Still the Paris of the Prairies: A brief guide to Saskatoon

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Saskatchewan is the Land of the Living Skies, and Saskatoon has that and so much more to offer. This city is filled with beautiful sightseeing ventures, with downtown at the heart of the city and plenty to do on both the east and west sides.

Harsh winters are forgotten in the summers with the beautiful parks here, including Kinsmen Park and Diefenbaker Park. With open areas of green fields and sandy beaches, you’ll be wishing for never-ending summers where all worries are forgotten.

For similarly peaceful outings, the Berry Barn, located about 20 km outside of the city, offers a real country feel, with all sorts of home-style cuisine full of fruits of all kinds. Heading in from the outskirts of town, there is still much to do in the city proper.

Take a walk down Broadway Avenue, and explore the surrounding area — the Broadway District includes a diverse set of shops run by local business owners, including the Broadway Café where you can enjoy one of the best milkshakes in town. Our city’s artistic talents are showcased throughout the area, with acts performed in front of live audiences at the Broadway Theatre, a venue that hosts new plays, live performers and frequently changing movies.

The Broadway Bridge will take you across the South Saskatchewan River, which connects the city as a whole. Passing under the bridge, you might see the Prairie Lily riverboat cruise, which begins its journey by heading southwest along the river, exploring Saskatoon during the summer and highlighting the beautiful Meewasin Valley for its passengers.

Passengers on the Prairie Lily at sunset.

Saskatoon is also known for its extensive festival season, with something new going on almost every week during the warmer months. As busy as the Broadway area sounds, it is also home to the annual Broadway Street Fair — happening on Sept. 8 this year — which seeks to interact with the many communities present here. This event features intermixing stalls and live performances with food trucks everywhere, providing city folks with the chance to enjoy the feel of our city’s culture.

If exploring diverse cultures is right up your alley, you do not want to miss the annual Folkfest, which offers a more international feel of Saskatoon. This year, 23 pavilions were scattered around the city, allowing people to go out and have a chance to explore the diversity of the people intermingling in our city through dance, food and various other forms of entertainment.

As summer ends, the festivals continue through fall and winter. The BHP Billiton Enchanted Forest features a walk through a forest that lights up the world around you with fantastic, custom Christmas-light exhibits, with guests leaving each year in absolute awe.

On Nov. 30, the Sundog Arts and Entertainment Faire begins its three-day craft showcase with displays of all sorts of art and music — fo- cusing on the creative work that goes into each piece.

Speaking of fine art, Saskatoon has no lack master-pieces, with many pieces available to witness at the Remai Modern gallery located beside the stunning River Landing. The Remai Modern continually exhibits local and international artists.

Museums such as the Remai are spread all over town, including the Western Development Museum, which takes you back into an inter- active version of the history of our city and province. More local history is shown through gathered artifacts from the city itself at the Saskatchewan Railway Museum.

Despite what some might say, there are hundreds of ways you can enjoy your time in Saskatoon. There is not a single day of boredom in this busy city — as long as you keep your mind open to the vast possibilities for a new adventure every day.

Tasnim Jaisee

Photo: Riley Deacon / Photo Editor