking for something to do, try putting down your device and getting back to nature... in Saskatoon.
Once the snow falls, Canadians can be tempted to make like a bear and hibernate. Snow kite-boarding is a fantastic way to have some good old fashioned winter fun – just don’t forget to bundle up! Harness the power of the wind and glide across the snowy terrain and rolling hills on your skis or snowboard. Whether you’re young or old, adventurous or timid, anyone can take part in this amazing experience – the degree of power is adjustable to suit any skill level. For the exhilaration of skydiving without traveling to stomach churning heights, give this thrilling sport a try.
Or if you’re looking for something a bit mellower, dig out your skates and find yourself a patch of ice! Skating has stood the test of time and remains one of the most beloved and wholesome outdoor activities. Open December through March, Saskatoon’s Meewasin Skating Rink is an outdoor rink located in Kiwanis Memorial Park next to the iconic Delta Bessborough. Skaters feeling a bit chilly will appreciate the onsite warm-up shelter, which features magical lights, a wood burning fireplace and an outdoor fire pit. Not to be scoffed at, this rink was voted as the best outdoor skating spot in Canada by Reader’s Digest!
Visitors to Saskatoon can also connect with nature in the Northeast Swale, an ancient river channel where one can truly experience the authentic and diverse beauty of Saskatchewan. Rent a bike and cruise through the conservation area on the network of pathways, take part in a walking tour or come to watch an outdoor movie on a warm summer night.
Once the winter snow has thawed visitors to Saskatoon can spend a relaxing day spotting pelicans. Since their first arrival in 1970, Saskatoon has been welcoming these special visitors each year. These beautiful and majestic birds are a sight to behold on the South Saskatchewan River – don’t miss out on this rare experience!
If on-land sports make you feel like a fish out of water, expand your aquatic experiences in Saskatoon with the latest and greatest water sport – paddle boarding. This superb core workout and delightful pastime is done while standing on board with a long paddle in hand, and is a hybrid of kayaking and surfing. Paddle boarding is growing in popularity around the world and Saskatoon offers the perfect calm river waters that are ideal for the sport.
Saskatoon’s lakes and rivers also provide the ideal setting for another well-loved water sport – wakeboarding. On the beautiful riverbanks of the South Saskatchewan River, seasoned pros can perfect their tricks and eager beavers can learn from local experts – and be riding the wake by themselves in no time.
After a fantastic time on the water, kick back and relax. Feel the fine sand between your toes and warm welcoming waters. Sounds like a tropical vacation, but world class rest and relaxation is actually much closer than you might imagine! If you like to spend your summer days loafing in the sand, scenic Cranberry Flats is the spot for you. Bring your beach chair and umbrella and enjoy a lovely prairie breeze.
Whether you prefer the summer sun, are a winter sport aficionado or a year round outdoor lover, Saskatoon is worth looking into!
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