Saskatchewan is known as the Land of Living Skies, and it will surprise you, we promise! Saskatoon is a thriving city graced with the vibrant beauty of nature. Divided by the winding South Saskatchewan River, Saskatoon’s east and west face are joined by a series of bridges and lined with several kilometers of trails to jog, walk, and explore. Saskatoon is a city infused by a lively ambiance, friendly hospitality, and rich and diverse cultural experiences.
Also located on the Meewasin River Valley, the year-round Saskatoon Farmers Market is a member-owned non-profit cooperative located in south downtown Saskatoon beside the South Saskatchewan river. Visitors can experience a variety of local food, goods, crafts, and agricultural products. Hours: Saturdays: 8 am to 2 pm and Wednesdays & Sundays: 10 am to 3 pm.
Saskatchewan Regional Centre of Expertise on ESD: Sustainable Development Recognition Event
EECOM participants are invited to join the Saskatchewan Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development (Sask. RCE) at its 11th Annual Education for Sustainable Development Recognition Event which honours local individuals, groups, and organizations that have made innovative achievements in education for sustainable development in Saskatchewan.
Wild about Saskatoon’s Nature City Festival invites community members to experience “the wild side of Saskatoon” by exploring the relationship between nature and prairie life through a variety of experiential activities, workshops, engaging speakers, art, music, citizen science projects, and so much more! Situated on Treaty 6 territory and traditional lands of First Nations and Métis people, the Nature City Festival is a decentralized festival with over 50 nature-inspired events occurring across the City of Saskatoon. This year’s festival takes place May 22-27 and is made possible through collaboration with numerous individuals and community organizations.
Worth the Drive
Prince Albert National Park
One of Canada’s most popular national parks, The Prince Albert National Park is located in the community of Waskesiu and situated in the heart of Saskatchewan where prairie lands meet boreal forest. This 3,875 sq. km protected park plays host to free-roaming bison, as well as a diverse array of wildlife, including 195 species of birds and timber wolves. Outdoor lovers can sample the numerous lakes and hike the variety of backcountry trails. Guided horseback tours and wagon rides are also available, such as the Sturgeon River Ranch, which allow you to see more of the park and increase your chances of seeing wildlife. Visitors to the park can also choose from a variety of activities, such as ziplining,stargazing, bird watching, boating, cycling, and so much more!
The park also offers many different places to lay your head after your daily adventures, including vehicle accessible campgrounds as well as ‘backcountry’ camping. If you’re looking for something different, you can also glamp (a hybrid between a tent and rustic cabin) or rent a yurt near Nesslin Lake. Wanting to enjoy more of the creature comforts the park has to offer? If so, you can also check out family owned and operated Mackenzie Inn,Elk Ridge Resort, or Hawood Inn.
Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park
Cypress Hills is the first interprovincial park in Canada spanning across south east Alberta and south west Saskatchewan. In the park, you can find over 220 species of birds and 47 mammal species. The Cypress Hills are an erosional plateau, formed by millions of years of sedimentary deposits and erosion instead of glaciation. But don’t think that these are just gentle slopes, as they are the highest point east of the Rocky Mountains in Canada.