Our Summer in Saskatchewan
On July 2nd, Cody and I took a bus from Toronto to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to spend two months with family and friends and enjoy all of the summer events Saskatchewan has to offer.
The western province is perfect for a summer visit. The weather is warm, and the endless prairies are flooded with fields of vibrant yellow flowers, blue skies, and fluffy white clouds you can almost reach out and touch.
Apart from the beautiful scenery, there are so many events and goings on in Saskatchewan we couldn’t keep up!
If you are thinking of planning a visit; here are some of the things we enjoyed, and if Saskatchewan wasn’t on your radar, perhaps we can convince you otherwise?
CATCH A SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDERS GAME
Never have I ever seen such die hard fans. I think if they all collectively used their minds, they would all bleed green.
If you are a football fan, checking out a Saskatchewan Roughriders game in Regina is a must see.
Watermelons and pumpkins are carved into helmets, faces are painted, and people are serious about their team.
NESS CREEK MUSIC FESTIVAL
Ness Creek is a 4 day music festival complete with camping, pow wows, drum circles, art workshops, food, drinks, and a lot more.
Cody and I found a good spot, and set up camp. The Festival is full of positive vibes, great music, and the beautiful outdoors. Check out our post about Ness Creek Music Festival.
THE SASKATOON EX
The Saskatoon ex is a fun place to visit with friends or family.
Catch a few live bands, gorge on carnival food, take a spin on the Ferris wheel, and have a cold beer in the beer tent.
This year Pat Benetar, Neil Giraldo and their band played and they were fantastic! Thousands of people came out to hear their classic rock and roll songs, and do a little dancing.
REGINA FOLK FEST
The Regina Folk Fest is another music festival in the city of Regina, but this festival lasts only 3 days and there is no camping on site.
We checked out the first night and caught Joel Plaskett and The Emergency, as well as the First Nations activist rap folk singer from Manitoba, Leonard Sumner.
Leonard had some really powerful songs about his experience as a First Nations male in Canada, and Joel Plaskett and The Emergency are always fun and engaging.
We were looking forward to Sam Roberts, but there was a powerful lightening storm coming in and the whole festival shut down for the rest of the evening due to safety issues.
SASKATOON FOLK FEST
Unlike Regina’s Folk Fest; the Saskatoon Folk Fest is an annual festival celebrating several different cultures around the city.
How it works: purchase a passport, and proceed to visit the countries of your choice.
Cody and I visited Russia, Metis and First Nations, Ukraine, The Caribbean, Scotland, Greece, and The Philippines. Every country had their own charm and a lot of food to go around.
THE FARMERS MARKET
I loooooooove farmers markets. Everything is fresh, you can reach out and squeeze, smell, and touch all of the produce, everything is local, and our money goes directly to the farmers.
There is something so down to earth about shopping at your local farmers market; it’s back to basics, simple living. Something that has become more and more attractive to us in the last few years.
Saskatoon’s farmers market has both an indoor and outdoor area with loads of fresh fruits and veggies to choose from.
Inside you can find fresh baked breads, saskatoon berry syrup, all kinds of vegan baked goods, fresh aromatic coffee and more. Its a great way to spend an afternoon, and a must visit!
We had a really great time out west and look forward to returning next year!
Have you ever been to Saskatchewan? What would you add to the list of things to do in the summer?