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10 cultural experiences you need to catch in Saskatoon

24 February 2016
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If you’re interested in visiting a happening city, look no further than Saskatoon. Join outdoorsy Saskatonians paddling the South Saskatchewan River or picnicking alongside it on verdant Meewasin Valley parklands. Or, take in some of this energetic boomtown’s outstanding cultural activities and events.

1. Prairie Lily Riverboat Tours
Hop on this double-decked riverboat and cruise the South Saskatchewan River, winding your way through the heart of Saskatoon. Named for Saskatchewan’s provincial flower, the Prairie Lily provides passengers with a completely different perspective of the city. Listen to the captain spin tales about the town and its residents while enjoying a Sunday brunch or dinner cruise.

2. Western Development Museum
Turn back the clock and step into “boomtown” Saskatoon in 1910. Saskatchewan’s largest human history museum allows you to experience life as a Pioneer. Walk down Main Street and chat with quilters and blacksmiths, visit the general store, view the extensive collection of farm machinery, and see a “Bennett Buggy” used in the Great Depression.

3. Wanuskewin Heritage Park
Discover Northern Plains First Nations life while hiking trails coursing through rare prairie grasslands. Visit ongoing archaeological digs exposing everyday life some 6,000 years ago. See the bison jump, where indigenous peoples once stampeded buffalo over a cliff’s edge for the essential food and materials they provided. Enjoy bannock and herbal tea while listening to traditional stories and drumming before spending the night in a tipi.

4. Ukrainian Museum of Canada
Sasktoon’s history has been shaped by many different influences, and the Ukranian Museum of Canada sheds a special light on this influential group. Enjoy the permanent exhibition of renowned artist William Kurelek, whose work depicts Ukrainian settlers’ lives in Saskatchewan. Learn about Ukrainian immigration to Canada through photographs, documents, books and exquisitely embroidered textiles from different regions of Ukraine.

5. Trendy Riversdale
Riversdale might be one of the city’s oldest neighbourhoods, but its character has helped shape its ongoing transformation into a particularly trendy ’hood. Old meets new as you stroll the streets, where you might encounter the restored Depression-era Magic Lantern Roxy Theatre before eating modern Asian fusion at Odd Couple.

6. Paddle the Saskatchewan
Take to the water and canoe or kayak the South Saskatchewan River with a naturalist/historian guide from CanoeSki. Learn about First Nations, explorers and settlers as well as the riverine ecology. Bring binoculars and keep an eye out for wildlife, from belted kingfishers to deer.

7. Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan (July 6-Aug 21, 2016)
2016 marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Why not celebrate the bard’s legacy by watching a play during this annual festival, held in a tent overlooking the South Saskatchewan River?

8. Farmer’s Market
Saskatoon’s original farmers’ market offers locally grown fresh-farm delights, from honey to fruit and veggies, plus artisanal cheeses. A super lunch spot for any taste.

9. Foodie Fantasy
Who knew the ’toon boasts so many fabulous restaurants? Sample local ingredients on the always-changing menu at Prairie Harvest Café. Try something new on the vegetarian-focused menu at Nosh. Sip on one of Calories’ premium cocktails while enjoying an Ocean Wise Shrimp Po’Boy or Vegetables Terrine. Chow down on comfort food while taking in the beautiful Ayden Kitchen & Bar. Or, try them all.

10. Craft breweries
Sipping a cool artisanal beer on a hot summer’s day might as well be a great Canadian pastime. Visit craft brewers 9 Mile Legacy to sample a variety of beers or take to Congress Beer House to see what’s on their 32 taps.

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