Category: Canada

Quebec City, Quebec

A- Overview:
No excursion to French speaking Canada is complete without a visit to exuberant, romantic Québec City, a travel destination found in one of the most beautiful natural settings in North America. The well preserved Vieux-Québec (Old Québec) is small and densely packed, and is steeped in four centuries of history and French tradition. 17th and 18th century buildings have been carefully maintained and preserved over the centuries and are bordered by numerous attractive parks which contain historic monuments.

The government of Québec has completely restored many of the centuries old buildings of Place Royale, one of the oldest districts on the continent. Because of its meticulous preservation of this, the only fortified city remaining in North America, UNESCO has designated Vieux-Québec a World Heritage Site.

Perched on a cliff above a narrow point in the St. Lawrence River, Québec City has a view that seems to take in the whole world. In the 17th century the first French explorers, fur trappers, and missionaries came here to establish the colony of New France. Today, it still resembles a French provincial town in many ways. The culture, music, food, and art are all distinctly influenced by the French. At the same time, the Quebecois have created their own enduring culture with its unique traditions, flavors, sounds, and sights.

Québec City’s split level landscape divides Upper Town on the cape from Lower Town, along the shores of the St. Lawrence. Separating these two sections of the city are cliffs of steep and precipitous rock, against which were built more than 25 escaliers (staircases). Both parts of the town offer attractions ranging from from centuries old buildings to beautiful churches. The city also has an amazing array of cabarets, cafes, and restaurants where visitors can enjoy the unique Quebecois cuisine.

Quebec City is the closest one can come to being in France without leaving North America. Visitors to Quebec City are never disappointed. The blend of French culture with other traditions has produced an amazing city of timeless treasures and memories to be shared.

B- City Information:
Population: 671,889

Elevation: 300 feet (91 meters) above sea level

Land Area: 1957.1 square miles (3,149.7 square kilometers)

Location: Located in the southern section of Canada, close to the border of the United States

Time Zone: Eastern Time Zone (when it’s noon in Quebec City, it’s 9am in Vancouver). Quebec City observes Daylight Savings Time from Late April – Late October

Weather:

Average Temperatures:

Month
High
Low

January
18F
2F

February
20F
4F

March
31F
15F

April
45F
29F

May
61F
41F

June
72F
52F

July
76F
57F

August
73F
54F

September
64F
47F

October
51F
37F

November
36F
24F

December
22F
9F

Climate:

Québec has three distinct climates: the humid continental climate in the region covered by boreal forest (south of the 50th parallel), the sub arctic climate in the taiga region (between the 50th-58th parallels), and the arctic climate of Nunavik, the tundra region above the 58th parallel, home of the Inuit.

Québec’s southernmost climate is marked by seasonal extremes of temperature. A rigorous snowy winter, with an average annual snowfall of over 3 metres (10 feet), gives way to an exhilarating spring and a pleasantly warm summer, followed by a crisp and colorful autumn. Through all the thermometer’s ups and downs, the hospitality and conviviality of the people of Quebec is legendary.

Local Seasons:

The crowds are at their most bustling throughout summer (June through August), particularly over the last two weeks of July when Canadian factory workers and other heavy-industry personnel traditionally lay down their tools and take a “long lunch”. Another peak period is the week in mid-March when elementary and high-school students are released from school for the annual family holiday, which in Québec City often means a pilgrimage to nearby Île d’Orléans.

How to Get There:

By Plane

Aeroporte de Quebec

500, Rue Principale

Sainte-Foy (Quebec)

Canada G2G279

418-640-2700

The airport is located 12 miles (19.3 kilometers) northwest of the city and is served by many of the national and international carriers as well as a variety of local, regional and charter services.

Mirabel International Airport

12600 Aérogare A-1 Street
Mirabel, Québec, Canada J7N 1C9

800-465-1213

Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport

975 Roméo-Vachon Blvd North
Montréal, Québec, Canada H4Y 1H1

514-394-7377

Ground Transportation

Car rental, taxi, shuttle service and limousine service is available at all of the airports as well as throughout the city.

By Car

From the U.S.:

Québec City is slightly more than 805km (500 miles) from New York, and less than 644km (400 miles) from Boston. Coming from New York and points farther south, pick up Interstate 91 at New Haven, and follow it right up to the Canadian border. From Boston, take I-93 out of the city and link up with I-91 at St. Johnsbury, Vermont. After crossing the border, I-91 becomes Québec Autoroute 55, to Sherbrooke and Drummondville. From Sherbrooke, there is a choice. To make the trip quickly, take Autoroute 55 to Autoroute 20. But Route 116, which heads northeast from Richmond, midway between Sherbrooke and Drummondville, is more scenic, if a bit slower.

From Montreal & Vice Versa

When driving to Québec City from Montréal, Autoroute 40, which runs along the north shore of the St. Lawrence, is faster than Autoroute 20, on the south shore. The trip takes less than 3 hours without stops.

By Bus

Gare Centrale d`autobus
320, Rue Abraham-Martin
Québec (Québec) G1K 8N2
415-525-3000

Terminus Sainte-Foy
925, Ave de Rochebelle
Sainte-Foy (Québec) G1V 4H8
418-525 3000

By Train

Gare du Palais
450, Rue de la Gare-du-Palais
Québec (Québec) G1K 3X2
418-524-4161

Gare de Sainte-Foy
3255, Chemin de la Gare
Sainte-Foy (Québec) G1W 3A3
418-658-8792

How to Get Around:

Quebec City Bus (RTC)

418-627-2511

Taxi

Québec Taxi Co-op

418-525-5191

Taxi Québec

418-522-2001

Sainte-Foy / Sillery
Taxi Laurier

418-651-2727

Taxi Coop

418-653-7777

Rail

Gare Du Palais

450, de la Gare du Palais

Quebec

418-692-3940

Immigration and customs formalities

Visitors from any country except the United States must carry a valid passport. American citizens need only proof of citizenship such as a birth certificate and an identity card that includes a photo.

Personal luggage not subject to any specific restrictions is tax exempt, but must be declared to Canadian customs. There are restrictions on imports of food products, plants, pets and firearms,

For additional information, call 506-636-5067.

National Holidays:

New Year’s (January 1 and 2)

Good Friday

Easter Monday

Patriotes’ Day (second-last Monday in May)

Québec National Holiday (June 24)

Canada Day (July 1)

Labour Day (first Monday in September)

Thanksgiving (second Monday in October)

Christmas (December 25 and 26)

C- Attractions/Things To Do:

Église St-Jean- Baptiste
410 rue St-Jean.
418-525-7188
Constructed by the architect Joseph Ferdinand Peachy this church was inspired by the facade of the Église de la Trinité in Paris. The present church, which dates to 1884 features 36 stained-glass windows – each consisting of 30 sections. The impressive sound of the church organ is a final touch in this majestic monument.
Aquarium du Québec
1675 av. des Hôtels
418-627-2511
The aquarium, located near the center of the city, contains more than 340 species of marine life. This collection of animals includes everything from reptiles, exotic fish, to seals from the lower St. Lawrence River. A wooded picnic area makes for a great afternoon or early morning.

Jardin Zoologique du Québec
9300 rue de la Faune
418-622-0313.
This zoo is especially unique because of the DuBerger River, which runs through the park. 200 animal species make their home in the Jardin. The animals that call – or maybe “roar” the Jardin home include bears, wildcats, primates, and birds of prey. Another unique feature of this park is that during the winter months visitors can cross-country ski.

Musée de Québec (Québec Museum)
1 av. Wolfe-Montcalm
418-643-2150.
Showcasing more than 20,000 traditional and contemporary pieces of Québec art, the Quebec Museum is a must see. An interesting feature of the museum is the incorporation of a newly renovated building – this building, however was once a functioning prison that is said to date back to 1867.

Plains of Abraham
418-648-4071
This park, named after the river pilot Abraham Martin, is the site of the famous battle of 1759. However, nowadays visitors use the area to cross-country ski and for sleigh rides during the summer. And once the snow has melted, visitors can lace up their in-line skates and take a “roll” through the plains.

Château Frontenac
1 rue des Carrières
418-692-3861
This castle is Quebec’s most celebrated landmark. The Frontenac was completed in 1925 with the unique addition of a 20 story central tower. Due to its impressive stature and history, the Chateau Frontenac enjoys a wide variety of famed visitors.

Verrerie La Mailloche
58 rue Sous-le-For
418-694-0445
Catch the sight of a true master at work! The glassblowing techniques used in this museum are said to be quite ancient – however the products tend to be quite modern. Master glassblower Jean Vallières gives a demonstrative workshop for visitors.

Musée de la Civilisation (Museum of Civilization)
85 rue Dalhousie
418-643-2158
Oddly located, this museum’s locale is on the foot of a cliff. The museum designed by architect Moshe Safdie, is lined with a limestone and glass facade that has been made in order for the structure to creatively blend into the surrounding landscape. Its campanile echoes the shape of church steeples throughout the city. The museum tells the story of Quebec’s culture and its people. Many exhibits detail the arrival of the first, the role of the Roman Catholic Church and the Québec nationalism.

Edifice Price (Price Building)
65 rue Ste-Anne.
Known to be the city’s first skyscraper, this structure 20story structure was modeled in the Art Deco style. Built in 1929 it served as the main headquarters of the Price Brothers Company.

Couvent des Ursulines (Ursuline Convent)
18 rue Donnacona.
Founded in 1639 by two French nuns, this is one of the oldest of all girl schools. Located on the property are the Musée des Ursulines and the Chapelle des Ursulines – both of which are open to visitors.

Montcalm Monument
Pl. Montcalm.
This monument was erected as a tribute to Louis-Joseph Montcalm, a general who won four major battles in North America.

Grande Théâtre de Québec
269 blvd. René-Lévesque Est.
418-646-0609.
Opened in 1971, the theater incorporates two main halls. The halls are named in honor of Louis-Frechette and Octave-Crémazie. For a taste of the theater don’t miss out on this site of cultural distinction.

Parc de l’Esplanade (Esplanade Park)
100 rue St-Louis
418-648-7016
The French began building ramparts along the city’s natural cliff as early as 1690 to protect themselves from British invaders. 3 miles of walls surround this park. Guided tours are offered in the summer.

Granby Zoo
Autoroute 10, Exit 68, Route 139
450-372-9113
Recently added to the entourage is the AFRIKA Pavilion and its gorillas and AMAZOO. Amazoo is a water park featuring what is claimed to be the biggest wave pool in all of Canada. Zoo features include family water games, more than 1,000 animals, the Children’s Zoo, l’Île du Fort Magik and Château Yoplait.

Parc Safari
850 Route 202
450-247-2727
Parc Safari is a family recreational park. Some of the sights and activities include animals, swimming, rides, shows, picnics, games, trails, shops, and restaurants. Parc safari provides the whole family with a full day of fun and discovery.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
Aquarium du Québec
1675 Av. des Hôtels
418-627-2511
The aquarium, located near the center of the city, contains more than 340 species of marine life. This collection of animals includes everything from reptiles, exotic fish, to seals from the lower St. Lawrence River. A wooded picnic area makes for a great afternoon or early morning.
Jardin Zoologique du Québec
9300 rue de la Faune
418-622-0313.
This zoo is especially unique because of the DuBerger River, which runs through the park. 200 animal species make their home in the Jardin. The animals that call – or maybe “roar” the Jardin home include bears, wildcats, primates, and birds of prey. Another unique feature of this park is that during the winter months visitors can cross-country ski.

Plains of Abraham
418-648-4071
This park, named after the river pilot Abraham Martin, is the site of the famous battle of 1759. However, nowadays visitors use the area to cross-country ski and for sleigh rides during the summer. And once the snow has melted, visitors can lace up their in-line skates and take a “roll” through the plains.

Granby Zoo
Autoroute 10, Exit 68, Route 139
450-372-9113
Recently added to the entourage is the AFRIKA Pavilion and its gorillas and AMAZOO. Amazoo is a water park featuring what is claimed to be the biggest wave pool in all of Canada. Zoo features include family water games, more than 1,000 animals, the Children’s Zoo, l’Île du Fort Magik and Château Yoplait.

E- Events & Entertainment:
Events

January

Carnaval de Quebec Mr. Christie

Held in late January – mid February

Location:

290, rue Joly

Québec QC G1L 1N8

418-626-3716

The Quebec Winter Carnival is a great winter celebration for the entire family. It is a gathering of art, culture, sports and entertainment in an event that people from around the world are invited to share.

February

Antique Snowmobile Festival

Held in early February

Location: Centre-ville de Saint-Raymond
418-337-4049

Call for additional information

Winter Carnival – Le Carnaval de Quebec

Held in late January – mid February

Location:

290, rue Joly

Québec QC G1L 1N8

418-626-3716

The largest singular event on the city’s social calendar is the Winter Carnival, reputedly the biggest annual event of its kind in the world and one of the reasons why Québec City gets as jammed with people in the middle of winter as it does in summer. The carnival features parades, ice sculptures, dances, a snow slide that sets up on Terrasse Dufferin, and the vigorous downing of locally brewed beers such as St. Ambroise and Boréale. The master of ceremonies since the festival began in 1954 has been a character called Bonhomme, who allegedly snowshoes in from a place called Knulandis and appears around town dressed only in a red hat and a jolly grin.

March

Papillons en fete

Held mid February – mid April
Location:

6029, boulevard Hamel, L’Ancienne-Lorette

418-872-9705

Exotic butterfly sanctuary

June

Air Nova Horse Show

Held over 4 days in late June

Location: St-Jean-Baptiste

418-647-1300 (2248)

Admission free to most events

For four days in late June the Plains of Abraham are transformed into a giant equestrian circuit. This is a premiere stop on the World Cup, attracting well-known horses and riders from around the world; everything from pony rides for the kids to riding accessories and polo demonstrations are offered. Past events have also included an equestrian circus, dog show, miniature horse exhibitions and art exhibits. A moderately priced Show Button offers complete access to all events.

July

Quebec International Summer Festival

Held in early – mid July

Location: Quebec City

514-284-2860

To meet their objective, event planners have turned not only to the stars of Québec’s 70s musical scene but also to outstanding representatives of the younger generation of performing artists who, together, will renew the spirit of fraternity epitomizing this mega-gathering of cultures, a forerunner of today’s Québec City Summer Festival.

Les Grands Feux Loto-Quebec

Held end of July – mid August

Location: Montmorency Falls Park

418- 692-3736

There could hardly be a more spectacular venue for international competitive fireworks displays than Montmorency Falls Park, just outside of Quebec City. Illuminating the night sky and the falls themselves, teams from around the world compete over three weeks for the coveted Solstice Loto-Qubec award; traditional favourites include Italy, Spain and South Africa’s Pyro Spectacular. Regular admission to the park is free (parking is CAD7), and spectators can set up camp anywhere on the grounds.

August

Expo Quebec

Held in mid – late August

Location:

Centre de Foires, Expocité.
250 boul. Wilfrid-Hamel.
418-691-7110

Relive childhood memories at Expo Québec, the biggest fairground in eastern Canada which offers a wide variety of exciting activities!

SAQ New France Festival

Held in early August

Location: Old Quebec

5, rue du Cul-de-Sac, C.P. 128, succ. B
Québec, Québec
Canada G1K 7A1
418-694-3311

Festivities feature the history and heritage of New France and encourage visitors to join in the fun. The 5-day event is held in the heart of Old Quebec.

October

The Quebec City Festival of Sacred Music

Held in late October – early November

Location:

Église Saint-Roch.
590, rue Saint-Joseph Est.

418-525-9777

From Gospel music to Gregorian chants, from Corsican polyphony to Celtic sounds, the Festival features music inspired by the world’s many spiritual traditions, both ancient and contemporary, performed by artists of international fame. Through their art, they give expression to sacred music’s power to create a sense of both peace and exaltation.

December

Nokia Snowboard FIS World Cup

Held in mid December

Location:

Station Touristique Stoneham
1420 avenue du Hibou
418-827-1122

Some of the best riders of the World compete in the Halfpipe, Big Air, Parallel Giant Slalom, and Parallel Slalom disciplines.

Arts and Entertainment

Quebec Opera

1220 avenue Taché
Québec, QC G1R 3B4

418-529-4142

Performances held at the Grand Theatre de Quebec

Call for performance schedule

Quebec Symphony Orchestra

Location: Montcalm/St-Sacrement

418-646-8486

Season runs September – May, call for schedule

Boasting a remarkable amount of musical talent for a city of Quebec’s size, this top-notch orchestra delivers a full program of concerts and events.

Theatre de la Bordee

Located in Old Quebec

418-694-9721

Call for additional information and schedule

One of a surprising number of small independent theatre companies in Quebec City, this venerable organization mounts four productions annually.

Theatre Periscope

Located in Montcalm/St-Sacrement

418-648-9989

Call for additional information and schedule
Situated at the creative forefront of Quebec theatre, the Periscope also sponsors public discussion sessions with respect to their program and art in general.

Elvis Story

Located in Old Quebec

418-694-4444
Call for additional information and schedule

This rollicking chronicle of Elvis Presley’s runs at Quebec City’s Le Capitôle theatre, and audiences show no sign of tiring of the now infamous production. Hear all of the King’s most famous numbers during the biographical drama, including a show-stopping medley of “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Shake, Rattle and Roll” and “Heartbreak Hotel.”

Theatre du Trident

Located in Montcalm/St-Sacrement

418-643-5873
Call for additional information and schedule
One of Quebec City’s premier theatre companies, staging plays from Quebec and around the world.

Grand Theatre de Quebec

Located in Montcalm/St-Sacrement

418-643-8131
Call for additional information and schedule
Quebec City’s modern theatre stands in stark contrast to the venerable beauty of the Palais Montcalm, which it effectively replaced. Built in the mid-1960s, the home of the Quebec Symphony Orchestra and l’Opera de Quebec does have its own charm, however. The Salle Louis-Frechette seats 1,875 in a classic four-tier arrangement, while the Salle Octave-Cremazie is a more intimate option at 506 seats. With a huge annual program befitting a first-class, multi-use facility, any visitor with an interest in the arts is likely to find himself, enjoyably, at the Grand.

Sports

Capitales Baseball Club of the Northern League

Games played at the Municipal Stadium

100 rue du Cardinal Maurice-Roy

418-521-2255

Call for additional information and schedule

Hippodrome de Quebec

Professional harness racing

250 bd. Wilfrid-Hamel ExpoCité

418-524-5283

Admission free

Races held year round

Windsor, Ontario

A- Overview:
The city of Windsor, Ontario lies just across the border between the US and Canada, at the southernmost point in Canada. This city of over 300,000 has its roots deeply planted. Windsor’s Coat of Arms, proudly displayed in the Council Chambers of City Hall, carries the motto, “The River and the Land Sustain Us” as a reminder that the city’s well-being is dependent on appreciation and conservation of these valuable natural resources.

Easily accessible by car either from other cities in Canada or from the United States via tunnel, river, or bridge, the city welcomes visitors to celebrate its rich heritage and to enjoy its many fine restaurants, historic sites, and recreational activities.

The main attraction that draws visitors to Windsor is Casino Windsor, which does a booming business with its slots and gaming tables. The waterfront is also a draw: The International Peace Fountain floats in the Detroit River, and the promenade at Dieppe Gardens is a perfect place to view the Detroit skyline. River cruises depart from the gardens.

Other Windsor attractions include Jackson Park with its summer rose gardens, the Hiram Walker (Canadian Club whiskey) Distillery Tour, and the Art Gallery of Windsor. Visitors interested in African-American history can retrace the route of those who escaped into Canada via the Underground Railroad in the 1800s. Sandwich Baptist Church, erected in Windsor in 1821, was the first Baptist church built by freed slaves. Nearby Amherstburg is home to the North American Black Historical Museum and Cultural Centre, which chronicles the slaves’ journey to freedom. Also in Amherstburg is Fort Malden National Historic Park, site of a fortress that played a prominent role in the War of 1812. The park contains restored barracks and a museum with artifacts from the British and U.S. armies that occupied the fort.

The International Freedom Festival, a two-week celebration honoring the birth of both Canada and the U.S, takes place in Windsor and Detroit in late June and early July. The fireworks display is one of the largest in North America, and is typically held on a weeknight during the last week of June.

Point Pelee National Park, 35 miles southeast of Windsor, is a large stretch of sand and marsh extending into Lake Erie at the southernmost point in all of Canada. The park is visited by migrating birds and monarch butterflies on their way north or south. It offers an interpretive center, nature trails, a boardwalk and miles of beaches. Pelee Island lies south of Point Pelee on Lake Erie, and is a popular destination for fishing and winery tours.

At Walker’s Fine Candies, located on Wyandotte Street, truffles are still hand-dipped and delectable treats are made the old fashioned way, with chocolate being melted in copper pots and formed on marble slabs. Walker’s is also known for its peanut toffee ice cream topping! Another unique attraction is the Windsor Wood Carving Museum, located downtown on Ouellette Avenue. Open year round, it is the only woodcarving museum in Ontario, and includes over 150 carvings.

For a hands-on experience, visit Canada South Science City, one of the most exciting and challenging family and tourist attractions in southwest Ontario. It features over 100 hands-on interactive science and technology exhibits, an exotic café, a state of the art computer science lab, a “bean bag theatre” and a host of other exhibits for visitors of all ages to enjoy.

Windsor has four distinct seasons, ensuring a different visit at any time of the year. Summer tends to be the busiest time of the year. With average temperatures slightly above 72F, it is the perfect time to get outdoors and enjoy many of the activities available both in and around the city. Spring and fall are cooler but still comfortable enough for any type of activity. Both seasons are exceptionally lovely as Mother Nature produces spring colors as the blossoms bloom and the earth begins its transition back to green. Fall showers the visitor with vibrant colors as the leaves turn and winter arrives. The winter can be cold and it does snow, transforming the city into a post card-like picture where the visitor is seen sitting by a crackling fire, enjoying a warm drink while dining on some of the area’s fine cuisine. Whatever the season, Windsor has an activity and the weather for it.

Whatever the reason for visiting, whether for business or vacation, this border city presents its visitors with a rich history and modern appeal.

B- City Information:
Population: 307,877

Elevation: 623 feet above sea level

Land Area: 685 square miles

Location: Windsor is located at the southernmost point of Canada, just across the U.S. border from Detroit, Michigan

Time Zone: Eastern Time Zone (when it’s noon in Windsor, it’s 11am in Chicago and 9am in Los Angeles). Windsor observes Daylight Savings Time from April – October

Weather:

Average Temperatures

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Year

°C
-4.5
-4.0
1.0
7.9
14.1
19.5
22.4
21.3
17.3
11.0
4.0
-2.2
9.0

°F
23.9
24.8
33.8
46.2
57.4
67.1
72.3
70.3
63.1
51.8
39.2
28.0
48.2

Average Rainfall

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Year

mm
55.3
54.8
67.2
69.0
80.3
86.6
84.3
76.0
71.3
59.3
63.9
63.2
831.8

inches
2.2
2.2
2.6
2.7
3.2
3.4
3.3
3.0
2.8
2.3
2.5
2.5
32.7

Local Seasons:

Due to the beautiful weather as well as numerous attractions, sights to see, and things to do, the summer tends to be the busiest time of the year. With average temperatures during this time of year slightly over 22 C (72F), it’s the perfect time to get out of doors and enjoy many of the activities available both in and around the city. Spring and fall are cooler but still comfortable enough for any type of activity. Both seasons are exceptionally lovely as Mother Nature produces spring colors as the blossoms bloom and the earth begins its transition back to green. Fall showers the visitor with vibrant colors as the leaves turn and winter arrives. The winter can be cold and it does snow, transforming the city into a postcard like picture: a picture where the visitor is seen sitting by a warm fire, enjoying a warm drink while dining on some of the area’s fine cuisine.

How to Get There:

By Car:

From elsewhere in Canada:

The southernmost City in Ontario, visitors can reach Windsor and environs via Hwy. 401, which terminates in Windsor. Signage for Windsor’s City Centre and Tunnel to U.S. is clearly marked off Hwy. 401, near the City, as is signage for the Ambassador Bridge to U.S.

From the United States:

Entry to Windsor, Canada, is via either the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel or Ambassador Bridge. The Tunnel is the only international sub aqueous car tunnel in the world. It has a maximum roadway depth of 75 feet beneath the river surface, is nearly a mile long and is the fast downtown connection between the heart of the City of Windsor and Detroit, Michigan. Transit Windsor also operates a “Tunnel Bus” service which shuttles between Windsor’s and Detroit’s City Centres, providing quick and easy access.

By Air

Windsor Airport

3200 County Rd. #42, R.R.#1
Windsor, ON N9A 6J3
519-969-2430
Windsor Airport, the convenient advantage for tourist, business and convention travelers, is located just minutes from downtown Windsor/Detroit and capable of handling aircraft of all sizes. Passenger services at the airport include restaurant/bar, cash machine, business centre, shuttle and taxi service, four car rental agencies and a full International wing with resident Customs. The terminal has been designed to be passenger friendly to minimize walking distance throughout the terminal and adjacent automated parking lots.

Detroit International Airport

Detroit, MI 48242

734-942-3550

Located directly across the U.S. border from Windsor, the airport is served by many of the recognizable worldwide airlines as well as many local and regional carriers.

By Train

VIA Rail

298 Walker Road
Windsor, ON N8Y 2M9
888-842-7245 (Canada or US)

Windsor’s VIA Rail station is a five-minute drive from the border, just off of Riverside Drive East. VIA provides direct service from Windsor to Toronto, stopping at points between and connecting to points east and west from Toronto. VIA tickets can be obtained directly by calling them, or from your travel agent.

Ground Transportation

Most of the major car rental companies, as well as taxi and limousine service is available at the airport as well as throughout the city. In addition, the Transit Windsor Shuttle (519-944-4111) bus includes a stop at Windsor Airport. In addition to public transit throughout the City of Windsor, it also provides group shuttle services by arrangement.

By Water

City Marina Lakeview Park Marina
9200 Riverside Drive East
2450 McDougall
Windsor, ON N8X 3N6
519-948-3383

Lakeview Park Marina is open seasonally mid-April through October, located approximately 6 miles East of Windsor’s City Centre, where the Detroit River meets Lake St. Clair. In addition to some 300 permanent wells, transit boaters are moored on the Little River and the Federal Wall as and when available.

How to Get Around:

Due to the many sights and attractions both in and around Windsor as well as the proximity to Detroit, the best way to get around is by either personal or rental car.

National Holidays:

New Years Day January 1

Good Friday Date Varies

Easter Monday Date Varies

Victoria Day Monday proceeding May 25

Canada Day July 1 (The Holidays Act provides that July 2 is Canada Day when July 1 Is a Sunday)

Labour Day First Monday in September

Thanksgiving Day Second Monday of October

Remembrance Day November 11

Christmas Day December 25

Boxing Day December 26

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
Sandwich First Baptist Church
3652 Peter Street
Windsor, ON N9C 1J7

519-252-4917

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged
Fugitive slaves who fled to Canada from the United States built the first black church in the area. The original log cabin was torn down in 1851 when the present building was erected. Designated a Historic Site in 1995, the church is open for regular services or group presentations by appointment.

Canada South Wine Tours
125 Tecumseh Rd. W.
Windsor, ON N8X 1E8
519-252-7966

Hours: Call for reservations

Admission Charged

Discover … Relax … Sip … Enjoy! Join a tour through the Lake Erie North Shore designated viticulture area in Canada’s most southerly coastal region. Spend the day visiting a variety of area wineries (lunch included).

Canadian Club Brand Heritage Center

2072 Riverside Drive East
Windsor, ON N8Y 4S5
519-254-5171

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Home of Hiram Walker & Sons Limited, distillers of Canadian Club whisky, founded on this site by Hiram Walker in 1858. The new ‘brand heritage’ tour showcases the production and history of Canadian Club, at Hiram Walker’s elegant executive building. In addition to some rum-running history and a video of the whisky-making process, visitors are treated to a tour of the building and will view the distiller’s famed Canadian art collection. Learn how to sample the product, enjoy a complimentary drink in the C.C. Bistro and take home an exclusive promotional souvenir.

Walker’s Fine Candies
1033 Wyandotte Street East
Windsor, ON N9A 3K3
519-253-2019
Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Free
Here, truffles are still hand-dipped and delectable treats are made the old fashioned way, with chocolate being melted in copper pots, and formed on marble slabs. Walker’s are also known for Peanut Toffee Ice Cream Topping!

Casino Windsor

377 Riverside Drive East
Windsor, ON N9A 7H7
519-258-7878

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Free

Casino Windsor offers a total of 100,000 square feet (9,290 square metres) of gaming space.
There are almost 3,000 slot machines and over 130 table games, including premium slot and table games areas.

Windsor Raceway/Racetrack Slots

County Rd. 20 at Sprucewood
Windsor, ON N9A 6P6
519-969-8311

Hours: Open seven days a week from noon to midnight.

Admission Free

Offers a combination of live and simulcast wagering. Home to over 700 slot machines, the facility offers gaming 9 am-3 am, seven days a week.

Serbian Hetitage Museum
6770 Tecumseh Rd. E.
Windsor, ON N8T 1E6

519-944-4884
Hours: The museum is open Monday to Friday 9:30am to 4pm.

Admission Charged

Windsor Wood Carving Museum
850 Ouellette Avenue
Windsor, ON 519-977-0823
Hours: Open year round, 10am-5pm, Tuesday to Friday; and 10am-4pm Saturdays
Admission Charged
The only Wood Carving Museum in Ontario, an expansive one-room museum located downtown. Includes over 150 carvings.

Windsor’s Community Musuem
254 Pitt Street West
Windsor, ON N9A 5L5

519-253-1812
Hours: Open Tues-Sat 10am – 5pm year round; Sunday 2am – 5pm from May – September

Admission Charged
The Francois Baby House, which was built in 1812, offers exhibitions, displays and programs on area history. The Duff-Baby House and Interpretation Centre in Sandwich, believed to be the oldest continually occupied European settlement in Ontario, offers exhibits, walking tours, programs and special events.

Canada South Science City
930 Marion Ave.
Windsor, ON N9A 2J2

519-973-3667
Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged
Canada South Science City is one of the most exciting and challenging family and tourist attractions in Southwest Ontario, featuring over 100 hands-on interactive science and technology exhibits, an exotic café, a state of the art computer science lab, “bean bag theatre” and a host of other exhibits for visitors of all ages to enjoy!

Hyper Space
2475 McDougall
Windsor, ON N8X 3N9

519-969-5014
Hours: Open daily, year round. Call for seasonal hours

Admission Charged

Hyper Space is an exciting family indoor playland where children 12 months to 12 years and their parents can leap, crawl, climb, and play on equipment that has been designed with safety in mind.

Wheels The Skating Place
2475 McDougall
Windsor, ON N8X 3N9

519-969-4335

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Wheels The Skating Place is a clean, safe, well-supervised family rink that offers fun for all ages! In-line skates welcome at all sessions; roller skate rentals available on-site. A small mini-putt course is also available at Wheels.

XS Family Fun Centre
1930 Ambassador Drive
Windsor, ON N9C 3C3

519-972-6748
Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged
The latest in interactive video game centres, catering fun to all ages with go-karts, batting cages, laser tag and a huge arcade.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
Canada South Science City
930 Marion Ave.
Windsor, Ontario N9A 2J2

519-973-3667
Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged
Canada South Science City is one of the most exciting and challenging family and tourist attractions in Southwest Ontario, featuring over 100 hands-on interactive science and technology exhibits, an exotic café, a state of the art computer science lab, “bean bag theatre” and a host of other exhibits for visitors of all ages to enjoy!

Hyper Space
2475 McDougall
Windsor, Ontario N8X 3N9

519-969-5014
Hours: Open daily, year round. Call for seasonal hours

Admission Charged

Hyper Space is an exciting family indoor playland where children 12 months to 12 years and their parents can leap, crawl, climb, and play on equipment that has been designed with safety in mind.

Wheels The Skating Place
2475 McDougall
Windsor, Ontario N8X 3N9

519-969-4335

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Wheels The Skating Place is a clean, safe, well-supervised family rink that offers fun for all ages! In-line skates welcome at all sessions; rollerskate rentals available on-site. A small mini-putt course is also available at Wheels.

XS Family Fun Centre
1930 Ambassador Drive
Windsor, Ontario N9C 3C3

519-972-6748
Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged
The latest in interactive video game centres, catering fun to all ages with go-karts, batting cages, laser tag and a huge arcade.

Walker’s Fine Candies
1033 Wyandotte Street East
Windsor, Ontario N9A 3K3
519-253-2019
Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Free
Here, truffles are still hand-dipped and delectable treats are made the old fashioned way, with chocolate being melted in copper pots, and formed on marble slabs. Walker’s are also known for Peanut Toffee Ice Cream Topping!

E- Events & Entertainment:
Events

January

One Act Play Festival

Held in late January

Location: Theatre Windsor at Market Square

The Annual Play Writing Competition invites local playwrights to submit a one act play for judging. The Winning plays are produced on the Theatre Windsor stage in the Annual One Act Play Festival. This is a tremendous opportunity to enjoy the performance of local ideas.

Annual Polar Bear Dip & Dinner

Held in late January

Location: Lakeside Park Pavilion/Lake Erie, Kingsville

Annual Polar Bear Dip & Dinner. Proceeds Benefit the Youth & Family Resource Network & ChildCan.

February

Ojibway Winter Festival

Held in early February

Location: Ojibway Park, Windsor

Enjoy cross-country skiing, skating and winter wanders through the ‘wilds of Windsor’.

Windsor Canadian Music Festival

Held in mid February

Location: Assumption University Chapel, Windsor

519-977-1400

Chamber ensemble and solo performances of Canadian compositions.

Devonshire Mall Spring Homeshow

Held in mid February

Location: Devonshire Mall, Windsor

519-256-9134

Heritage Day

Held in mid February

Location: Fort Malden National Historic Site, Amherst burg

519-736-5416

Admission Free

Celebrating Canadian heritage. Refreshments for the whole family.

March

Annual Home Show

Held in early March

Location: Ciociaro Club, Windsor

519-948-3247
Presented by the Greater Windsor Home Builders’ Association.

Windsor Classic Indoor Games

Held in early march

Location: St. Denis Athletic Centre, Windsor

519-235-2300

Paralympic events in Track, Field, Swimming, Boccia, Wheelchair Tennis, Wheelchair Rugby, Goalball, Powerlifting and Sled Hockey.

Maple First Taste of Spring

Held in mid March

Location: John R Park, Homestead, Harrow

519-738-2029

Make Maple taffy in the snow; learn about the first taste of spring in pioneer times.

Colasantis March Break Madness Celebration

Held in mid March

Location: Tropical Gardens, Kingsville

519-326-3287

Let Colasanti’s show you a tropical cure for the March Break Boredom Blues. Visit the zoo featuring Animal Encounter Shows that run daily throughout the week. Create art with one of the open craft classes, enjoy a pony ride, or enter the colouring contest. Play 18-hole indoor mini golf, play on the indoor Little Tykes playground, or enjoy the arcade. Super Sleuths beware; the scavenger hunt will stump even the best of detectives.

Maple March Break

Held in mid March

Location: John R Park Homestead & Conservation Area, Harrow

519-738-2029

Kids, accompanied by adults, try all the steps in maple syrup making and enjoy a taste of fresh sugar.

Maple Moon

Held in mid March

Location: John R Park Homestead & Conservation Area, Harrow

519-738-2029

Join in an old fashioned sugaring off party by candlelight.

Colasanti’s Easter Extravaganza

Held around Easter

Location: Colasanti’s Tropical Gardens, Kingsville

519-326-3287

Start the Easter weekend festivities on Good Friday by joining in on the Easter Egg Hunt and then venture inside and take part in all of the activities!

April

Cherry Blossom Festival

Held in mid April

Location: Fujisawa Zen Garden, Essex

519-776-4459
See beautiful blossoms of the Japanese Sakura tree, only in bloom for a short time. Many activities and cultural shows held over two weekends. Tea ceremonies performed.

Windsor Home and Leisure Show

Held in late April

Location: St. Denis Centre, Windsor

519-256-9434

One of the largest home shows in Windsor and Essex County featuring home renovations and improvements.

May

Festival of Birds

Held all of May

Location: Point Pelee National Park of Canada, Leamington

519-322-2365

Special events, hikes and birding programs.

June

Carousel by the River Expo

Held in mid June

Location: Riverfront Festival Plaza, Windsor

519-255-1127

The world on your doorstep! Carousel by the River brings together cultural displays, unique arts and crafts, exotic food and live entertainment from countries around the globe…all at a beautiful riverfront location!

Carousel of the Nations

Held in mid June

Location: Varies throughout Windsor

519-255-1127

Take a trip around the globe, as you visit the cultural “villages” set up throughout the city, each featuring cultural displays, unique arts and crafts, delicious food and exotic entertainment.

International Freedom Festival

a two-week celebration honoring the birth of both Canada and the U.S. which takes place in Windsor and Detroit in late June and early July. The fireworks display is one of the largest in North America: It is usually held on a weeknight in the last week of June.

July

Canada Day Festivities

Held in early July

Location: Fort Malden National Historic Site of Canada, Amherstburg

519-736-5416

Admission Free

Fort Malden and the community of Amherst burg kick up their heels for the annual birthday celebration of the country. Music, blackpowder demonstrations and fireworks are the highlights of the birthday festivities.

Windsor Theatre Festival

Held in late July – early August

Location: CNR Park, Windsor

519-564-09712

Live Theatre.

September

Devonshire Mall Fall Homeshow

Held in late September – early October

Location: Devonshire Mall, Windsor

519-256-9434

Annual home show.

October

Legends of the Night

Held in late October

Location: Point Pelee National Park of Canada, Leamington

519-322-2365

Join an interpreter at the campfire and take a walk on a jack-o-lantern lit trail.

November

Winter Exhibit

Held mid November – late April

Location: The Windsor Wood Carving Museum, Windsor

519-977-0823

Included are carvings from Quebec and Michigan. Wildlife, wildfowl, historical carvings, a life-size sculpture of Tecumseh, a bust of Cadillac, and famous citizens from Windsor’s last 100 years.

December

Bright Nights

Held early December – mid March

Location: Civic Esplanade, Windsor

519-971-0950

This unique seasonal light show illuminates Downtown Windsor from City Hall Square through Charles Clark Square ending at the Civic Green on the waterfront. It consists of several themed areas and 175 light displays and hosts several winter events and activities.

Arts & Entertainment

Capitol Theatre & Arts Centre
121 University Avenue West
Windsor, Ontario N9A 5P4

519-253-8065

Admission Charged
Community arts centre featuring a variety of performances. The building was recently restored to an original 1920 appearance.

Chrysler Theatre
Cleary International Centre201 Riverside Drive West
Windsor, Ontario N9A 5K4

519-252-8311
Houses one of the largest performing arts theatre in Ontario. Chrysler Theatre features a panoramic view of the Detroit River and skyline, providing a luxurious setting to enjoy the finest entertainment offered today. A variety of performances: classical, theatrical, pop, rock and family entertainment.

Mark Breslin’s Yuk Yuk’s Comedy

Telephone375 Ouellette Avenue – Upper
Windsor, Ontario N9A 7B4

519-256-5233

Call for the latest show schedule!

Stand up comedy with dinner show packages available.

Purple Theatre Company
3277 Sandwich St.
Windsor, Ontario N9C 1A9

519-255-7600
The Purple Theatre Company is one of Canada’s premier producers of original live theatre. Since 1995, the PTC has brought quality entertainment to stages across southwestern Ontario. Often innovative, sometimes edgy, sometimes painfully hilarious and always entertaining, these shows present an outstanding alternative to the ones visitors have already seen.

Theatre Alive
5165 Halford Rd.
Windsor, Ontario N9E 4M3

519-969-0660
Theatre Alive is an incorporated, non-profit community theatre organization that produces large-scale musicals at the Cleary International Centre. Professional shows at a great price!

Theatre Windsor
2109 Ottawa St. at Market Square
Windsor, Ontario N8X 1R8

519-944-1968
This community theatre group produces full-length plays, murder mysteries and one-act plays. In that roster of plays have been numerous family-oriented Christmas shows.

University Players
401 Sunset Avenue University of Windsor
Windsor, Ontario N9B 3P4

519-253-3000

Performances scheduled from September to April.
University Players is the theatre company of the School of Dramatic Art, University of Windsor. Professional-style shows found right in the heart of campus.

Windsor Light Opera Association

2491 Jos.St.Louis
Windsor, Ontario N8T 2M4

519-974-6593
Windsor Light Opera is a community based amateur musical performance company of talented people that has thrilled Windsor area audiences since 1948. WLO produce major musicals each April and November at the Chrysler Theatre in Windsor’s City Centre.

Windsor Symphony Orchestra
487 Ouellette Avenue
Windsor, Ontario N9A 4J2

519-973-1238
The WSO performs five major series: the flagship Premier Classics and the popular Pops Celebration are performed at the Chrysler Theatre; two chamber series, Mozart & More and Bach and Beyond are performed in Assumption University Chapel; and our series for families and a young audience, Family Jamboree.

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

A- Overview:
Saskatoon is a vibrant, trendy city: a university town filled with craft shops, galleries, attractions and festivals, ranging from jazz to cinema to river races. Saskatoon is situated on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River, which is crossed by seven bridges within the city limits.

During the US Prohibition era in the 1920s, frequent trips were made to Saskatchewan from the Midwestern border states of Montana and North Dakota by US residents seeking to stock their homes with the beer and other alcoholic beverages whose sale the US had banned. While smuggling a bottle or two of beer or whiskey back across the Canadian border, they would also bring in a supply of the much sought after misaskquatoomina, the delicious wild, purple berries whose Cree name translates to Saskatoon. Ironically, Ontario Methodists had founded the town as a temperance colony in 1883 and had named it after the berry that grows there in abundance.

Straddling the South Saskatchewan River, Saskatoon is known as “The City of Bridges” because of the seven spans connecting its banks. It also is home to the University of Saskatchewan, which is building a reputation for research and development in science, medicine and agriculture. The Diefenbaker Canada Centre on campus showcases memorabilia of Canada’s 13th prime minister.

The Local History Room within the Frances Morrison Library, serves as a research facility for information that focuses on prairie history relating to Saskatoon. Collections include more than 60,000 historic photographs, thousands of books, pamphlets, maps, artifacts and periodicals. An art gallery is next to the room. The Saskatchewan Railway Museum is operated by the Saskatchewan Railroad Historical Association and displays old railroad buildings and artifacts, including locomotives, cabooses and streetcars.

Enjoy the Western Development Museum, Ukrainian Museum of Canada, Saskatoon Zoo and Wanuskewin Heritage Park.

The Centennial Auditorium, is for conventions, as well as being a cultural and civic center. The auditorium is home to the Saskatoon Symphony and the site of traveling shows throughout the year. The Meewasin Valley Centre, features interpretive displays pertaining to the area’s history. Saskatchewan Place features rock concerts; trade shows; hockey, basketball and baseball games; and other sporting events. The facility is on the north side of the city next to highways 2 and 16.

For a different perspective of the Saskatoon, the Shearwater Properties Boat Cruise offers sightseeing tours on the South Saskatchewan River. The Meewasin Valley Trail, following the South Saskatchewan River through the heart of the city, has bicycle and jogging trails, picnic areas and playgrounds and provides opportunities for cross-country skiing and ice skating. Recreational activities are available at nearby Pike Lake and Blackstrap provincial parks.

B- City Information:
Population: 196,811

Elevation: 1598 feet

Time Zone: Saskatoon is in the Central Time Zone. When it is 12:00 noon in New York City (EST), it is 11:00 AM in Saskatoon. Daylight saving time is not observed.

Location: Saskatoon is centrally located in the province of Saskatchewan, Canada 780 kilometers northwest of Winnipeg, a little over 520 kilometers southeast of Edmonton, and just over 300 kilometers north of the U.S. border. Saskatoon is situated on the banks of the south Saskatchewan river which is crossed by seven bridges within the city limits.

Average Temperatures:

Month
High
Low

January
9F
-11F

February
-8F
13F

March
27F
6F

April
49F
26F

May
64F
38F

June
71F
48F

July
77F
52F

August
75F
48F

September
63F
38F

October
51F
27F

November
31F
12F

December
16F
-2F

Local Seasons: This region has long, severe winters and relatively short summers with moderate rainfall. There are many sunny days throughout the year. Winter snowfall is comparatively light and is swept away by strong winds. The transition from season to season often occurs very quickly without the interim seasons of fall and spring such as are found in more temperate climates.

National Holidays:

New Years Day January 1

Good Friday Varies

Easter Monday Varies

Victoria Day Monday preceding May 25

Canada Day July 1 The Holidays Act provides that July 2 is Canada Day

when July 1 is a Sunday.

Labour Day First Monday in September

Thanksgiving Day Second Monday of October

Remembrance Day November 11

Christmas Day December 25

Boxing Day December 26

Arriving:

Saskatoon airport (YXE) is located about 10 minutes from the city centre, provides links to all national and international destinations.

By car

Visitors traveling by automobile and arriving in Saskatchewan from the south may enter the province at any one of a dozen border crossings. But the best road is the one leading from Minot, ND (#52), through North Portal to Estevan, SK (#39) and on to Regina (#39 and #6). From Regina, capital of the province and national home of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, head north on #11 (twinned highway) to Saskatoon, and then on to Prince Albert (#11) and Waskesiu (#2).

For those arriving in Saskatchewan from the east or west, the TransCanada highway is the fast route. From Regina, head north on #11 to Saskatoon. An alternative route is the Yellowhead Highway (#16). It links Edmonton, AB, Saskatoon and Winnipeg, MB., spanning Saskatchewan to the north of the TransCanada. More scenic than its southern counterpart, the Yellowhead is the preferred route for many tourists arriving from the east or west.

Rail

Saskatoon is served by VIA Rail (1-800-561-8630). Arrivals from eastern Canada are on Monday, Thursday and Saturday at 1:55 a.m., and from western Canada on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 2:40 a.m. Taxi service is available from the station, located about 15 minutes from the city centre.

Bus

There are bus connections to Saskatoon from all points. During summer months, there’s daily bus service from the downtown bus depot (933-8000) to the park village of Waskesiu. In Waskesiu, however, you’ll have to find a ride to the trailhead, located 30 kms from the village.

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
Beaver Creek Conservation Area

8 miles s. on Hwy. 219 (Lorne Ave.)

Saskatoon, S7K 3G5 CAN

(306) 374-2474

Free

Daily 9-9, July-Aug.; daily 9-5, May-June; Mon.-Fri. 9-5, Sat.-Sun. and holidays noon-5, Sept.-Oct.; Mon.-Fri. 9-5, Sat.-Sun. noon-5, rest of year

Beaver Creek Conservation Area is 13 km (8 mi.) s. on Hwy. 219 (Lorne Ave.). Self-guided nature trails and interpretive displays are offered..

Diefenbaker Canada Centre

101 Diefenbaker Pl.
Saskatoon, S7N 5B8 CAN

(306) 966-8384

Admission charged.

Mon.-Fri. 9:30-4:30, Sat.-Sun. and holidays noon-4:30; closed Jan. 1, Good Friday, Nov. 11 and Dec. 25-26

Diefenbaker Canada Centre is on the University of Saskatchewan campus. The archives and personal belongings of prime minister John Diefenbaker are housed at the center; his grave site is on the grounds. The museum also offers changing exhibits about Canadian history, art, politics, science, culture and current affairs.

Gladys’ Doll House

4 km (2.5 mi.) n. on Hwy. 12 from 71st St., then 1.6 km (1 mi.) e. and 1 km (.6 mi.) n.

Saskatoon, S7K 3J7 CAN

(306) 933-2638

Admission charged.

Daily 1-7, June-Aug.; by appointment rest of year

More than 1,000 new and antique dolls are featured. Each group of dolls is displayed depicting a scene best describing its history and background.

Mendel Art Gallery and Civic Conservatory

950 Spadina Crescent E.
Saskatoon, S7K 3H6 CAN

(306) 975-7610

Free

Daily 9-9; closed Dec. 25

Mendel Art Gallery And Civic Conservatory is at 950 Spadina Crescent E. in a park between Queen and 25th Sts. This attractive complex overlooks the South Saskatchewan River. In the art gallery are exhibitions of international, national and regional works, including historical and contemporary art. Visitors may view the display of tropical and native plants in the conservatory. Programs and activities are presented in combination with each series of exhibitions.

Musée Ukraina Museum

202 Ave. M. South

Saskatoon, S7K 3H5 CAN

(306) 244-4212

Admission charged.

Mon.-Sat. 11-5, Sun. 1-5

Musée Ukraina Museum is next to St. George’s Ukrainian Greek Catholic Cathedral at 202 Ave. M. South. Ethnographic collections represent the spiritual, material and folkloric cultural heritage of Ukraine. Interpretive tours portray Ukrainian civilization from prehistory to the commencement of emigration. The adjacent cathedral, with its Ukrainian Eastern Byzantine Rite architecture, art and iconography, may be viewed upon request.

Saskatchewan Indian Cultural Centre

120 33rd St. E.
Saskatoon, S7K 0S2 CAN

(306) 373-9901

Free

Mon.-Fri. 8:30-4:30. Tours are given Tues.-Wed. by appointment

The center is dedicated to preserving First Nations cultures in Saskatchewan such as the Woodland, Swampy and Plains Cree; Dene; Saulteaux; Dakota; Lakota; and Nakota. Exhibits include historic artifacts as well as contemporary arts and crafts.

Saskatoon Prairieland Park Corp. Emerald Casino

Ruth St. W. & Lorne Ave. S.

Saskatoon, S7K 4E4 CAN

(306) 683-8840

Mon.-Thurs. 10:30 a.m.-2 a.m., Fri.-Sat. 10:30 a.m.-4 a.m., Sun. noon-2 a.m.; closed Easter and Dec. 24-25

Casino games and entertainment.

Saskatoon Zoo and Forestry Farm Park

1903 Forest Dr.
Saskatoon, S7S 1G9 CAN

(306) 975-3382

Admission charged.

Zoo and park open daily 9-9, May 1-Labour Day; 10-4, rest of year

Displayed in settings resembling their natural habitats are 350 species of birds and animals native to Saskatchewan and western Canada. The park offers a children’s petting zoo, a reptile and tropical fish display, stocked fishing pond and nature walkways. The Kinsmen Express train provides a tour around the park and zoo.

Shearwater Boat Cruises

off Spadina Crescent opposite Kinsmen Park, at the Mendel Art Gallery dock.

Cruises depart daily at 2:30, 4 and 5:30, May 12-Sept. 30. Schedule may vary; phone ahead

Saskatoon, SK S0J 1A0 CAN

(888) 747-7572

Scenic 1-hour cruises aboard the Saskatoon Princess take in the downtown waterfront and include commentary about the city’s history.

Ukrainian Museum of Canada

910 Spadina Crescent E.
Saskatoon, S7K 3H5 CAN

Tues.-Sat. 10-5, Sun. 1-5; closed Jan. 1 and 7, Good Friday, Ukrainian Good Friday, Victoria Day, Labour Day and Dec. 25

Admission charged.

Exhibits include folk and fiber art, domestic and agricultural tools, and documents and photographs of Ukrainian immigrants. Guided tours are available.

Wanuskewin Heritage Park

Wanuskewin Heritage Park is 5 km (3.1 mi.) n. on Hwy. 11, 3 km (1.9 mi.) s. on Warman Rd., then 2 km (1.2 mi.) e. on Penner Rd.

Saskatoon, S7K 3J7 CAN

(306) 931-6767

Daily 9-9, Victoria Day weekend-Labour Day weekend; 9-5, rest of year. Closed Good Friday and Dec. 25

Cree for “seeking peace of mind,” Wanuskewin is a 290-acre First Nation heritage park that traces more than 6,000 years of area history. The park showcases 19 archeological sites where such artifacts as a medicine wheel and tipi rings have been unearthed. An interpretive center overlooks a valley where stampeding bison plunged over a cliff to their death. Hands-on exhibits, computer-activated displays and two audiovisual presentations portray the Northern Plains Indian culture. An outdoor activity area allows visitors to help build a tipi or tan a hide. Native performers present Indian dances, songs and storytelling in a 500-seat amphitheater. Self-guiding trails meander through the park and feature interpretive signs explaining past uses of the land. Food is available.

Western Development Museum’s 1910 Boomtown

2610 Lorne Ave.
Saskatoon, S7J 0S6 CAN

Admission charged.

Daily 9-5, Apr.-Dec.; Tues.-Sun. 9-5, rest of year. Closed Jan. 1 and Dec. 25

Western Development Museum’s 1910 Boomtown is at 2610 Lorne Ave. This indoor representation of a typical prairie town features more than 30 buildings. Displays include transportation artifacts and vintage agricultural equipment. Food is available.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
Gladys’ Doll House

4 km (2.5 mi.) n. on Hwy. 12 from 71st St., then 1.6 km (1 mi.) e. and 1 km (.6 mi.) n.

Saskatoon, S7K 3J7 CAN

(306) 933-2638

Admission charged.

Daily 1-7, June-Aug.; by appointment rest of year

More than 1,000 new and antique dolls are featured. Each group of dolls is displayed depicting a scene best describing its history and background..

Saskatoon Zoo and Forestry Farm Park

1903 Forest Dr.
Saskatoon, S7S 1G9 CAN

(306) 975-3382

Admission charged.

Zoo and park open daily 9-9, May 1-Labour Day; 10-4, rest of year

Displayed in settings resembling their natural habitats are 350 species of birds and animals native to Saskatchewan and western Canada. The park offers a children’s petting zoo, a reptile and tropical fish display, stocked fishing pond and nature walkways. The Kinsmen Express train provides a tour around the park and zoo.

Western Development Museum’s 1910 Boomtown

2610 Lorne Ave.
Saskatoon, S7J 0S6 CAN

Admission charged.

Daily 9-5, Apr.-Dec.; Tues.-Sun. 9-5, rest of year. Closed Jan. 1 and Dec. 25

Western Development Museum’S 1910 Boomtown is at 2610 Lorne Ave. This indoor representation of a typical prairie town features more than 30 buildings. Displays include transportation artifacts and vintage agricultural equipment. Food is available.

Saskatchewan Indian Cultural Centre

120 33rd St. E.
Saskatoon, S7K 0S2 CAN

(306) 373-9901

Free

Mon.-Fri. 8:30-4:30. Tours are given Tues.-Wed. by appointment

The center is dedicated to preserving First Nations cultures in Saskatchewan such as the Woodland, Swampy and Plains Cree; Dene; Saulteaux; Dakota; Lakota; and Nakota. Exhibits include historic artifacts as well as contemporary arts and crafts.

E- Events & Entertainment:
Events

Early February

Cattle Congress

Early March

Annual Collector’s Show

Mid-March

Juvenile Provincial Curling Playoffs

613 Park St.

Saskatoon, S4N 5N1

(306) 780-9202

Late March

Gardenscape

Late March

FLICKS: International Film Festival For Youth

Early April

Flicks International Film Festival for Young People

Broadway Ave. & 7th St. E.
Saskatoon, S7N 1B3

(306) 956-3456

This 3-day festival features the best in the world’s cinema for families.

Mid-late April

Canada Dairy Expo

Early June

Northern Saskatchewan International Children’s Festival

Mid-June

Annual Cameco Victoria Park Summer Festival

Late June- early July

SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival

Early July

Canada Day Celebrations

Early July – Late August

Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Festival

Mid-July

Pion – Era 2004

Mid-July

Great Northern River Roar

Mid-July

Taste of Saskatchewan

Mid-July

Ness Creek Music Festival

Late July

Saskatoon Berry Festival

Late July-early August

Annual Saskatoon International Fringe Festival

Mid-August

Saskatoon Exhibition

Mid-August

Clarica Mid–Summer Masters Horse Show

Mid-August.

Annual Folkfest

Late August

Canada Remembers International Air Show

Late August

Ukraine Day in the Park

Late August

Annual Cruise Weekend

Mid-October

Canadian Cowboys Association Rodeo Finals

Late November

Saskatoon City Hospital’s Festival of Trees

Early December

Sundog Hand