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Saskatoon is the largest city in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, and it is located on the vast prairie and on the east-west Trans Canadian railroad. The town's name comes from the Saskatoon Berry, which grows in this area of the country.

The town of Saskatoon was founded in 1882, and from the city's first decades you can still see some heritage buildings in, for example, the neighborhoods of Nutana and Riversdale. These are quaint neighborhoods where you can stroll the main streets of Broadway Avenue and 20st Street, both featuring preserved buildings.

You can also choose to see Saskatoon from the waterfront on a river cruise. The South Satkatchewan River winds through the city and the steamer Prairie Lily sails slowly under the bridges and along the urban area. It is a fine activity and a tour that contrasts with the city life of modern downtown.

Saskatoons is one of the Canadian cities where the national railway company built a famous French château style railroad hotel. The Bessborough Hotel opened its doors in 1935. The hotel was the city's tallest building until 1966, when the Marquis Tower was built. The hotel is located between the South Satkatchewan River and the city's business district.

Other attractions
  • Boat Tours: A great way to see Saskatoon is on a boat trip through town on the South Saskatchewan River. On board the charming tour boat, The Prairie Lily, you pass some of the city's bridges.
  • Remai Modern: This is an art museum that opened in 2017 in a beautiful location on the banks of the South Satkatchewan River. There is a large and varied collection at the museum.
  • Wanuskewin Heritage Park: This is a museum and a cultural park where the history and culture of Native Americans is described in an interesting way.
  • Museum of Antiquities: This is a museum that opened in 1974 as part of the University of Saskatchewan collections. You can see Greek and Roman sculptures and much more.
History overview

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    Saskatoon is the province of Saskatchewan's largest city and located on the Transcanadian railway. With its many bridges across the South Saskatchewan River, the city is also called the "City of Bridges" or "The Prairie of Paris" and it is very telling of the cozy atmosphere that prevails in Saskatoon.

    Saskatoon's history dates back to 1882, when some Methodist Toronto would establish a new society that could avoid the city's use of alcohol in particular. Led by John Neilson Lake, they settled in present-day Saskatoon in 1882. The following year, Saskatoon was founded and it officially became a city in 1903. At that time, there were 4,500 residents of Saskatoon.

    Like so many other cities of the prairie along the transcanadic railways, the population increased as newcomers arrived. They searched for the lush soil that makes Saskatchewan one of the country's largest grain chambers, especially with colossal wheat production. Today, around 250,000 people live in Saskatoon, which has overtaken the traditionally larger provincial capital, Regina, in population.
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Saskatoon City Hall, 3rd Avenue North, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Top attractions
  • Bessborough Hotel: One of the flashy château-style hotels that was built along the Trans Canadian railroad in the early 1900s. Bessborough was built by the Canadian Pacific Railway 1928-1932.
  • Broadway Bridge: The Broadway Bridge across the Saskatchewan River is one of Saskatoon's most photographed places, and especially with the illumination in the evening, it is a very nice sight. The bridge was built in 1932.
  • St. John's Anglican Cathedral: In the early years of Saskatoon there were only a few Anglican residents, and their ecclesiastical acts were initially held in a school. The current St. John's Anglican Cathedral was completed in 1917.
  • Western Development Museum: This museum provides an insight into the explosive development of Western Canada in the early 1900s. There is an indoor museum street, 1910 Boomtown, depicting the pioneers' settlements.
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