There’s so much to see and do in Saskatoon during the winter. On any given night there are dozens of events and activities to experience. Every weekend, there’s even more to offer.
Here’s how you can spend a weekend Saskatooning in winter.
5PM – If you’re new to the city – welcome! If you’re planning a staycation, I’d suggest checking into the Delta Bessborough for an iconic Saskatoon experience, the ALT Hotel or Delta Hotel for killer views of the river valley, the James Hotel for a boutique experience, or the Sheraton Cavalier if you’ve brought the kids with you and want to enjoy the waterslides. All of these hotels are conveniently located downtown with quick access to nearly anywhere in the city.
7PM: Make it a night out indulging in our culinary scene for your first evening in the city. There are a variety of options to grab a bite to eat. If you’re looking to dress up and splurge, try Ayden Kitchen and Bar, Carver’s Steakhouse or Cut Casual Steak and Tap. For a more casual setting, there are a number of pub-style restaurants with fantastic food. Stop in at Congress Beer House, Sticks and Stones or Bon Temps Cafe.
830PM Post-meal, head out for a few cocktails around the city. If beer is your scene, stop in at 9 Mile Legacy Brewing in Riversdale or the recently re-opened Prairie Sun Brewery in Broadway. If cocktails are more your thing, try Ayden, 6twelve Lounge or the James Lobby Bar.
9AM – If you were out late the night before, treat yourself to room service and order-in. Or, use SkipTheDishes (originally founded and launched right here in Saskatoon) to deliver breakfast to your hotel.
10AM – Start the weekend off with a little retail therapy. The freshly renovated Midtown Plaza is easily accessible downtown with more than 130 shops in one location. For boutique shopping, check out Two Fifty Two Boutique, Era Style Loft and Tryst Boutique. For home and garden décor, stop in at Anthology Home Collection or Garden Architecture and Design. For thrifted and vintage goods, check out Better off Duds, Goldie’s General Store and Stasia Boutique.
Family-Friendly Option: Take the kids to the Nutrien Wonderhub – Saskatchewan’s children’s museum. It’s the perfect place for kinesthetic and tactile learning – and it’s quite adult-friendly too!
1PM: For lunch post-shopping, pop into The Odd Couple in Riversdale. The Hong Kong style roasted pork and grilled chicken on rice is a personal favourite but there are also vegan and gluten free options as well.
Photo Credit: Kevin Dunn
2PM: Drive outside the city to visit The Glen at Crossmount. There’s a lot to see and do out here in any season. In the Arts Barn, you can visit The Whimsy Store for local crafts and goodies. Bring a pair of skates with you and shoot a puck around on their outdoor skating rink. To warm up, stop in at Crossmount Cider Company for a hot mug of mulled cider (Winter Spice Cider with cinnamon and nutmeg heated with a bit of honey). There’s also a coffee shop at the Prairie Grounds Café for those who prefer a caffeine fix.
6PM: Back in Saskatoon, walk from your hotel to Thirteen Pies Pizza and Bar. It’s a combination Brooklyn style pizza with tiki style cocktails. Their recommended way to enjoy the pizza?
- Pick up slice
- Fold slice
- Eat slice
730PM: For an evening of pure child-like fun head over to the Stoked Centre for go-karting on the velocity raceway, ziplines and a ropes course on the Skytrail and Skyrail. The Stoked Centre is home to the world’s first 220 degree, 200 foot zipline so your evening will be pretty unforgettable.
11AM: The best part of winter is that you can sleep in and still catch the sunrise. Get a late start and head for brunch at Hometown Diner (it’s all day breakfast if you get here after noon). Dishes are made from scratch with seasonal ingredients from local suppliers. For a very-Saskatchewan meal order the Ukrainian Brekkie with perogies, sausage and sauerkraut. Or try one of their three different eggs benedict options: traditional, Greek or with salmon.
12PM Saskatoon has embraced winter by opening its very own leisure destination, Optimist Hill. Sign up for ski or snowboard lessons (group or private) or hit the hill with your own gear. There’s a terrain park and best of all – a tubing park with seven lanes to choose from.
4PM: Before heading home, stop in for one last sweet treat at Darkside Donuts for handcrafted, gourmet donuts.
How do you go Saskatooning in winter?