One of Saskatoon’s oldest neighbourhoods has been steadily reclaiming its pre-Depression-era glory as restaurants, boutiques and art galleries set up shop along its main stretch—20th Street West.
Music-lovers will go nuts over Village Guitar & Amp Co.’s vintage guitars and amplifiers—some dating back to the 1950s—from iconic manufacturers like Fender, Gibson and Marshall. At night, the store turns into a live concert venue hosting a variety of bands on its stage.
Go to The Underground Café, which hosts live music at night. Sip an espresso or lavender latte, or choose from one of 25 types of tea, such as Peachy Peach or Sencha Cherry Rose. If you go for breakfast, order the bacon and pecan or blueberry and toasted coconut waffles.
PAVED Arts is a non-profit community exhibition space for photography, audio, video, electronic and digital arts. Check out Waiting for Bárðarbunga (Sept. 15 to Oct. 21), an audio-video piece comprising hundreds of video sequences with footage of Iceland’s rivers, glaciers and foggy landscapes.
Catch a movie or concert at Roxy Theatre, one of Canada’s last remaining atmospheric movie houses. Built in 1930, its original features include Spanish Colonial balconies and a twinkling, night-sky ceiling above the courtyard-style theatre.
At Green Ark Collected Home, beautifully designed home goods and furniture entice. Browse handmade items like brass jewelry from Seaworthy, hand-dyed pouches and totes from Scout & Catalogue, and ceramic bowls from Kalika Bowlby Pottery.
Visit the year-round Saskatoon Farmers’ Market for some Prairie-grown bounty. Get artisan breads at Good Spirit Bakery or Dill Pickle Vodka from Last Mountain Distillery. Afterwards, walk along the adjacent riverfront and enjoy the fall colours.
Getting there: WestJet flies to Saskatoon 12 times a day from Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.