You don't have to travel to the tropics for some great fun in the water on your summer vacation. Canada's South Saskatchewan river winds through the city of Saskatoon, offering opportunities for water sports in town and in the surrounding countryside of a Western Canada vacation.
The South Saskatchewan river is the thread that weaves communities and the residents of Saskatoon together. A must-do of any trip to this Canadian province is posting a great instagram photo from the city's Broadway Bridge. But don't just look at the river. Here are the best river - and riverside – activities to include on your trip.
Saskatoon is in the middle of a current love affair with Paddleboarding. You can get local rentals and sign up for lessons or group paddles and head out on the river, or participate from the shore by cheering on our big paddleboard competition this September. If kayaking or Canoeing are more your style, a great access point to paddle through the city is the Boathouse on the shores of Victoria Park.
Group or Family Travel Tip: Test your balance and friendships by renting an oversized paddleboard that fits up to 8 people per board! Watch how those group dynamics play out!
The South Saskatchewan river has a number of great sand bars for beaching, some of which are right in the city. A popular spot is below the Broadway bridge in Nutana and most commonly used is the one off Spadina Crescent just past the weir in North Park. If you're willing to venture out on the highway for about 10km, you can enjoy the beautiful & serene Fred Heal beach for a more secluded experience.
In addition to the extensive paved trail system along the Meewasin Valley River Trail, there are also some world-class downhill biking trails for the more adventurous traveler, and cycling tour companies to outfit and guide you. You'll have an incredible view of the river and a number of fun trails that represent a full spectrum of difficulty.
Saskatoon has an iconic riverboat. It's an old paddle-wheeler boat from the Mississippi river, now commonly booked out for parties and groups who want to dine while they enjoy a two hour cruise on the South Saskatchewan river in Saskatoon. There are also monthly dinner cruises hosted by a local restaurant over the summer months. Great for couples, families, and group travel.