Saskatoon and Saskatchewan

The University of Saskatchewan (map) is located in the heart of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan,and is situated along the banks of the South Saskatchewan River, across the river from downtown Saskatoon.  Known as the Bridge City, Saskatoon is Saskatchewan’s largest city (over 230,000 people) with a vibrant downtown, shopping malls and specialty stores.  Saskatoon is home to the Canadian Light Source (CLS) Synchrotron, located on campus - and the university-related research park Innovation Place, located next to campus. The university campus is one of the most beautiful in North America, with gothic architecture and a central grass area known as the bowl, the Diefenbaker centre, and commanding views of the river.  While on campus be sure to explore the Meewasin trails on both sides of the river, and observe the pelicans fishing at the weir.

Saskatoon houses the Western Development Museum that features a Mainstreet Boomtown 1910, a great place to see and explore pioneer history. For those wanting to immerse themselves in our ancient roots, you could take a short trip 3 km North of Saskatoon to the Wanuskewin Heritage Park .  Here you can explore six thousand years of habitation by indigenous peoples of the Northern Great Plains, see the ancient buffalo jump, take one of the many scenic walks in the native prairie ecosystem, enjoy the restaurant, and purchase crafts and art from contemporary first nations artists.

You could also take the opportunity to attend several of the special events happening while here in Saskatoon (Tourism Saskatoon). Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan   runs through July 11 to August  26, 2012  www.shakespeareonthesaskatchewan.com.  The venue of this live theatre is next to the Mendel Art gallery, a five minute walk from the Parktown hotel. The Mendel Art Gallery overlooks the river and is Saskatoon's premier destination for contemporary and historical art, with exhibitions changing quarterly. The Mendel's permanent collection includes over five thousand local, regional, and national works of art. Also on the banks of the river close to Broadway Bridge is Kiwanis Memorial Park, where you can experience Taste of Saskatchewan, a food and entertainment festival featuring Saskatoon’s best restaurants and free entertainment from Saskatchewan’s bands and musicians. 

Why not stretch your time by planning to vacation in Saskatchewan?  Our province boasts not only of vast agricultural land punctuated with towns, parks and historic sites in the south, but the central region transitions to the Northern Boreal Forest and the Canadian Shield.  Just three hours north of Saskatoon you have the opportunity to enjoy our numerous scenic lakes and forested parks, like Prince Albert National Park with a resort village and other resort hotels.   Beyond that lies thousands of lakes and the Churchill river system, many provincial parks and it’s accessible by road.  Here is an opportunity to stay in cabin and hotel accommodation, or camp, and be taken by one of the numerous outfitting companies on a relaxing tour of our stunning lakes, islands and waterfalls – and you usually have the view and even the whole lake to yourself.  You could also canoe or raft our pristine waters, or you could catch that record breaking big fish.  Information to get you started, whether you want to visit a nearby natural spa, casino, golf, or white water kayak, is found on our province’s vacation website www.sasktourism.com. To the west of Saskatoon is Calgary (8 hours drive), the dinosaur city of Drumheller (6 hours) which is always a great hit with the family, Edmonton (5 hours) and the Rockies (9 to 10 hours); Winnipeg (8.5 hours) lies to the South East.