Province/Territory: Saskatchewan

River trails and city comforts

  • 2000 year old Buffalo jump
  • 400 acres of riverbank trails and parks
  • 25 annual festivals from Shakespeare to NASCAR

Saskatoon is more than just Saskatchewan’s biggest city, it’s also big on culture, festivals and living large on the river that runs through it. The mighty South Saskatchewan River winds its way through the city creating opportunities for an endless array of watersports. Go swimming or paddle canoes under the seven bridges that span it. Pull up a lawn chair at epic summer events including the popular WakeRide Festival showcasing extreme sports, wakeboard competitions, and concerts. Strolling, running, biking or cross country skiing the paths makes it a year round hub of fresh air experiences. Away from the river find a city proud of its cultural communities. Plan an entire day at Wanuskewin Heritage Park to experience life as the Native Americans did long ago. Cook bannock on an open fire, learn how arrow heads were made and how a buffalo jump is created, then enjoy the evening around the campfire before retiring to your tipi for the night. Spend a day learning about life on the prairie through the history of automobiles at the Western Development Museum or cheer on a thoroughbred at the local race track. Cover your ears as race cars speed around the NASCAR track. Sit back and listen to the best of the home-grown musicians while you wet your whistle at some funky brew pubs offering home crafted beer and locally distilled vodka, gin and liqueurs. Saskatoon may be named after a sweet little berry but offers one heck of a punchy destination.

Arts & Culture

  • Visit the national historic sites of the Northwest Resistance, where battles raged between Louis Riel’s followers and the Canadian militia.
  • The Ukrainian Museum of Canada highlights magnificent displays of textiles, handcrafts, including brilliantly colored Easter eggs and inlaid woodwork.
  • Check out the priceless collection of antique automobiles and tractors at the Western Development Museum.

Urban adventures

  • Spend the day exploring the historic lifestyles of the First Nations Peoples then to complete the experience sleep in a tipi at Wanuskewin Heritage Park.
  • Rent a canoe and go for a float through the city or follow the river on the adjacent trails in Meewasin Valley Centre.

Events & Festivals

  • To be or not to be. Shakespeare in outer space? Why not? Check out this year's rendition of the classics.
  • Cheer on your favourite NASCAR driver at the annual July event.
  • Laugh and cry but mostly laugh at the PotashCorp Fringe Theatre Festival every August.
  • Watch the best professional wakeboarders ripe up the waves during WakeRide in July.

Food & Drink

  • Since the city is named after the famous prairie berry, head to the Barry Barn to enjoy all things Saskatoon berry-licious.
  • Authentic pub grub and over 60 brews on tap at Winston’s Pub in the century old Hotel Senator.

Weather

  • Saskatoon receives on average 2381 hours of annual sunshine. Combine that with long summer days it’s the perfect place for a summer vacation.
  • Summer weather is warm and sometimes hot from late-June until late-September. Expect average daily July temperatures of 24°C with seasonal highs of 35°C. A light sweater is a good idea for the evenings dipping to 12°C in the summer with less than 6 centimetres of rain per month.
  • Winters are chilly so bring warm clothes for protection and don’t forget the sunglasses for that brilliant neverending sunshine. Snow usually arrives by mid-November and disappears in March or April. On average, about 100 centimetres of snow falls each winter. The average winter daytime temperature is -10°C and winter nights can be cold with lows of -21°C.
  • Spring and fall tend to be shorter seasons on the Prairies, usually lasting no more than six weeks each. Temperatures vary greatly and change quickly. Generally, spring daytime temperatures hover around 15°C. Fall temperatures are around 18°C but cool in the evening dipping in October to freezing.
  • Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada's Canadian Climate Website.
Quick facts

Area: 171 square kilometres
Total Population: 260,600
Named after the Cree word “saskwaton” for the sweet, purple low bush berries that grow throughout the province
Official Languages: English & French (English predominant)

When to go
  • Arrive in late spring to canoe down the South Saskatchewan River and count the ducklings and goslings along the way. Come back in the fall months to see the splendor of autumn colours along the shoreline.
  • Head to a beach or park and enjoy the long hot summer days during July and August.
  • Any time of the year, join in on a festival or event celebrating the seasons, the culture, music and professional sports.
Getting Here
Getting around
  • Find general information about getting around Saskatoon.
  • Saskatoon has three cab companies to serve your needs and the Saskatoon Public transit system.