Though spelling ?Saskatoon, Saskatchewan' might seem hard, this city, the province's largest, is an easy place to kick back and enjoy local culture and carefully tended landscapes. With wide open prairie readily accessible, this urban center provides a welcome social respite to days of driving. Several roads lead to Saskatoon, running in one direction to Edmonton, Alberta and in the other to Winnipeg, Manitoba or Regina ? and many points beyond.
The South Saskatchewan River winds through the center of this city, lined by trails popular with bikers and walkers during sunny months, cross-country skiers come winter. With this waterway so close at hand, canoeists often take to paddling for a fresh perspective on city life. Visitors can rent canoes from local operators, or book longer trips into the Saskatchewan wilds, time permitting.
Dedicated historians shouldn't overlook the museums dedicated to Ukrainian culture in Europe and immigration to this part of Canada, as showcased at the Musee Ukraina Museum and Ukrainian Museum of Canada respectively.
For those planning to spend more time exploring Saskatchewan's upper regions but seeking the expertise of a good guide, Saskatoon is the place to make necessary arrangements. Equipped with transportation, pay a visit to Wanuskewin Heritage Park for a comprehensive look at this region's Native American history and culture.
Saskatoon is 304 miles from Edmonton, Alberta, and 146 miles northwest of Regina.