Saskatoon is built on the banks of the North Saskatchewan river. A small city of 250-300,000 people, it houses the University of Saskatchewan, a lovely campus with an international reputation in a number of fields including engineering. Because of the campus, the ratio of students to residents is atypically high, and this adds energy to an otherwise sleepy if pretty city.
In the summers Saskatoon comes alive with a number of theatre events and festivals. Head to Broadway for some authentic eating, drinking and shopping. Walk the riverbank trails, catch the dragonboat and raggatta competitions, drop by the Mendel Art Gallery, or head out to the world recognized Heritage Park, Wanuskewin, to learn about the native peoples of the area.
Saskatchewan's people are straight talking, honest prairie folk, and will usually be willing to offer tips for your visit. Stop by a farmer's market to pick up locally grown foods like the scrumptous Saskatoon berries, garden veggies, and rhubarb. The Menninite community usually sells fresh homemade sausage that some people will pay their right hand for.
Note: Saskatoon in the winter is a cold place, and many of the locals seem to hibernate or head south, themselves, during the months of January and February. But, if you bring warm clothes, the crisp blue skies and the sparkling white snow beats the cold wet, gray winter days of Vancouver, New York, Boston, and Toronto!