Don’t let the cold stop you from exploring Saskatoon! Here are some fun things you can do in Saskatoon even during the frigid winter months.
Visit Eb’s Ski Trails
There’s no better place to go cross-country skiing than in the prairies. Wax your skis and throw on your jacket before heading to Eb’s Ski Trails. This 55km ski trail system is well-maintained, and the perfect place to spend hours on your skis. Trail Map (PDF)
Cameco Meewasin Skating Rink
If you’re a fan of skating, you’ll want to visit Cameco Meewasin Skating Rink. Set to open mid-December, the rink is a favourite of Saskatoon locals. You’ll have to register to skate on the rink, but it’s worth signing up!
Cliff Speer, the President of CanoeSki, is a lover of outdoor activities. Sure, in the summertime you can join one of CanoeSki’s canoe trips. In the winter, however, you can take advantage of the latter part of their name and spend some time skiing in and around the Saskatoon area.
A kicksled is a sled made up of a chair attached to metal runners, kind of like skis. You can kicksled around the city of Saskatoon for a day spent exploring and exercising. Escape Sports in Saskatoon rents out kicksleds, so schedule your rental today!
Explore Saskatoon’s Broadway
Go Fat Biking
There are plenty of bike trails around Saskatoon, and yes—they’re useable even in winter! Rent a fat bike from the Bike Doctor, and hit the trails. You’ll find you warm up fast as you cycle, as fat biking takes a lot of effort! At the very least, you’ll be getting in a lot of good exercise.
Visit Diefenbaker Park& Optimist Hill
Spend some time walking through Diefenbaker Park, and don’t forget to pack your toboggan! This park features Optimist Hill, a great place for some sledding. Just remember to dress warm!
Skate at the Skating Oval
Whether you’re a casual, slow skater or you feel like trying your hand at speed skating, heading down to the Skating Oval is your best bet. This 400m oval is the perfect place to lace up your skates and get moving. Plus, public skating at the Skating Oval is free!
Explore the University of Saskatchewan
The sprawling campus that makes up the University of Saskatchewan is the perfect place to do a little exploring. If you’re a fan of architecture, looking at the various buildings that make up the University will be a pleasure. And you can always get inside one of the buildings if you start getting a little too chilly.
Check out Pierre Radisson Park
This lovely park is the perfect place to spend an afternoon. Even on a cold winter’s day, you can still explore the park. It’s also dog friendly, so grab your dog and his leash and head down to this park for a few rounds of fetch.
Geocaching is the perfect activity for people who like exploring and who like a challenge. Geocaching takes place all over the world, and Saskatoon is a great place to find some of these hidden treasures. You can get started on your own geocaching adventure by visiting the Saskatoon Geocachers’ website.
Check out Saskatoon’s Public Art
Visit the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo
For all the animal and nature lovers, the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo is the perfect place to spend the day. Bring your family, your date, or even go by yourself. You’ll get to spend your time here learning about animals and nature, the perfect place to spend a clear winter day!
Running is a great way to stay fit while exploring the city! Saskatoon’s Brainsport offers workshops and gear for safe winter running. Now you can get in your cardio while using the right running techniques to prevent any injuries.
Go Bird Watching
Saskatoon and the surrounding areas are home to many local types of birds! Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation offers bird tours in and outside of the city. Book a custom bird tour and get to exploring!
Snowshoeing at Wanuskewin Heritage Park
This park is full of things to do! One of the best activities to try in the winter at Wanuskewin Heritage Park, however, is snowshoeing. You can rent a pair of snowshoes at the park and then hit the well-maintained trails.
Visit Beaver Creek Conservation Area and Interpretive Centre
Located within the Meewasin Valley, the Beaver Creek Conservation Area and Interpretive Centre is a great place to go for a stroll. It’s also full of opportunities to learn about Saskatoon’s local wildlife and terrain. Pack your camera and don’t forget to document your adventure!
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Explore Meewasin Trail
If you want to get out for a good walk, then visit the Meewasin Trail and stroll through the South Saskatchewan River Valley. You’ll get to appreciate the bridges that cross over the river, plus you might see some of Saskatoon’s wildlife. It’s also a great way to get in a little exercise!
BHP Enchanted Forest
Get into the holiday spirit and visit the BHP Enchanted Forest! You’ll feel like you’ve been transported to another world as you explore this holiday event. There’s also a light tour—a hallmark of the holidays!
Temporary Art Exhibitions
Saskatoon has a vibrant art community. While many installations are permanent, you won’t want to miss out on any of the temporary artworks around the city. Check them out before they disappear!
Explore Downtown Saskatoon
Even in winter, there’s no shortage of things to do in Saskatoon’s downtown area. Spend some time exploring the shops and restaurants populating the area. Even if you just want to go for a stroll, downtown Saskatoon is a great place to explore.
Visit Saskatoon’s Bridges
Saskatoon is known as the “City of Bridges,” and for good reason! There are bridges all over this city, each one of them unique. Exploring the many bridges in the area is a great way to appreciate the city.
Toboggan at Pest Hill
Located in Archibald Park, Pest Hill is considered by locals one of the best hills for tobogganing in the city. You’ll find the park close to Circle Drive Bridge. Make sure to dress warmly before you head out with your toboggan!
Enjoy the WinterShines Festival
There’s no reason to consider winter a bleak season, and the residents of Saskatoon know that! Join them in celebrating the coldest time of year at the WinterShines Festival. You’ll get to enjoy ice carving by some of the best international ice carvers, good food, and, most importantly, good company.