Jul 30, 2018
Saskatoon Hotel Guide: Where the Locals Hang Out
When you think of Saskatoon, you may picture a city in the hinterland surrounded by Prairie wheat. While that may be true in a sense, Saskatoon is actually a young and energetic city known for its music, art, food and cultural scene. Why not live like a local and visit some popular neighbourhoods from your Saskatoon hotel:
Living on the Fringe
A hotspot for locals and Saskatoon tourism, the city’s oldest neighbourhood of Nutana is located on the east side of the South Saskatchewan River.
Venture over to lively Broadway Avenue, which is home to hip coffee houses, vintage artisan shops, great restaurants, tantalizing taverns, and unique live music venues.
Broadway also serves as the home of the Saskatoon Fringe Theatre Festival, where street performers, theatrical productions and performing artists from around the world entertain audiences for ten days in August. At the centre of the action is the Broadway Theatre, Saskatoon’s community-owned arts and cultural space that features everything from world film screenings to well-known music acts and theatre productions.
The Place to Eat, Drink, Shop and Look at Art
Saskatoon’s original commercial centre of Riversdale, near downtown on the west side of the river, has become the city’s hippest neighbourhood. Known for its multitude of coffee houses, bars, restaurants, distilleries, bookstores, and shops, Riversdale has also become a cultural hub for numerous arts groups and galleries.
It serves as the home of the:
- Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra
- Saskatoon Native Theatre Company
- La Troupe Du Jour
- PAVED Arts
- Riverhouse Studio Gallery
- Roxy Theatre (Magic Lantern)
On the Waterfront
Saskatoon’s shoreline area along the South Saskatchewan River and straddling the Broadway Bridge has undergone a major transformation in the last 20 years. Once a bit of a wasteland, it is now home to trails, parks and attractions. Here you can find locals and visitors staying at pet-friendly hotels in Saskatoon walking with their pooches and adventurists paddling the river in canoes and kayaks.
The Riverfront is also home to Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, the summer-long Shakespeare theatre festival that takes place in a large festival tent set up between the 25th Street University Bridge and the Prairie Lily Riverboat dock.
Saskatoon’s Entertainment and Sports Centre
The place to see big-name music artists, Saskatoon Blades home games and other sporting and entertainment events, SaskTel Centre is located in the north end of the city near Saskatoon airport hotels and restaurants. Popular with both locals and visitors staying at SaskTel Centre hotels, the complex is being considered for a major upgrade. In the meantime, you can catch upcoming concerts by the likes of Alice Cooper, Metallica, Keith Urban, John Mellencamp, Russell Peters and others.
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