There is already so much to do in Saskatoon in the winter! From outdoor winter activities like skating and cross country skiing, to PotashCorp Wintershines, one of Canada’s Best Winter Festivals, to attending a winter camp.
Check out the City’s website for listings of Outdoor Winter Recreational Facilities, Outdoor Winter Events, and Outdoor Programs and Activities, and more>
WinterCityYXE supports a number of the City’s Strategic Goals and is an intentional effort by the City and community stakeholders to celebrate what makes Saskatoon unique as a four-season place that is inviting, vibrant and prosperous, even in the coldest months of the year.
Across North America and internationally, city leaders are partnering with community groups to highlight and tackle specific problems that occur in cities in the winter months, with the goal of improving the vitality of their community. Facilitated through the City of Saskatoon’s (City) leadership and engaging the interest and efforts of the entire community, a Winter City Strategy will articulate the changes necessary to help residents, businesses and visitors ‘embrace’ winter with as much enthusiasm as they have for the summer season.
The goals for a Winter City Strategy are to improve broader community accessibility, inclusion, activity and energy, and lead to greater economic vitality (particularly within service, accommodation and retail sectors) as the opportunities of winter are realized and the challenges mitigated. The intent of the Strategy is to be broad, responding to opportunities associated with winter life, winter design and winter economy; as well as addressing perceptions, attitudes and behaviours of citizens to generate a positive winter culture.
WINTER CITY STRATEGY COMMUNITY WORKSHOP
The City of Saskatoon invites all interested community members to help shape the creation of a Winter City Strategy for Saskatoon!
Over the winter, we asked the community how we could improve our:
– Winter Life: Celebrate what makes Saskatoon inviting and fun even in the coldest months of the year.
– Winter Design: Improve community accessibility for everyone, even in the ice and snow.
– Winter Culture: Build enthusiasm for the winter season and helping us take advantage of all the opportunities winter brings.
– Winter Economy: Address challenges associated with winter to create more vibrant and prosperous service, retail and accommodation sectors in the winter.
We received a ‘blizzard’ of great ideas and now it is time to shape these into a Strategy. Please join us in a discussion of priorities and ways to support new and existing initiatives.
The workshop will also feature presentations by City-sponsored delegates who attended the Edmonton Winter City Shake-Up Conference in February.
DATE: Thursday, April 27th from 8:00 a.m. to Noon
LOCATION: Royal Canadian Legion Saskatoon Branch 63, 606 Spadina Crescent West.
If you are interested in attending please RSVP to email@example.com or call 306-975-2487.
Visit Saskatoon.ca/wintercityyxe for more information on the Winter City Strategy.
Learn To Skate Program
The City of Saskatoon Learn to Skate Program will be offered in 4 neighbourhoods this winter. The program is led by skating instructors. Participants must bring their own skates and CSA approved helmet.
Saturday and Sunday’s February 18 to March 19
10:30am – 1:00pm
North Park (Saturday’s)
St. George (Sunday’s)
Greystone Heights (Sunday’s)
City of Saskatoon Winter Play Program
The City of Saskatoon is once again providing its Winter Play Program. This includes a variety of winter games and activities for ages 2-12. The recreation shack will be heated and open to stay warm!
Saturday and Sunday’s February 18 to March 19. 10:30am – 4:00pm
Holliston Rec Unit
Greystone Heights Rec Unit
Westmount Rec Unit
The City of Saskatoon invites you to help shape a new approach to winter in Saskatoon! Join us for a free breakfast session and:
· Be first to hear how we are shaping a Winter City for 2017,
· Share your ideas to inspire winter activity in Saskatoon,
· Vote for ideas you feel will create the greatest winter experience in Saskatoon,*
· Open opportunities to partner with the City on your organization’s winter initiatives, and
· Access the public premiere of Tourism Saskatoon’s winter “Endless Adventures” campaign.
In January 2017, the City will launch a public engagement campaign to develop our inaugural Winter City Strategy. This breakfast is our first step in shaping that strategy. Be a part of a team that generates new ideas and collaborated efforts to inspire recreation and sport; getting around in winter; arts, culture and festivals, and much more.
Date: Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Location: Le Relais, 308 4th Ave N, Saskatoon
(Free street parking at meters before 9:00am)
Seats are Limited
RSVP to reserve your seat at: — https://www.picatic.com/saskwintercity/
Ice Cycle is back! Join us for “the coldest bike ride on the planet” followed by a book talk with Tom Babin, author of Frostbike.
WHEN: February 27, 2016 @ 5:30 pm
WHERE: Saskatoon Farmer’s Market, 414 Avenue B South, Saskatoon, SK S7M 1M8
5:30 pm: The coldest bike ride on the planet
6:30 pm: Return to the Farmer’s Market for chili & drinks followed by…
7:15 pm: Book talk with Tom Babin
Before the ride, we will have a brief safety talk entitled ‘David and Goliath – On Staying Alive and the Law.’ Join Dave Palibroda, a lifetime cyclist, and Ben Ralston, a lawyer, for this lively discussion on safe cycling and our cycling by-laws, and when they sometimes conflict. Know the law, learn your options in tricky situations, and find out what everyone can do to support safer cycling by-laws in Saskatoon.
Come prepared to ride. There will be a short saftey demonstration before we head out. Everyone is welcome.
It’s cold out there.
Walk with us on Saturday, February 20, 2016 in the Coldest Night of the Year, a fantastically fun, family-friendly walking fundraiser that raises money for the hungry, homeless and hurting in 100+ communities across Canada.
The Bridge & Lighthouse serve people living with poverty in Saskatoon. Your involvement in the WALK will impact hundreds of lives in a positive way, helping build a bright future that once seemed out of reach.
Here’s the schedule for the walk:
4:00 – Registration opens
4:30 – 1st 5KM Walk begins (10 KM registered walkers)
4:45 – 2nd 5KM Walk begins (5 KM registered walkers)
5:00 – 2KM Walk begins, Registration closes
6:00 – Route closes
Between 5:30 and 7:00 pm a warm, light meal will be served to all walkers and volunteers. So, be sure to linger with us afterwards, share some laughs, hang with some friends and celebrate the walk – at least till you warm up.
Registration opens at 4:00 pm. All 10 and 5 km walkers should try to be there at four to ensure start times will be kept. (If walkers are late for registration, and therefore late for their distance’s start time, they will be asked to walk a shorter route, with the next start time. ) All walkers must check-in and sign a waiver form before participating. Please come prepared with:
All cash and cheques payable to “Coldest Night of the Year”
Pledge sheet with all donor data filled out completely and neatly OR
Post all pledges of cash and cheques online in your personal fundraising page and print off the “My Donor List” and bring with cash or cheques**.
Bring a signed WAIVER FORM available online under TOOLS / FORMS on the main site .
Note: Walkers who raise $150 (adults) or $75 (youth aged 13-17) do NOT have to pay the $25 registration fee.
Coldest Night of the Year/Saskatoon
PotashCorp Wintershines Snow Park– Have fun in the snow! Bring your mittens, toques, snow pants and appropriate winter footwear to enjoy the outdoors in! Come and check out the professionally-designed ice sculptures, inflatable IGLOO, sleigh rides, and enjoy the festive atmosphere.
Saturday January 23 – OPENING DAY!: Noon-8pm
Sunday January 24 – 10am-8pm
Monday-Thursday January 25-28 – 4pm-8pm
Friday, January 29 – 12pm-8pm
Saturday, January 30- 10am-8pm
Sunday, January 31- CLOSING DAY! 10am-5pm
PotashCorp is proud to sponsor WinterShines, where you’ll find lots of frosty fun!
The Market Square at River Landing is located at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market at 19th Street and Sonnenschein Way.
The Broadway Theatre, in conjunction with CBC Saskatoon, CFCR 90.5 FM – Saskatoon Community Radio, Planet S Magazine and Regina Folk Festival are excited to present Winterruption!
Break up the winter chill with three days of live music at four venues throughout the city, featuring acts like Whitehorse, Fred Penner, The Dears, The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer and many more.
@ The Broadway Theatre
Jan 21 – Whitehorse w/ Emily Wells
Jan 22 – The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer w/ The Good Lovelies
Jan 23 – The Dears w/ Andy Shauf
@ the Refinery
Jan 21 – Dave Bidini w/ Steph Cameron
Jan 22 – Jonathan Goldstein
Jan 22 – Fred Penner w/ the Department Heads & the Wet Secrets
@ the Bassment
Jan 21 – Old Man Luedecke w/ J.P. Hoe
For tickets or more information, visit https://broadwaytheatre.ca/events and keep your eyes peeled for more announcements.
Buy tickets to any three shows and receive a piece of limited edition Winterruption memorabilia for free!
Nutana Community Association presents Winterlude!
FREE Family Friendly Festival
Thursday, December 3 & Friday December 4, 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Saturday, December 5, 10:00 – 5:00 pm
Behind Victoria School
Theatre on the Rink: The Hockey Sweater
Join Sum Theatre, Artists in Residence for the Nutana Community Association, for Nutana Winterlude, a family-friendly festival taking place in the park behind Victoria School.
The centerpiece of the festival will be Theatre on the Rink, an original adaptation of the classic Canadian story, The Hockey Sweater – performed entirely by actors on skates and featuring original, live music! Between performances, festival attendees will be invited to partake in a variety of free, wintertime activities throughout the park.
Theatre on the Rink runs on the hour every hour of the festival.
Free! Family Friendly! Games! Food! Bring your skates, toboggans and sleds!