When you’re visiting Canada, Saskatoon isn’t always a name that appears at the top of the tourist lists. But you should definitely visit this vibrant prairie town. It is the largest city in Saskatchewan and one of the fastest growing in the country. It is also one of the youngest cities in Canada, with a median age of just 35.
There’s so much to do in Saskatoon. Give yourself a few days to explore. The city is well-known for its youthful entrepreneurial energy. Enjoy a coffee in the beautiful Broadway district, or grab a bite at one of the many restaurants.
If you visit at the end of June, you’ll catch the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival. This takes place between 24th June and 3rd July. It covers not only jazz, but also hip-hop, punk, pop, and more. The festival welcomes hundreds of international artists and 85,000 fans.
Take one of the scenic tours and appreciate the beauty of the prairie skies. Saskatoon is also known as the city of bridges, and there are 400 acres of riverbank and trails to explore.Just outside of Saskatoon is Wanuskwein Heritage Park. This beautiful heritage park celebrates the indigenous peoples who lived there for over 6,000 years.
Saskatoon is divided by the South Saskatchewan River. During your visit, make sure you appreciate its full splendour by taking a riverboat cruise. This will provide you with a completely different perspective of the city. Or, if you’re feeling more adventurous, rent a kayak for a few hours. Another great way to experience the river and city. This is popular with locals and visitors. 26th to 28th July sees the River Lights Festival. Expect watersports, light displays and cruises.
From the first week of July until mid-August, the riverbank is transformed. The Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Festival performs Shakespeare plays and provides numerous festival activities.
The tents go up in May and are known as the Elizabethan Village. You can also enjoy the festival atmosphere at Sir Toby’s Tavern and Riverside Deck. This event is not to be missed.
One of the main attractions and a definite ‘must-see’ is the Farmer’s Market. It is open Tuesday to Sunday all year round. The market was founded in 1975 and is a non-profit co-operative. As well as the rich bounty of food, expect special events, demos, and live music. In addition to the food traders, the market boasts many craft stalls. As you might expect, visiting early during the week will provide a quieter experience. Special events take place each Wednesday. The market is situated at the River Landing development.
There are plenty of places to stay in Saskatoon that suit all budgets. When looking for accommodation consider the Delta Bessborough, which has its very own ghost. Also worth a mention is the James Hotel with its stunning cocktail lounge.
Saskatoon delivers great food, cultural diversions, and a thriving river and city scene. If this sounds like your kind of holiday, then add Saskatoon to your bucket list. It won’t disappoint.