Things to Do at the Nutrien Wintershines Festival

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Nutrien WinterShines Festival, Saskatchewan’s premier winter festival, kicks off this weekend in Saskatoon.

Filled with fun and excitement, the festival offers #snowmuchfun for the whole family and here are 10 reasons why you should visit Saskatoon during the festival.

1. Explore the new winter themed maze

New this year, Wintershines festival will introduce the Bee A‐Maze, that will feature Saskatchewan themed ice‐art with fun surprises for the whole family. Have fun exploring the five activity nodes throughout the maze, and marvel at the intricate wooden carvings by arborist and wood carver Lingelbach that depicts Saskatoon winter scenes.

2. Gather the whole family for GO-Gordie-GO Wintershines Do-athlon

Participate in snowshoe, cross-country ski, fat bike, run or register the kids for kids snowman circuit – run, throw snowballs, dress snowmen, be pulled in sleds, and take part in all sorts of winter challenges.

3. Play by the rules and have a snowball fight

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Gather your friends and register for Yukigassen, a fun, fast-paced, outdoor winter team sport where you can hit your opponents with snowballs.

4. Participate in Wintershines SnowCycle

Explore Saskatoon’s fat biking trail at St Barbe (Man of the Trees) Winter Fat Bike Trail Network at the SW edge of the City Limits near Cedar Villa. The Wintershines SnowCycle is a free recreational fat bike ride of ~12.5, 25, or 37.5km with fun trails accessible for all riding abilities.

5. Taste the best of Saskatchewan Grown at The Soup Cook Offs

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Held in support of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada, the Soup Cook Offs will feature soups using local ingredients. You can either enjoy 10 tasty soups made by 10 passionate chefs during #YXE Chefs Soup Cook-Off, or try soups made by soup enthusiasts at the Wide Open Soup Cook-Off.

6. Have a fun time at the Giant Igloo

Play giant Jenga, enjoy winter activities provided by City of Saskatoon, participate in drumming workshops, enjoy live entertainment, more at the igloo!

7. Get your groove on during skating Parties

Enjoy music, prizes, skating, free hot chocolate and coffee at Nutrien Wintershines Skating Party at the Cameco Meewasin Skating Rink or groove to 98 COOL music as they host Cool 98 Dance Party at the Igloo.

8. Celebrate Chinese New Year

See cultural performances like lion and dragon dance performed by Chinese Dance School and the Confucius Institute and celebrate Chinese New Year.

9. Explore the Festival’s epic Snow Park

Credit: Josh Schaefer/Nutrien WinterShines Festival

Enjoy all the features of the coolest Snow Park that is the highlight of the festival — from admiring the frozen masterpieces or seeing live ice sculpting to scavenger hunts, there are plenty to see and do!

10. Winterruption

Though no exactly part of Wintershines Festival, Winterruption is the winter music festival of Saskatchewan. There is a lot of music, but also comedy, podcast, spoken word, a unique film event and more. Other activities include complimentary hot beverages, sleigh rides, Crocicurl, art around the park, games, and more!


Dates: January 26 – February 3, 2019

Venue: Saskatoon Farmers Market, 414 Ave B South, Saskatoon

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