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Saskatoon Sights You Can’t Miss
“Riversdale, one of the oldest neighbourhoods in the city, is just a short walk from the west end of the Broadway Bridge. Over the past ten years, it's been on the receiving end of a massive neighbourhood rejuvenation that manages to strike a balance between original character and modern appeal. Riversdale is now a hotbed for hipsters and foodies and holds international appeal with its homey yet impeccable food (at restaurants like The Hollows and Hometown Diner), craft beers (like those at 9 Mile Legacy Brewing), kitschy treasures (sourced from various pawn shops) and locally-inspired clothing (at stores such as Hardpressed Print Studio).”—Canadian Living
“A trip to Saskatoon is not complete without somehow paying homage to the South Saskatchewan River — the beating heart of the city. There’s no better place to appreciate all that it offers Saskatoon than at River Landing, which runs just south of the iconic Victoria Bridge. This stunning 36-acre riverfront park is chock-full of features to enjoy including restaurants, a farmer’s market, an outdoor gym and a venue for cultural activities.” —Canadian Living
The Meewasin Trail
The Meewasin Trail is about 60 kilometres long and runs along both sides of the river. It is a popular site for walkers, joggers, and nature lovers. It’s an easy walk of about 25 minutes along the Meewasin to a weir, where pelicans feed all summer. Join the trail across the park at the foot of the street when you walk out of the hotel. Head toward the University Bridge. The concierge can help you orient yourself.
Wanuskewin Heritage Park
From Canadian Living: “Wanuskewin Heritage Park is just a 15-minute drive from Saskatoon’s downtown and has treasures that date back some 6000 years. Wanuskewin’s Archaeological evidence suggests this location on the Opimihaw Creek valley has been visited by nearly every pre-contact cultural group on the Great Plains. The park now features a state-of-the-art interpretive centre highlighting the nomadic practices of the Northern Plains Indigenous Peoples, the remnants of a 1700-year-old medicine wheel, bison jumps, fascinating archaeological finds and several kilometres of walkable trail.” —Canadian Living
For more information: https://wanuskewin.com
Stuff to Do in Saskatoon
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Broadway Avenue is one of the most memorable streets in Saskatoon, with all sorts of shopping and restaurants, and it’s only a 10-minute walk from the Radisson hotel. Broadway features unique stores, such as Handmade House and McQuarrie’s Tea and Coffee Merchants.
This self-guided tour highlights the “Heritage of Broadway.” It includes historic sites such as the firehall, which is now a bar, and a dairy company, which is now a salon and restaurant.
CLS is home to the only synchrotron in Canada. It offers free tours on Fridays from 2:30 to 3:30 pm, or, for groups of five people or more, a tour can be arranged for another time.
If you’re interested in arranging a tour for a day other than Friday, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Light Source” and a tour will be arranged.
Lucky Bastard is a micro-distillery that “hand craft[s] spirits and liqueurs in very small batches.” The must-try products they have on offer include the Saskatoon Liqueur, made from Saskatoon berries, and the Dill Pickle Vodka—perfect for Caesars!
Lucky Bastard is a 15-minute drive from the Radisson. It offers free tours and tastings during business hours (Monday to Friday from 2 to 5 pm and on Saturday from 12 to 5 pm). There is an option for private after-hours tours.
“Get Saskatoon’ed” at Lucky Bastard!
Take a one-hour tour along Meewasin Valley Trail on a Segway! You’ll receive about 10 minutes of training on the Segway before spending the rest of your time exploring the scenery along the river. The tour costs $49.95 per rider.
Do you want to get a look at the beautiful city of Saskatoon from above? Take a hot-air balloon ride with Sundance Balloons!
Prices range from $250 to $295 depending on the time you book your flight. However, if you use Groupon, tickets range from $165 to $190.
Museums and Galleries
The DCC is a museum that celebrates Canadian culture. It’s located at the University of Saskatchewan, which is also worth checking out (the campus is one of the most beautiful in Canada!). The ongoing exhibit features items given to the University of Saskatchewan by Prime Minister John Diefenbaker. Diefenbaker and his wife are buried here.
You can also visit the nearby Little Stone Schoolhouse, which was the city’s first public building.
The DCC and Little Stone Schoolhouse are on the University of Saskatchewan campus, just a 40-minute walk or a 20-minute bus ride away from the hotel.
With both replicas and original artifacts of Classical art, the collection has pieces ranging from Greco-Roman to Egyptian and Near Eastern art.
Not only is the museum itself a worthwhile visit, but it’s located in the Peter MacKinnon Building—a National Historic Site of Canada at the University of Saskatchewan—one of Canada’s most beautiful campuses.
These lovely attractions are only a 20-minute bus ride or a 40-minute walk from the Radisson.
A museum of modern and contemporary art, the brand-new Remai Modern features exhibits by artists such as Picasso, Jimmie Durham, and Oliver Husain, along with over 8,000 pieces by local and international artists.
The Remai Modern is an eight-minute walk from the hotel.
The SCC is an artists’ collective and gallery dedicated to “developing and promoting fine craft for Saskatchewan.” The boutique offers local art, pottery, and jewelry. And be sure to check out Grandfather’s Teachings of the Meadow Lark, “an exhibition by artist Claude Morin that pays tribute to his Fransaskois heritage and his attachment to the land.”
The SCC is on Broadway Avenue, a 15-minute walk from the Radisson.
If you’re looking for some unique keepsakes to remember your visit to the Prairies, visit the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market. Their motto is “Make It, Bake It, Gather It, or Grow It.”
The market is located in the River Landing area—a cultural hotspot—about a 10-minute walk from the Radisson.
Built in 1884 and now a historical site, the Marr Residence is the oldest house in the city. It was used as a field hospital after the Battle of Fish Creek. The Marr Residence “features an exhibit on the relationships between settlers and First Nations during the Northwest Resistance of 1885.”
This attraction is a 15-minute walk from the hotel. Tours are by appointment only. If interested, please email email@example.com with the subject line “Marr Residence” and a tour will be arranged.
Take a cruise on the South Saskatchewan River! Cruises on Saskatoon’s river boat last an hour. Prairie Lily offers a fully licensed bar (make sure you try their specialty drink, aptly named “The Prairie Lily) and tour commentary.
Known as “Canada's first Ukrainian museum and … a center dedicated to the advancement of the knowledge of and the preservation of Ukrainian heritage in Canada,” the museum has a vast collection of artifacts from Ukrainian Easter eggs to photographs and documents. It’s a fascinating attraction you can’t miss!
The WDM is “the keeper of Saskatchewan’s collective heritage.” Visit Boomtown Street, an example of a typical Saskatchewan town in the 1900s. Check out the Transportation Gallery, the Cancer Bomb, and so much more! There’s even a photo studio in Boomtown Street, where you can dress in costume and have your portrait taken. The WDM also has the Boomtown Café and a gift shop with unique items.
The WDM is located on the south side of the city, a 20-minute bus ride or under six minutes by car from the Radisson.
Have some extra time? Come visit the Forestry Farm, where peacocks wander free. Admire the impressive array of animals, and take sanctuary in the Meditation Garden. Don’t miss the new Meerkat House!
Soul Paper is “a premier paperie and creative hub in the heart of Saskatoon.” They offer everything from stationery to wax seals to art supplies. It’s the place for anyone who just loves the feel of pen and paper.
Soul Paper is at 118 20th Street West, a 10-minute walk from the hotel.
Handmade House is a year-round craft market, offering “unusual hand-crafted pieces.” They sell everything from finely beaded items by Aboriginal artists to glass pendants to metal sculptures.
Located at 710 Broadway Ave, Handmade House is only a 12-minute walk away.
McQuarrie’s Tea and Coffee Merchants offers a wide variety of coffee and tea, and it has been serving Saskatoon for over 75 years.
McQuarrie’s is at 708 Broadway Avenue—a 12-minute walk from the Radisson.
SaskMade Marketplace partners with local farmers and artists to produce Saskatchewan-made products, such as jams, perogies, books, and souvenirs.
SaskMade is located at 1621 8th St E. It’s a 40-minute walk or 10 minutes by car.
From the website: “NatureCity Festival is a week-long festival featuring 50+ events to help you discover, explore and experience nature in Saskatoon!” Events take place May 22 to 27. The festival is “decentralized,” which means that events take place all over the city.
There’s so much to do at this festival, from a Firefly Hike to a Walking Meditation and Yoga session.
Top of the Hops is a wine and beer festival May 25 and 26, featuring over 200 vendors. Tickets are $35 at the door. The event is located at Prairieland Park Hall B, which is 30 minutes by bus ride or seven minutes by car.
Owned by Top Chef Canada winner Dale MacKay, Ayden creates “homegrown and globally inspired comfort food.”
Poached is described as “the restaurant with a split personality.” It’s a breakfast bistro by day and a bistro saloon by night.
Leyda’s is described as “a whole food, gluten and nut free, experiential café.”
Enjoy savoury soups and sandwiches and baked goods at Little Bird.
Fionn MacCool’s is an Irish pub.
Taverna is a rustic Italian place that serves food made with ingredients imported from Italy.
Enjoy drinks and live jazz at The Bassment.
Enjoy Canadian-Asian food at The Odd Couple.
The name is self-explanatory!