CITY LIFE STYLE S A S K AT O O N
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HEAD FOR THE HILLS & BEYOND
Grasslands, historic sites, ghost towns and other inspiring spaces in Saskatchewan present big opportunities to exploreâ€” and the province has plenty no matter which direction you go!
LOOKING GOOD, EVEN ON VACATION It takes minutes to prepare for a week away Text by Jennilee Cardinal-Schultz
BE OPEN TO INFILL HOUSING The esthetics of making narrow spaces bold Text by Scott Davidson
A CRAFT BEER REBELLION Or at least it seems that way. Quaff away! Text by Mike Tory 3rd anniversary cover concept image by Zhanybek Nurgozhayev
EAT HEALTHY, EVEN ON THE ROAD! Fresh fruit, gourmet cookies and other ideas Text by Penny McKinlay
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It’s Our 3rd Anniversary: Thank you!
As the summer wends its way into August and September, the days get shorter but you still can soak up the sun and enjoy the fruits of your labours with fresh produce from the garden. It’s also time for us to celebrate our 3rd anniversary. Thank you for your support, Saskatoon! It’s fun to be part of a community and serve it by documenting how the city is growing, evolving and changing our expectations of life here. The start of the harvest also means it’s almost time to go back to the classroom, the board room, the living room; inside. But until then, we present plenty of things to do in the coming weeks and months—another Tweed Ride and even a Walrus Talks event. Our events calendar (pp 10–17) reminds theatregoers that Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan remains in full swing for another three weeks, while the PotashCorp Fringe Festival still has a full week to go. Hoops for Hope and Folk Fest are on the horizon, as are two new festivals: YXE Beer Fest and YXEats (see Mike Tory on p. 28 and pp 32–33 for more on these), both of which speak to the city’s increasing appetite for authentic food and drink. August is also the month that most people travel: hop on a train or jump in a car and go exploring—tick a few boxes off the travel bucket
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list. We present three takes on local travel from three freelance authors who love the feel of the open road as much as they love writing about it. Kevin Sturgeon heads south of the Transcanada Highway, venturing into the province’s southern badlands (pp 22–23), including Grasslands National Park, where bison still roam free, time seems to stand still and the landscape takes your breath away. Vancouver-based Danny Bradbury visits Saskatoon every month to visit his two sons and in late April they drove from Saskatoon to La Ronge to boat and camp out around Lac La Ronge Provincial Park (pp 24–25). His trip, taken months before this summer’s devastating forest fires, recounts the beautiful physical and human architecture of the vast, rugged north. Finally, popular writer/musician/blogger Chris Morin has been known to visit a ghost town or two in his spare time. He shares what lies at the heart of his desire to skulk around abandoned movie theatres and musty grain elevators being reclaimed by the prairies (pp 26–27). And if the travel ideas weren’t enough, Jennilee Cardinal-Schultz offers tips on stocking your overnight bag when you hit the road (p. 18), Scott Davidson talks infill housing (p. 20), while local foodie and sustainability blogger Penny McKinlay provides a bounty of alternative snacks to pack—a cookie recipe link—instead of junk food (p.29). What can I say? I love food and exploring! The next two months are going to be (ful)filling!
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Lickety-Split: Summer Jobs, References & Sustainability A “win-win” as Saskatoon’s (and Saskatchewan’s) first solar-powered ice-cream stand serves up summer jobs to students hungry for work experience Text and photo by Paul Miazga
“Our employees are learning and having fun at the same time!” – Emma Ganton Manager, The Scoop
The owner of The Scoop Ice Cream Parlour in Riversdale, Chris Randall, has worked for more than a decade running youth drop-in programs on the city’s west side. Four years ago he noted the large number of local Aboriginal and First Nations teenagers asking him for job references: many wouldn’t get call-backs after applying for various jobs at local malls and stores. Randall, who says he always wanted to run his own ice cream stand, decided as a result to create a summer work program to help these teens. The Scoop was born. The business model is simplicity itself: sell ice cream during the summer in an area that currently lacks a creamery but also teach lessons on sustainability by taking advantage of the sun to power the business and building it largely from recycled materials to save money. Local solar development company Roots Rock Renewables installed six solar panels [total capacity is 1.5 kW] on the angled roof of The Scoop, which gets half of its power needs from the sun. The remainder comes from Saskatoon Light & Power. “We see this as a fantastic way to give kids that critical first step on the employment ladder with practical, customer-facing experience,” he says. Located on 20th Street West and Avenue B South, The Scoop employs several local high school students who chat amicably with custom-
ers and show real enthusiasm for the work. Under the supervision of The Scoop Ice Cream Shop Manager Emma Ganton, these teenagers are making the stand a neighbourhood success story in just its first month of operation. Ganton, who is also a youth worker at the Streetforce Youth Centre in Riversdale, has seen her employees grow in confidence, improve their customer service and learn to rely on each other. Sales are increasing and she never needs to worry about anyone being late for a shift: they often hang out before their shifts begin at The Scoop. “Our employees are learning and having fun at the same time, and with the installation of the solar panels they can learn even more and teach our customers about renewable energy!” Founder and President of Roots Rock Renewables Brian Johnson felt drawn to The Scoop project owing what it hopes to do for these young people and the community he’s part of. “When we heard they wanted to do solar and learned what The Scoop does for the community, we didn’t hesitate…. It’s a small project that supports a great cause and shines a new light on clean energy in Riversdale,” Johnston says. “This is truly a win-win for everybody.” The Scoop (facebook.com/The-Scoop) is open into September Wednesday through Saturday from 1–9pm, Sunday from 4–8pm and Monday 1–6pm.
Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan
Evening performances 7:30pm, Sun matinees 1pm; tickets from $26 Aboriginal guest actor Michael Lawrenchuk (pictured at right) helps bring to life a modern retelling of Othello, while Josh Beaudry and Jenna Lee Hyde lead the romantic romp Much Ado About Nothing.
Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan festival site (by the Children’s Museum; see p. 36, map 2, A8) shakespeareonthesaskatchewan.com
PotashCorp Fringe Festival
It might not be humanly possible to take in all 32 plays this year, but there’s a week left to try. Broadway district (see p. 36, map 3) 25thstreetfestival.org
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Open Tue 3pm–midnight, Wed–Sun noon– midnight; admission $16 Another great lineup of concerts (Marianas Trench, Hedley, Dean Brody, Burton Cummings) and day after day of crazy midway rides and concessions. Take a bus or arrange a ride—parking is hard to come by. Prairieland Park (503 Ruth St.) saskatoonexhibition.ca
Saskatoon Folk Fest Thu–Fri from 4:30pm, Sat from 2:30pm; passports $16 (available at Safeway, Mac’s and RBC locations) Celebrating its 35th year under the banner, “Share Our World”, Folkfest this year encompasses 23 pavillions and reminds a multicultural city of its rich and diverse heritage. Multiple venues, including Prairieland Park (503 Ruth St.) and SaskTel Sports Centre (150 Nelson Road) saskatoonfolkfest.com
John Arcand Fiddle Fest Thu–Fri, Sun from 9am, Sat from 8am; weekend pass $60 Folksy charm and foot-tapping music are the focus at the eponymous festival of Metis fiddling legend John Arcand (pictured). Free shuttle bus service from the city. Kids under 12 get in free. Festival site is 10km SW on Hwy 60 (see p. 36, map 1, L2) johnarcandﬁddlefest.com
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Slide the City 3-slide pass $40 In a year of scorching temperatures, bring your own inner tube (or other inﬂatable sliding device) and beat the heat in style by hurtling down this behemoth 150-metre waterslide. One day only. Ravine Drive (see p. 36, map 1; E9) slidethecity.com
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Aug21–23 Rock the River Fri from 6pm, Sat–Sun from 4pm; weekend passes $127.50 Still-raging rock legends April Wine, Trooper, the Stampeders, Kim Mitchell and more play out back of the Delta Bessborough Hotel as part of Cruise Weekend (see adjacent listing). Bessborough Gardens (601 Spadina Cres. E) rock102rocks.com
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Sept. 12: The Comic Strippers (8pm; $44.50). Male striptease with a comedic twist. Sept. 25: The Saskatoon Soaps (9:30pm; $15). Improv comedy from this outlandish troupe.
The Laugh Shop (at the Park Town Hotel; on Facebook). Weekend shows 9:30pm; tickets $15.
The Roxy Theatre (320 20th St. W; theroxytheatre.ca) Sept. 30: Don Burnstick (8pm; $25).
LIVE MUSIC Amigo’s (806 Dufferin Ave.; amigoscantina.com)
Daily from 1–9pm; free admission This late-summer powwow celebrates Aboriginal dance, culture, cuisine, crafts and more. Wanuskewin Heritage Park (RR 4, off Penner Road) wanuskewin.com All shows 10pm and no cover unless otherwise noted. Aug. 1: Rock Candy. Aug. 2: Who Drew A Porno. Aug. 3: 3 String Fretless. Aug. 4–5: Jordan Welbourne. Aug. 6: Charger. Aug. 8: Fear of Knowing. Aug. 10: Dick MacInnis. Aug. 12: The Modern Hearts. Aug. 13: Vinyl Prophets. Aug. 14: Topher Mills Band. Aug. 15: The 100th Meridian.
The Capitol (244 1st Ave. N; capitolclub.ca)
Aug. 1: Oral Fuentes w/ guests (8pm; cover price TBA). All shows 10pm and cover $10 unless otherwise noted. Aug. 5: Joe Nolan (8pm; no cover). Aug. 1: Frank Rizzo/Droid, Skizza, DJ Heywood et al. Aug. 7: The Department Heads w/ Old Towns (9pm; $10). Aug. 6: The Casualties w/ Me The Guts (tickets $15). Aug. 16: Devin Cuddy Band w/ guests (8pm; TBA). Aug. 7: Bears in Hazenmore w/ Bombargo, Quiltin Aug. 30: Fundraiser for the North feat. Bombargo Heavens. (6pm; $10). Aug. 8: BOOMlag w/ Doctor Booty Quiver, Sonorific. Sept. 20: Madchild w/ Demrick, Pimpton, Adlib Aug. 14: Silent Era w/ Wormwood, Lung Cancer, Pizza Sluts. (9pm; TBA). Aug. 15: Public Animal w/ Jumbo, Black Hell Oil. Sept. 26: Chad VanGaalen w/ guests (10:30pm; $15). Aug. 20: Autopilot w/ guests. Sept. 28: Die Mannequin w/ Fake Shark (9:30pm; $10). Aug. 21: Bad Decisions w/ guests. O’Brians Event Centre (241 2nd Ave. S; obriansevAug. 22: Classy Chassys w/ The Buzzardline. entcentre.ca) Aug. 28: Young Benjamins w/ guests. Aug. 2: Passa Passa (8pm; ticket prices TBA). Aug. 29: Summer Fling. Aug. 7: Brandi Carlile w/ guests (7pm; from $39.50). Sept. 9: KENmode w/ Conduct. Aug. 8: Prove Yourself Hip-Hop Showcase (9pm; $10). Sept. 16: Fuck the Facts w/ guests. Aug. 31: Twin Shadow w/ guests (7pm; $22). Sept. 24: Sage Francis w/ guests (9pm). Sept. 10: Akon w/ Peter Jackson (7:30pm; Broadway Theatre (715 Broadway Ave.; broadwaytheatre.ca) $39.50/$59.50). Sept. 26: A Tribute to the Ed Sullivan Show (8pm; $28.50). Sept. 23: All Time Low (6:30pm; $36.50). Buds on Broadway (817 Broadway Ave.; buds.dudaone.com) Sept. 28: Brantley Gilbert (7pm; $39.50/VIP $69.50).
11am–5pm; open to the public Classic cars and one-of-a-kind automobiles fill the downtown and draw car lovers for this event that unofficially marks the end of summer. Downtown Saskatoon (see p. 36, map 2, C4/ D4–D5/E5)
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1:30pm, 7pm; tickets $12.50 This emotionally charged dance performance presented by Dance Saskatchewan and the Office of the Treaty Commissioner tells the heart-wrenching stories of Aboriginal residential school survivors. Powerful stuff.
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Aug. 19: The Vamps w/ Becky G (6pm; tickets from $35). Sept. 19: The Tenors (7:30pm; from $40). TCU Place (35 22nd St. E; tcuplace.ca) Aug. 13: Brit Floyd (7:30pm; tickets from $39.50). Sept. 16: Don Williams (7pm; from $39.50). Vangelis Tavern (801 Broadway Ave.; on Facebook). Aug. 1: Castaway w/ Empty Heads (10:30pm). Aug. 4: Terra Lightfoot w/ guests (10:30pm). Aug. 5: Antillectuals and Clipwing w/ Razor Ramones, Pizza Sluts (10pm). Aug. 6: Tunic w/ The Avulsions, Wizards (10:30pm). Aug. 12: The Dirty Nil w/ Seaway and guests (10:30pm). Sept. 15: Grounders w/ guests (9pm).
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LIVE THEATRE Persephone Theatre (100 Spadina Cres. E; perspe-
honetheatre.org) Evening performances 8pm; Sun/Wed matinees 2pm. Aug. 11–30: Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash (tickets $45). A fine tribute to country music’s Man in Black. Created by Richard Maltby, Jr., conceived by William Meade. Sept. 16–Oct. 4: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike ($25). A Tony-award winning comedy about illmannered family and friends trying to live together.
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7pm; tickets from $30 The long-time queen of R ‘n’ B arrives in town to put on what should be an electrifying song and dance show as part of her “Unbreakable” world tour. SaskTel Centre (3515 Thatcher Ave.; sasktelcentre.com)
Sept04–05 PotashCorp International Fireworks Festival Oohs and aahs ﬁll the air just after sunset when ﬁreworks pierce the night over the South Saskatchewan River. Between the Broadway and Trafﬁc Bridges (see p. 36, map 2, F4–F7) Potashcorpﬁreworksfestival.ca
Hoops for Hope
Starts at 9am; to register, visit Hoopsforhope.ca This charity 3-on-3 basketball tournament organized by local high school teacher Shaun Nechvatal welcomes male and female youth, teen and adult teams to compete for prizes. Proceeds go to benefit Cystic Fibrosis Canada. Market Mall parking lot (Preston Ave. at Louise St.)
Norm Macdonald 7:30pm, 10pm; tickets $45 Don’t miss the dark sarcasm and dry wit of Canadian funny man and Saturday Night Live alum Norm McDonald, who takes to the stage for two back-to-back shows. Broadway Theatre (715 Broadway Ave.; broadwaytheatre.ca)
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Tweed Ride 2015 starts at 11am at the Mendel Art Gallery (950 Spadina Cres. E); free registration It’s the third year of this fun fall festival of frivolity as cycling and tweed enthusiasts go on a quaint, leisurely tour about town before descending on the Delta Bessborough Gardens for High Tea, games and award presentations in a range of categories, including for best costumes and bikes. Bessborough Gardens (601 Spadina Cres. E) facebook.com/saskatweed
Word On The Street Festival 11am–5pm; open to the public Local and national darlings of the publishing industry (Chef Michael Smith, socialite Margaret Trudea, others), plus local organizations come out to engage literary minds with book readings, autograph sessions and books galore. By Frances Morrison Library (332 23rd St. E; map 2, C5) thewordonthestreet.ca/wots/saskatoon
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NHL Pre-season Hockey
4pm; tickets from $47.25 Wonderboy Tyler Nugent-Hopkins (above) and the Edmonton Oilers play host to Western Division rivals the Minnesota Wild and Zach Parise as the NHL brings fast and furious pre-season action as part of a fall tradition. SaskTel Centre (3515 Thatcher Ave.; sasktelcentre.com)
from 6pm; open to the public A mood of art and artistry decends on Riversdale district again for the second-annual Nuit Blanche spectacular, with open-air art installations, live music at various venues along 20th Street West and multiple reasons to explore the area high and low. Riversdale district (see p. 36; map 2, E1–2) nuitblanchesaskatoon.ca
SSO Season Opener
7:30pm; tickets from $15 Guest pianist Samuel Deason (pictured) joins new Saskatoon Symphony Conductor Eric Paetkau and the complete orchestra for “New World Symphony”, the 2015/16 season opener featuring Ludwig van Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, Dmitriy Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No 2, and Anton Dvorak’s Symphony No 9 “From the New World”. TCU Place (35 22nd St. E) saskatoonsymphony.org
The Walrus Talks: Resilience 7pm; tickets $20 This engaging lecture series from Canada’s alternative current events, culture and trend magazine (thewalrus.ca) features 8 talks over 80 minutes from local authors, national activists and others. Persephone Theatre (100 Spadina Cres. E)
The Tragically Hip
8pm; tickets from $27.50 Will this be the swan song for one of Canada’s most prolific and iconic rock bands? Sing along with frontman Gord Downey as he belts out “Courage”, “Little Bones”, “New Orleans Is Sinking” and the rest of the band’s memorable hits. SaskTel Centre (3515 Thatcher Ave.)
9pm; tickets $20 Acclaimed Canadian singer/songwriter Hayden brings his soulful music and lyrics to this intimate stage. Opening bands are Evening Hymns and Taylor Knox. Capitol Music Club (244 1st Ave. N; capitolclub.ca)
7:30pm; tickets $40.50 For this Canadian singer/songwriter, there’s always a trigger to an album: a health scare (Forever Endeavour), disillusionment (Long Player, Late Bloomer), etc. His 2015 release Carousel One surprisingly finds him contented. Broadway Theatre (715 Broadway Ave.)
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Beauty Tips for the Traveller Whether heading to the lake for the weekend or backpacking through Europe for a month, bringing your entire selection of products for your beauty regime is impractical. However, just because you are on the road does not mean you have to forego looking fab. I spoke to some of Saskatoon’s top beauty professionals to find out how they stay glam while travelling. 18
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Itâ€™s All about Space! New city bylaws on infill housing have generated renewed interest in older city neighbourhoods, with dream home concepts offering ample light, room to breathe and the option of walking to work.
Mack, a commercial banker with RBC, and Jon, who works for the Public School Board, enjoy an evening at home in their infill house on the cityâ€™s west side.
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Recent years have seen unprecedented growth in Saskatoon. While developments such as Stonebridge and Blairmore are expanding the city’s borders outward, other developers and builders are looking to grow the city from the inside. Changes last year to city bylaws allowing construction of second properties on existing lots have spurred a surge in infill development in core neighbourhoods such as Riversdale, Nutana and Caswell. As a result, a number of companies are working to fill these vacant spaces. “It’s a way that our city can grow that’s a little more sustainable and economical,” said Jeff Nattress, the owner of Laneway Suites, an infill property developer. “Because the city is growing so much, there’s a need to fit more people in and this is one way of doing it.” Laneway Suites focuses on building residential structures in place of detached garages on existing properties. Nattress says that one of the biggest advantages of this approach is that you don’t necessarily need to tear down the house that is already on the lot. Already, he says, people are seeing the benefit of these developments. “We’ve come across 60 or 70 people in our first year who are interested in this and we’ve worked on about a dozen applications (so far),” he said. Working in narrow confines and around existing infrastructure presents unique challenges associated with infill development. In addition to creating an appealing structure, developers must also adhere to the city’s construction guidelines
and try to maintain the aesthetics of the existing neighborhood. But perhaps the biggest challenge is working with the size constraints of existing lots in these Saskatoon’s older neighborhoods, many of which are often very small but among the most indemand for infill developments. “Riversdale has 25-foot (8 metre) wide lots, so many of these infill houses are 18 and a half feet (6 metres) wide,” says Crystal Beuckert of BLDG Studio, a local design firm specializing in infill developments. She’s very keen on designing narrow homes—she lives in one herself—and believes “there are many opportunities with the restrictions that come with infill lots.” “Narrow houses usually have a clear spanning structure with no posts or beams,” Bueckert says. “This creates an open concept space in which the furniture and equipment can be easily placed for the client’s needs. “The restriction of having few side wall windows gives an opportunity to the front and rear of the house for large glazing options. (And) because the garages are typically detached and off the back lane, the house is an unencumbered space; a large and inviting volume with plenty of natural light.” Infill housing is continuing to create high demand for new housing on the local market. Haven Builders Inc., a Saskatoon-based custom home developer, shifted its focus from cabinetry to infill development after the change
(Photo courtesy of BLDG Studio) to city bylaws last year. Now, Haven Builders concentrates on creating fully custom homes tailored to each individual client’s expectations. Sheri Deobald, Sales and Marketing Manager for Haven Builders, says the company is working on up to five infill projects at any time, adding that people are seeing infill development as a way to build their dream home in a developed neighbourhood. “We’ve found that (our clients) don’t want to be out in the suburbs. They want to be close to Saskatoon’s core neighbourhoods, to the riverbank, and to be able to walk to work,” Deobald says.
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Go Your Own Way!
Three authors present three very different options for exploring the province: from the serene vistas of the southern grasslands to the riverine wilds of the rugged north and ghost towns that time forgot. Pack up the car and do some exploring!
Photo by Lys McDonald
Bricks, Cowboys & Petroglyphs
Text by Kevin Sturgeon Photos as indicated
History, vistas and open skies unfold in Saskatchewan’s southern badlands (Scott Bell)
The treeless plains of Southern Saskatchewan are (in)famous across Canada as an uneventful expanse to be endured on road trips. It’s not very well known as a destination in itself, but the area between Moose Jaw and the U.S. border offers some
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unique and quirky destinations that are well worth investing a weekend or more to check out. Moose Jaw (2 hours S of Saskatoon on Hwy 2) itself is fairly popular as a tourism destination for its tunnels, casino and spa. A little less well-known to out-of-towners is the beautiful Wakamow Valley: a short walk south of downtown, the valley offers picturesque trails to stroll, rental canoes to explore the Moose Jaw River, and a riverfront burger and ice cream shop. If you
need to spend the night, there’s even the Wakamow Heights Bed & Breakfast (wakamowheights.com) in an old mansion overlooking the river valley. Looking southwest from Moose Jaw, the horizon rises in an unassuming ridge, one that is unremarkable if not for its contrast with the pancake-flat plains to the east. This is the Missouri Coteau, an escarpment left behind by glaciers from the last ice age. It marks the transition from the more fertile soils
of Saskatchewan’s grain belt to the drier ranchlands of the southwest. A short drive from the city toward Avonlea (30 min. SE of Moose Jaw on Hwy 339) and the rise feels almost unnoticeable until you turn around and look back at the endless horizon—impressive even by Saskatchewan standards. A factory may not seem like a great vacation destination, but near Avonlea sits the Claybank Brick Plant National Historic Site (claybank. sasktelwebsite.net)—definitely worth a stop. The plant operated from 1914–1989 and produced the yellowish bricks used for many famous Canadian landmarks, including Saskatoon’s Bessborough Hotel and the Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City. The abandoned plant sits right next to a large hillside from which they got the bentonitic clay and makes for an unforgettable juxtaposition of creepy, deserted, old-fashioned factory, beautiful scenery and southern prairie isolation. South from Avonlea is St. Victor
probably the rough equivalent of modern graffiti art. Rockglen (30 min. S of St. Victor on Hwy 2) is a cute little town surrounded by cliffs—somewhat of a novelty in this part of the world. It makes for a good pit stop on the way to Grasslands National Park and has accommodations for overnight stays. Put simply, Grasslands National Park (pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/sk/ grasslands/index.aspx) is nothing at all like Prince Albert National Park in the north. The park is divided in two blocks, spanning over 100 km east to west. The West Block (75 min. S of Swift Current on Hwy 4) has a few services and a visitor centre in the adjacent village of Val Marie, but the East Block (2 hrs S of Moose Jaw on Hwy 2) is a backcountry wilderness. Depending on the time available, short walks or long hikes offer spectacular scenery where it’s least expected. Spring is especially beautiful, when the prairie lights up with the colours of countless wildflowers. Call Parks Canada (1306-476-2018) to book a “Cowboy
SWITCH IT UP! OLD SASKATOON STREET CAR BUS TOURS Living Skies Limousine (306955-9500; livingskieslimousine.ca) provides city tours on many vehicles, but its newest vehicle is already generating nostalgia for a bygone era. Designed to resemble in look and feel one of the city’s old street cars, the “Trolley” bus conversion seats 26 and includes standing leather hand holds, hardwood panelling and a rear observation deck. A nice twist on the usual limo or multi-passenger van for special occasions, the Trolley is available weekdays for $250/hr and weekends for $450/hr or just $1,000 for 3 hours. Gorgeous to look at inside and out, it has been rubber-necking Saskatonians all summer along Spadina Crescent East.
(90 min. S of Moose Jaw on Hwy 36) is a tiny village on a gravel road next to some big hills in the Big Muddy Badlands. On one of these hills, ancestors of today’s First Nations people left some art carved into the rocks, found today in St. Victor’s Petroglyphs Provincial Park (saskparks.net). No one knows which people or peoples created them. According to one knowledgeable local at the site, some of the images might have had spiritual importance, but others are
Adventure” (day trips available Aug. 11–13, $147.20/per person; 3-day overnight trips Sept. 1–3, $593.20/ pp): Saddle-up on horseback and live like a true cowboy: drive cattle on the open plains, enjoy rustic cooking from a chuck wagon and sleep on a bedroll in the land of the living skies. It’s also one of the last great dark sky preserves on the continent, making it an excellent place to stargaze. Heading back toward Saskatoon, Lake Diefenbaker is a more
familiar destination to most but often underappreciated. Douglas Provincial Park (1 hr S of Saskatoon on Hwy 19) is home to a sand hills landscape easily reached by a short hike and much more accessible than its larger cousin, the Great Sand Hills, to the southwest. The sandy landscape extends to the lake, and Douglas offers some of the finest beaches in the province. Just up the road, the small town of Elbow (elbowsask.com) has what is possibly the only small town bar in
Saskatchewan with a rooftop patio. It is also home to the marina at Lake Diefenbaker where sailing, golfing, fishing and more are part of what makes this a popular getaway for people across the province. Finally, Gardiner Dam is an impressive structure just a few kilometers off the main route back to Saskatoon and makes for an interesting diversion for the dozens of pelicans that pluck fish from the water spilling from the bottom of the dam.
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Text and photos by Danny Bradbury
Northern Lakeland Wonders Lac La Ronge: Retracing the path of fur traders and rediscovering the open road I lived eleven years in Saskatchewan, experiencing it only as flat prairie. Then I went north on Highway 2 and found a whole different world. For vacationers, La Ronge and its surrounds offer a rich variety of natural wonders. There are four Saskatchewans; the flat, bald prairie in the south, with its mammoth skies, which gives way to three other less-travelled regions to the north. Travel past Prince Albert, dubbed The Gateway to the North”, and you’ll see the landscape shifting, turning into boreal forest, with coniferous trees growing thicker and wider the further you travel. Prince Albert is the last major centre on the way to the many mining and First Nations communities that dot the northern landscape. A further 250 km north of PA, Highway 2 morphs into Highway 102. There you’ll find Lac La Ronge,
sitting on the edge of the third northernmost zone: the Canadian Shield. And the land here changes yet again: the forests remain, but the soil gets thinner, revealing the vast bedrock that stretches under virtually all of northern Canada. Ancient glaciers scraped this rock clean, leaving it poking up through the thin soil all the way across the northern half of the province. These outcrops of rock created the vast network of islands that dot northern Saskatchewan’s thousands of lakes, including those in Lac La Ronge Provincial Park, the largest such park in the province: it is one-third water and boasts more than 100 lakes and more than 1,000 islands. A Journey in Time The best attraction in the town of La Ronge (laronge.ca) is the lake itself, which offers excellent swimming, houseboating, lakeside leisure (i.e., fishing, hiking, biking, etc.) and camping. You’ll use it as a jumping-
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off point for daily excursions, where you’ll immerse yourself in its slowmoving, ancient history. One of the best examples of this history lies in your first sightseeing stop: the Nipekamew Sand Cliffs (main photo; 50 km S of La Ronge off Hwy 165). They’re on few maps, hidden away and often found only via word of mouth. Tucked away along a gravel logging road next to Highway 165, there are three such cliffs at the end of a 1.5 km hike that will take you back in time 100 million years. The fragile cliffs stand on one side of the narrow Nipekamew River, and their sand is itself sediment from a far greater, older river that slipped off the shield into a vast, shallow sea covering much of southern Saskatchewan. These sands formed into irregular columns, now topped by jackpine and spruce. You can wade into the river and picnic on the far shore, enjoying the quiet as you contemplate the incredible, millennial movement of the sands that created these natural sculptures. Plan on spending at least half a day exploring the cliffs.
Stanley Mission The next day, we journeyed 80 km northeast of La Ronge to Stanley Mission, a town on a far broader body of water: the Churchill River, which was central to the centuriesold fur trade. This tiny hunting and fishing town is famous for Holy Trinity Anglican Church (bottom photo, opposite page), which is the oldest standing building in Saskatchewan. Built from 1854–1860 by Rev. Robert Hunt, the church used materials bought from England and stands on the opposite side of the river from the town, reachable by boat. We rented a boat (bottom photo, facing page) and captain from Jim’s Camp (on Facebook; $250/per 6 people), a decades-old family business in Stanley. Jim himself has long since passed away, but his son now takes tourists out on the river. It’s difficult to decide which is more captivating: the building itself, which is more like a cathedral with its 23-metre spire, or the cemetery behind it. The latter spot is the resting place of many residents over the years, including several priests who worked in the area. It is visually stunning, not only because of its location but also owing to its
multi-coloured fencing and grave markers in vivid reds, white, purples and blues (middle photo, opposite page). These colours are echoed on the interior walls of the church. While still used for ceremonies, the building, surrounded by river on three sides, is almost always deathly silent, and beyond it to the northwest lies nothing but hundreds of kilometres of wilderness. It’s the perfect spot for quiet mediation, but our boat was waiting, so we pushed on. A River Ride to the Falls The boat ride encompasses more than the church. From there, we sped 18 km east, navigating around various islands and hopping over frothing rapids, stopping briefly en route to see ancient pictograms on the water’s edge. We arrived at Jim’s fishing camp and from there hiked 1 km to our ultimate destination: Nistowiak Falls. These ten-metre high falls are among the highest in the province, and Lac La Ronge takes this boiling, foaming path as it drains into the Churchill River. Going to La Ronge in April at the start of the season as we did has its downsides. At night, temperatures got below freezing, which meant minimal
opportunities for lazing outside. But it did mean that the falls were still banked in places with snow from the winter, making for an entrancing combination of crashing water and serene stillness. It also meant we avoided mosquitoes and the devastating wildfires that ravaged the region in June and July. Otter Rapids Finally, from the falls, we headed north to Missinipe, a small hamlet approximately 80 km north of La Ronge. Missinipe rests on the west side of Otter Lake and is a gateway point to the Churchill River. It is a haven for hunters, who can use it as a jumping-off point for hunting and fishing camps further north, using the float planes that take off from the lake. We ate at Thompson Camps (adventuredestinations.ca/lodges), a resort featuring a modern lounge with better-than-average food and a beautiful view of the lake. North of Missinipe, the road sheds its bitumen surface and snakes another 6 km to the northernmost sightseeing point of our trip: Otter Rapids. These moderate rapids see Otter Lake spill back into the Churchill River system and are popular with
adventurous canoeists. They sit next to a campground located just after an iron bridge (top photo, facing page) that runs directly across them, making it one of the few channels that can be reached easily by road. Otter Rapids is an excellent, quiet spot to stay for a day or three, hidden away from more active areas to the south. The place was more or less empty at the start of the season, although less determined campers will want to wait until at least June. From Otter Rapids, Highway 102 wanders north through dense forest before turning into Highway 905, which reaches all the way to Stony Rapids, the northernmost point in the province accessible by road. Looking back at the northern side of the Otter Rapids bridge, it seemed like a gateway into an almost untouched wilderness where most people will never venture. Post script: Whole towns, including La Ronge, were evacuated this summer due to huge wildfires, and their smoke hung heavy over Saskatoon for days. It was a reminder—as if anyone who has visited the north would ever need it—that this is nature’s domain.
SWITCH IT UP! THE PRAIRIE LILY RIVERBOAT CRUISES A better or more beautiful way to experience the South Saskatchewan and the heart of Saskatoon there isn’t. Step aboard The Prairie Lily (306-955-5459; theprairielily.com), a well-appointed river boat that does regular cruises from its launch site near the old Mendel Art Gallery (see p. 36; map 2, A8) heading upriver under three bridges and back in 90 minutes. Check the website for tour schedules and private bookings. All regularly scheduled cruises last 90 minutes and are fully licensed. This commercial passenger ferry can accommodate up to 119 people on its two decks and is ready to sail, rain or shine, until early October, weather permitting. Evening trips as the sun sets remain popular and bring out the budding photographer in many. And for a memorable meal, take in either the Captain’s Sunday Brunch (boarding at 11am, departs
at 11:30am; tickets from $49.95) or a weekend Dinner Cruise (6pm boarding, 6:30pm departure; from $56.95). Note: reservations for either are essential.
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An aging elevator sags earthward in Horizon, SK.
One of the first ghost towns I found was Bounty [about 20 km west of Rosetown]. A tiny village overrun by wild trees and foliage climbing through the cracks in the pavement, the houses were a compelling mixture of mystery and disheartening. On the edge of what used to be Main Street was a theatreâ€”now boarded up, the structure the only thing left with the townâ€™s name still intact. The rest of the houses were similarly abandoned, wood siding left to rot in the elements. Everyone was gone. Outside one of the shambling buildings was a mess of garbage: furniture, an old teddy bear and VHS videotapes. Feeling brave, a friend and I entered one of the buildings to snap a few photos. Inside was a tornado of broken belongings and nameless stories that only offered hints of what life was once like in this now-abandoned hub. We never found out why they all left. Welcome to Ghost Town Saskatchewan, just one of many decaying small towns that litter the prairies. These ghost structures, whether a slowly disappearing town or a farmhouse collapsing in on itself, are a dusty record of the past, a small piece of history of agrarian life that is fading away. But the real attraction is the cryptic riddle of why someone would leave behind an entire house, belongings and all.
Doors open to the elements in West Bend, SK.
Text and photos by Chris Morin
The vast, wind-swept prairies reclaim abandoned settlements one by one, creating a landscape full of mystery and crumbling buildings often best left to collapse under their own weight
Human detritus, Catherwood, SK.
A lonely stretch of corridor, West Bend.
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The remains of a bygone era along Main Street, West Bend.
Nature begins to reclaims Textanby Sarah Stefanson erstwhile theatre, West Bend. The crazy lean of an old farm building, Horizon.
Despite all the talk of our province’s current boom times, there is still plenty of physical evidence of the bust left behind. While our cities gobble up the past, replacing the historic bricks and mortar with parking lots, the real heritage lies dormant in our small towns. Most of Saskatchewan’s ghost towns aren’t too hard to find. Some are still populated, barely, but unraveling. Some are simply a name on a map, with only a lonely grid to guide you through endless fields and farms. Others are still marked by dilapidated grain elevators, those prairie staples that are crumbling but still oddly beautiful. And as much as you’d want to explore the great musty innards of such an edifice, it’s probably a really poor decision. Some ghosts are best left undisturbed.
Chris Morin (aka Chrix Morix) is a content editor, features writer, illustrator and musician. In addition to running the news and lifestyle blog Ominocity. com, Morin has also been published in the National Post, The Toronto Star, The Star Phoenix, Exclaim, Planet S, Briarpatch, Broken Pencil and Papirmasse. He has interviewed hundreds of bands from Canada and around the world, plus reviewed dozens of music festivals in North America and Europe. Morin plays guitar and bass for Slow Down Molasses, and self-publishes his tour diaries as zines. @chrixmorix
SWITCH IT UP! HISTORIC CYCLING/ WALKING TOURS OF SASKATOON
RIDE THE RAILS IN SOUTHERN SASK Those already heading to the south of the province can ride the rails in Ogema, SK, Ogema, SK (1 hr S of Regina on Hwy 13) on the Southern Prairie Railway (1-855459-1200; southernprairierailway. ca). Ride in an authentic, early-20th century passenger wagon pulled by a restored diesel locomotive (an
MEC GE 44t 15 with DLW “Mount Holly” coach). Few such short lines remain in existence anywhere, let alone in the province. Take a 2.5-hour round trip eastward to Pangman for its farmers’ market, or westward to Horizon for a heritage tour of the old grain elevator, or to Horizon as part of the “Pitchfork Fondue” (Aug. 22 and Sept. 26 only; $47 for adults, $32 for children 4–11, children under 4 free).
In 2002, the City of Saskatoon’s Municipal Heritage Advisory Committee published, “Exploring the Wonder City—A historic driving tour of Saskatoon”. This civic guide book—reinterpreted with cyclists and pedestrians in mind—offers 10 wonderful city tours. Leave the car parked and go for a walk or a spin at the university, in Broadway or Riversdale districts, the downtown, City Park and more; each takes 45 minutes to 1 hour to complete. The tours are far better suited to cyclists than motorists, especially when you consider the ease of parking a bike when you spot a nice shop or café along the way. Guidebook available for free at Tourism Saskatoon (202 4th Ave. N), the Meewasin Interpretive Centre (402 3rd Ave. S) and at City Hall (222 3rd Ave. N).
Courtesy photo Another way of doing such tours is by Segway-style vehicles: Eco Glide Adventures (306-230-4590; ecoadventuressaskatoon.com) offers 1-hour tours (plus riding lesson) weekdays and on weekends ($39/ per person w/ a group of four; Sat/ Sun 10:30am, Wed/Thu/Fri 1:30pm) starting from the Sheraton Cavalier Hotel. It’s a lot easier than you think.
Text by Mike Tory
It’s a Local Rebellion, er, Revolution! Some of you may not know that this summer marks the 25th anniversary of a phoenix rising from the ashes of a tired multinational brewery to form the Great Western Brewing Company. The Original 16 lager they produce is a tip of the hat to the original 16 workers who banded together to save the brewery from the wrecking ball and start their own business. To celebrate this achievement, GW themselves won five awards at the 2014 World Beer Awards, including Gold for the Best Light Carb Lager. And this, after 25 years of making beer, is meant to be exciting news for Saskatoon? Not anymore.
In spite of GW doing everything they can to make Saskatoon a bastion of light, low carb ale, we are thankfully blessed by a recent surge in true craft brewing in Saskatoon. So much so, in fact, that if you walk into almost any reputable tavern in town, you will see a number of tap handles you may not recognize. And by reputable, I mean one that doesn’t have their taps paid for by one of the larger breweries (GW would never do that, would they?)—an under the table practice that has hindered the emergence of smaller breweries which don’t have the budget to send bar owners to golf tournaments and NHL games—until now, because real craft
in brewing is on the rise and poised to take over the market. So, next time you are in your local bar, count the number of small, local brewery taps, and if you don’t see at least one from Nokomis, 9 Mile Legacy, Black Bridge, Rebellion, Paddock Wood, Prairie Sun, Mus Knuckle or Saskatoon Brewery, ask them why. If they tell you it’s simply because the they haven’t tried it, then bring them down to Rotary Park over August 28th and 29th to join in Saskatoon’s first ever outdoor beer festival: YXE Beer Fest (see p. 30 for more on this)—it’s going to be a blast! Craft beer is here, so consider visiting one of the following local establishments for a taste of it!
6Twelve Lounge Amigo’s Cantina Boffins Club Bon Temps Café Cactus Club Café Congress Beer House Drift Sidewalk Café Earl’s Finn’s Irish Pub Flint Saloon The Grazing Goat
The Hollows Nosh Eatery & Tap O’Shea’s Irish Pub Odd Couple Original Joes locations Prairie Harvest Café Prairie Sun Café Stacked Burger Bar Winston’s English Pub The Woods Ale House The Yard & Flagon
Key: $ - meals under $15; $$ - $15–30; $$$ - over $30
LOUNGES & PUBS
Ayden Kitchen & Bar 265 3rd Ave. South; aydenkitchenandbar.com. Former Top Chef Canada winner Dale MacKay packs ‘em in nightly. Open Mon– Fri 11:30am–2pm, 5:30–11pm, Sat 5:30–11pm. $$$
Afghan Kabob & Donair 3-100 2nd Ave. South; on Facebook. The full menu is worth the wait, and the kebabs are delicious. Open Mon–Sat 11am–10pm. $ Bon Temps Café 223 2nd Ave. South; bontempscafe. ca. Seafood creole, chicken and sausage Jambalaya, big crawfish boils and regular live music. Open daily 11am–9pm. $$ Cesar’s Cakes & Café 11-3000 Diefenbaker Dr.; on Facebook. Filipino kare kare (peanut stew w/ beef), tokwat baboy (steamed pork and fried tofu) and more. Open Tue–Sat 8am–8pm, Sun 8am–5pm. $ Konga Café 204 Ave. H North; kongacafe.com. The place to go for classic Jamaican jerk or curried chicken (or goat). Yeah, mon! Open Tue–Thu 4–9pm, Fri–Sat 11am–11pm. $ Mardi Gras Grill 239 Idylwyld Dr. South; on Facebook. Louisiana po’ boys (gator!), blackened catfish, southern-style grits and heaps mo’. Open Tue–Wed noon–9pm, Thu–Sun 11am–10pm. $$ Prairie Sun Brewery Café 2020 Quebec Ave.; prairiesun.ca. The beer is great but so is the hearty fare from the kitchen (by Wild Cuisine Catering). Open Mon–Sat 11am–7pm. $$ Saba’s African Cuisine 901 22nd St. West. Use the bread, called injera, and with your hands scoop up spicy servings of delicious Ethiopian/Eritrean food. Open Tue–Sun 4:30–10:30pm. $$ Wanuskewin Restaurant RR 4, Penner Road; wanuskewin.com. Enjoy the surroundings and “First Nations cuisine with a modern flair.” Open daily 9am–4:30pm, holidays 11am–4:30pm. $
2nd Avenue Bar & Grill 123 2ndAve. South;
Bell n’ Whistle Bar & Bistro 243 2nd Ave. South;
bellnwhistle.ca. Gastro-pub fare and superb cocktails in the old Royal Bank building (vault doors and all). Open Mon–Sat from 11am, Sun from 10am. $$
Congress Beer House 215 2nd Ave. South; congress-
beerhouse.com. Dozens of draught beers, daily lunch specials and lots of space. Open daily 11am–2am. $$
Earl’s 610 2nd Ave. North; earls.ca. Set in the old McGavin’s Bread Building north of the downtown, this chain includes an adjacent draft beer bar and the Bacchus Lounge. Open daily from 11:30am $$ The Grazing Goat 208 20th St. West; grazing-
goatgoodeats.com. Lots of wood, open spaces, great nibbles and local craft beers. Open Mon–Sat 11am–2pm, 5–10pm. $$
The Hollows 334 Ave. C South; thehollows.ca. An
eclectic eatery serving local foods in novel ways. Open Wed–Sat 5:30–10pm, Sat–Sun 11am–2pm. $$$
Leyda’s Café 112 20th St. West; leydas.ca. Glutenand nut-free “experiential” cooking. Flowing, open kitchen design. Health-positive choices on their simple menu. Open Tue–Sat 11am–10pm. $$$ Prairie Harvest Café 2917 Early Dr.; prairiehar-
vestcafe.com. Recently ranked among the top 100 restaurants in Canada. Open Tue–Thu 11am–9pm, Fri–Sat 11am–10pm. $$
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2ndavegrill.com. A downtown favourite for Friday lunch and 5 o’clock drinks. Open Mon–Sat from 11am. $$
6Twelve Lounge 612 Spadina Cres. East; 6twelve. ca. Original cocktails and funky atmosphere in the Sheraton Cavalier Hotel. Open daily from 11am. $$$ Fionn MacCool’s 355 2nd Ave. South; primepubs.com.
Pour beer right at your table in this chain resto-pub with an extensive menu and live music. Open daily from 11am. $$
O’Shea’s Irish Pub 222 2nd Ave. South; osheasirishpub.ca. A classic pub with a great deck and a wee little door for leprechauns. Open Mon–Fri 11am–2am, Sat–Sun 10am–2am. $$ The Rook & Raven 154 2nd Ave. South; on
Facebook. A downtown staple for a business lunch, scotch or both. Open daily 11am–10pm. $$
Spadina Freehouse 608 Spadina Cres. East;
thefreehouse.com. Always buzzing with live music and good pizza. Open Mon–Sat from 11am. $$
Winston’s English Pub 243 21st St. East;
winstonspub.ca. The most beers on tap in the city, heaps of Old World charm. Open daily from 11am. $$
The Woods Ale House 148 2nd Ave. North;
thewoodsalehouse.com. Craft beers from Paddock Wood, plus good pub fare. Open Mon 4pm–midnight, Tue–Thu 11am–1am, Fri–Sat 11am–2am. $$ The Yard & Flagon 718 Broadway Ave.; yardandﬂagon.ca. It’s the only place to go for a pint with a burger on Broadway. Open Mon–Sat from 11am, Sun from noon. $$
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Gourmet Snacks & Home-Cooked Meals
Text by Penny McKinlay
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Often relying too much on gas station junk food to sustain you on a long road trip? It’s easy to switch! Is a hot dog your go-to camp food? Are prepackaged goods the only things you consider for a road trip? There are other options. With a little advance planning, you can enjoy gourmet snacks and home-cooked meals, whether you’re driving across Canada or backpacking in Grasslands National Park. ROAD TRIPS If you like to snack when you’re on a long road trip, pack the cooler with lots of small dishes— quinoa salad, veggies and dip, samosas, dolmades (grape leaf-wrapped rice with meat), a bag of cherries and a couple of apples or peaches. It doesn’t take long to assemble a combination of dried fruit and nuts either, or to make a batch of Planet Organic Cosmic Cookies (tastebook.com/ recipes/1481832-Cosmic-Cookies). CAMPING My brother and his wife like to travel light when they head out on a backpacking trip so they have invested in a good-quality food dehydrator. Dried fruit puree is much more flavourful than store-bought fruit leather. Strawberries and rhubarb from your garden can be dried and later
rehydrated with a little sugar to make a refreshing sauce on top of homemade granola. Vegetarian dishes such as chili or peanut stew are easy to dry and rehydrate. You can even dry your favourite tomato sauce for a quick pot of spaghetti. Looking for more ideas? Check out The Hungry Hiker’s Book of Good Cooking by Gretchen McHugh or The Wilderness Cookbook by Bonnie McTaggart, Chum McLeod and Jill Bryant. WATER You’ve already packed your travel mug and water bottle, but if you’ll be camping you may also want to pack a filter to take advantage of river or lake water. If you’re travelling in the tropics, water purification tablets, such as Aquatabs, are easy to pack and will save you from buying a needless supply of bottled water. Penny McKinlay is a freelance communications consultant and a partner in EcoFriendly Sask, which encourages local environmental initiatives through an online publication and small grants. @EcoFriendlySask
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food+drink Feast at Festive, Food-based Events this Fall PotashCorp Fringe Festival For Saskatoon foodies, the feasting starts midway through summer with the Fringe Festival (potashcorpfringe.ca): think food trucks of every description, the on-street eats of small-time vendors and block after block of Broadway Avenue (see p. 36; map 3, C2–D2) is closed to traffic so you can enjoy it all on the street.
Ukrainian Day in the Park
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This big Ukrainian party (facebook.com/UkrainianDayInThePark) steps it up this year by offering more than just Aunt Kathy’s Perogies and borscht: pork shashlyk! The dancing, music and food returns to Kiwanis Park by the Bes (p. 36, map 2, E6) for the first time in years, and beyond the cultural attractions is this barbecue staple from the former Soviet Union: skewered hunks of tender, marinated meat grilled to perfection over hot coals and typically served with plenty of beer. A summer staple for Ukrainians if there ever was one. Starts at 11am; free admission.
Folk Fest (saskatoonfolkfest.ca) is a global tour in gastronomy where its pavillions will feature the likes of jerk chicken (Caribbean), butter chicken (Indian), haggis (Scottish), holubtsi (Ukrainian) and bratwurst (German) to name just a few. What makes citywide Folk Fest so enticing is that the food being served is often not available anytime or anywhere else but at festival time, owing to the work of many local, small-scale catering companies or local volunteers.
YXEats (riversdale.ca/yxeats and on Facebook) kicks off a fun, fresh and new way of tucking into the foods of eclectic Riversdale district, where more than a dozen neighbourhood eateries and the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market will offer specially priced items not normally found on their menus (and often paired with a drink). Menus and meal prices TBA. The event will culminate on Sunday, Sept. 6, with a Long Table Brunch (11am; tickets $25/person). Join 150 people for a seat at a special table to be erected down the centre of 20th Street West (p. 36; map 2; E2), part of which will be closed for the occasion.
YXE Beer Fest
This inaugural barley bash (yxebeerfestival.ca) takes advantage of the city’s deepening love affair with craft beers to host an open-air drinking party in Rotary Park (p. 36; map 3, B1) complete with live music and food trucks. In all, 30 vendors will be present, including 4 local breweries—9 Mile, Paddock Wood, Prairie Sun, Saskatoon Brewing House—and many regional ones (Black Bridge, Mus Knuckle, Nokomis Craft Ales, Rebellion Brewing Co.) Tickets are $35 in advance/$40 at the door.
Prairie Feast (universe.com/prairiefeastyxe) is a collaborative dinner (7pm; dress code; tickets $265/person) hosted by Dale McKay of Ayden Kitchen & Bar and celebrating Saskatchewan’s culture and heritage. This Prohibitionthemed event features McKay and Nathan Guggenheimer of Ayden and renowned chefs from: Charcut Roasthouse & charbar (Calgary, AB); Fable (Vancouver, BC); Mallard Cottage (St. John’s, NL); Wolf in the Fog (Tofino, BC); and Ruby Watchco (Toronto). Live entertainment, gambling stations and all proceeds go to benefit C.H.E.P. Good Food Inc. and the Ayden Young Chef Scholarship. At the Western Development Museum (2610 Lorne Ave.)
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The city’s food trucks (yxestreetfood.com/ festival) return to River Landing (p. 36; map 2, F4) for a second year with live music and 14 trucks in all. New to this year’s festival (11:30am–9:30pm) will be SoomSoom (Middle Eastern), Gangster’s Italian Sandwiches (Italian), Cocoa (coffee & treats), Perogie Pirates (Ukrainian) and Rebel Melt (southern homestyle). Bring comfy walking shoes, pants with an elastic waistband and a big appetite.
The non-profit Saskatchewan Environmental Society hosts its 10th-annual fundraising dinner (environmentalsociety.ca/events), which unites a community of people who share a belief in healthy living and a sustainable future. The feast (6pm; tickets $80/person) features entertainment and delicious foods made with local products and prepared by local chefs: Darby Kells (Capanna Pizza); Jenni Willems (Saskatoon Farmers’ Market); Kent Rumpel (Park Café); James McFarland (University of Saskatchewan); Christopher Hill (Delta Bessborough Hotel). At Marquis Hall (U of S campus, 51 Campus Dr.)
painted by Monet (above); it’s the view from this once-exclusive restaurant, now open to the public. (106-111 Research Dr.; boffins.ca)
2. Scarlet This new space in the Sheraton Cavalier Hotel looks out onto Kiwanis Park. (612 Spadina Cres. E; scarletrestaurant.com) 3. Earl’s Huge drinks, house-made eats and greenery highlight this urban oasis. (610 2nd Ave. North; earls.ca) 4. Hudson’s Tap House The wraparound deck and people watching keep this spot busy. (401 21st St. E; hudsonscanadaspub.com) 5. Saboroso A popular, bustling patio on the city’s east side. (2600 8th St. E; saboroso.ca)
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The Low-Down on Low-Cost Eats Text by Paul Miazga Dumpster diving it is not: getting a tasty and healthy meal or snack for little cash helps students and working people alike. It’s also the essence of what makes it so satisfying to compare notes with friends on where they get cheap eats—it’s information you know you’ll act on, unlike those pizza and burger coupons attached to your fridge. Add these spots to your regular rounds for lunch, snacking or whenever you’re feeling a wee bit peckish and stretch that food dollar a little further. • $5 Grab-n-go sandwiches (Mon–Sat, 3pm– close, Riversdale Deli & Market). When it’s late and you’re in for something fresh and filling, this is it. • $6.95 noodle bowls with spring rolls (almost daily, Thien Vietnam); pho with bahn mi (daily; Asian Hut). The noodle bowls downtown at Thien are a staple for many, while the pho at Asian Hut has to be seen to be believed. • $8 mini-pizza and a pint of draught beer (Wednesdays, Aroma). This is a weekly pilgrimage for friends, co-workers, sports teams and more. • $10/12 samosas (daily; Swadesh Supermarket; two locations: 1902 8th St. E, 2102 22nd St. W). These things are massive, always fresh and come with free housemade plum dipping sauce. Their veg pakoras and other treats are usually 2 for $1 too. • $10 tacos and a pint of local craft beer (Tuesdays, The Grazing Goat). If you get the chicken tacos, then you’re in luck. If you get the fish, consider yourself even luckier. You’ll be finished the tacos long before the beer starts to turn warm. • $10 perogy dinner (last Friday night of the month, Holy Trinity Orthodox Church Auditorium, 919 20th St. W). It’s not just the Ukrainian students at the U of S and Sask Polytechnic that eagerly await this event, where the food is lovingly handprepared and served by church volunteers. • 50% off all burgers (Sundays, Stacked Burger Bar). Feasting on Kobe beef might sound incredibly self-indulgent, but this is about saving money, not living like a saint. • AYCE (all under $20): fish/shrimp (Tuesdays/Thursdays, Joey’s); East Indian buffet (Desi Dhaba, Mogul Divaan, Spicy Bite, Spicy Time); salad bar (The Granary, Saboroso). What more could you ask for?
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CAFÉS & DINERS
Citizen Café & Bakery 18 23rd St. E; citizencafe-
Bliss Fine Food 1002 Broadway Ave.; blissﬁnefood.
andbakery.ca. Sandwiches, soups and hot bevvies named for revolutionaries. Open Mon–Fri 7am–5pm, Sat 10am–4pm. $$ City Perks Two locations: 801 7th Ave. N, 627 Brand Court; cityperks.ca. Tastefully lit, great coffee and a fine weekend brunch. Open Mon–Fri 7am–10pm, Sat 8am–6pm, Sun 9am–5pm. $ Collective Coffee 220B 20th St. W; collectivecoffee. com. Inside The Two Twenty co-work space, it’s where to get coffee in Riversdale. Open Mon–Sat 8am–6pm, Sun 10am–6pm. $ d’Lish by Tish Café 702A 14th St. E; on Facebook. A sublime hideaway off Broadway with cozy nooks and delicious, fresh food. Open daily 8am–10pm. $ Drift Sidewalk Café 339 Ave. A S; driftcafe.ca. This creperie is airy, sunny and always buzzing with life. Open Tue–Sat 8am–4pm, Sun 10am–3pm. $S Earth Bound Bakery & Deli 220-1820 8th St. E; earthboundbakery.blogspot.ca. A wholly organic bakery serving memorable sammys and soups. Open Tue–Sat 9am–5pm. $$ Honey Bun Café 167A 2nd Ave. S; honeybun.ca. One of the downtown’s best and quickest lunch spots. Open Mon–Fri 7am–4pm, Sat 9am–4pm. $ Little Bird Patisserie & Café 258 Ave. B S; thelittlebird.ca. Some say they hve the best desserts in the city. Open Tue–Sun 10am–5pm. $$ Museo Coffee 730A Broadway Ave.; museocoffee. com. European feel, plus sticky cinnamon buns and other baked goods. Open daily 8am–6pm. $ Park Café 512 20th St. W; parkcafe.ca. This fan favourite in Riversdale is as classic a diner experience as it gets. Open daily 8am–4pm. $ Poached Breakfast Bistro 259 2nd Ave. S; on Facebook. Stuffed French toast, maple pecan bacon and other breakfast options. Open daily 8am–2pm. $$
Riversdale Deli & Market 101C 20th St. W;
riversdaledeli.ca. Deli sandwiches, fresh soups and a market with meats, cheeses, antipasti. Licensed too. Open Mon–Fri 10am–8pm, Sat 9am–7pm. $ Underground Café 430 20th St. W; underground cafe430.ca. Tasty panini, lots of space to chill and live music. Open Mon–Sat 8am–6pm, Sun 10am–6pm. $
LATIN AMERICAN EE Burritos 102 Ave. P South; eeburritos.com. Friday
night salsa dance parties and top-notch food. Open Mon– Thu 10am–9pm, Fri 10am–2:30am, Sat 11am–9pm. $$ La Bamba Café 3-1025 Boychuk Dr.; labambarestaurant.ca. It’s fresh, authentic and a true taste of Mexico. Open Sun–Thu 4–8pm, Fri–Sat 11:45am–8:30pm. $$ Las Palapas Resort Grill 901 Victoria Ave.; laspalapas.ca. A buzzing eatery and lounge not far from Broadway. Open daily 11am–11pm. $$ Mi Casa Restaurante 618 Circle Dr.; micasarestaurante.ca. Mexican and El Salvadorean dishes such as pupusas, pescado frito and more. Open Tue–Sat 11am–8pm, Sun noon–8pm. $ Saboroso Brazilian Steakhouse 40-2600 8th St. E; saboroso.ca. Beef, chicken and pineapple roasted on the rodizio. Open Mon–Thu from 4:30pm, Fri–Sat from 4pm, Sun 10:30am–2pm. $$
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com. Appetizers, salads and mains with a touch of elegance. Open Tue–Sat 11am–2pm and from 5pm. $$$ Calories 721 Broadway Ave.; calories-restaurant.ca. An ever-changing menu with local produce, desserts to die for and a deep wine list. Open Mon–Thu 11am– 10pm, Fri–Sat 11am–10pm, Sun 10am–4pm. $$$ Carver’s Steakhouse 612 Spadina Cres. E; carverssteakhouse.ca. Top steaks and lots of specialorder wines. Recently renovated. In the Sheraton Cavalier Hotel. Open daily 5–10pm. $$$ Cut Casual Steak & Tap 416 21st St. E; cutcasualsteak.com. An open kitchen, wine rooms and live music. Open Mon–Sat from 11am, Sun from noon. $$$ Flanagan’s Steak House 243 21st St. E; ﬂanaganssteakhouse.com. Edwardian décor, AAA steaks and the city’s deepest wine list. Open Mon–Fri 7am–11pm, Sat 8am–11pm, Sun 8am–noon. $$$
St. Tropez Bistro 238 2nd Ave. S; sainttro-pezbistro. ca. A family-run spot presenting French cuisine with regional influences, plus house-grown herbs and edible flowers. Open Wed–Sun 4–11pm. $$$ Trufﬂes Bistro 230 21st St. E; trufﬂesbistro.ca. Parisian charm, tasty brunches and a three-course Table d’hôte at this beloved eatery. Open Mon–Sat from 5pm; Sat 10am–2:30pm, Sun 10am–2pm. $$$
ITALIAN Bottega Trattoria 110 2nd Ave. North; on Face-
book. Authentic Italian dining with a focus on fresh, simple ingredients. Open Sun–Thu 11am–10pm; Fri–Sat 11am–11pm. $$
Euforia Trattoria 255 3rd Ave. South; on Facebook. True Italian artistry brought to life using classic recipes and the Old World flavours of Italy. Open Mon–Thu 5–9pm, Fri–Sat 5–10pm. $$ Il Salici Ristorante 382 Cartwright St.; Willowsgolf. com. Rustic Italian fare at the delightful Willow’s Golf & Country Club. Open Mon–Sat 11am–2pm, 5–10pm, Sun 10am–2pm. $$
Primal 423 20th St. West; Primalpasta.ca. Experienced local chefs Christie Peters and Kyle Michales (The Hollows) serve fresh pasta and more in this dark, earthy space. Open Wed–Sat 5pm–10pm. $$$
Taverna 219 21st St. East; on Facebook. This downtown staple for Italian dining has been around for decades (even Oprah has dined here). Open Mon–Fri 11am–10pm, Sat–Sun 5–10pm. $$$
VEGETARIAN Garlic Guru 414 Ave. B South; garlicguru.ca.
Vegetarian and raw food eats at this spot in the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market. Open Tue–Fri 10am– 5pm, Sat 8am–2pm, Sun 10am–3pm. $
Nosh Eatery & Tap 820 Broadway Ave.;
nosheateryandtap.com. Artful vegetarian meals that are tasty and yet satisfy one’s daily nutritional needs. Open Mon–Sat 11am–11pm, Sun noon–11pm. $$
Thrive Juice Bar 137 20th St. West; thrivejuiceco.
com. Fresh, cold-pressed juices, super-food smoothies, salads and it’s all organic. Open Mon–Tue 8am–6pm, Wed–Fri 8am–7pm, Sat 9am–6pm, Sun 10am–4pm. $$
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CHINESE Genesis 901 22nd St. W. Lots of seafood, plus Crab Rangoon, paper-wrapped chicken and vegetarian mains. Open daily 11am–9pm. $$ Mandarin Restaurant 245 20th St. W. One of the city’s tried-and-true places for dim sum. Order ahead for their Peking Duck or sample their fresh seafood. Open Thu–Tue 11am–8pm. $$ Odd Couple 228 20th St. W; oddcouple.ca. Inspired pan-Asian cuisine, funky decor and stellar cocktails. Open Mon–Thu 11:30am–2pm, 4:30–11pm, Fri–Sat 11:30am–midnight. $$ Szechuan Kitchen 835 Broadway Ave.; szechuankitchen.ca. A busy eatery with daily specials in the Broadway area. Open Sun–Thu 11am–9:30pm, Fri–Sat 11am–10:30pm. $$ Yip Hong’s Dim Sum 1501 8th St. East; yiphongssaskatoon.com. Arrive early on weekends for their dim sum, which is the best in town. Open Wed–Thu 11am– 9:30pm, Fri–Sat 11am–10pm, Sun–Mon 11am–9pm. $$
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Aroma 405 20th St. East (in the Radisson Hotel).
Wood oven-fired pizzas, steaks and Mediterraneaninspired dishes, with vegan and gluten-free options. Open daily 6:30am–2pm, 4:30–10pm. $$
German Cultural Club 160 Cartwright St. (Lorne Ave. South); Saskatoongermanculturalcentre.ca. Schnitzel, sausages, struedel and German beers. Open Tue–Sat 11am–9pm; Sun 11am–2pm. $$ Riversdale Deli & Market 101C 20th St. West;
Riversdaledeli.ca. Deli sandwiches, fresh soups and a market with meats, cheeses, etc. Enjoy a beer or wine with cheese on the licensed patio. Open Mon– Fri 10am–8pm, Sat 9am–7pm. $ Taunte Maria’s Two location: 8-1724 Quebec Ave., 2210 Millar Ave.; Tauntema-rias.com. German Mennonite fare that includes house-made sausage, perogies and heart breakfasts. Open Mon–Fri 7am–3pm, Sat 8am–2pm. $ Upstairs Fondue 613 8th St. East; Ufondue.ca. The only place in the city serving this Swiss treat. Choose from cheese, oil and chocolate, or do all three. Open Tue–Thu 5–8pm, Fri–Sat 4–9:30pm, Sun 5–7:30pm. $$$ Touch of Ukraine 2401D 22nd St. West. Get your fill of Ukrainian standards at the buffet table (perogies, cabbage rolls, etc.) Open Wed–Fri 11:45am–2pm, 4:30–7:30pm. $
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Fuzion Sushi & Deli 2-100 2nd Ave. S. Various types of sushi rolls, rice and noodle bowls, plus bubble tea. Open Mon–Sat 10:30am–9pm. $ Go for Sushi 2105 8th St. E; goforsushibuffet.com. All-you-can-eat sushi in the Grosvenor Park Centre. Open daily 11am–10pm. $ Izumi 3010 Arlington Ave.; on Facebook. Head to suburbia for this simple place that does a mix of sushi and Korean favourites. Open Mon–Sat 11am–9pm. $ Nisen 240 22nd St. E; nisensaskatoon.com. All-youcan-eat sushi and Thai food in the city centre. Open Tue–Sun 11am–9:30pm. $ Otowa 227 2nd Ave. S; otowasaskatoon.com. Lunch specials for under $12 such as sukiyaki beef and teriyaki salmon. Open Mon–Sat 11am–9pm. $$
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Samurai 601 Spadina Cres. East (in the Delta Bessborough Hotel). True Japanese teppan yaki— with all the fire and flair. Open daily 5–10pm. $$$ Sushiro 737B 10th St. East; sushiro.com. Broadway’s best sushi and eclectic Japanese fare. Reservations here are a must. Open Mon–Sat 5pm–midnight. $$$ Seoul 334 20th St. West; Seoulsaskatoon.com. Use the iPad menus to order kimchee, bibimbap and tabletop barbecued meats. Open Mon–Sat 11am–9pm. $$
SEAFOOD Joey’s Two locations: 101-2100 8th St. East, 3 Worobetz
Pl.; Joeys.ca. Weekly AYCE specials on fish and shrimp. Open Mon–Sat 11am–9pm, Sun noon–8pm. $$ Red Lobster 2501 8th St. East; redlobster.ca. The North American standard with fish and seafood feasts. Open daily 11am–10pm. $$
SOUTH ASIAN Desi Dhaba 325 Ave. C S; on Facebook. The Indian
buffet here is outstanding, but order off the menu and expect even bigger rewards (it’s that good). Open daily 10am–10:30pm. $$ Mogul Divaan 2115 22nd St. W; moguldivaan.com. Traditional Pakistani fare featuring a buffet made fresh daily from family recipes. Open Tue–Sat 11:30am– 10pm, Sun 11:30am–9pm. $ Samosa King 3310 8th St. E; thesamosaking.ca. South Indian food in the Centre Mall, with dosas, samosas and way more. Open Mon–Tue, Sat 9:30am– 6pm, Wed–Fri 9:30am–9pm, Sun noon–5pm. $ Spicy Bite 113 3rd Ave. S; myspicybite.com. A top Indian buffet for lunch or supper right downtown in the Drinkle Building. Open Sun–Thu 11am–10pm, Fri–Sat 11am–midnight. $$ Spicy Time 4-3401 8th St. E; spicytime.ca. Their Indian buffet is known for having spice levels more like you’d find on the Asian subcontinent. Small dining area and often busy. Open daily 10am–10pm. $$
VIETNAMESE, THAI,... Asian Hut 320 Ave. C S. The best pho soup in town
and daily lunch deals at this gem in Riversdale. Open Mon–Fri 11am–2pm, 5–9pm, Sat–Sun 11am–9pm. $
Golden Pagoda 411 2nd Ave. N; Goldenpagoda.
ca. Try the green tea salad or coconut chicken soup. Open Mon–Fri 11am–2pm, Mon–Sat 5–9pm. $$
Keo’s 1013 Broadway Ave. Lao, Cambodian and Thai
mainstays in one locale. Open Sun–Mon 4:30–10pm, Tue–Sat 11am–2pm, 4:30–9pm. $$ Lien Thanh 311 Ave. A S. A charming old couple serve up homecooked meals at this hole in the wall. Open Tue–Sat 11am–9pm. $
Nutana Café 101-129 2nd Ave. N. Tasty curries,
tom sum, Pad Thai and desserts. Open Tue–Fri 11:30am–2:30pm, 4:30–9:30pm, Sat 11:30am–9pm. $$ Royal Thai 2-325 3rd Ave. N; Come.to/RoyalThai. Great Thai curries, noodle dishes and beyond. Open Mon–Sat 11am–9pm, Sun 4–9pm. $ Saskatoon Asian 136 2nd Ave. S. Pan-Asian cuisine in a sunny upstairs dining room. Open Mon-Sat 11am–2:30pm, 4:30–9pm. $$ Spicy Garden 1501 8th St. E; spicygarden.ca. Top eats in this busy strip mall, plus daily lunch specials. Open Sun, Tue–Thu 11am–8pm, Fri–Sat 11am–9pm. $
New Menu Items to Truly Savour An overview of recent changes at better restaurants citywide Capanna Pizzeria (101 20th St. W): Chef Darby Kells continues to impress. Not to be missed are his most recent introductions: a pickled shrimp and cherry salad with grilled polenta, chickpeas and sea buckthorn; a strawberry and boar bacon kale salad; and, the intriguing BC peach pizza with blue cheese and a tarragon cream sauce! Hudson’s Tap House (401 21st St. E): It’s almost as easy to list what’s not new at Hudson’s, which went through four chefs before coming up with its new menu, which includes: Three Sisters beef sliders with arugula, house-made bacon jam and Sriracha mayo; the Angry Shrimp Salad with a Tex-Mex twist; and, a creamy rich PB & J burger that’s too goo to be true. Leyda’s Café (112 20th St. W): New appetizers abound at this health-focussed nook headed by Spanish chef Miguel de Lucas Sintes: Spicy Diablo Mussels in a tomato sauce; Coconut Shrimp that come with a spicy beet chilli dip; and housemade bison chorizo and scallop mushroom caps with a sundried tomato dressing. Olé! Nosh Eatery & Tap (820 Broadway Ave.): Weekend brunch is the new open secret at this (mostly) vegetarian Broadway eatery. Chef Justin O’Reilly serves up almond ricotta pancakes, his own take on Eggs Benedict, and for “regular” dining, how about a vegetarian charcuterie platter for starters?
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BURGERS & ICE CREAM Fuddrucker’s 2910 8th St. E; fuddruckers.com.
Stacked Burger Bar 152 2nd Ave. S; stackedburgerbar.ca. Original burgers made fresh in-house, including their decadent Kobe beef burger. Open Mo–Thu 11am–11pm, Fri–Sat 11am–1am, Sun noon–11pm. $$
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Create your own burger from patties made fresh in-house (including bison) and top it with all the toppings you like for free. Open Mon–Thu 7am– 11pm, Fri–Sat 7am–midnight, Sun 8am–11pm. $$ Homestead Ice Cream 822 Victoria Ave.; homesteadicecream.ca. The city’s largest selection of ice cream and novelties, all made in-house. Expect line-ups out the door on hot days. Open daily noon–10pm. $ Jerry’s Two locations: 1115 Grosvenor Ave., 844 51st St. E; jerrys.ca. Eclectic decor, artisanal burgers and homemade ice cream (they do ice cream cakes to order). Open Sun–Thu 7am–11pm, Sun 9am–11pm. $$ Pink Cadillacs 113-412 Willow Grove Sq.; pinkcadillacs.ca. A 1950s-era diner with themed burger and sandwich names and milk shakes, malteds and more. Mon–Thu 7am–11pm, Fri–Sat 11am–1am. $$
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PotashCorp Playland at Kinsmen Park This entirely re-made children’s park now features a ferris wheel (pictured above), the all-new miniature Canpotex Train for the kids to ride, a splash park, slides, carousel and more. Admission $2; all rides require purchase of an additional ticket. Just off Spadina Crescent East across from the old Mendel Art Gallery (see map 2, A8, on the opposite page); saskatoon.ca/parks-recreation-attractions. OTHER ATTRACTIONS Bessborough Hotel and Gardens Saskatoon’s “Castle
on the River,” the “Bess” is arguably the city’s most photographed landmark, intentionally designed by Montreal architects Archibald and Schofield to resemble a Bavarian castle. Built by the CNR, it was completed in 1932. 601 Spadina Cres. East, 306-244-5521. Canadian Light Source Synchrotron A football field-sized research facility for light optics, particle acceleration and more that is also one of the largest laboratories in Canada. Guided tours (Mon, Tue, Thu)
00 Accommodations (downtown) 1. Delta Bessborough Hotel
(E6; 601 Spadina Cres. East, 306-244-5521)
2. Hilton Garden Inn
(C4; 90 22nd St. East, 306-244-2311)
3. Holiday Inn Saskatoon
(C3; 101 Paciﬁc Ave., 306-986-5000)
4. Holiday Inn Express
(D4; 315 Idylwyld Dr. North, 306-384-8844)
5. The James Hotel
(E7; 620 Spadina Cres. East, 306-244-6446)
6. Obasa Suites* (3 locations)
(map 2: B4, B6; map 3: B2; 1-877-996-2272)
7. Park Town Hotel
(B7; 924 Spadina Cres. East, 1-800-667-3999)
8. Radisson Hotel Saskatoon
(E5; 405 20th St. East, 306-665-3322)
9. Hotel Senator
(D4; 243 21st St. East, 306-244-6141)
10. Sheraton Cavalier Hotel
(D5; 612 Spadina Cres. East, 306-652-6770)
allow the public to see how extremely bright light is used to peer inside matter. 44 Innovation Blvd. (U of S campus), 306-657-3500; Lightsource.ca. Dakota Dunes Casino The only casino serving Saskatoon features slot machines, Texas Hold’Em poker, Blackjack, Roulette, a restaurant and regular live events. Check their online schedule for free regular shuttle service from pick-up points city-wide (e.g. Delta Bessborough Hotel). 204 Dakota Dunes Way (20 min. south on Hwy 219), 306-667-6400; Dakotadunescasino.com Diefenbaker Canada Centre The only combined Prime Ministerial archives, museum and research centre in Canada features cultural, educational, and historical collections from the life and times of 13th Prime Minister, John G. Diefenbaker. Free admission. Open Mon–Fri 9am–4:30pm. 101 Diefenbaker Place (U of S campus), 306-966-8384; Usask.ca/diefenbaker Forestry Farm Park and Saskatoon Zoo Open yearround, this designated National Historic Site is home to indigenous plants and animals, plus exotic creatures from similar climates. Call for tours of the former Superintendent’s Residence and grounds (306-2491315). Open daily 10am–8pm. Off Attridge Dr., 306975-3382; Saskatoon.ca /parks-recreation-attractions. Kiwanis Park Found along Spadina Crescent East, the city’s most scenic park sprawls along the South Saskatchewan River and pays tribute to the city’s war veterans. The Vimy Memorial bandshell, south of the Bessborough, honours those who served in WWI. A fountain along the river remembers those who died in WWII. The park also features statues of noteworthy Saskatonians Denny Carr and Ray Hnatyshyn. Knox United Church A designated municipal heritage building and finished in 1914, this two-storey, dark red brick building boasts beautiful stained-glass windows and acoustics that make it a regular venue for musical performances and other events. 838 Spadina Cres. East, 306-244-0159. Marr Residence This is the oldest house in Saskatoon on its original foundation. Built in 1884 by Alexander (Sandy) Marr, the home was used as a field hospital during the 1885 North-West Resistance. The Marr is a heritage site and supposedly haunted. It is open for special events on long weekends during the summer. 326 11th St. East, 306-652-1201; Themarr.ca. Meewasin Valley Trail and Visitor Centre The MVC
1. Best Western Blairmore
(airport & city)
16. Riviera Motor Inn (E6; 2001 Ave. B N, 306-242-
2. Best Western Royal Hotel
(E6; 1715 Idylwyld Dr. N, 306-244-5552)
17. Sandman Hotel Saskatoon (D6; 310 Circle Dr. W,
(I8; 1-1301 8th St. E, 306-343-1676) 4. Comfort Inn (D7; 2155 Northridge Dr., 306-934-1122)
5. Comfort Suites Saskatoon
15. Ramada Hotel (F7; 806 Idylwyld Dr. N, 306-665-
(H2; 306 Shillington Cres., 306-242-2299)
3. Colonial Square Inn & Suites
downtown offers public programs and services focusing on the city’s natural and cultural heritage. Interactive displays, an art gallery, gift shop and information on other city attractions. Open Mon–Fri 9am–5pm, weekends/holidays noon–5pm. 402 3rd Ave. South, 306665-6888; Meewasin.com. St. John’s Anglican Cathedral Saskatoon’s first Anglican cathedral incorporates brick, Tyndall stone and terra cotta in an unornamented neo-Gothic style. Completed in 1917, the cornerstone was laid in 1912 by then Governor General Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught. 816 Spadina Cres. East. The University of Saskatchewan The campus has many fine greystone buildings, including the neo-Gothic Thorvaldson Building, the College Building (classic Elizabethan shape in Collegiate Gothic style) and Nobel Plaza, so named to honour U of S alumni who have won the famed prize. Off College Drive; Usask.ca. U of S Observatory The observatory facilities (telescopes, other scientific equipment) at the U of S are available for use by both both students and visitors alike, with the facility staffed year-round on Saturday nights for public viewing. Phone 306-966-6393 to book a guided tour. Free admission. Open June–July 10–11:30pm; http://physics.usask.ca/observatory. Ukrainian Museum of Canada Dedicated to the Ukrainian settlers who contributed in large measure to the settlement of the prairies. Displays of embroidered fabrics, wood carvings, decorated Easter eggs (pictured) and ceramics. Open Tue–Sat 10am–5pm, Sun 1–5pm. 910 Spadina Cres. East, 306-244-3800; Umc.sk.ca. Wanuskewin Heritage Park The Northern Plains Cree used this site (pronounced Wah-nus-KAY-win; “living in harmony”) for thousands of years as a gathering and hunting place. Trails rich in history wind over more than 6km of parkland. Art galleries, theatre, restaurant serving First Nations cuisine and gift shop. Admission $10 for adults. Open daily 9am–4:30pm, 11am–4:30pm on holidays. 5km north on Wanuskewin Road, 306-931-6767; Wanuskewin.com. Western Development Museum Go back in time with a visit to 1910 Boomtown. More than 30 buildings—with a general store, blacksmith shop and jail—recreate the scene of a typical prairie town in the early 20th century. One of three such museums province-wide, the WDM in Saskatoon also has an extensive collection of rare and antique automobiles. Open daily 9am–5pm. 2610 Lorne Ave., 306-931-1910; Wdm.ca.
18. Saskatoon Inn Hotel (E6; 2002 Airport Dr., 306-
19. Super 8 Saskatoon (D7; 706 Circle Dr. E, 306(A5; 203 Bill Hunter Ave. 306-955-6565) 384-8989) 6. Confederation Inn (H3; 3330 Fairlight Dr., 306-384-2882) 20. Super 8 Saskatoon West (G5; 1414 22nd St. W, 7. Country Inn & Suites (D6; 617 Cynthia St., 306-934-3900) 306-974-2900) 8. Days Inn Saskatoon 21. Thriftlodge Saskatoon (E6; 1825 Idylwyld Dr. N, (E7; 2000 Idylwyld Dr. N, 306-242-3297) 306-244-2191) 9. Four Points Sheraton Hotel 22. Travelodge Hotel Saskatoon (D6; 106 Circle Dr. (K8; 103 Stonebridge Blvd., 306-933-9889) W, 306-242-8881) 10. Heritage Inn (E5; 102 Cardinal Cres., 306-665-8121) 23. Westgate Motor Inn (H5; 2501 22nd St. W, 30611. Marriott Courtyard Saskatoon Airport 382-3722) (E5; Aerogreen Cres., 306-986-4993) 24. Refresh Inn & Suites (H8; 1220 College Dr., 30612. Motel 6 Saskatoon (A5; 231 Marquis Dr., 306-665-6688) 934-5555) 13. Northgate Motor Inn (G7; 706 Idylwyld Dr. N, 25. Hamption Inn (K8; 105 Stonebridge Blvd., 306306-664-4414) 665-9898) 14. Northwoods Inn & Suites (G7; 610 Idylwyld Dr. N, 26. MainStay Suites (E5; 317 Aerogreen Cres., 306306-244-2901) 933-2622)
‘Growth and Aspiration’ An iconic sculpture by one of the country’s most beloved artists stands for the highest ideals of education and a local federation working to promote these
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Text and photo by Lisa Patrick To those who know him, the name Eli Bornstein conjures up images of striking metal work where panels of aluminum might call to mind a flower, a northern lakeland forest at sunset or even the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation. Yes, even teachers. Back in 1957, this American-born sculptor was commissioned by the STF to create a work of art to adorn the outside of the Federation’s office building in suburban Saskatoon. The resulting work, called Arbos (from the Latin meaning “tree”, implying “tree of knowledge”), stands nearly 4 metres tall and consists of dozens of panels of varying width and length. Visually striking like most of Bornstein’s works, the sculpture stands today out front of the STF building at 2317 Arlington Avenue as it has for more than half a century. This “slightly avant-garde tribute to education” epitomises Bornstein, an artist who, according to the STF, sought to evoke “the sense of growth and aspiration—an upward movement” in the teaching profession. Arbos has since become synonymous with the provincial teaching body: it is central to their logo and appears on all STF stationery and publications. In the words of the the STF, Arbos is a “positive symbol of the Federation that (has been) accepted by teachers throughout the province.” Other works by Bornstein can be seen in Saskatoon (just outside the Canadian Light Source facility on the U of S campus) and many other cities: Winnipeg (International Air Terminal); Regina (Wascana Centre Authority building); Ottawa (National Gallery of Canada); Minneapolis, MN (Walker Art Center); Ft. Lauderdale, FL (NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale); and Los Angeles (Fahey/Klein Gallery). Perhaps the most striking thing about this sculpture is that there is no plinth at its base denoting who created it, when or why (someone deserves a good lesson over this).
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