Things to do in Saskatoon

Known as the City of Bridges for the many urban crossings over the picturesque South Saskatchewan River, Saskatoon is one of Canada’s sunniest cities and home to the esteemed University of Saskatchewan. With sunny, warm summers and chilly, snow-filled winters, there are plenty of things to do and places to explore year-round.


Our Location

Saskatoon is divided into two main sections, split down the middle by the South Saskatchewan River. The Best Western Plus East Side is located on the east side of the river, along with the University of Saskatchewan, the Wildwood Golf Course, the Willows Golf & Country Club, and the Centre Mall. With easy access to Highway 16 and Highway 5, you are close to everything you need. The Centre Mall is right around the corner, with fantastic shopping and galleries, Cineplex Entertainment and Rainbow Cinemas movie theatres, and plenty of dining options. Starbucks Coffee is also located right across 8th Street East at the north end of Centre Mall for a mid-day pick-me-up.

Saskatoon Attractions

Below are some ideas for local attractions and events to check out during your stay - for more details on events during your visit, be sure to ask our friendly front desk staff for suggestions.


Western Development Museum

This educational blast-to-the-past to Western times features a 1910 Boomtown street, a transportation gallery and, well, everything you could possibly want to know and see about what Saskatoon was like one hundred years ago. Plus, there’s the Boomtown Café, a cool “working exhibit” with 1910-era decor and home-cooked meals.

The Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo

A non-profit charity dedicated to fostering respect for nature through education, the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo is a National Historic Site of Canada that features beautiful gardens, historic buildings, a wheelchair accessible playground and the province’s only accredited zoo. The Forestry Farm is open daily, except Christmas, with summer and winter hours. Admission is free from November to March.

The University of Saskatchewan

Some popular campus destinations include the Peter Mackinnon Building (a National Historic Site of Canada), Griffiths Stadium (home of the Huskie football team), the Greystone Theatre (the province’s oldest theatre), the Little Stone School House (originally built in 1888), the U of S Observatory (with free public viewings of the night sky every Saturday) and the gorgeous campus grounds.

Summer Fun!

The festival circuit hits town every summer, bringing back local favourites including the Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Festival, the Great Plains Comedy Festival, the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival, the Potashcorp Children’s Festival and the Saskatoon Fringe Festival, to name a few. The Saskatoon Exhibition is also a huge draw in August, with stage shows, saloons, a grandstand show, a midway, stunts shows and more.

Winter Wonderland

The Festival of Trees is a great way to kick off your holiday season, happening annually near the end of November at the Western Development Museum. For a spectacular display of holiday lights, head to the BHP Billiton Enchanted Forest Holiday Light Tour every winter at the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo. You can also go for an open-air skate on the outdoor Meewasin Skating Rink in Kiwanis Memorial Park.

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