Saskatoon is known as the largest city of Saskatchewan. Its location at the banks of the South Saskatchewan River. It dominates the area where the prairie and the rocky Canadian Shield meet, seeming almost out of place as it juts out of the wilderness.
It’s a young city, as Canadian cities go, just slightly over a hundred years old and growing very slowly. The only group of people that were willing to live in this area was a brave group of Methodists, who took one look at the rich natural resources of the area and decided that their group would be able to live off the land and not want for more.
While they were moderately successful farmers, Native American attacks kept the settlement small until the railroad came, bringing an influx both of money, commerce, and people. The natural resources that supported these first settlers are still evident, as Saskatoon still produces much of the agricultural produce that Canada consumes, plus supplies minerals as well. Nowadays, technology calls more and more people to Saskatoon, where they usually decide to set down roots.
With travel, bridges were built and these remain monuments to the city. These graceful stone bridges are what people usually think of when they describe the city. Beautifully designed stone buildings complement these graceful creations of architecture very nicely.
One place recommended for visitors is the Boomtown living history museum, a faithful recreation of Saskatoon at the turn of the century. Participants in this living museum are dressed in the clothing of the era and also take on the usual tasks that were needed to survive at this time.
No visitor should miss the Wanuskewin Heritage Park, which are a collection of archeological sites of former settlements of the Native Americans and various exhibits that explain the culture and history of the first settlers of the area.
Lastly, try and look for the saskatoonberry and sample this colorful local fruit that lent the city its name.