Artful frolicking at the Remai Modern.
Over the past decade, Saskatoon has blossomed into a prime destination for holidaymakers. Nestled on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River, the city boasts a booming culinary milieu and an eclectic cultural scene: In 2017, the city took the art world by storm with the opening of the Remai Modern, a gallery housing the world's largest collection of Picasso linocuts. Stories of hometown generosity are commonplace in the "Paris of the Prairies," and the treasure trove of world-class entertainment, hidden gems and natural jewels buried amidst the easy pace of this midsize urban centre are best seen through the eyes of enthusiastic locals.
Upon entering Picaro Cocktails & Tacos, co-owner Carmen Hamm greets hungry patrons: "Come in with an open mind and a fearless palate!" The Saskatoon native encourages diners at her Riversdale eatery to put aside their notions of traditional tacos by trying tortillas stuffed with pork belly, buffalo chicken or falafel. Cap off dinner with a warm churro dusted with Mayan chili powder and cinnamon before heading a couple blocks west to the historic Roxy Theatre.
Built during the Great Depression, the Roxy maintains old-world charm and offers visitors so much more than the latest blockbusters. You'll feel transported in time and place as you munch on popcorn next to the façade of a Spanish village. The lavish cinema was named after the iconic Roxy Theater in New York City.
For your retail fix, Riversdale also boasts some of the trendiest boutiques in the province; many of them facilitate and showcase the work of homegrown talent. At Hardpressed Print Studio, pick up t-shirts and "bunny hugs" (that's Saskatchewanian for hoodies) hand-printed with uniquely Prairies prints, like grains and lilies.
In 2014, stationer Susan Gallagher opened Soul Paper, a paper and craft supply store. With the support of her husband, Alexsandor Pozsonyi, the former interior designer and typography lover set up shop in Saskatoon for one simple reason: "I just love the creative spirit of the city," she says. The design-loving duo has created a singular space for fellow artists, writers and craft lovers to stock up on premium supplies, including Saskatchewan-made watercolours.