Saskatoon is proving itself to be a rich and diverse Prairie destination for families. The South Saskatchewan River winds through this town, creating scenic spots and stops for riverside concerts and family picnics.
This working farm sits on a beautifully groomed property overlooking the Saskatchewan River. Perfect for family picnics! For a family adventure, go on a berry-picking outing (there is a charge for the picked berries, of course). If you choose to try the restaurant, don't miss Darlene's Saskatoon pie. For more information, call 306-978-9797.
Wanuskewin Heritage Park
Seventeen kilometres outside of Saskatoon, the Wanuskewin Heritage Park sprawls over 100 hectares and showcases the cultural and archeological culture of the rolling prairies. The most impressive sights here are the active archeological digs, the buffalo jump, the medicine wheel and afternoon dance performances. Pack a picnic lunch and consider a wee bit of a splurge on the food in the park restaurant -- from buffalo stew to bannock. For more information, call 306-931-6767.
Beaver Creek Conservation Area
The Beaver Creek Conservation Area is located 13 kilometres south of Saskatoon. Five nature trails wind through the prairie, forest, river and valley habitats that form this park. An approved Watchable Wildlife viewing site, Beaver Creek also has a great interpretive centre and program. For more information, call 306-374-2474.
International Fringe Festival
Fringe is alternative -- often very edgy -- theatre. Saskatoon is one city, however, that includes a Fringe component for children. Buskers and street performers of all types entertain for free, and inexpensive theatre is available to those who want to sample Fringe theatre. This year's festival runs from August 2 to 11.
Ukraine Day in the Park
Head to the Kiwanis Park (beside the Delta Bessborough Hotel) on August 25 to celebrate Ukraine Day. Stage shows, food, cultural displays and children's activities will keep the whole family occupied! For more information, call 306-374-7675.
A visit to Manitou Beach, a little more than an hour southeast of Saskatoon, is a recommended day trip. Little Manitou Lake is 13 times denser than the Dead Sea; the Plains Indians called it Lake of Healing Waters. A swim in the lake is free.
For more on what's going on in Saskatoon, visit Tourism Saskatoon.
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