All About Saskatoon
The Saskatoon area has been inhabited for some 6,000 years; however, it was not until the summer of 1883 that the first settlers began to arrive and subsequently in 1903 that the town charter was obtained. Saskatoon is derived from mis sask quah toomina, the Cree Indian name for a local indigenous berry. Saskatoon was incorporated as a city on May 26, 1906, and celebrates its 100th birthday in 2006.
Saskatoons founders dreamed of creating a temperance colony in the great North West. John A. Macdonalds government, in a hurry to develop the country, was offering large locks of land to colonization companies. Many in Torontos Methodist community saw this as a golden opportunity to escape the evils of the liquor traffic. They formed the Temperance Colonization Society (TCS) in 1881 and signed up 3,100 would be colonists for more than two million acres. By June 1882 John Lake, a Methodist minister turned entrepreneur, was looking for a colony site on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River.
The government grant to the TCS was actually 313,000 acres. It ran from Clarks Crossing (now Clarkboro) on the South Saskatchewan, about 20 km downstream from todays Saskatoon, to the Moose Woods Reserve, about 45 km upstream. On the advice of Moose Woods Chief White Cap, Lake chose a place in the middle of the TCS grant, called Minnetonka, where a ferry could cross the river. In 1883 the first streets of Saskatoon were surveyed on the east bank of the river, just above Minnetonka. In spite of this hopeful start, Saskatoon grew slowly. The river was too shallow and too full of shifting sandbars for easy navigation. As well, fear of native hostility caused by reports of the North West Rebellion in 1885 discouraged settlement.
Some Things to see and do in Saskatoon
Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame
Photographs and citations of individuals who have been recognized for their contributions to the welfare and improvement of agriculture in Saskatchewan.
Saskatchewan Craft Council
Gallery of Saskatchewans finest cutting edge craft mediums. Curated, juried and touring exhibitions.
Saskatchewan Indian Cultural Centre
Maintaining the cultural identity of the Indian Cultures of Saskatchewan: Cree, Dene, Saulteaux, Dakota, Nakota and Lakota
Saskatchewan International Raceway
Home to the exciting sport of NHRA Championship Drag Racing events in Saskatchewan. Features professional races from all over Western Canada, as well as Street Legal events perfect for novice racers. Weekends May through September. Call for admission prices, optional pit pass 2.00. Prices subject to change. 13 km south on Highway 11.
Saskatchewan Native Theatre Co.
A nationally acclaimed performing arts company presenting unique cultural works by Canadian Aboriginal artists. Outreach and touring available on request.
Saskatchewan Railway Museum
7 acre railway museum with both indoor and outdoor displays. Motor car rides available most days. Open 1:00pm to 6:00pm daily July and August. Saturday, Sunday and holidays in May, June and September.
Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park and Zoo
Spacious green lawns, flower gardens, sport fields, heritage landmarks and the Saskatoon Zoo make the Forestry Farm Park a favourite site for all people of all ages and interests.
Saskatoon Gateway Players
Community theatre at its best.
Saskatoon Natural Grassland
An urban nature reserve with a small Prairie Nature Interpretive Centre. Interpretive programs led by Saskatoon Nature Society volunteers.
Saskatoon Summer Players
Live musical theatre for family entertainment.
The Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra is celebrating 75 years of performance with this season's offerings boasting over 25 concerts in various series Master Series; Classics for Kids; Sunday Best; Simply Beethoven; Going Public Series; Festival of New Music;a Christmas concert; and our special 75th Celebration Concert. The SSO also has various fundraising events including the Book and Music Sale(April), Orchid Ball, and a Dinner and Special Guest evening...this year with Guy Few Call 665-6414 for details or ticket purchases for all events.
Saskatoon Zoo Society
A non profit charity dedicated to fostering respect for nature through numerous education programs for all ages.
Ukrainian Museum of Canada
Preserves and recreates Ukrainian culture in Canada through exhibits, tours, workshops and a unique boutique.
University of Saskatchewan
Gordon Snelgrove Art Gallery
Features art by students of the U of S Department of Art and Art History and collaborative community programs.
University of Saskatchewan
Greystone Theatre produces four mainstage shows each year, large cast plays, plays from the classic repertory and cutting edge new plays. It is the oldest theatre in the province, started in 1946 in the first drama department in Canada and the Commonwealth.
University of Saskatchewan
The Kenderdine Art Gallery's fundamental objective is to extend the understanding and enjoyment of contemporary and historical visual art with thoughtful curatorial projects.
University of Saskatchewan Museum of Antiquities
features full scale Greek and Roman replica sculpture and various original and replica artefacts including ancient pottery, coinage and jewellery.
University of Saskatchewan Museum of Natural Sciences,
This museum outlines evolution throughout geological time with static and live displays of plants and animals, including full size replicas of dinosaurs and flying reptiles. Written displays outlining the history of plants and animals create a fascinating learning experience.
University of Saskatchewan Observatory,
Open every Saturday evening for public viewing through the telescope. Visitors may view the Hercules globular star cluster, the Ring Nebula and other celestial objects. You can also adopt a star as a special gift. University of Saskatchewan Campus, 1 block North of Wiggins and College Drive.
University of Saskatchewan St. Thomas More College,
In the chapel you will see religious art including a magnificent wall mural by Canadian painter William Kurelek. See changing exhibitions of local artists in the second floor gallery. To view chapel, call 966-8900 to arrange self guiding tour. Second floor gallery open 8:30 am to 10:30 p.m. September through May.
Wanuskewin Heritage Park
Wanuskewin is a national historic Park situated along the South Saskatchewan River. It is a living sacred cultural site which honors 6,000 years of First Nations people who have gathered there. Come-share the experience!
Western Development Museum
1910 Boomtown illustrates the technological progression of agricultural and transportation practices through interpretive displays and extensive artifact displays. It features the longest indoor museum street in Canada 1910 boomtown, which presents the time of pioneer settlement and farm expansion in the Canadian West.