Saskatoon is the largest town within the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, located along the banks of the South Saskatchewan River. It is nicknamed the "Paris of the Prairies" for its large number of bridges and is an international tourist spot for its preserved historic attractions, including the Wanuskewin Heritage Park, a UNESCO World Heritage applicant that showcases more than 6,000 years of indigenous history in Canada.
1.The Canadian Light Source
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The Canadian Light Source is the national synchrotron radiation light source facility of Canada, located on the campus of Saskatoon's University of Saskatchewan. The facility is one of Canada's top scientific research facilities, opened for public use in 2004 following a 30-year campaign by scientists throughout Canada to establish a synchrotron radiation facility. Today, the facility is used by more than 1,000 scientists, hosting national Canadian and international scholars to conduct research on topics ranging from viruses to paleontology to superconductors. Public tours of the facility are offered on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays during the afternoon hours, with advance registration required due to high demand. High school education programming is also offered, including curriculum-incorporated school tours.
44 Innovation Boulevard Saskatoon, SK S7N 2V3 Canada, Phone: 306-657-3500
2.Chief Whitecap Waterway
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Chief Whitecap Waterway is a part of the Trans Canada Trail, spanning more than 100 kilometers of water trail along the river valleys near Saskatoon and the Gardiner Dam, one of the largest earth-filled dams in the world. Visitors may enter the trail at its access point in Saskatoon and explore its waterways via canoe, kayak, or paddleboard. Stunning views of the city of Saskatoon and its surrounding natural regions are offered from the waterway, with a variety of wildlife watching opportunities presented along the way. Entry and exit points are offered approximately every 30 kilometers throughout the trail, with visitors welcome to create their own routes throughout the trail. Overnight camping points are offered at each trail stop, providing fire pits and picnic tables for visitors. Canoe and kayak rentals are offered, along with paddleboarding classes conducted on the waterway during the summer months.
500 Progress Ave, Outlook, SK S0L 2N0, Canada, Phone: 866-538-7275
3.Cranberry Flats Conservation Area
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Cranberry Flats Conservation Area is a natural recreation and conservation area located just outside the city of Saskatoon, offering a wide variety of year-round outdoor recreation activities for visitors. The conservation area is known for its scenic sandy beaches, which are a popular recreation spot for families and pet owners with dogs on leashes. Open prairie and light mixed forest areas are also showcased, serving as popular cross-country skiing and snowshoeing sites during the winter. A wheelchair-accessible walking trail is offered, leading to a lookout valley area. The conservation area is open seven days a week year-round, available for visitor use from dawn to dusk.
Range Rd 3055, Saskatoon, SK S7T 1A3, Canada, Phone: 306-665-6887
4.Diefenbaker Canada Centre
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Diefenbaker Canada Centre, officially known as the Right Honourable John G. Diefenbaker Centre for the Study of Canada, is a national Canadian museum honoring the nation's 13th Prime Minister. The museum was constructed and opened in 1980 to display the collections of Diefenbaker's estate, arranged during his term as Chancellor of the University of Saskatchewan. It was inspired by Independence, Missouri's Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum and displays the personal and professional archives and artifacts of Diefenbaker's career, including his collection of Prime Ministerial papers. Exhibits showcase replica rooms of Diefenbaker's Prime Minister's Office and Privy Council Chambers, along with rotating exhibits related to his life and career. Free walking tours of the museum are offered on Thursdays and Saturdays, along with historical, indigenous, and ghost walking tours offered throughout the year.
101 Diefenbaker Pl, Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A7, Canada, Phone: 306-966-8384
5.Forestry Farm Park and Zoo
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Forestry Farm Park and Zoo is a city park and zoo that was originally developed in Saskatoon as the Dominion Forest Nursery Station in the early 20th century. It is a designated Canadian National Historic Site and UNESCO World Heritage Site for its preservation of a former tree nursery facility, which grew, cut, and shipped more than 147 million trees throughout Canada between 1913 and 1966. Following the nursery's closure, its land was reopened as a public city park, offering a variety of visitor facilities and activities, including a Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited zoological park, the Saskatoon Zoo Society, that houses animals recovered from the Golden Gate Animal Farm. The nursery's former superintendent's residence is preserved as a Forestry Farm House living history museum, originally constructed in 1913. Botanical gardens are also offered, along with a number of restored heritage buildings, a demonstration forest, a fishing pond, and a nature-themed children's playground.
1903 Forestry Farm Park Dr, Saskatoon, SK S7S 1G9, Canada, Phone: 306-975-3382
6.The Ukrainian Museum of Canada
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The Ukrainian Museum of Canada is a museum dedicated to recounting the story of Canada's early Ukrainian immigrants throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. It was originally established in 1936 by the Ukrainian Women's Association of Canada, the first museum of its kind in the country, housed within the Petro Mohyla Institute until 1979, when it moved to its current location on Spadina Crescent East. Today, the museum showcases collections at four branches throughout Canada, including locations in Manitoba, Ontario, and Alberta. Its original Saskatoon branch showcases an extensive collection of Ukrainian immigrant artifacts, including an impressive collection of pysanky Easter eggs, religious items, household items, and civic and school records. Authentic Ukrainian apparel and artwork is sold at the museum's gift shop, supporting local Ukrainian artisans.
910 Spadina Crescent E, Saskatoon, SK S7K 3H5, Canada, Phone: 306-244-3800
7.Wanuskewin Heritage Park
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Wanuskewin Heritage Park is a nonprofit First Nations historic and cultural center that is operated by the Saskatchewan Wanuskewin Indian Heritage Incorporated organization. The park is a designated National Historic Site of Canada and is named for a Cree indigenous word that translates as "being at peace with oneself." It is a living history museum and cultural complex that preserves more than 6,000 years of Northern Plains peoples history and culture, located on the site of a traditional tribal gathering place. The 600-acre site showcases 19 living history sites related to the Blackfoot, Atsina, Cree, Assiniboine, Dakota, and Saulteaux tribes, opened to the public as a museum facility in 1992. It still serves as a gathering site for present-day First Nations spiritual uses and welcomes visitors of all ages for educational heritage programming, including gallery exhibitions, guided tours, and tipi sleepovers.
Penner Rd, Saskatoon, SK S7K 3J7, Canada, Phone: 306-931-6767
8.Western Development Museum Saskatoon
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Western Development Museum Saskatoon is the Saskatoon branch of the Saskatchewan Western Development Museum network, which also maintains locations in Moose Jaw, North Battleford, and Yorkton. Each museum branch is focused on a different cultural or economic theme, with other locations focusing on the province's transportation, agriculture, and cultural groups. The Saskatoon museum, which was opened in 1949, showcases a recreated 1910 boomtown at Prairieland Park, showcasing turn-of-the-century civic and industrial artifacts. Collection holdings include recreated civic buildings and homesteads, along with a working printing press and collections of vintage farming equipment and automobiles. It is also home to the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame and hosts the annual Saskatoon Exhibition pioneer festival.
2610 Lorne Ave, Saskatoon, SK S7J 0S6, Canada, Phone: 306-931-1910
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Meewasin Trail is a 16-mile trail moderate traffic walking trail that is designated as part of the Great Trail, the world's largest network of walking trails. Once completed, the Great Trail will span more than 13,000 miles throughout Canada, linking more than 1,000 communities and 33 million Canadians in its path. As of 2015, the trail is ranked has been ranked Saskatoon's top outdoor walking attraction, spanning from the Sid Buckwold Bridge to Gabriel Dumont Park. It serves as a central walking and commuter path for the Saskatchewan community, popularly used by walkers, bikers, runners, and photographers. It offers stunning views of the city's skyline and the South Saskatchewan River, with opportunities for wildlife watching between April and November.
Meewasin Trail, Saskatoon, SK, Canada
10.The Museum of Antiquities
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The Museum of Antiquities is the University of Saskatchewan's official archaeological museum, originally opened to the public in 1974 to house a small collection of archaeological replicas previously owned by the Louvre in Paris. Throughout the 1970s, the museum's collections grew significantly, facilitating the need for a permanent museum facility housed within the university's Murray Library. Today, it is housed within the Peter MacKinnon Building, showcasing significant collections of Greek and Roman plaster cast replica sculptures, one of the only collections of its kind in Canada. Famous replicas showcased include the Venus de Milo and the Rosetta Stone. Original sculptures are also showcased, along with collections of ancient Egyptian, Near Eastern, Islamic, and Medieval artworks.
107 Administration Pl, Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A2, Canada, Phone: 306-966-7818
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Northeast Swale is one of the largest unbroken natural habitats in the Saskatoon region, preserving significant riparian, prairie, wetland, and forest habitats along with patches of rare fescue. Less than 20 percent of Saskatchewan's native prairie and swole ecosystems remain today, making the region a significant preserved endangered ecosystem site. The region shows signs of human habitation dating back several centuries, including remains of the former town of Clarkboro and a preserved staging camp connected to the Battle of Batoche. A wide variety of animal and plant life can be found within the swole, including more than 100 bird species and endangered amphibian species such as the northern leopard frog. Unmarked hiking trails are offered throughout the preserve area, though visitors are advised to exercise caution so as not to disturb the area's natural ecosystems.
Range Rd 3050, Saskatoon, SK S7S 1L9, Canada, Phone: 306-665-6887
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Nutrien Playland is a family-friendly amusement park and activity center that offers free admission throughout the year, with operations sustained by businesses such as Canadian Pacific and organizations such as Tourism Saskatoon. A number of children's amusement rides are offered at the park, including Saskatoon's only Ferris wheel, offering beautiful city views from more than 20 meters in the air. A carousel is also offered, along with the 626-meter-track replica Canpotex Train, which require admission tickets to ride. A large children's play area is offered, featuring sand, water, and climbing play areas and activities. Other family-friendly activities include two miniature ziplines and a concession area serving classic American fare and ice cream cones.
945 Spadina Crescent E, Saskatoon, SK S7K 3H6, Canada, Phone: 306-975-3330
13.The Remai Modern
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The Remai Modern is an 11,582-square-meter public art museum located along the west banks of the South Saskatchewan River, designed as a transformative art experience by Canadian architects KPMB and Smith Carter Architects and Engineers. Though museum was not officially opened to the public until 2017, it was the recipient of the 2011 Canadian Architect Award of Excellence for its design. Today, it has been featured by The New York Times as a top international tourist attraction, showcasing rotating fine art exhibits with a focus on contemporary works, commissions, and site-specific installations. 11 gallery spaces are offered on three floors, with a theater, learning studios, and play areas also available. The museum is also home to the casual lunch and dinner restaurant Shift, operated by leading Canadian hospitality group Oliver and Bonacini.
102 Spadina Crescent E, Saskatoon, SK S7K 0L3, Canada, Phone: 306-975-7610
14.The Saskatchewan Railway Museum
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The Saskatchewan Railway Museum is an historic railway museum operated by the Saskatchewan Railroad Historical Association that was originally opened to the public in 1990. The museum is located west of the city of Saskatoon along the Pike Lake Highway at the site of former Canadian National Railway railroad tracks. As a partner facility of the Canadian Museum Association and the Canadian Heritage Information Network, the museum preserves a wide variety of rolling locomotive and railway car stock, including an historic Canadian Pacific S-3 locomotive that was constructed in 1957 by Montreal Locomotive Works and the American Locomotive Company. A selection of Saskatoon Municipal Railway streetcars are also showcased, along with a number of historic railway buildings relocated to the site. Tours of the museum are offered throughout the week for small groups and organizations, including curriculum-incorporated tours for school groups.
Trans-Canada Hwy 60, Saskatoon, SK S7H 5N9, Canada, Phone: 306-382-9855
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CINERGIE Festival is Saskatoon's premiere annual French film festival, first held in 2005. The five-day film festival is produced by the Federation des Francophones de Saskatoon with funding from the Multicultural Initiatives Fund. It offers showings of short and full-length French-language films produced throughout Canada and around the world in a variety of genres, including drama, comedy, romance, and animation. It has been dubbed as one of the province's most unique cultural festivals, drawing large annual crowds of visitors from around the nation. All films offer English subtitles to encourage interaction with French immersion and the Francophone community. Special guest events are also offered throughout the week, along with youth screenings at morning matinees.
Federation des Francophones, 211-308 4th Avenue North, Saskatoon, SK, S7K 2L7, Phone: 306-653-7440
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Saskatours is a local Saskatoon cultural tourism company that is owned and operated by Erin Lashta and Josh Tuchelt, offering guided culinary excursions throughout Saskatoon's top food and beverage hot spots. The company offers an EAT SASK tour that showcases five stops at top regional restaurants in the city's West and East areas, including chances to try the city's renowned Ukrainian pierogies. A DRINK SASK tour also stops at four local craft breweries, cideries, and distilleries, exploring the region's burgeoning craft adult beverage scene and sampling award-winning ales and spirits. All tours also include guided discussion of the city's cultural landmarks and history, exploring areas such as the Broadway District and the Saskatoon Riverbank.
Saskatoon, SK, Canada, Phone: 306-328-7275
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Skydive Saskatoon is a Saskatchewan-based skydiving tour company that was originally opened in 2015 by a team of experienced skydiving instructors and pilots. The company prioritizes safety in all skydiving experiences, with all skydiving equipment maintained to the highest possible industry standards. Trips are offered aboard Transport Canada-regulated aircraft, offering opportunities to freefall at speeds of up to 200 kilometers per hour at a height of 11,000 in the air. Tandem and solo flights are offered for participants ages 18 and older, with all participants required to be in good health to complete the dive. Participants over the weight of 230 pounds or the age of 65 years must bring approval notes from physicians in order to complete dives.
Saskatoon/Richter Field Aerodrome, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, Phone: 639-998-5867
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Sundance Balloons offer a chance to ride high above the Saskatoon skyline in hot air balloons, showcasing stunning views of the South Saskatchewan River and the surrounding Saskatchewan region. The company has been in operation for more than three decades and utilizes balloons ranging in size from 210,000 to 310,000 cubic feet. Rides are offered seven days a week between May and September, with flight times varying between 45 and 90 minutes depending on combined passenger weight and air conditions. Sunrise and sunset flights are offered throughout the operating season, carrying eight to 12 passengers. Participants are advised to wear comfortable clothing and flat footwear and must be in good physical condition to participate in flights due to the potential for rough landings and field walkouts.
950 Spadina Cres. E, Saskatoon, SK, Phone: 306-382-0022
19.The Prairie Lily
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The Prairie Lily is Saskatoon's premiere excursion riverboat, offering sightseeing and dinner cruises yearly between mid-May and late November. It was originally launched in the spring of 2012, constructed in La Crosse, Wisconsin and previously operating as the Fiesta Queen riverboat in Laughlin, Nevada. All cruises dock behind the former Mendel Art Gallery facility in downtown Saskatoon and last approximately one hour, traveling along the South Saskatchewan River under four of the city's eight bridges and showcasing panoramic views of its downtown core and natural regions. The 120-passenger riverboat offers a number of specialty cruises throughout its operating season, including sunset cruises, tasting cruises, and a Captain's Sunday Brunch Cruise. It may also be rented for private special events, showcasing 700 square feet of deck space on its upper and lower levels.
Box 255 RR#6 LCD Main, Saskatoon, SK S7K 3J9, Canada, Phone: 306-955-5459
20.The Strawberry Ranch
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The Strawberry Ranch is a family-owned visitor ranch that has been in operation for more than three decades, deriving its name from its former practice of strawberry harvesting. The ranch is operated by Ann and Ben Epp and offers seasonal activities, including an annual outdoor corn maze that is offered during the late summer and fall months. A ranch market is open between July and October, selling a wide variety of seasonal produce and baked goods, including sweet corn, pumpkins, and fresh Saskatoon berry pies. Picnic areas are also available at the farm, along with barbecue pits available for rental for small groups and organizations throughout the season.
325 Valley Rd, Saskatoon, SK S7K 3J6, Canada, Phone: 306-384-4842
21.Eco Glide Adventures
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Eco Glide Adventures are a personal transporter tour company in Saskatoon, offering electric scooter tours throughout the Meewasin Trail. The company operates tours with Segway and Ninebot personal transportation scooters for groups of up to six people at a time, exploring the tourist sights and landmarks of the greater Saskatoon region, including the South Saskatchewan River. All participants must complete an Adventure Training Clinic to learn how to operate scooters prior to departure, with closed-toed shoes required for tours. Participants must be at least 15 years old, with participants under 18 required to have parental consent forms signed. Custom tours are available for small groups and organizations, accommodating groups larger than six.
110 Spadina Crescent E, Saskatoon, SK S7K 7Y8, Canada, Phone: 306-250-1817
22.Fairy Door Tours Saskatoon
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Fairy Door Tours Saskatoon is a fantastical touring company operated by Correina MacRae and Lenny Vineham as a franchise of Newfoundland's Fairy Door Tours company. The company offers guided excursions to remote forested spots in the Saskatoon region that are believed to be the site of "fairy doors," or fantastical portals between the real world and the supernatural realm. Family-friendly tours are offered on Saturday afternoons between mid-June and mid-October, showcasing approximately a dozen whimsical fairy doors throughout the region. During tours, children have the opportunity to view fairy, elf, and gnome doors and leave letters for deposit in a fairy mailbox before congregating for a group story time activity. Parents should be advised that children wishing to leave fairy letters should have them written and prepared in advance of tours. All participants receive treasure bags with fantasy-themed gifts and are welcome to dress in fairy-themed attire and playtime clothes. Birthday parties and daycare tours are offered with advance registration.
945 Spadina Crescent E, Saskatoon, SK S7K 3H6, Canada, Phone: 306-715-8724
23.FLING PleasureCraft Rentals
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FLING PleasureCraft Rentals offer single-day and multi-day rentals of fishing and recreational boats and supplies for use on regional waterways such as the South Saskatchewan River. Boat rentals available include 22-foot motorized pontoon boats, 14-foot flat bottom boats, and canoes, with life jackets and emergency kits provided upon request for all those who will be aboard boats. Larger boat rentals also include grills for barbecuing upon request. The company also offers snowmobile rentals during the winter months for outdoor recreational excursions in the region, with helmet rentals included with the rental of any winter vehicles.
Saskatoon, SK, Canada, Phone: 306-381-4858
23 Best Things to do in Saskatoon, Canada
- The Canadian Light Source, Photo: The Canadian Light Source
- Chief Whitecap Waterway, Photo: Courtesy of anetlanda - Fotolia.com
- Cranberry Flats Conservation Area, Photo: Courtesy of rjamphoto - Fotolia.com
- Diefenbaker Canada Centre, Photo: Diefenbaker Canada Centre
- Forestry Farm Park and Zoo, Photo: Courtesy of Michelle Meiklejohn - Fotolia.com
- The Ukrainian Museum of Canada, Photo: The Ukrainian Museum of Canada
- Wanuskewin Heritage Park, Photo: Wanuskewin Heritage Park
- Western Development Museum Saskatoon, Photo: Western Development Museum Saskatoon
- Meewasin Trail, Photo: Courtesy of Scott Prokop - Fotolia.com
- The Museum of Antiquities, Photo: The Museum of Antiquities
- Northeast Swale, Photo: Courtesy of Wayne - Fotolia.com
- Nutrien Playland, Photo: Courtesy of Alexey Kuznetsov - Fotolia.com
- The Remai Modern, Photo: The Remai Modern
- The Saskatchewan Railway Museum, Photo: The Saskatchewan Railway Museum
- CINERGIE Festival, Photo: Courtesy of aerogondo - Fotolia.com
- Saskatours, Photo: Courtesy of yooranpark - Fotolia.com
- Skydive Saskatoon, Photo: Courtesy of PhotoSpirit - Fotolia.com
- Sundance Balloons, Photo: Courtesy of The Speedy Butterfly - Fotolia.com
- The Prairie Lily, Photo: The Prairie Lily
- The Strawberry Ranch, Photo: Courtesy of clsdesign - Fotolia.com
- Eco Glide Adventures, Photo: Eco Glide Adventures
- Fairy Door Tours Saskatoon, Photo: Courtesy of Barbara Helgason - Fotolia.com
- FLING PleasureCraft Rentals, Photo: Courtesy of hansenn - Fotolia.com
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