I love walking because it is (mostly) free and always healthy. Here are 20 Places to Walk in Saskatoon:
For me I always start exactly where I am, in my neighbourhood.
1. Outside your front door. Just start walking, taking some selfies during your journey. You will see stuff because you brought your phone and all of friends inside your phone.
2. Dog parks are another great place to walk. It does help to have a dog just because if you’re not a dog lover you may resent furry friends saying hi as you go on your journey. All the dog walks are pretty fabulous and give you a quick break from citiness.
3. Cranberry Flats. If you like hike style walks, Cranberry Flats has your back. I have seen a naked man on my walks, he wasn’t bothering anyone and was discretely without his shorts. In the summer you will see kids playing on ‘the beach’. I say on ‘the beach’, because there is kind of a smell due to the river (maybe) running through the middle. But this is Saskatoon and we do like to do things like play in the river. 😉
4. Beaver Creek. Have you ever fed a chickadee? Because until I had been to Beaver Creek this was still dangling (unbeknownst to me) on my bucket list. They have three nature paths that are calming and gorgeous to walk.
5. Waneskewin is a local native preserve and holds an energy unlike other place in our city. You can do a quick 20 minute nature walk or spend hours walking the trails. OR if we’re in the throes of winter, walk around their museum, for me it stretched my idea of Saskatoon culture. They have a restaurant that has pretty delicious post walk eats. Highly recommended.
6. Forestry Farm Park and Zoo (say THAT 3 times backwards). The forestry farm zoo can be a wonderful walk if you love wildlife and have an interest in animals. It is well kept and they have new animal displays almost every year. You can walk the perimeter of the forestry farm park as well.
7. The Atrium. I don’t want to oversell The Atrium, but from experience I can tell you that when it is -35 and you have been house ridden for the last week, this is a nice little resort. 😀 Mini waterfall, koi fish and an adult size zen garden for your relaxing and raking pleasure.
8. Mendal Art Gallery and Conservatory. I love walking to the Conservatory first and taking a few huge breaths of the plant air and then heading over to the gallery. I start in the basement because that is usually where the really freaky art is. I love how they theme up the entire second floor with displays. Great place to spend time contemplating.
9. Straight up U of S grounds. We have a beautiful thing going on at our University. Walk around and see it.
10. The library. I prefer the one downtown just because it’s big.
11. Broadway Ave. Everyone walks around Broadway, so you could be another person doing that. We have cool shops to check out that you may not find anywhere else in Saskatoon.
12. Farmers Market. This IS Saskatoon, we ARE known for farming which is a little ironic considering we have 2.5 months of warm weather EVERY year. The Farmers Market is like going on a vacation and shopping locally, it’s EXACTLY that good!
13. Outdoor Fitness Circuit in River Landing. Maybe you want to flex your muscles during your walk. We got that covered. Pump it!
14. Grasslands. Just behind Silverspring School is a whole adventure just waiting for you to walk into it.
15. Doctor. Hey! Did you know that we have free healthcare in Saskatoon and we can go ANYTIME we like? That is what makes Saskatoon better. Walk to a clinic.
16. New neighbourhoods. Evergreen, Willowgrove, Stonebridge, Rosewood, Hampton Village you get the idea. The outskirts of Saskatoon is the theme for this walk.
17. Old Neighborhoods. Don’t you just love the trees? The fact that each house is (crumbly) unique and tells its own story. Old neighbourhoods are the best. My fav’s are Buena Vista, Exibition, City Park, Montgomery.
18. Downtown. How could I leave downtown Saskatoon out of the mix. You can hit up a coffee place or have a couple of beers at a pub, either way you can alter your perception nicely and take in a new perspective of Saskatoon.
19. Western Development Museum. If you have never been here, first I would ask if you were serious and then I would tell you it’s pretty cool there and you should go. My favourite part is ‘main street’, the have set it up to feel like a town during Boomtime (1910?). All good.
20. Any mall. Midtown is great because it is a decent size. As noted with #10, big is important when trying to keep our heart rate up, with walking.
Aside from your house to your car, where do you like to walk in Saskatoon?