Winter in Saskatoon is pretty grueling. Below 30 (Celsius) weather is to be expected. Hitting below 40 or 50 at least a week or so per winter is getting to be the norm.
But as long as you’ve got the right clothes and a little bit of grit, winter in Saskatoon can be pretty great.
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There are so many great things to do in Saskatoon in winter, but I’m trying to keep this list of activities as exclusive to Saskatoon as possible.
Tubing, skiing, and snowboarding (and of course tobogganing) right in the city! This is a new attraction to Saskatoon that holds a lot of promise! While lift passes and tubing and rentals cost money, tobogganing is still free.
The Enchanted Forest
Get in quick because this massive light display is on only from mid-November to early-January! At 20-years-old, the Enchanted Forest features light displays depicting Christmas carols, winter sports, and more! On most nights, a car is required to drive through the displays, but there is a walking night in November for those who want to get a closer look!
The Forestry Farm and Zoo
You get in FREE in the winter months! And if it’s a nicer winter day, the animals will be more active than on a sweltering summer one. Sure, it’s a little more chilly, but there are no crowds.
The Western Development Museum
Boomtown 1910 is a great museum all year round, but it gets a makeover for winter with fake snow on the rooftops. The museum also brings out the old Eaton’s Christmas display for the winter which features animatronics – these displays are around 50 years old! And of course, the festival of trees takes place at the WDM as well.
Skating at the Bess
This is another free activity (although donations are encouraged)! Skate in the heart of downtown Saskatoon with the beautiful Bess on one side and the South Saskatchewan River on the other. There are bedazzled trees and music is playing, and you can warm up in the chalet if you need.
Hot chocolate or apple cider at a local coffee shop.
Nothing feels like winter like warming up with a hot beverage after winter play. Some of my favourite Saskatoon hang outs include Prairie Ink (then you can go book shopping after), the Broadway Roastery, and Mystic Java.
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What’s a quintessential Saskatoon winter to you? Let me know in the comments!