Saskatoon, located in the province of Saskatchewan, does not generally fall on any “must-see” list for visitors to Canada, but it should. There are two things, if nothing else, you need to bring with you to Saskatoon. You need a warm smile, and a sense of humor, because this is one of the friendliest and most relaxed corners of the world.
Here are a few more fun facts about this prairie town: Its name is an Anglicized spelling of a Cree word that means ‘place of many berries’. Saskatoon only sees 353mm of rain per year, and an average 2,268 hours of sunshine, the most in Canada. In contrast, Saskatoon sees some of the coldest winters (at times dipping below -45 degrees Celsius) and some of the hottest summers (going well above 40 degrees!)And Saskatoon has a relatively small population, somewhere in the neighborhood of 250,000.
So what does one do in these extreme weather months, one might ask! As always, we’ve got you covered, here’s a great list of 25 things to do in Saskatoon.
1. Shop at the Saskatoon Farmer’s Market
If you spend any time on the prairies, the breadbasket of the world, a visit to a farmer’s market is a must. The Saskatoon Farmer’s market is the oldest farmer’s market and the largest in the province. Multi-generational farm families have been carting in their produce for decades for the masses to enjoy. The market community has grown well beyond farmer’s to include artisans, crafters and specialty food makers. If you’re in town on a Wednesday, Saturday or Sunday during the summer months, head down to River Landing and enjoy a fabulous lunch and wander through the market alongside the beautiful Saskatchewan River.