Lots to do in the Summer
Saskatoon summers are full of things to do.
There is Folk Fest, a three day festival where you can experience culture, cuisine and dance from many countries of the world. Your passport is roughly $15 and, with it, you can experience any or all of the roughly 15 pavilions.
The Saskatoon Exhibition is always a blast.
The Fringe Festival is something the theatre-goers should check out. There are dozens of plays running at this time. There is also a crafts fair and street performers. It's free to walk around; $8, plus entrance fees, if you want to see any plays.
Cruise Weekend is a great time to check out anything from beautifully restored classic cars to the latest in car audio. It's free to walk around. There's also usually a bandstand for music.
- Theater Travel
bicycle built for two
Waskesiu Lake is in Prince Albert National Park in central to northern Saskatchewan, it is a fantastic place to rest in the summer. Here is a picture of my Dad and I taking advantage of the tandem bikes, unfortuneately in the pouring rain! When it rains it can really come down but as you can see it was still pretty warm out.
- Family Travel
Cylcing the Meewasin Trail.
The Meewasin Trail runs along the riverbanks of Saskatoon. The way I have most enjoyed the trail is by bicycle. It is a 2 metre wide asphalt trail that, on the east side will take you from Diefenbaker Park in the South up past the University of Saskatchewan in the North, and on the west side will take you from the old sanitarium (south) to the north end of Silversprings. There are plenty of opportunities to get right to the river's edge. the northern end (west side) gives plenty of opportunity for yu to do some mountainbiking--there are lots of trails.
Come to town during the...
Come to town during the summer, and you will not be dissapointed! Some notable events include the Great Northern River Roar powerboat races, The Saskatoon Exhibition, Folkfest, The Fringe Festival, Cruise Week, and The Canada Remembers Air Show. The most unique activity, in my opinion, is the summer long Shakespear on the Saskatchewan festival, which features plays by William Shakespear done by renowned actors on the west bank of the South Saskatchewan (look for the brightly coloured tents just north of the 25th Street Bridge).
The Shakespear on The Saskatchwan festival features William Shakespear's plays reinterpreted by some of Canada's best actors and directors. Many of the actors are well known in the city and belong to the Saskatoon Soaps improve comedy troupe, which performs from September to April at the Broadway Theatre (Fridays at Midnight!).
Another nice site to visit is...
Another nice site to visit is the Waneskewin Park. This is a historical site which is sacred to the aboriginal people. This was an area which was habitated by the people during the harsh winters in the prairies, and had one of the infamous buffalo jumps. This area is now protected, and developed as a park/museum. There is an informational center that also has a wonderful restaurant (with Buffalo burgers).
Buffalo burgers, a scenic walk through a nature haven in the prairies, and an occassional dance show. This picture was taken in the fall - which is exquisite - the summer also has a plethora of flowers and greenery.
- Hiking and Walking
The other key place to visit...
The other key place to visit is the Berry Farm. This is a restaurant and shop that is outside of the city. It sits on the river, and is a Saskatoon Berry Farm. The store sells wonderful fudge and Saskatoon Berry products. There are other wonderful paraphinalia to buy.
The restaurant is WONDERFUL homemade food. The best plate is the perogies! Another wonderful dish is the soup in the bread bowl. The waffles are also wonderful with the fresh fruit toppings! :)
There are many things to do in...
There are many things to do in Saskatoon (believe it or not...) One of my favorites is going to Cranberry Flats. It is the beachy area of the River - and the hike to the river leads you through a wonderful nature park of the prairies.
A unique blend of the prairie grasslands, and the beauty of the river and sand.
- Hiking and Walking
Walking, running, biking on...
Walking, running, biking on the Meewasin Trail.
The Meewasin Trail (pr.'mee-wa-sin' means beautiful in Cree)flanks the South Saskatchewan river and offers a lengthy paved pathway to provide you with excericise and beauty. Although open year round, you will get more enjoyment out of using it on a warm summer day or even better, on a hot summer evening. You can get to the trail from many different places. I have included a website which contains a map.
Shakespeare on the...
Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan
Outdoor theatre in tents on the riverbank of the Saskatchewan river. Usually includes one Shakespearian play and an opera in the summer run. The plays are usually done in different eras, making each season very unique. Very popular with locals, and a moderatley expensive way to spend an evening.
Louis Riel Days July
Each July since 1969, CFQC Television, the City of Saskatoon and a business partner have staged Louis Riel Day on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River is Kiwanis Park. This free family day in the park has grown to be a Saskatoon summer tradition which attracts over 25,000 people.
The event is run in the spirit of forefathers, those hardy pioneers that forged their way across the Canadian wilderness. A Riel relay team is comprised of: a four person canoe team, a pack runner, a distance runner, a horseback rider and a hill scrambler. The teams cover a gruelling six kilometre course in and along the South Saskatchewan river
Western Development Museum
The WDM is the best museum in Saskatoon depicting the settlement of Western Canada, in particular the province of Saskatchewan. By walking down 'Main Street' of the fictional Boomtown, you get a real sense of history and an opportunity to see artifacts of days gone by. I love this museum and the gift shop is excellent too (I worked there part-time for over a year).
Bike, blade, walk, crawl, on...
Bike, blade, walk, crawl, on the trails along the river. You can do what ever you want. There are hardcore MTB trails down to slow walking paths. You can even ride on a ferry and watch all the bikes wipe! But don't laugh to hard because that might be me hitting the dirt :)
Visit the Saskatoon Berry Barn...
Visit the Saskatoon Berry Barn for their famous Saskatoon Berry Pie and waffles.
It is an old barn set up along the river where during the summer you can pick Saskatoon Berries, strawberries, walk along the river or just enjoy the scenery while dining on the patio or in the restaurant. In the winter you can enjoy the food and the view. There is also a gift shop where you can purchase various craft items as well as the Berry Barn's famous Saskatoon Berry syrups and jams.
A Good Intro to the City
Boat tours up & down the river are given three times daily. This goes along the shores of the downtown area, Varsity View, Nutana. Don't forget your camera.
- Family Travel
At the University in Saskatoon you can see some great architecture. They also have a beautiful campus. If you have the time, stop in at the agriculture building and the sciences (?) building.