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Stroll a Boomtown street, take a day trip to Redberry Lake or Cranberry Flats, cross-country ski along riverbank city trails.
It’s another perfect Saskatoon day: all around is blue sky and warm sun—the city averages over 2,300 hours of sunshine annually. As you cycle along the Meewasin Valley Trail, the landmark “Bess” comes into view; the hotel is just as grand as it was in its 1930s heyday. At Kiwanis Memorial Park, people are picnicking around the bandshell; you wave, and they smile back. Take a detour and you’re in the center of the city. Keep going to the Mendel Riverbank and Island Sanctuary, where you can spot once-endangered American white pelicans, one of the largest birds on the continent.
Saskatoon is rich with culture. Catch a musical and stories about Saskatoon’s boom-and-bust past in the Broadway District. See an exhibit of contemporary and historical fine art at the Mendel Gallery. View artifacts of the North Plains People going back 6,000 years, including ancient campsites, tipi rings and a medicine wheel at renowned Wanuskewin Heritage Park. Stay overnight at the park in a tipi. Gather around the campfire to hear First Nations tales of battles and bison, enjoying a bedtime snack of bannock and muskeg tea.