Photo courtesy of Tourism Saskatoon & Concepts Photography
In beautiful Saskatoon, the history of the city’s people is everywhere. At these four spots, learn about the First Nations, railroad workers, pioneers and Ukrainian immigrants behind the city.
Check into this chateau-style former railway hotel built on the riverbank in the early 1930s. Admire its historic stonework and Gothic arches from the gardens or enjoy a cocktail at Stovin’s Lounge (named for the hotel’s very first guest).
For a rustic experience, head 20 minutes north to Wanuskewin Heritage Park, a 360-acre National Historic Site where Northern Plains tribes have gathered for more than 6,000 years. Here you can take a guided medicine walk along scenic trails to learn how herbs like sweet grass and sage are used as natural remedies, take in the views from the world’s most northerly medicine wheel and stay the night in a traditional teepee.
The kids will love the Western Development Museum, an indoor replica of what a 1910 boomtown looked like. Check out the Pion-Era festival (July 9 and 10), with family-friendly activities like wagon rides, a petting zoo and a vintage fashion show.
Another important part of Saskatoon’s history is the immigration of Ukrainians to the city 125 years ago. At the Ukrainian Museum of Canada, discover cultural and historical artifacts like ornate pysanka (painted eggs), colourful textiles and personal journals.
Getting there: WestJet flies to Saskatoon 12 times a day from five Canadian cities.
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