Saskatoon Zoo in the Winter

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Winter is cold in Saskatoon and it is also long, which can only mean one thing…your children will drive you crazy! As a parent we need to be creative with how we spend months of hibernation; here are 10 reasons to take your kids to the zoo in winter!

1. It’s free. If you’re like me, that is reason enough to justify almost anything. Did I say almost? What I meant was ANYTHING.

2. Everyone else is doing it. Actually they’re not, if you are looking for some serious solitude with your little chillins, this is the place! Parking lot, empty.

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3. Animals be chillin’. Outdoors. Since they are not too warm and therefore sleepy and maybe a little lonely, they come and say hi or growl or whatever their thing is.

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4. There are 3 places to warm up, one of which has the best washroom in the zoo!

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5. There are 2 parks to hit! Old school in the zoo through the tunnel, just past the concession and one before you go into the zoo, near the wedding arches.

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6. The concessions are closed. At first you might be like, what if we want to get something but then you’re going to be like thank god my kids can’t ask me for something! 😀

7. There are washrooms all over the forestry farm park (in a trailer) to your right as you go towards the zoo parking and inside the zoo (when you first walk into the zoo and in that building past the wolves across from the Red Panda…what’s that building called?)

8. They have goats. They don’t REALLY bite. Maybe they do but as long as you’re careful and keep your hand outstretched its good, did I mention that NO ONE is around so if you like petting smelly, friendly goats, you my friend are having a good day!

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9. Cameras. Give your kids cameras, they’ll spend the entire time (almost) not fighting because they are looking for that perfect shot and who doesn’t love taking pictures of animals.

10. Bats, bunnies and spiders oh my.

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We go to the zoo at least 5 times every winter. The kids love it, we get out of the house so my sanity loves it and its a great way to spend a winter day in Saskatoon. What’s your favourite reason to go to the zoo in the winter?

20 Places to Walk in Saskatoon

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20 Places to Walk in Saskatoon

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?

Saskatoon-9 Places to Take Your Dad for Father’s Day

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Father’s day in comparison to Mother’s is often less celebrated. The commercials for Father’s day consist of you buying him a huge tv from Visions…which IS awesome but why not shake it up a little and do something fun with your dad! Here are 9 places to take your dad to say “hey, you are pretty decent”:

1) Golf

We have tons of great golfing in and around Saskatoon. As far as I can tell, the vast majority of men enjoy golfing even if their clubs and um balls don’t seem to work very well! 😉

2) Walking

If your dad is not really into golf, take him for a walk. It is a great way to have a relaxed visit and talk about things you may not usually discuss.

3) Movie

Maybe you and your dad do not like to talk very much. Take him to a movie, popcorn and big screen how can you go wrong?! Check out the UltraAVX at Galaxy. It is pretty sweet!

4) Pool

NOT the swimming kind, maybe it is just me but I think that would be a little weird. Unless you have a cabin, but it’s more likely that HE has a cabin. Either way, I mean pool with sticks, that doesn’t sound quite right either…

5) Lunch

People eat, your dad is more than likely one of them. Feed him. Does he have a favorite place? Take him there, men do not love change and especially if you two do not normally go out for lunch, keep his lunch spot the same.

6) Your sister or brother’s house or other non suspecting family member

Chances are if you arrange the gathering and plan everything, you can get away with not hosting it. But you must be quick and talk even quicker. This idea is sweet, but beware the pitfalls and questions such as “why are we having it at MY place and not yours?!” Change the subject and keep planning the best ever Father’s day at their house.

7) Nowhere

Pick up some food and head on over to mom and dad’s. When in Rome. Spend the day doing things dad likes to do and watch the tv shows that your dad likes. Bring your iPhone, there will probably be a nap time in there too!

8) Forestry Farm

Animals are great silence breakers. Maybe you and your dad don’t like to talk, eat, golf or spend ANY time with family. Prefect, go to the Forestry Farm, BUT remember this place will be SUPER busy on that loyal day. Do I hear babies screaming for random reasons, YES, yes you do!

9) Shopping

I know and YOU know that our dad’s probably do not enjoy shopping BUT maybe he will change his mind if you take him to the stores that HE likes. Does your dad have a hobby or an interest in something? Find a place that coincides with that and buy him his present there. You WERE going to buy him something right?!

That’s it, this is where you and I part ways. You continue googling what to get your dad for Father’s day and I write another article completely unrelated to that. Have a fantastic day and take your dad somewhere fun and buy him something that he actually likes! Good luck, dad’s are a tricky bunch.