1. Riverside Trails. Nestled in the heart of Saskatoon, Meewasin Valley offers more than 36 acres of beautiful riverfront parks and pathways. Start at River Landing, just steps from downtown. Or explore the paths less travelled along the grassy banks of the South Saskatchewan River. (PHOTO: Tourism Saskatoon)
2. Western Development Museum. Turn back the clock and step into “boomtown” Saskatoon in 1910. Saskatchewan’s largest human history museum allows you to experience life as a pioneer. Walk down Main Street and chat with quilters and blacksmiths, visit the general store, view the extensive collection of farm machinery as well as a “Bennett Buggy” used in the Great Depression.
3. Live Music. From Joni Mitchell to The Sheepdogs, Saskatoon has a rich musical history spanning a variety of genres. Catch the latest indie acts at The Capitol, Amigos and Vangelis. You can also get your blues fix at Buds on Broadway or chill out to some jazz at The Basement. (PHOTO: Tourism Saskatoon/Concepts Photography & Design)
4. Foodie Fantasy. Saskatoon is quickly becoming paradise for the palate. Chow down on comfort food while enjoying the beautiful Ayden Kitchen & Bar, established by Top Chef Canada winner, Dale MacKay. Sample local ingredients on the always-changing menu at Prairie Harvest Café. Try something new on the vegetarian-focused menu at Nosh or browse the extensive list of options at www.tourismsaskatoon.com/things-to-do/restaurants
5. Feel the Rush! Saskatoon is home to the defending National Lacrosse League champions and some of the most passionate fans in the league. Crowds of 10,000-plus flock to SaskTel Centre to see the fastest game on two feet. The Saskatchewan Rush hosts the Calgary Roughnecks on Saturday, April 2. Visit www.saskrush.com for tickets. (PHOTO: saskrush.com)
6. Wanuskewin Heritage Park. Discover Northern Plains First Nations life while hiking trails coursing through rare prairie grasslands. Visit ongoing archaeological digs exposing everyday life some 6,000 years ago. See the bison jump, where indigenous peoples once stampeded buffalo over a cliff’s edge for the essential food and materials they provided.
7. Trendy Riversdale. Riversdale might be one of the city’s oldest neighbourhoods, but its character has helped shape its ongoing transformation into a particularly trendy ’hood. Old meets new as you stroll the streets, where you might encounter the restored Depression-era Magic Lantern Roxy Theatre before eating modern Asian fusion or French patisserie fare. (PHOTO: Tourism Saskatoon/Concepts Photography & Design)
8. Farmers’ Market. Speaking of Riversdale, check out the year-round farmers’ market which offers locally grown fresh-farm delights, from honey to fruit and veggies, plus artisanal cheeses. The market also features super lunch spots for any taste.
9. Broadway District. Follow the Broadway Bridge from downtown and you’ll discover cozy cafés, quirky shops, good eats and live performances aplenty. When the Broadway Theatre isn’t hosting musicians, artists and comedians, it’s presenting some of the best art-house films from around the world.
10. Ukrainian Museum of Canada. Saskatoon’s history has been shaped by many different influences, and the Ukranian Museum of Canada sheds a special light on this influential group. Learn about Ukrainian immigration to Canada through photographs, documents, books and exquisitely embroidered textiles from different regions of Ukraine.
(Original list by Katharine Fletcher, Canadian Tourism Commission. Original text has been modified.)