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Saskatoon

We are excited to welcome you to the beautiful city of Saskatoon (sa·skuh·toon) this July. 

 

Nestled in the heart of the Canadian prairies, Saskatoon is known for its warm hospitality and vibrant spirit. Saskatoon, with its unique blend of cultural diversity and natural beauty, offers an array of attractions and activities to explore. 

From the picturesque South Saskatchewan River winding through the heart of the city to the vibrant arts scene showcased at the Remai Modern Art Gallery, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Immerse yourself in the rich history and heritage of our region at the Wanuskewin Heritage Park, or savour the flavours of our local cuisine at one of our many acclaimed restaurants. We hope while you are here for the IFMA24 conference that you take the time to enjoy what our stunning city and its people have to offer. 

 

Should you require any assistance or recommendations, please for your time during the conference or perhaps before or after, check out a few places listed below and check links to Discover Saskatoon, which is our city tourism agency. 

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Land Acknowledgement

We want to acknowledge that in Saskatchewan, we are on treaty land. These treaties serve to govern our relationships with Indigenous people. As we come together for IFMA24, we come together on Treaty 6 territory, which is the traditional territory and Homeland of the Métis. We pay our respect to the First Nations and Métis ancestors of this place and reaffirm our relationship with one another.

Places, events, and businesses around Saskatoon

The summer is a great time to take in Saskatoon, you can easily walk, bus, taxi/car share (Uber/Lyft), or bike around

Time to Dine!

There are plenty of wonderful places to dine while you are in Saskatoon. But, if you need some suggestions, we have a few to offer and you can also click the link to make your reservations below. The TASTE Hospitality Group has been nice enough to offer 15% off to the two restaurants below.

UNA Pizzeria - 707 Broadway Ave, Saskatoon, SK S7N 1B3

A local gem on the beautiful Broadway Ave, you are not too far from your hotel, so you can stuff your face with California-inspired pizza, while sipping great wine on their patio, and enjoy a nice walk back to your hotel afterwards. Make your reservation and you can't go wrong here. 

Picaro Cocktails & Tacos - 101 20th St W A, Saskatoon, SK S7M 0W7

This Mexican-inspired restaurant is a small, dark, and unique space. Hidden over by the River Landing, Picaro partners with the local food and drink supplier to offer great dishes. They are closed on Sunday and Monday, so if you wish to dine here in your free evenings, we recommend making a reservation to secure your table. Tell them you're with IFMA (a badge is always an easy reminder) to receive 15% off.

Cohens Beer Republic - 101 20th St W, Saskatoon, SK S7M 0W7

Connected to Picaro's is Cohens, offering a completely different atmosphere with its big bright space. This pub offers a great atmosphere, great pub food, and most importantly a wide variety of locally-produced beer! It's a lovely walk from your hotel and a short drive by taxi/Uber, there is no reason to not check it out. Make your reservation today. Tell them you're with IFMA (a badge is always an easy reminder) to receive 15% off.

Gather Local Market

Recently, Gather Local Market has opened in River Landing on the corner of Avenue B and 19th Street. The indoor market is open Tuesday-Sunday 11 am-7 pm, and their outdoor market and vendors can be found on Saturday 9 am-3 pm. Here you will find great little shops, unique foods, and of course, some of Saskatoon's finest brewers and distillers have spaces to sit and sip.

Life Outside Gear Exchange

Life Outside is not only a consignment and gear exchange of high-quality quality gently used gear, it also is a rental location for your biking needs. If you want to take in the city along the river paths, contact Nancy and her team; they can help arrange a bike rental. 

Shared E-Scooter 

In 2023, Saskatoon starter a pilot program for e-scooters, provided by Bird and Neuron. Learn more about the e-scooters here.

Sasktel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival

Get your tickets for the 37th Annual Jazz Festival

 

July 5-9th is the "Strictly Jazz Series" at The Bassment

July 10-13th, is the Ticketed Program hosted in Victoria Park. 

Click for the Program here and tickets can be purchased from the Box Office.

Ag in Motion

For those staying after the IFMA24 conference has wrapped, just North-West of the city Ag in Motion will be hosted July 16-18th. It is the largest outdoor farm expo in Western Canada. You can take in the newest equipment, technology, crops, inputs, and connect with professionals throughout the industry. 

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Quick tips for your stay

Welcome to our beautiful city and province. While we think things should be pretty simple for you to navigate, below are a few helpful or fun things to know and keep in mind.

What's the 411

Now this is not Saskatoon-specific, but there are some things to know about Canadians and what to expect.

First is that we are sorry! For what you ask? Everything and nothing, you will likely hear us say it a lot.

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Loonie

A Canadian $1 coin is a Loonie. Keep these handy.

 

Also we no longer have a penny, so we round up and down to the nearest nickle. And if you are carrying cash, our bills are beautifully coloured, making it more fun to spend!

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Maple Syrup

Maple syrup is beloved, but we don't all drink or smoother our food in the golden syrup. Eastern Canada is the majority producer.

This food product is an important part of Candian history, being an essential component to the Canadian Indignous communities for thousands of years.

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Toonie

That's right, you guessed it, it's our $2 coin.

On the topic of money. If you are purchasing something, just remember that the taxes have not been added yet to the bill. So expect to pay an additional 6% for provincial taxes (PST) and 5% for goods and services tax (GST).

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Canadian Tuxedo

Denim on Demin, thats the unofficial Canadian Tuxedo. We might say we don't wear it, but that is a lie!

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Tim Hortons

Canada's caffeine addiction is driven by our love for Tim Hortons. You need not go far before bumping into one. Things to remember about Tim Hortons. You must state 'black', otherwise they add cream and sugar to your coffee. A 'Double-double' is two cream and two sugars. Timbits are donut holes (sour cream is the best). Lastly, their coffee may not be the best, but it's ours, so don't talk bad about Tim's with a local.

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Tipping

While it isn't neccesaary, tipping your server is the polite thing to do, and we are a nation who tries to be polite. On that note of politeness, we strongly believe in standing in lines and ques.

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Saskatoon

The area has been inhabited dating past 6000 BC, by theFirst Nations people. The name “Saskatoon” comes from the Cree word "misaskwatomina", the sweet, purple berry which still grows in the area.

River

Saskatchewan

Like Saskatoon," Saskatchewan" comes from the the name of the Cree name for the Saskatchewan River, “Kisiskatchewanisipi” or “swift-flowing river.” 

Canada

Canada

Canada got its name most liekly from the Huron-Iroquois word “kanata,” meaning “village” or “settlement.” 

Saskatoon Locations & Details
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