While this prairie town might be overlooked when it comes to a Canadian travel destination, it shouldn’t be forgotten. The relatively small city has a population of 250,000 and boasts some of the nicest, hottest summers in Canada (and some of the coldest winters). Saskatoon has recently rebranded itself as a cycling-friendly city. From the city’s residential neighbourhoods to downtown Saskatoon and the scenic Meewasin Valley Trail, Saskatoon is full of spaces and places to ride.
Meewasin Valley Trail, Saskatoon
The Meewasin Trail runs over 60 km in and around Saskatoon’s city centre along both sides of the river, winding under the bridges, and through scenic landscaped parks and natural areas. Residents and visitors flock to the trail to cycle, jog, stroll or to enjoy a bit of nature in the city. Cross Country Ski trails maintained in parts of the trail through the winter.
Cranberry Flats Conservation Area, Saskatoon
Cranberry Flats is located just outside the City of Saskatoon and is a scenic area with large sandy beaches and an easy hiking trail that leads out to a valley lookout. The site is open from sunrise to sunset to enjoy the sun and sand. On warm summer days, Cranberry Flats is a popular place for Saskatoonians to launch rafts to float down the river towards Saskatoon.
Wanuskewin Heritage Park
A UNESCO World Heritage site, this park is a historical center as a resource for understanding Indigenous people who originally habited the region. Wanusekewin is a Cree term for “living together in harmony”. The park contains the worlds longest-running archaeological dig where 5,000+-year-old relics are discovered daily. The center includes guided tours, hoop dancing lessons, tipi workshops and traditional art classes and visitors can walk the sacred grounds as well as rent a tipi to sleep in
Black Fox Farm
Wander through acres of blooming gladiolas and fields of flowers at the pastoral Black Fox Farm. You can pick your own bucket of flowers for a set price, and in fall, choose your Halloween pumpkin here. This family-owned farm is also one of the few farm-to-still distilleries in North America – they also make gin.
Remai Modern is a new museum of modern and contemporary art in Saskatoon. The gallery’s building sits on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River, offering views of the South Saskatchewan River and prairie skies. Spanning four levels, Remai Modern has 11 gallery spaces over three floors, learning studios, a theatre, restaurant, store, lounges, play areas and numerous multi-use spaces.
Saskatoon’s annual summer festival is called FolkFest. The city’s multicultural communities pitch tents and showcase music and food. You’ll find a German pavilion with bratwursts, beer and accordion bands, as well as a Jamaica pavilion with reggae and cold Red Stripe and jerked chicken. This being the prairies, you’ll also find plenty of perogies and cabbage rolls and Ukrainian liqueurs.
Collective Coffee has two locations, one in Pleasant Hill and another in Riversdale. The design of the spaces is all about letting the natural light in with floor to ceiling windows. Sip the best coffee in town and people watch here.
Little Grouse on the Prairie
Little Grouse on the Prairie offers handmade pastas made from local wheat. Try the ravioli, perfect pasta squares stuffed with ricotta prepared simply with sage butter. The restaurant is located inside the old building of what was formerly a Canadian-Chinese restaurant.
For brunch, try Clementine. Located in a basement that manages to feel like both a Turkish cave room and an airy loft, this packed spot its eggs with hummus, Turkish hot sauce, and housemade sourdough and tops their home fries with spicy salsa and lime mayo.
- Saskatoon landmarks on both sides of the South Saskatchewan River now pay tribute to the Canadian legend Joni Mitchell. Take a trip to the plaques and hum one of her hits.
- Buy locally grown sea buckthorn berry at the Saskatoon Farmers Market, which is open all-year-round on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
This list is just the start, we hope you explore all Ottawa has to offer and discover more. At COVE™ our goal is to Make Each Experience a Discovery ™.