I am so honoured to tell you all about the amazing city I represent. There are so many neat things about it that I am excited to share with you!
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan is the largest city in the province of Saskatchewan. It is located in the heart of the prairies as shown below.
It is surrounded by many different types of ecosystems, including prairies, forests, swamps, lakes, and more. Saskatchewan is a very diverse place when it comes to ecosystems, and it is one of the things that makes us so special! However, most people know Saskatchewan as a prairie province. It’s true, roadtrips here are usually very boring when it comes to scenery, but at the end of the day, looking out at brightly coloured fields and being able to see for miles is one of the most comforting things to me. Prairies are what I think of when I think of the word ‘home’.
Back to Saskatoon; we are known as the “City of Bridges” due to the large amount of bridges we have in comparison to our size. We need lots of bridges though, simply because we have the South Saskatchewan River running directly in the middle!
Our history consists of settlers coming to live here to learn how to farm, and we became a “Boomtown” during the 1910’s. Our population grew rapidly since we had such perfect farming conditions that the settlers needed, and we have maintained that population well ever since.
There are several places that I highly recommend people see when they come to Saskatoon. The Western Development Museum, The Delta Bessborough Hotel, The Little Stone School, Kinsmen Park, The Forestry Farm Park and Zoo, and Wanuskewin Heritage Park just to name a few! They all hold so much history, yet still manage to be really fun places to visit.
The best time of year to visit Saskatoon is definitely during the summer, and not just because our winters are extremely cold! Summertime is when all of our major festivals and events occur. Some of my personal favourites are JazzFest, a music festival with various artists performing live; The Fringe Festival, a theatre and street festival celebrating the arts; The Ex, a short event with several carnival rides, live music, and vendors; A Taste of Saskatchewan, an event where people can try samples of infamous foods from various local restaurants; Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, where actors perform 2 Shakespearean plays all summer; and Folkfest, where numerous cultures and religions are represented and allows people to experience the different traditions, performances, and foods these cultures have to offer.
As you can tell, we have so many great things to offer visitors. My personal favourite is Folkfest. It is such a great way to learn about new cultures, not to mention the fact that it is always a blast to go to! There are several different locations throughout the entire city where different cultures are represented, such as Indian, German, Ukrainian, Eastern Asia, and Brazilian. There are buses available that take you between the locations since they are scattered through the city. There are clothes you can buy, as well as food and neat trinkets you won’t find at most stores! It really helps you understand different cultures, and it is always a lot of fun to watch performances of dance and music. It’s never a dull moment at Folkfest; there are always new things to do and learn about! Folkfest makes me so happy, I always look forward to it every year! It’s a great way to celebrate and embrace various cultures that Canadians represent, and I am always so thankful that we have such a diverse community where we can host festivals like Folkfest.
I love Saskatoon, and I am so proud to represent it this year! I’m so glad we are well known for our volunteerism and camaraderie; it allows for amazing festivals and events to be put on each year.
Until next time,
P.S. Some fun tidbits about Saskatoon:
- The Delta Bessborough Hotel is widely known as being haunted, and has been featured in several different books because of it
- We have a drive-thru Perogie Store
- If you’re low on cash, a great way to see some of the festivals is to volunteer
- Midtown Plaza, the largest mall in the city, was once a train station
- Saskatoon was named after berries found growing here, called (surprisingly,) Saskatoon berries. The berries are popular in local dishes
- We are the usual host of Telemiracle, which is a Telethon to raise money for those with health conditions. We are very proud to be the biggest Telethon in the world; we raise more money than any other annual Telethons!
- Rider pride is just as present in Saskatoon as it is in Regina; many fans will drive 2 1/2 hours one way just to see the games!
- We sing “The Last Saskatchewan Pirate” louder than anyone else!!