What to write about Saskatoon ? Well it is my hometown although I have spent more time away than I have here. It is a medium sized city on the Canadian Prairies. We have a population of over 300,000 people now although when I was growing up here I remember the population hitting the 60,000 mark.
My lead paragraph does not make my city sound very exciting however in reality it is a very vibrant and exciting place to be. There is always something going on here. We have one festival after another particularly in the summer time although there are many things to do in the winter months also.
We just finished a week long jazz festival and a festival called Taste of Saskatchewan in which approximately 35 different restaurants offered tastes of their dining fare for a few dollars each. The summer festivals often take place in parks along the South Saskatchewan River which is what really makes Saskatoon a beautiful city.
Coming up in August are the annual Exhibition and the Fringe Festival and a 3 day festival known as Folkfest in which we have a chance to visit pavilions set up by various members of our multicultural society and we can travel around to various locations in the city armed with our Folkfest Passports and sample foods and customs from many different parts of the world without having to leave the city.
We are home to a world famous art gallery highlighted by the name of Remai Modern. It has been featured in articles in the New York Times which incidentally named Saskatoon last year as one of the 52 best places in the world to visit.
Our riverbank is mostly public parks connected by paved trails suitable for hiking, biking, skating or any other means of personal conveyance. The riverbank network of parks and trails is well managed by a conservation and planning agency known as The Meewasin Valley Authority.
We have a world class higher education facility in the name of the University of Saskatchewan which is one of Canada’s top research universities. We proudly host Canada’s only synchrotron which is used by scientists from around the world. There are many corporate/government research facilities along Research Drive and Innovation Place. The buildings on campus are made of beautiful greystone and together make the U of S one of the most beautiful campuses anywhere.
People in Saskatoon are very active and we enjoy many outdoor activities. The river provides opportunity for canoeing, kayaking and other boating activities including being on the dragon boat racing circuit. We have many facilities for tennis, lawn bowling, pickle ball as well as baseball diamonds throughout the city. You can find people playing football, rugby, cricket, volleyball and of course in the winter we love curling, skating and ice hockey as well as tubing, tobogganing and skiing.
We have grown from a dusty settlement a little over 100 years ago into a thriving metropolis today. We are the largest city in the province of Saskatchewan. Our base industry has always been agriculture being in the heart of Canada’s breadbasket but the city has greatly diversified with the exploration of natural resources such as potash, oil, diamonds and uranium as well as a growing technology sector.
I would urge anyone to add Saskatoon to their bucket list as they travel and explore the great nation of Canada.