We drove to Pike Lake Provincial Park just outside of Saskatoon this summer. This is a late post but I imagine a cool place to go in the fall too! Pike Lake Provincial Park in Saskatchewan is a great place to hang out for the day. It is only a 20 minute drive from Saskatoon. We went there to hang out on the beach and it was great. It is a body of water of the South Saskatchewan River that got cut off from the main river. You can swim in the lake, or if you prefer, you go swimming in the pool. The lake was fine for swimming. No different than any other lake really. It is a small beach but enough room to get a spot. A lot of people were having picnics by the lake. You can even rent boats to go explore. There are many other things to do including hiking, fishing, walking, camping, play on the grass area, play baseball, eat at the restaurant, shoot some mini golf and more activities too. You can view an entire list of activities on the Pike Lake website at:
It is easy to get there from Saskatoon. Just take 22nd west (highway 7) and turn left on highway 16 and drive straight for around 23 kilometres. Here is the contact information:
Pike Lake Provincial Park
102-112 Research Dr.
SASKATOON SK S7N 3R3
Phone: (306) 933-6966 (administration) or (306) 933-7777 (Reserve-A-Site)
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In the summer the South Saskatchewan River levels get low and they expose some awesome beaches. A really nice one is on the north side of Circle Drive and Spadina Crescent right near the Circle Drive Bridge in Saskatoon. If you park your car along Spadina, you will be able to find a path that will lead you to the beach area. It is on the north side of the South Saskatchewan River just opposite the river part of the Sutherland Beach Off Leash Recreation Area. In September of this year, 2011, it was really hot and almost every day there was a huge crowd of people enjoying the sun and watching the river go by. The video shows how sandy the beach really is too.
To see our video about the Sutherland Beach Off Leash Recreation area click the link below.
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The Sutherland Beach Off Leash Recreation Area in Saskatoon is a great place to take your dog for a long walk through forested paths, at the sides of fields and down by the South Saskatchewan River water. You are sure to bump in to familiar faces and furry friends during your walk. Lots of birds fly around, an occasional deer might spring up in the evening, and if you are lucky, the elusive beaver may swim by or chop a log for you. You can do a good lap or two to get good exercise. We go there at least once per day with Turk, who we adopted from the Saskatoon SPCA. He loves it there. There are dogs of all kinds there, big and small. And even some giant ones!! The park is very clean and they have garbage bins throughout to throw away the dog poop. The Sutherland Beach Off Leash Recreation Area is also connected to a fenced in area that is used by cyclists, walkers and runners. Turk did one day find a hole under the fence and used it. Actually, I think he had seen it before and was eyeing it up. Then one day he decided when I wasn’t really looking he could crawl under it and hang out on the other side. See picture below.
There is a major path that takes you right to the South Saskatchewan River where in the summer the low water levels create an awesome sandy beach area. The dogs can also get a little drink of water too. Go there with your dog and you will love it!
To get there go to Central Avenue and Attridge Drive and go north on Central. Take your first left and go down the dirt road that runs parallel to Attridge. Drive right to the Cul De Sac, get your dog out, and go for a walk!
Please clean up after your pet and make sure your dog is licensed.
To check out our video on the Avalon Off Leash Dog Park click the link below.
We watched the Stew Uzelman Pedway under Circle Drive Bridge in Saskatoon get built and was amazed at how they were doing it. We decided to finally check it out while walking Turk, our dog. at the Sutherland Beach Off Leash Dog Park. What a really cool pedway. It is kinda loud with the traffic above and a little shaky but is pretty neat. It is so much better than crossing the Circle Drive Bridge when they had that sidewalk on the top. I am sure a lot more people use it now that is is suspended under the bridge. Plus it connects two sides of the river with amazing walking, running and cycling trails. A neat architectural accomplishment for sure. The art work is neat and you can spend a few minutes just looking at and noticing the people and their activities within the scene. You have to check it out if you have not been there yet and it is easy to get to. You can park in the parking lot of the Sutherland Beach Off Leash Dog Park and walk or park on the other side of the river on Spadina and walk from there. Also, this video was entirely shot with my iPhone 4. Not bad.
If you are interested in other bridge viewing we posted a video showing the various Saskatoon bridges spanning the South Saskatchewan River. Click below to view.
This video is from the The Saskatoon Exhibition in 2009. It gives a great idea of the fun you can have in any year. The Saskatoon Ex, as it is otherwise known, takes place at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon just off Lorne Avenue, at the corner of Ruth Street and Lorne Avenue. Take the Ruth Street exit off the Idylwyld Freeway. The Saskatoon Ex in 2011 takes place from August 9 to August 14. There are a whole bunch of events taking place during the week. We mostly attended the fair rides in 2009 and ate some of the awesome food. There are concerts and all kinds of activities for the whole family. For a lot more information on the event go to The Saskatoon Ex website.
The 2011 Saskatoon PotashCorp Fireworks Festival
This video is from the 2010 Saskatoon PotashCorp Fireworks Festival. This years festival is on Labour Day weekend in September. The following is directly from the Saskatoon PotashCorp Fireworks Festival website:
The PotashCorp Fireworks Festival will be on Labour Day Weekend (Friday, September 2nd and Saturday, September 3rd). Plan to attend! There will be exciting entertainers, wonderful vendors and lots of activities for people of all ages and interests to enjoy. Visit our expanded Value Card and featured contests areas on this website.
The PotashCorp Fireworks Festival is Produced by On Purpose Leadership in partnership with Tourism Saskatoon, The Pyrotechnics show manager is Chico Ruggieri of Ruggieri Fireworks and Special Effects. The primary sites for the PotashCorp Fireworks Festival are: River Landing, Rotary Park, and the Remai Arts Centre. There are many excellent points from which to view the fireworks.
Parking and traffic management is often an issue and so we encourage you to use public transit as it will be in full service with great access to the various sites. We also encourage you to plan a safe ride home.
History of Firework Events in Saskatoon
Firework events have been held in Saskatoon many times over the years:
- 2011 continues our relationship with PotashCorp
- 2010 marks the launch of the PotashCorp Fireworks Festival with the title sponsorship of the festival from PotashCorp
- 2008 and 2009 were the intial launch years of the Saskatoon Fireworks Festival
- in 2007, the Bridging 125 event was held to commemorate the first meeting between Chief Whitecap and John Lake
- in 2006, Saskatoon celebrated its centennial with the Centennial Celebrations Weekend Bridge Party
- … and of course over the years we have had fireworks displays on Canada Day every year!
The Fireworks Festival was created to bring a world class fireworks event to Saskatoon. 2008 was the inaugural year for this amazing festival which saw almost 50,000 people come out and enjoy the fireworks and other festival offerings. In 2010 we announced the title sponsorship of the festival by PotashCorp thereby launching the PotashCorp Fireworks Festival. We continue to look forward to a weekend that will develop into a recognizable and successful annual event that will attract tourism and generate economic gains for the city. The festival aspires to offer citizens of Saskatoon a deeper feeling of unity and pride through this new and exciting annual cultural event. Showcasing the beautiful landscape that Saskatoon has to offer, this two-day event will create fun, excitement, and entertainment at the new River Landing development and in Rotary Park.
SaskatoonUpClose.com is planning to be there this year to take some 2011 footage. For more information you can go the PotashCorp Fireworks Festival Saskatoon Website.
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Saskatoon is often called the Paris of Prairies. Saskatoon has several bridges spanning the South Saskatchewan River. They even have another one being built to complete Circle Drive. Spend an afternoon and go check them all out. Get as close as you can and gaze at the coolness of each bridge.
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