Photo Credit: Tourism Saskatchewan/Douglas E. Walker
The heart of central Saskatchewan
Located on a bend of the South Saskatchewan River, Saskatoon is on the site of what has been a human crossroads for at least six thousand years.
Visit Wanuskewin Heritage Park, a few kilometres northeast of the city, to view the remains of Aboriginal bison kill sites, teepee rings, and a medicine wheel.
You can even spend the night in a traditional teepee and learn the ways of the bison hunters of times past.
To experience more recent history, go to the Saskatoon location of the Western Canada Development Museum and take a stroll down Boomtown Street, a representation of a typical town street in 1910, when Saskatchewan was in a rapid growth phase.
While at the museum, browse a large exhibit that follows a family’s one-hundred-year history of farming in the province.
Those who love politics will be drawn to the Diefenbaker Canada Centre at the University of Saskatchewan, which functions as an archives, museum, and research centre with a strong focus on Canada’s thirteenth prime minister, John Diefenbaker.
The university also has notable museums of antiquities and natural sciences.
Train enthusiasts will enjoy the Saskatchewan Railway Museum, located just west of the city.
The museum, open from May to September, holds a large collection of rolling stock and various buildings.
To get a sense of how waves of Ukrainian immigrants settled and influenced Western Canada, go to the Ukrainian Museum of Canada — it has one of the largest collections of ethnic textiles in North America.