WANUSKEWIN a celebration of culture and nature
JENN SMITH NELSON
Wanuskewin’s winter wonderland creates unique wedding photo opportunities. Photos: Wanuskewin Heritage Park
nce a hidden gem, Wanuskewin Heritage Park, a historical centre and important archaeological site, has become a sought after wedding location. Situated above Opimihaw Creek near the west bank of the South Saskatchewan River, the park is mere minutes from the city of Saskatoon. According to its website, “Wanuskewin is a living reminder of our sacred relationship with
the land and the First Nations people.” It’s also a must-consider location for those looking to incorporate non-traditional or unique elements such as closeness to nature and the infusion of culture into their ceremonies. Though Wanuskewin centres on First Nations customs, cultures and heritage, it really is a place for everyone, offering rich and serene surroundings where a sense of connectedness is
prevalent. “Wanuskewin means different things to different people,” says sales and marketing manager Andrew McDonald. “The long history of the valley being a gathering place for over 6,000 years still rings true.” Today, the park continues to exist as a meeting place. As formal ideas for wedding ceremonies continue to evolve, people today want more than a location – they want something “that means something to them, or represents their passions,” McDonald says. Whether it is celebrating personal heritage, a connection to the outdoors or a desire for a unique facility or a stunning valley backdrop, the park has mass appeal for those tying the knot. “The park welcomes all people from around the world. I think that that is the feeling people get when they come here as well,” says McDonald.
Couples who book their wedding at Wanuskewin Heritage Park can enjoy full access to the park’s diverse facilities, from spacious common areas inside the interpretive centre to the outdoor amphitheatre.
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