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5 Outdoor Winter Activities To Do in Saskatoon

People enjoying a walk outside in the winter time

Embrace the great outdoors and let the adventure unfold! Picture yourself embarking on a serene canoeing journey down the river or skating in the great outdoors, surrounded by the crisp air of a fall morning. Gliding gracefully over the mirror-like water, you'll share nods with the diligent beavers and bid a temporary farewell to the migrating geese. In these tranquil moments, it's as if you've become one with the serene landscape.

For those who prioritize fitness but prefer a less regimented approach, Saskatoon offers a plethora of year-round activities that demand a hearty stretch beforehand and perhaps a soothing massage afterward. The city's offerings cater to various levels of intensity, ensuring everyone can find their perfect fit.

Yet, the beauty of Saskatoon lies in the freedom to set your own rhythm. Sail along the river on a leisurely cruise, taking in the panoramic views of nature's beauty. Or opt for a leisurely, meandering walk, allowing you to observe a myriad of wildlife in their natural habitats. The city's residents are known for their year-round active lifestyles, creating a sense of camaraderie that accompanies you no matter how you choose to enjoy the outdoors.

As the seasons transition to winter, the outdoor excitement doesn't wane. The following activities provide a taste of the chilly wonders that await you after you’ve checked your Saskatoon hotel by the airport!

1. CanoeSki Discovery Company

CanoeSki Discovery Company, one of Saskatchewan’s foremost adventure travel companies, specializes in wilderness canoeing and cross-country skiing. The company is based in the City of Saskatoon and is licensed in the Province of Saskatchewan, Canada. Owner and guide Cliff Speer has been providing adventure training and tours to both domestic and international clientele since establishing the company in 1989. Over the intervening years, CanoeSki has gained a reputation for outstanding programs and personal attention to detail. Quality, innovation and a personal touch have become hallmarks of the company and the essence of a superior travel experience for CanoeSki guests.

2. Clarence Downey Speed Skating Oval

Clarence Downey Speed Skating Oval is managed by the Gordie Howe Sports Complex on behalf of the City of Saskatoon. The Oval offers an exciting change of pace and scenery for skating enthusiasts. There are multiple lanes available for different speeds and plenty of room for every level of skater (and speed skates are not required to participate).

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3. Cameco Meewasin Skating Rink @Nutrien Plaza

Embracing the quintessential Canadian pastime of outdoor skating is a cherished tradition, and no winter is truly fulfilled without a visit to the Cameco Meewasin Skating Rink @Nutrien Plaza, located in the heart of downtown Saskatoon, right within the picturesque Kiwanis Park. This beloved rink warmly welcomes around 20,000 visitors each year, earning recognition as one of Canada's top outdoor skating destinations. While the rink's opening season typically spans from early December through February or March (subject to weather conditions), we invite you to mark your calendar and check back with the rink in December 2023 to ensure you don't miss out on the upcoming skating season!

4. Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo

The Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo is a unique and cherished destination in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, known for its blend of natural beauty, wildlife conservation, and family-friendly entertainment. This historic site, established as a federal nursery in the early 1900s, has since transformed into a captivating park and zoo. Visitors can explore meticulously landscaped gardens, enchanting walking paths, and a variety of animal exhibits featuring both native and exotic species. From the playful antics of the red pandas to the majesty of the Canada lynx, the zoo offers a close-up look at diverse wildlife. Beyond the animal encounters, the park boasts beautiful gardens, offering a tranquil setting for picnics, strolls, and educational experiences. Whether you're seeking an opportunity to connect with nature, learn about wildlife conservation, or simply enjoy a day outdoors with your family, the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo is a delightful and educational destination for visitors of all ages.

5. Optimist Hill

Embrace the wonders of winter at Optimist Snow Park, where an array of facilities await to cater to both young adventurers and seasoned enthusiasts. Designed as a Winter Recreation Area, Optimist Snow Park stands as a hub of outdoor excitement for individuals of all ages. Nestled conveniently at a central location, the park invites everyone in our community to partake in the joys of winter play without any hurdles.

From children to adults, Optimist Snow Park has something for everyone. Whether you're a novice or an expert, the park's diverse offerings ensure that you can experience the thrill of the season. The availability of affordable equipment rentals and ski/snowboard lessons opens up a world of possibilities, making winter activities accessible to all.