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I’ve been to Saskatoon several times before. I have family in Saskatoon, and I try to go there once a year. That said I never felt like I’ve gotten to see Saskatoon. When I go to visit my family, I’m not looking to do much, aside from visit and maybe eat a little too much. For this trip, I wanted to see a bit more of Saskatoon than my aunt and uncle’s kitchen.
As it turns out that’s a little difficult to do when we went in March, at least when it’s -30C. I’m used to -30C spring weather, but it certainly doesn’t make the idea of, “gee I’ll just go out for a nice stroll” easy. Hardcore winter enthusiasts would probably tell me to bundle up and get out there, but I was sick of winter. While I was hoping for better weather than what we had, we were content to visit some indoor attractions and take it easy.
What We Did
The one day when it was cold, we went to the Western Development Museum. It’s an indoor museum showcasing the heritage of Saskatchewan, from early pioneer days up to today. The 1910 Boomtown Street, where you can go inside different replica buildings like a harness shop, fire hall, church, etc. The Western Development Museum has other branches across Saskatchewan, but I believe the one in Saskatoon is the biggest. For family’s and kids, this would be a great museum to go to, but even as full-grown adults my friend and I still had fun (and we probably learned a little bit too).
Western Development Museum is at 2610 Lorne Avenue. Admission is $10, and they are open 9 am to 5 pm most days.
We took a drive by the University of Saskatchewan campus, and along the river valley. Their University campus is lovely, with great views of the river. The river valley area is quite pretty with walking and biking trails. There was still a lot of snow around, but I’d love to come back in the summer and spend more time here.
We also went to a Saskatoon Blades hockey game. My friend is a fan of our local Western Hockey League (WHL) team The Edmonton Oil Kings, and when I saw they were playing the Saskatoon Blades while we were in Saskatoon, it didn’t take long to convince her that we should go to the game. The game itself was a lot of fun, and the arena itself was much bigger than I expected. Also just to show how nice Saskachacats are (the nickname I made up on our trip for people from Saskatchewan) my friend took a selfie with her standing next to the Blades mascot (Poke Check) despite wearing the opposing team jersey. No taunting or anything at the game. It was a friendly match, and a fun night out.
The Saskatoon Blades play at SaskTel Centre located at 3515 Thatcher Avenue. WHL season runs from the end of September and into March for the regular season. Playoff season goes until the end of May.
Where We Ate
I wanted to have lunch at EE Burritos, a Latin American restaurant I’d heard about on the Food Network Canada show You Gotta Eat Here. It’s a hole-in-the-wall kind of joint in a strip-mall. The food was delicious. Three different types of pupusas, plus rice and beans for $15 (and I wasn’t even able to eat everything).
EE Burritos is at 102 Avenue P South.
Usually, I avoid arena food because it’s never great, but at The Blades game I splurged and got some gourmet mini donuts. The maple bacon mini donuts we mini donuts with bacon, maple syrup, and whip cream. Like a pancake breakfast with extra sugar. It was sweet but yummy.
Only a couple of blocks down from where we stayed was a restaurant called Alexander’s Restaurant and Bar and had a pretty good pulled pork sandwich. The restaurant seems to be a University hangout, and I later found out from my family (who lives in Saskatoon) they’re well-known for their cheesecake. Next time I’ll skip lunch and just go for dessert.
Alexander’s Restaurant and Bar is at 414 Cumberland Avenue North.
Road Trip Verdict
It was fun to get away for a few days and to see some new things. Saskatoon is a charming city, and pretty easy to get around. I’m definitely hoping to get to Saskatoon again, maybe to check out one of their festivals in the summer.
Things You Should Know
My friend and I stayed at The Inn on College. It’s located at 1020 College Drive, close to the University of Saskatchewan. Our room had two twin beds and a small TV. There was a shared bathroom, kitchen and living space. Saskatoon doesn’t have a lot of budget accommodation options, and this was perfect for us.
The tickets to The Blades hockey game were provided by Tourism Saskatoon. My friend and I paid for all other expenses during this trip. All of the opinions within this post are my own.
Have you been to Saskatoon? Would you go on a winter road trip?