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15 Best Things to do in Saskatoon (Canada)

15 Best Things to do in Saskatoon (Canada)

Here’s a list of the 15 best things to do in Saskatoon (Canada), along with famous landmarks, museums, and other points of interest.

Saskatoon might not be one of the largest cities in Canada, but visitors can still enjoy a wide range of activities and places to visit. 

Wanuskewin Heritage Park

Wanuskewin, which translates to ”gathering place”, has been a part of Saskatoon history for over 6000 years. Back then, it echoed with the sound of thundering bison and brought together the Indigenous People of the Northern Plains.

Today, visitors can relive the stories of the people who came here to hunt, gather and escape the harsh winter winds. As you stroll around the park, you’re sure to understand why this site is a place of deep spirituality.

Discover archaeological findings and vibrant natural history here.

Saskatoon Farmers’ Market

Saskatoon Farmers’ Market

Since 1975, Saskatoon Farmers’ Market has brought local produce to residents and visitors of Saskatoon. Everything here is made, baked, gathered, or grown by local vendors, so the high quality of the goods you can buy is guaranteed.

As you make your way around the stalls, you’ll find stalls selling baked goods, hand-crafted souvenirs, fresh fruit and vegetables, local agricultural products, and much more.

By shopping here, you’re not only getting fantastic produce but helping support the local economy too!

Saskatoon Farmers’ Market

Remai Modern Museum

Opened in October 2017, the Remai Modern Museum showcases a combination of modern and contemporary art in a beautifully unique setting. The art museum is a gathering place for culture and community and aims to show Saskatoon as a growing city.

Besides the 11 gallery spaces each with different art collections, there’s a 150-seat theatre, an on-site restaurant, and outdoor terraces with beautiful views of the sprawling South Saskatchewan River.

They also host a variety of programs to help visitors learn more about art movements.

Remai Modern Museum

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Prairie Lily Riverboat Cruise

See Saskatoon from a different perspective aboard a Prairie Lily Riverboat Cruise. As you cruise, you’ll be rewarded with stunning views of downtown Saskatoon, the natural beauty of the Meewasin Valley, and the River Landing.

For something extra special, consider joining the Captain’s Sunday Brunch cruise. You’ll get to experience amazing sights while enjoying a buffet brunch on the tranquil river.

Whichever way you choose to cruise, all you have to do is grab a seat and enjoy the ambiance as you sail.

Prairie Lily Riverboat Cruise

Photo: Scott Prokop / Shutterstock.com

Western Development Museum

At the Western Development Museum, you’ll discover Saskatchewan’s collective heritage spanning hundreds of years. Through exhibits, collections, and unique features, the museum depicts the province’s sense of place and how the legacy of the past is how to build the future.

The museum holds over 75,000 artifacts for the people of Saskatchewan (and its visitors) to enjoy. These artifacts, from archival and photographic material to pins and locomotives, touch on all aspects of life in the province.

Ukrainian Museum of Canada

The Ukrainian Museum of Canada aims to preserve and display artifacts that depict the Ukrainian heritage and its contributions to Canada as a whole. Inside the museum, you’ll find a diverse collection of artifacts varying from linens to books to photographs.

There are a plethora of other treasures to see, all collected from the first, second, and third waves of Ukrainian immigrants to Canada. You’ll see textiles (shirts, embroidery, and weavings), religious items, impressive wooden carvings, and thousands of other Ukrainian items showcased too.

University of Saskatchewan

Located on Treaty 6 territory, The University of Saskatchewan is one of Canada’s best universities. However, for those who aren’t there to study, it’s a great addition to any Saskatoon itinerary.

It’s the best place to marvel at Collegiate Gothic-style architecture, and many of the buildings are made from native limestone mined near the campus. Such structures have helped create a signature architectural style seen in Saskatoon.

Stroll the campus’ tree-lined walkways, see historical buildings, and perhaps stop for a picnic.

University of Saskatchewan

Taste of Saskatchewan Festival

The Taste of Saskatchewan Festival offers just that – your chance to taste the very best food the province has to offer. The festival features 31 of Saskatoon’s best restaurants, all serving their favorite dishes in the beautiful setting of Kiwanis Park.

From traditional dishes to modern, innovative recipes, there’s something for everyone to try. There’s also live music from bands and performers to enjoy across the 6-day festival, featuring everything from Reggae to Salsa, Pop to Jazz. It’s a guaranteed fun-filled celebration for the whole family.

Meewasin Valley Trail

Head on an outdoor adventure as you take to the Meewasin Valley Trail. You’ll be able to explore natural habitats alongside the riverbank, explore parks, go canoeing or discover more about the culture and the history of the area at museums along the way.

There are many must-see sites and parks along the Meewasin Trail. It runs for 90km along both sides of the river, meandering under bridges, through picturesque natural areas and stunning landscapes.

Whether you cycle, walk or jog the trail is up to you, whichever way you choose will be equally as beautiful.

Meewasin Valley

Beaver Creek Conservation Area

Beaver Creek Conservation Area is the perfect place for a day hike or trip with the family. It’s part of the above-mentioned Meewasin Valley Trail and is a beautiful nature reserve with four gorgeous trails to explore in any season.

There’s a sheltered creek and charming river valley to see, plus an abundance of wildlife in the area; you can see anything from deers to foxes to birds. In winter, don a pair of cross-country skis and hit the snow-covered groomed trails.

Beaver Creek Conservation Area

Go shopping

There are never-ending opportunities for shopping in Saskatoon. Whether you want to head to big-brand names or shop at quirkier independent stores, Saskatoon is quickly getting a reputation for its quality shopping outlets.

There are six different shopping malls spread across the city, meaning your chance to find a bargain or grab a new outfit is never far away. The trendy Broadway Avenue district is the place to find niche shops selling eclectic hand-crafted gifts, local cheeses, pottery, and much more.

Sasktel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival

Over 85,000 music fans head to the Sasktel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival each year, which has grown from its modest beginnings in 1987 to become one of the province’s premier cultural events. With up to 160 performances each year, the festival is one of the largest of its kind in all of Canada.

The internationally renowned festival is the place to listen to jazz music as well as learn all about the genre, plus there’s a variety of educational experiences on offer to help developing musicians.

Saskatchewan Railway Museum

Located in southwest Saskatoon, the Saskatchewan Railway Museum boasts an impressive array of railway buildings, railcars, and railway memorabilia spanning a vast history.

The museum has an on-site interpretative center, also known as the KOPKO CENTRE, named after Mike and Margaret Kopko. The center houses a number of interesting items, all depicting the history of the railway.

You can also view restorations, and the Grand Truck Pacific structure, with one of the best views of the museum.

Cameco Meewasin Skating Rink

Situated inside the charming Kiwanis Memorial Park, the Cameco Meewasin Skating Rink brags a premier location alongside the South Saskatchewan River and the iconic Bessborough Hotel. The skating rink opens to visitors each winter and was once voted the best outdoor skating rink in Canada.

Rent a pair of skates, take to the ice and try your hand at skating. There are a cozy warm-up shelter and an outdoor fire pit too; there’s no better way to spend a winter’s day in Saskatoon.

Saskatchewan Rush Lacrosse

The Saskatchewan Rush Lacrosse team is a professional indoor lacrosse team and one of the province’s finest exports. Champions in 2016, the club play their games at the SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon, and their matches are worth a watch!

If you’re lucky enough to be in town when they’re playing, head to the stadium to see them in action. Soak up the atmosphere, mingle with the friendly Saskatoon locals, and see the team (hopefully!) live up to their winning titles.

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