Introduction
Arts and Culture
Exercise and Fitness
For the Kids
Museums and History
On the Way
Outdoor Activities
Rest and Relaxation
Shopping in Saskatoon
Tours

Introduction

Summer is a great time to visit Saskatchewan. Looking for something to do while you’re here? Here are a few examples of the fun that is available to be had. For more ideas on what you can see and do during your visit, see Tourism Saskatoon and Tourism Saskatchewan.

Arts and Culture

Mendel Art Gallery & Civic Conservatory

Location: Saskatoon - 950 Spadina Crescent East, across from Kinsmen Park

The Mendel Art Gallery is a public gallery that features contemporary and historical art exhibits. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. Sundays feature free exhibition tours at 1 pm, and "Something on Sundays", free art-making activities for families that are led by gallery artists from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm (supplies are included).

More information: http://www.mendel.ca
Something on Sundays: http://www.mendel.ca/families/something-on-sundays

Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Festival

Location: Saskatoon – the river bank, Spadina Crescent, across from Kinsmen Park

Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan has been a summer time event in Saskatoon for almost 30 years. Every year the company features, on its main stage, contemporary and traditional productions of two plays by Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Additional activities include Medieval Feasts, Sunday tea, workshops, tours, art displays, special matinees and the Community Stage - Saskatoon’s only summer-long free performance venue for emerging local artists, community groups and individuals.

More information: www.shakespeareonthesaskatchewan.com

University of Saskatchewan Museums & Galleries

Location: Saskatoon – University of Saskatchewan campus

The university is home to several museums and art galleries that are open to the public at no charge. The University also has an astronomical observatory that is open to the public between 10:00 pm and 11:30 pm in July.

Museums Website: http://www.usask.ca/activities/museums.php
Observatory information: http://physics.usask.ca/observatory/observatory.pdf

Exercise and Fitness

The Fit Centre

Location: Saskatoon – University of Saskatchewan campus, 87 Campus Drive

The University of Saskatchewan Fit Centre offers a variety of exercise equipment, a 40 foot climbing wall, a four lane track for walking or jogging, and a junior olympic dimension pool. Daily drop in passes and family swim passes are available.

More information: http://kinesiology.usask.ca/community-programs/fit-centre/

Meewasin Trail

Location: Saskatoon - along the river bank

The Meewasin Trail runs along the South Saskatchewan River, and is popular with locals for walking, running, and biking. Over 60 km of trail is maintained by the Meewasin Valley Authority, a conservation organization dedicated to conserving the natural and cultural heritage resources of the South Saskatchewan River Valley.

More information: http://www.meewasin.com/facilities/trail/

YWCA Fitness on 25th

Location: Saskatoon – 510 25th St. East.

Fitness on 25th is a co-ed fitness facility that includes fitness equipment, fitness classes, and a pool. According to the website, the YMCA has the warmest pool in the city! Drop-in rates are available.

More information: http://www.fitnesson25th.com/

For the Kids

Crickle Creek Fun Zone

Location: Valley Road

Crickle Creek is a 30 minute drive from the University, south on Valley Road. With miniature golf, an 18-hole Par 3 golf course, and inflatable bouncers, they call Crickle Creek a Fun Zone for a reason! Crickle Creek is open daily, weather permitting.

Website: http://www.cricklecreek.com/

Fuddruckers Fun Centre

Location: Saskatoon – 2910 8th Street East

Fuddruckers Fun Centre has something for everyone, including arcade/amusement games at Ruckers; 18 hole mini-golf at Putt n' Bounce; the Grand Slam batting cages; and the Rock, a 24 foot climbing wall.

More information: http://www.fudds.ca/index.htm

Kinsmen Park

Location: Saskatoon – Spadina Crescent near the University bridge.

Kinsmen Park, located near the University Bridge on the West side of the river, caters to the young and the young at heart. In addition to open space for games and picnicking, the park features a play village paddling pool.

More information: Kinsmen Park

Mendel Art Gallery & Civic Conservatory

Location: Saskatoon - 950 Spadina Crescent East, across from Kinsmen Park

The Mendel Art Gallery is a public gallery that features contemporary and historical art exhibits. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. Sundays feature free exhibition tours at 1 pm, and "Something on Sundays", free art-making activities for families that are led by gallery artists from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm (supplies are included).

More information: http://www.mendel.ca
Something on Sundays http://www.mendel.ca/families/something-on-sundays

Saskatoon Forestry Farm and Zoo

Location: Saskatoon - 1903 Forestry Farm Park Drive (Off Attridge Drive)

Zoo exhibits are primarily focused on wildlife that is native to Saskatchewan, but there is the odd exotic animal brought in on a temporary basis. The park features a butterfly house, garden spaces, a playground, Saskatoon's only Cricket pitch, and a fishing pond.  Individuals taking advantage of the fishing pond must supply their own fishing equipment, and daily fishing permits must be purchased from the front gate. Catch and release is encouraged and there is a two fish per-person, per-day limit.

More information: Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park and Zoo

University of Saskatchewan Summer Camps

Location: Saskatoon – University of Saskatchewan campus

The University of Saskatchewan offers week-long day camps throughout the summer. Interest areas include sports, drama, science, art, agriculture, history, ecology and music. See the kids’ camp website for details.

More information: http://kidscamps.usask.ca/

Museums and History

Western Development Museum (WDM)

Locations: Saskatoon; Moose Jaw – approximately a 2 hour drive; North Battleford – approximately a 2 hour drive; Yorkton - approximately a 3.5 hour drive

The Western Development Museum features Saskatchewan’s collective heritage at four sites spread across the province. Each site features various temporary exhibits, while their permanent exhibits all have a slightly different focus.

Saskatoon features 1910 Boomtown, a representation of a typical Saskatchewan town during that time period. Moose Jaw features the history of transportation on the prairies, as well as the Snowbirds Gallery where you can learn about Canada's premier aerobatic team, the 431 Squadron Snowbirds. In North Battleford you can learn about farm and village life in the early 1900’s at the Heritage Farm & Village. Yorkton features “the Story of People”, telling the stories of immigrants from more than fifty cultural backgrounds who left their homes to settle in Western Canada.

With a combination of outdoor exhibits and 25,000 square metres (270,000 square feet) of enclosed space, the WDM maintains more exhibit area than any other public museum in Canada!

More information: http://www.wdm.ca/

Wanuskewin Heritage Park - National Historic Site

Location: 5 km north of Saskatoon

Wanuskewin Heritage Park is home to 360 acres of scenic trails, interpretive sites, and archaeological digs at sites that are 5000 to 6000 years old. You can learn about First Nations peoples history by participating in a variety of programs (including children's programming), watch traditional dance presentations, or simple enjoy the prairie landscape as you walk along the trails.

More information: http://www.wanuskewin.com/

Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Heritage Centre

Location: Regina - approximately a 3 hour drive

The RCMP Heritage Centre tells the 140 year history of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police – an iconic Canadian institution. The museum is located at the RCMP training academy, Depot Division, and features a variety of exhibits, programming, and tours. The Heritage Centre building was designed by world-renowned architect Arthur Erickson.

More information:  http://www.rcmpheritagecentre.com/

The Tunnels of Moose Jaw

Location: Moose Jaw – approximately a 2 hour drive from Saskatoon

The Tunnels of Moose Jaw isn’t your average museum! Two walking tours give you a dramatic glimpse of Moose Jaw’s “underground” past. Passage to Fortune tells the story of Canada’s early Chinese immigrants, while The Chicago Connection reveals Moose Jaw's involvement in bootlegging during the United States' prohibition era.

More information: http://www.tunnelsofmoosejaw.com/

On the Way

Calgary Stampede

Date: Friday, July 5 through Sunday, July 14
Location: Stampede Park, Calgary Alberta map: http://corporate.calgarystampede.com/contact-us/getting-to-stampede-park.html

The Calgary Stampede is more than just a rodeo, it’s “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth”. With concerts, a midway, rodeo competitions and more, there’s something for every member of the family. 2013 marks the 101st year of the Stampede. If your travels take you through Calgary, why not be part of the tradition? Tickets for 2013 go on sale Monday, October 1, 2012.

More information: http://cs.calgarystampede.com/

See the Rockies by Train

There’s nothing quite like traveling through the Rocky Mountains aboard Via Rail’s The Canadian.  The Park car features a 360-degree view in the panoramic section on the upper observation deck, perfect for taking in the view. Passengers may board the train in Vancouver and disembark in Saskatoon, or vice versa.

YouTube video: http://youtu.be/L1UtX2kwcXA

Be sure to compare the amenities that come with different classes of ticket:  http://www.viarail.ca/en/resources/compare-each-class

Via Rail website: http://www.viarail.ca/en/trains/rockies-and-pacific/toronto-vancouver-canadian

Hort Week

Dates: July 6 -12, 2013

If you find yourself in Saskatoon prior to the conference you might want to check out Hort Week, an annual gardening and horticulture workshop series held on the University of Saskatchewan campus.Topics vary from year to year but are often centred around gardening, insects, landscaping and more.

Website: http://ccde.usask.ca/hortweek

Outdoor Activities

Camping

Location: various sites

If you're the outdoorsy type and are thinking of extending your stay, you might consider camping. Saskatchewan is home to 34 provincial parks, 2 national parks, and 100 regional parks.

More information:

Golfing

Location: various sites

Golfing is big in Saskatchewan – maybe it has something to do with all that space! There are seven golf courses in the Saskatoon area, so whether you’re looking for a quick 9 holes at one of the city-run courses or you want to go for a 27 hole Scottish Links style championship golf course, there’s a course here for you.

More information: http://www.tourismsaskatoon.com/playgolfsaskatoon/Courses/

Meewasin Trail

Location: Saskatoon - along the river bank

The Meewasin Trail runs along the South Saskatchewan River, and is popular with locals for walking, running, and biking. Over 60 km of trail is maintained by the Meewasin Valley Authority, a conservation organization dedicated to conserving the natural and cultural heritage resources of the South Saskatchewan River Valley.

More information: http://www.meewasin.com/facilities/trail/

Saskatoon Bicycle Rentals

Location: Saskatoon - the intersection of Avenue A and Sonnenschein Way, just west of the Idyllwild freeway

Saskatoon Bicycle Rentals rents adult and children's bicycles for periods of time ranging from one hour to five days.

More information: http://www.saskatoonbicyclerentals.com

Rest and Relaxation

Temple Gardens Mineral Spa

Location: Moose Jaw – approximately a 2 hour drive

The Temple Garden's Mineral Spa Resort has Canada’s largest therapeutic Geo-Thermal Mineral Water indoor/outdoor rooftop pool. Available spa treatments include body wraps and scrubs, facials, manicures, pedicures, massage and reflexology. Booking your treatment well in advance is recommended. Access to the mineral spa is complementary for hotel guests, while day visitors can purchase admission to the pool. The hotel is located in the heart of downtown Moose Jaw, within walking distance of The Tunnels of Moose Jaw (see Museums and History), restaurants, and shops.

More information: http://www.templegardens.sk.ca/

Shopping in Saskatoon

Downtown Shopping

Location: Spadina Crescent to 1st Avenue.

Map: http://www.downtownsaskatoon.com/pdfs/Partnership-Map.pdf

The Downtown area features independent shops and boutiques, Galaxy Cinema, and the city’s largest shopping mall, Midtown Plaza. There is no shortage of shoe stores. Just saying.

Broadway Shopping

Location: Broadway Ave.

The Broadway area has a laid back vibe, and is home to a variety of shops, restaurants, cafes and bars. With 150 independent merchants, you're bound to find something unique. We recommend stopping by Handmade House, a Saskatchewan-owned and operated artisans' cooperative, to find works of art that are truly representative of Saskatchewan.

More information: http://www.onbroadway.ca/

Malls

If you prefer a mall to stand alone shops, we recommend:

Midtown Plaza
Location: 201 1st Avenue South
Over 130 stores and services.
http://www.midtownplaza.ca/index.php

The Centre Mall
Location: 3510 - 8th Street East
The Centre has over 90 stores and services
http://www.thecentremall.com/

The Mall at Lawson Heights
Location: 134 Primrose Drive
http://www.mallatlawsonheights.com/

Tours

River Cruises

Location: Saskatoon - Spadina Crescent, near the Mendel Art Gallery and Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan.

Shearwater Tours runs daily, one hour river cruises that include commentary about the city and its history. Sunday brunch cruises and Friday evening dinner cruises are also available.

More information: http://www.shearwatertours.com/schedule.html

University of Saskatchewan

Location: Saskatoon – University of Saskatchewan Campus, 101 Diefenbaker Place

The Diefenbaker Centre offers free walking tours of campus that highlight the University's history, achievements, and unique architecture. Tours depart from the flag pole outside the Diefenbaker Canada Centre every Wednesday and Sunday at 1 PM, throughout the summer.

More information: http://www.usask.ca/diefenbaker/campus_tours.php