There are so many things to experience in this diverse city; it will be necessary to plan ahead to ensure you’ll get to everything you MUST see.
Traffic is busy in the city and parking is very expensive. So if you have a car with you, leave it at your hotel when exploring the city and use it for trips to outlying attractions. The Saskatoon Transit System (TTC) is easy to use and quite inexpensive. Taxis are also readily available.
There are a lot of things to see and do in Saskatoon, and here are some places you should look into:
Art Placement Inc
Established in 1978, this gallery’s primary emphasis is on senior and mid-career Saskatchewan artists. Art Placement presents a year-round exhibition schedule, alternating solo and group exhibitions.
Darrell Bell Gallery
Come to the Darrell Bell Gallery if you have an interest in professional Saskatchewan artists and contemporary Canadian art.
Delta Bessborough Hotel
One of the city’s most distinguished landmarks is the elegant Delta Bessborough Hotel. You’ll hear local Saskatonians calling it The Bessborough, or, more colloquially, “The Bess” (phonetically, “the Bez”.) The hotel was built in the 1930s during the Great Depression and was designed to resemble a Bavarian castle.
Diefenbaker Canada Centre
If you’re interested in Canada’s history, go to the Diefenbaker Canada Centre, located on the University of Saskatchewan campus. This center explores the history of Canada’s people, where you’ll gain a broad perspective by browsing through the collections and listening to the interpretive tour.
If you enjoy equestrian sports, you’ll want to make a stop at Ebon Stables. This is an impressive year round equestrian facility with four show rings, portable fencing to change ring sizes, concession stand, covered picnic area, and seating for 200 people.
Gordon Snelgrove Gallery & Kenderline Art Gallery
Go to the University of Saskatchewan Murray Building to see senior student art work at the Gordon Snelgrove Gallery and the Kenderline Art Gallery.
If you’d like to see the oldest building in Saskatoon, drive or walk by the Marr Residence at 326 11th Street East. This simple two story frame house earned a special place in the history of Canada when in 1885, it was used as a military hospital during the North-West Rebellion.
The Meewasin Valley authority was formed to develop and protect the South Saskatchewan River Valley and preserve elements of nature, heritage and culture in the valley.
Mendel Art Gallery
The Mendel Art Gallery’s mission statement is charged with collecting, exhibiting, and maintaining works of art for the development of public understanding and appreciation of art.
This outstanding gallery features painted works by regionally and nationally acclaimed artists in a variety of media including oil, acrylic, watercolor, colored pencil, felted wool and hand-pulled prints.
Pike Lake Provincial Park
Pike Lake is a fun getaway oasis that has something for everyone; you can enjoy the leisure pool and waterslide complex, tennis and volleyball courts, playground, and horseshoe pits.
Saskatchewan Railway Museum
For rail enthusiasts, the Saskatchewan Railway Museum in Saskatoon features six acres of displays include restored railway buildings, railway engine, and streetcars. You’ll also see locomotives, passenger cars, and cabooses, many of them from the Canadian National, Canadian Northern and Canadian Pacific Railroad.
Forestry Farm Park and Saskatoon Zoo
Any day is a great day at the zoo. And when you visit the Forestry Farm Park and Saskatoon Zoo, you’ll see over 350 animals native to North America in their natural habitat! Deer, wolf, bison and fox are on display.
Ukrainian Museum of Canada
When you visit this museum, you’ll see the best of Canadian Ukrainian culture displayed. The museum features exhibits, tours, workshops and a unique boutique. Guided tours are available for large groups.
One of the city’s major landmarks, the steel Victoria Bridge, was opened in 1907 as the city’s first traffic bridge that crosses the South Saskatchewan River and connects the three communities that became present day Saskatoon. Due to age and corrosion, the bridge the bridge has been condemned.
Victoria School House
The “Little Stone School House” or Victoria School House was originally built in 1888. The building consists of one large classroom, was heated by a pot-bellied iron stove and had an ante-room for clothes and equipment.
Wanuskewin Heritage Park
Wanuskewin is a national historic Park situated along the South Saskatchewan River. It is a living, sacred cultural site which honors native people who lived here 6000 years ago
Western Development Museum
Did you know, that according to a national survey by the Council for Business and the Arts in Canada, the Western Development Museum maintains more exhibit area than any other public museum in Canada.