Saskatoon is the place to be this year.
So says The New York Times, which included the Canadian prairie city in its recent list of 52 Places to Go in 2018. Saskatoon came in at number 18, just ahead of Seville, Spain and right behind Gansu, China.
Why Saskatoon? Why now? In addition to a festival-filled summer and a growing (and delicious) scene for foodies, Saskatoon boasts the brand new Remai Modern museum, where you’ll find works by the likes of Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque and other 20th-century artists.
The Times calls the museum “a centerpiece of Saskatoon’s redeveloping riverfront [that has] world-class modernist architecture and an 8,000-work collection.”
Paris on the Prairie
Saskatoon has earned itself the nickname “Paris on the Prairie”—and for good reason. The dining scene has exploded in recent years.
Many attribute the renaissance to Dale MacKay, a Saskatoon native who was named Top Chef Canada in the show’s first year. MacKay returned to his hometown in 2013 to open Ayden Kitchen & Bar in downtown Saskatoon—and that’s when things started to happen.
Today, you can dine on everything from beef heart bolognaise to citrus-braised wild octopus—without the exorbitant prices you might find in places like Paris or New York City.
Saskatoon Vacations and Events
There’s never a dull moment in Saskatoon, where there’s a full line-up of events in the summer. Here are a few favorites to check out.
• The Saskatchewan Jazz Festival. Music fills the air from June 22 to July 1, including nearly 100 different acts and bands. Each year, more than 80,000 music fans flock to the city to hear the sounds of jazz, blues, funk, pop, and world music.
• Shakespeare Saskatchewan. This theater group performs near the banks of the Saskatchewan River. This year’s line-up includes “Hamlet” and “The Merry Wives of Windsor.”
• The Nutrien Children’s Festival of Saskatchewan. This delightful festival (June 2-5) offers main stage entertainment (family friendly, of course), plus a slew of hands-on activities like fossil hunting, circus arts, a hedge maze, and a story tent.
Saskatchewan and StorageMart
At StorageMart we’re proud to be involved in the communities we serve—especially when they flaunt great art, fabulous restaurants, and all kinds of summer fun.