Saskatoon isn’t called the ‘Paris of the Prairies’ for no reason. The small city is a shining cultural light in what is otherwise a pretty drab regional landscape. Saskatoon has earned its brownie points on two levels. Not only is this city remarkably beautiful – aided no doubt by the presence of the Saskatchewan River – but it has a great deal of cultural sophistication.
Things to see in Saskatoon
Interested in seeing where the great minds of Saskatoon are nurtured? Head to the University of Saskatchewan, which is located in the city. The university is known for its expertise in agricultural research and has acres of land to prove it.
Located in the charming downtown area of Saskatoon, the Midtown Plaza is the only place in the city where you can find all your favorite name brands. From Michael Hill to Sony, the largest mall in Saskatchewan will not disappoint.
Griffiths Stadium is where all of Saskatoon’s major scrimmages take place. Built in 1967, the stadium has become somewhat of an institution in the city and is a great place to be on game day.
Hotels in Saskatoon
Saskatoon is well versed in the language of accommodation, offering a variety of options for all types of travelers. Much of the accommodation is pretty homely, with converted inns, bed-and-breakfasts, and large campgrounds the norm.
However, there is definitely a healthy quota of upmarket, luxury establishments. These venues are mostly found in the downtown area of the city where modern amenities are more prolific.
Where to stay in Saskatoon
Most of the city’s accommodation is located on the west side of the river. Downtown, in particular, is home to a smorgasbord of options, ranging from floral-clad bed-and-breakfasts to marble-topped hotels with heated pools.
For accommodation with character, head to Caswell Hill. Located just outside of the city center, this area was forged during war time and has the architecture to show for it. Many of the inns here were once war-time dwellings and still have their original finishings.
How to get to Saskatoon
Both international and domestic guests will find John G. Diefenbaker Airport to be their first experience of the city. The airport is the region’s main gateway and sees traffic from all over the world.
A train service called the Canadian makes a cross-country journey from Vancouver to Toronto and stops at Saskatoon along the way.
The Saskatchewan Transportation Company offers many trans-regional bus services, which are a faster alternative to the train. Be warned: the prairies go on forever so it’s a long cross-country drive.