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Experiencing a different side of Saskatchewan

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Experiencing a different side of Saskatchewan

Many people know Saskatchewan for the beautiful nature that calls it home. But there are two sides to the province. In addition to the wonderful outdoors, Saskatchewan is home to urban centers filled with entertainment, cultural landmarks and great dining.

From festivals to fine dining, here’s how to experience urban Saskatchewan to the fullest.

Saskatchewan Dining
Saskatchewan's cities are full of fantastic restaurants - Credit: Tourism Saskatoon

Eat and drink your way through the big cities

Some people say a city is only as good as its food, which is sort of a compliment to Saskatoon.

It is there, in Saskatchewan's biggest city, that you'll find Ayden Kitchen & BarExternal Link Title. This is the restaurant of Chef Dale McKay, winner of the first season of Top Chef Canada, whose love of food seeps into every dish. The menu is full of comfort foods like gnocchi, burgers and chicken breast, made up with a modern spin. The "and Bar" of the restaurant name is also important, as cocktails crafted by the pros add that little something special.

Other locally loved restaurants include Truffles BistroExternal Link Title, home to French cuisine made from local ingredients, and Las PalapasExternal Link Title, for great Mexican food in a tropical setting. Saskatoon also has a fantastic farmers' marketExternal Link Title that features the delicious produce, specialty foods and other products grown, raised or sourced in the community.

Diners out in Regina
Diners out in Regina - Credit: Tourism Saskatchewan/Greg Huszar Photography

In capital city Regina, La BodegaExternal Link Title tapas bar and grill is a must-stop for delicious Latin American cuisine any time of day. Stop by for a weekend brunch before heading out shopping, or enjoy a tapas dinner before a night on the town.

Ethnic food tends to be popular in general, as Caraway Grill Indian BistroExternal Link Title and the Italian Star DeliExternal Link Title top the city's TripAdvisor restaurant rankings.

And if you enjoy a good beer, the Bushwakker BrewpubExternal Link Title has been serving the city for 25 years and is considered by many to be the top brewpub in Canada. Though the walls of the pub are said to house the ghost of a former owner, you'll feel right at home sipping down a pint or two of Regina Pale Ale or Cheryl's Blond.

Mackenzie Art Gallery
The Mackenzie Art Gallery - Credit: Asymetric/Finn O’Hara

Wall-to-wall arts and culture, with a sprinkle of the outdoors

In the time between meals, Saskatchewan's cities house an array of worthwhile arts and culture landmarks and experiences to keep you busy.

In Regina, spend a day roaming the Wascana Centre Park. This 2,300-acre park allows you to enjoy nature in the city, from walking trails to dragon boat races, picnics to birdwatching. But the real draw of the park is all of the cultural institutions that sit around its edges. Visit the Saskatchewan Legislative BuildingExternal Link Title for a dose of provincial history, the MacKenzie Art GalleryExternal Link Title to see works from across the globe, the Saskatchewan Science CentreExternal Link Title for 180 hands-on exhibits, or the Royal Saskatchewan MuseumExternal Link Title, which covers the province's biological diversity, rich Aboriginal history, and dinosaur-filled roots.

The RCMP Heritage Centre
Credit: The RCMP Heritage Centre

You shouldn't leave the city without paying a visit to the RCMP Heritage CentreExternal Link Title, where the rich history of the legendary Royal Canadian Mounted Police is explored in several art and multimedia exhibits.

And, if you like performing arts, take in a play at the popular Globe TheatreExternal Link Title or time your visit to the annual Sasktel Saskatchewan Jazz FestivalExternal Link Title and Regina Folk FestivalExternal Link Title, and dance along to acts like Ms. Lauryn Hill, Metric, the Cat Empire and the Sam Roberts Band.

Saskatoon has its own little oasis near the city. The Meewasin Valley contains over 35-miles of walkable, joggable, bikeable, or even skiable trails through conserved land full of parks and wildlife.

For a dose of culture, though, you're going to want to head into downtown Saskatoon. There you might stop in at the Ukrainian Museum of CanadaExternal Link Title or see actors embrace ShakespeareExternal Link Title with the Saskatchewan River as a backdrop, before heading to the trendy RiversdaleExternal Link Title neighborhood -- one of the oldest in the city -- for a walk through history.


Wanuskewin Heritage Park - Credit: Asymetric/Finn O’Hara
Wanuskewin Heritage Park - Credit: Asymetric/Finn O’Hara

Venture to the southern edge of town for a visit to the Saskatoon Western Development MuseumExternal Link Title, the largest human history museum in the province, and experience life as it was 100 years ago in a boomtown. Or venture north, to the Wanuskewin Heritage ParkExternal Link Title, and go even further back in time, exploring 6,000-year-old archeological digs while learning about First Nations history and tradition.

To discover more of Saskatchewan’s urban attractions, visit their website.