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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.

Roughriders Fans

Saskatchewan Roughrider Fans at their finest!!

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.

Ness Creek Main Stage

Ness Creek Music Festival Main Stage

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.

Ness Creek Festival

Giselle, Trudy, and Little Jordy at Ness Creek

 

THE SASKATOON EX
The Saskatoon ex is a fun place to visit with friends or family.

Saskatoon Ex

Riding the Ferris Wheel

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.

Saskatoon Ex

Pat Benetar and Neil Giraldo Rock out at the Saskatoon Ex

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.

Joel Plaskett

Joel Plaskett at Regina Folk Festival

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.

Leonard Sumner

Music with a Message performed by Leonard Sumner.

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.

Saskatoon Folk Fest

Traditional Filipino Dance

How it works: purchase a passport, and proceed to visit the countries of your choice.

Saskatoon Festival

Matryoshka Dolls at the Russian Pavilion

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.

Saskatoon Farmers Market

Mmmmmmmmmm, fresh vegetables!!!

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.

Fresh Fruit for sale

Okanagan Fresh Fruit for Sale

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!

 

A huge thank you to Saskatoon Tourism for providing us with tickets to the Saskatchewan Roughriders game, the Saskatoon Ex, Regina Folk Fest, Saskatoon Folk Fest, and Ness Creek Music Festival.

 

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? 

Comments To This Entry.
  1. Tyler October 19, 2014 Reply

    Awesome! Love Saskatchewan summers! Endless activities to do, glad you two were able to enjoy the best Saskatchewan has to offer during its summer days!! Love ya!

    • Giselle and Cody October 19, 2014 Reply

      Thanks so much Tyler. It’s really to bad we didn’t get the chance to hang out more at Ness Creek.

      There is always next year!! 🙂

  2. Kali October 19, 2014 Reply

    I’m digging the positive PR you guys are giving Saskie!! Sask loves you back! But…You guys forgot to mention all the BBQ action you had here 😉

    • Giselle and Cody October 19, 2014 Reply

      How could we forget the Vegan BBQ’s we had almost every weekend……and those amazing cupcakes you made.

      That should be a blog all on its own. Sooooooo good!!

  3. Aaron October 19, 2014 Reply

    This about sums it up! Great post. The only thing you guys missed is an awesome local music festival called Mosofest. Hopefully you can catch it next time.

    • Giselle and Cody October 20, 2014 Reply

      We just missed it this year Aaron and it was on our list of festivals to attend.

      Looks like we will have to wait till next year.

  4. Sherry Armstrong October 20, 2014 Reply

    Next year take in some of the beautiful regional and national parks that Saskatchewan showcases. There are also the waterways, water falls and thousands of untouched lakes in northern Saskatchewan to explore.From our perspective Saskatchewan has always been a “GO TO” rather than a “GO THROUGH” province – thanks for promoting where our hearts will always be!

    • Giselle and Cody October 20, 2014 Reply

      So many joke about how flat the province of Saskatchewan is but never make it to the North or the South. It has a lot to offer people who travel here and there are so many little gems waiting to be discovered. More people need to make it a “go to” province for sure.

  5. Franca October 20, 2014 Reply

    The Ness Creek Music Festival looks something I’d definitely like to experience and take part to: cozy atmosphere and live music, it’s all I ask 🙂

    • Giselle and Cody October 20, 2014 Reply

      It really is a great festival with a lot of open minded people.

      We had a blast and look forward to next years event.

  6. Diana Edelman October 21, 2014 Reply

    I want to do all of this next summer!!

  7. Laura October 23, 2014 Reply

    Between the farmers’ markets and the watermelon helmets, I’m sold! 🙂

  8. Ligeia and Mindy October 24, 2014 Reply

    Wow! What a great place! We’ve never been but are very interested in going. So nice to see that Pat Benetar is still kicking around too. 😉
    What’s it like in the winter?

    • Giselle and Cody November 2, 2014 Reply

      Uggghhh…..Winter in Saskatchewan is not something you want to experience.

      Hahahaha it drops down to -40 sometimes and warms up to -20 🙂

  9. Leah October 25, 2014 Reply

    Love summer festivals! Looks like there’s plenty to keep one busy in Saskatchewan!

    • Giselle and Cody November 2, 2014 Reply

      So many festivals are happening in Saskatchewan and new ones are popping up every year.

  10. Alex February 16, 2015 Reply

    I met a guy while travelling who lived in Regina.
    He told me that the winters were horrible.
    Is it really that bad?

    • Giselle and Cody February 22, 2015 Reply

      Alex, it really depends if you like winter or not. We love winter but when it drops to -50 that’s when it’s not pleasant anymore. Well, more like -20 🙂

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