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Outdoor ideas for Family Day long weekend in Saskatoon

It’s time to spend some much needed quality time with the family!

Here are my top picks on how to spend the Family Day long outdoors in Saskatoon:

Frosted Gardens at the Bess

Photo credit: Karee Davidson Courtesy of Tourism Saskatoon

1. Embrace the ice at the Frosted Gardens at the Bess*

The Frosted Gardens at the Bess delivers the magical beauty of ice through carvings, lights and more. Located in the historic Delta Bessborough Gardens, make a day of it outside while and have fun exploring the ice maze and sculptures, carving your name into the ice and trying your hand at ice bowling!

Hours are Monday – Friday 2-10, Weekends 10-10. Admission to the Frosted Gardens is as follows: Adults/$5, Children 2-12/$2, Under 2/Free, Family Rate (2 Adults/2 Children)/$12.
Please note it is cash only. *Running until February 15.


2. Visit Wanuskewin*

A mere 5 km outside of Saskatoon city limits, Wanuskewin Heritage Park offers visitors the ability to immerse themselves in the land’s dynamic past and learn with the people that resided there thousands of years ago. Through various programming that includes: cooking, art gallery tours, exploration, ecology, and traditional arts, crafts and dance to name a few, those who visit can reconnect with the natural (past and present) environment.

While there, consider exploring the trails systems by snowshoe. Bring or borrow a pair from the park and spend the day outside following the trails and learning the meanings behind them.

Some other spots for urban snowshoeing include Diefenbaker Park and Holiday Park Golf Course.
*Closed on Feb. 15


3. Ice skating at Meewasin Rink

The Cameco Meewasin skating rink at PotashCorp Plaza is the perfect place to lace up those skates and skate alongside the Saskatchewan River while you admire the incredible views. Bring your hot cocoa and warm clothes while you spend your day ice skating on the rivers edge, in Kiwanis Park (next to the Delta Bessborough Hotel). It’s open daily and also has a cozy warm up shelter and outdoor fire pit.

burbot dog fish

4. Make a day of it Ice fishing or cross country skiing at Blackstrap Provincial Park

Only 30 minutes out of the city and you are transported to ice fishing paradise. Pack your warm gear, rods and don’t forget the hot chocolate. Walleye and Pike, along with perch and burbot (dog fish) await! Bonus: it’s free
fishing weekend in Saskatchewan from Feb 14-16!

Cross Country Skiing
The park also boasts a groomed 5 km trail with two sections, so if fishing isn’t quite your angle, you have other options. The upland section is The 3.3 km and the lowland section is 1.7 km. Find the start (and end) of the trail next to the downhill ski pro shop which is located on the north side of the mountain.

Not sure you want to head out of town? Check out these other groomed trails in the city.

Winter elk

5. Pay the animals of the Saskatoon Zoo a visitt

A visit to the zoo not only gets families out and active, it’s also super fun. The zoo hosts a variety of western Canadian animals, along with some exotic species in a beautiful park landscape. There is no charge for admission before March 31 and the zoo is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily.

And now for a great contest courtesy of CBC Saskatchewan

Show CBC how you will be spending the long weekend and family week with your kids and be entered to win! Send your photos to [email protected] or tweet to @CBCSask @CBCSaskatoon to win dinner and movie passes for a family of four! (One package for each city). Check out your submitted photos here.

CBC Family Day contest

2 thoughts on “Outdoor ideas for Family Day long weekend in Saskatoon
  1. Great post! I did not know you could rent snowshoes from Wanuskewin Heritage Park. If we had a sled for the little one this sis something we’d definitely check out. Instead I think we will nab a few easy to get to geocaches!

    • Jenn Smith Nelson on said:

      Hi Ben, I believe they actually borrow them out – but be warned when I was there they were old school snow shoes, which was quite cool. I would phone to check regarding availability. 🙂

      Hope to see you enter some photos into the contest. Cheers.


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