- Experience one of the most vibrant restaurant scenes in Canada
- See and learn about the reintroduction of the Plains bison back to their native land
- Visit the largest outdoor winter time light shows in Canada (seasonal dates)
- Try our new winter sports (season dates)
- Canada’s newest major public art gallery at Remain Modern
- 4 nights comfortable hotel accommodation
- Daily Breakfast
- 4 Day mid-size car rental with unlimited kilometers (conditions apply)
- Airfare unless specified as included within the itinerary
- Taxes as applicable
- Travel Insurance and Cancellation Protection (strongly recommended, ask us for a quote!)
- Gratuities for Local Guides, Tour Managers, and/or Bus Drivers
- Meals not specifically mentioned as included in the itinerary
- Items (attractions and sightseeing & entrance fees) not listed as included in the itinerary
Arrive in Saskatoon, pick up your rental car and check into your hotel. Explore the city centre of Saskatoon by foot. There is tremendous variety of craft breweries and boutique restaurants using fresh local ingredients in the city. Saskatchewan is, after all, the bread basket of Canada and the city’s food creators have infused local ingredients into their menus to create a wide and varied choice. Though located in the centre of Canada you can find spins on Mexican, Burmese, Indian, Thai, and Jamaican food here. While you settle into city, check out the striking new Remai Modern museum that sits on banks of the South Saskatchewan River with stunning river and open prairie skies views. Spanning four levels, Remai Modern has 11 gallery spaces over three floors, learning studios, a theatre, restaurant, store, lounges, play areas and numerous multi-use spaces. Join an informative guided walk through the gallery arranged through the front desk.Make it a night out indulging in the city’s culinary scene for your first evening in Saskatoon. There are a variety of options. If you’re looking to dress up and splurge, try Ayden Kitchen and Bar, Carver’s Steakhouse or Cut Casual Steak and Tap. For a more casual setting, there are a number of pub-style restaurants with fantastic food like the Congress Beer House, Sticks and Stones or Bon Temps Cafe.
This morning drive to Wanuskewin Heritage Park, a National Historic Site located 5km north from Saskatoon. This Northern Plains Indigenous Interpretive Site is home to over 6000 years of history and a truly unique cultural experience. The Heritage Park is a window into a part of Canada’s history that remains little known, and a link to the past unlike any other National Historic Site in Canada. Borrow snowshoes from their counter and explore the marked winter trails of Canada’s longest running archaeological dig site with exciting finds many of which pre-date the pyramids of Egypt. See the herd of Plains bison that were reintroduced here in December 2019 with the first calves born in spring 2020. Wanuskewin’s uniqueness is based on the fact that the finest examples of human occupation of the Great Plains of North America have been discovered here. Wait for dusk and then take a drive through the Enchanted Forest, Saskatchewan's top winter tourist attraction to see the country's largest outdoor light show featuring 75 custom displays throughout the forest. The BHP Enchanted Forest opens for visitors from late November until January.If you are visiting late January then drive to the Farmers Market and check out Saskatchewan’s premiere Winter Festival, the Nutrien Wintershines Festival. See professionally-designed ice creations, a super gigantic igloo, sleigh rides, soup cook-off and enjoy a range of winter activities.Overnight: Saskatoon
Try skating at the Meewasin skating rink or try out one of the city’s many outdoor skating rinks and ponds. There are over 50 community association operated rinks located in neighbourhoods throughout Saskatoon. Walk or kick-sled along the South Saskatchewan River Valley trail. The new sport of kick-sledding is with a piece of equipment made up of two ski style runners attached to a handle bar at about waist height. The runners have a rubberized spot to rest your foot and keep balance while some even have seats for carrying small children. Kick sleds can be rented locally from Escape Sports to try out.Drive to Optimist Hill, a winter recreation area with a ski and snowboarding sections, a terrain park and a tubing hill. There is a free toboggan hill for families to enjoy here. Later, try out the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park and Zoo with a winter walk around to see the many animals out active in the winter months.
Often compared to the Dead Sea of Israel, the healing waters of Manitou are legendary for their natural buoyancy, mineral-rich properties, and curative powers. Amongst the top spas of Canada and amongst the Top 50 in North America, the European-style spa and hotel in the heart of Canada’s prairies, the Manitou Springs Resort is one of its kind in Canada. Located about 120 kms from Saskatoon, the delightful winter drive through the prairies to Manitou and back makes for leisurely day and provides an opportunity to try the excellent resort restaurant.
Overnight: Manitou Springs
Return your rental car today as your time in Saskatoon comes to an end.