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shotclog Saskatoon - A travel report by Nat
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The Middle of Nowhere Never Looked So Good

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Called the City of Bridges, I call it the City of Parks & the Land of Prarie Dogs & Magpies, since those were the most abundant species all around. (I had never seen prairie dogs in the wild before; only in zoos & tv.)


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For those of you who want to relax, this is a quiet, slow-paced city. For those of you who love nature, this is a place full of parks, hiking trails, & wildlife. For those of you who want excitement, this is a university town, where students pack the nightclubs. For those of you who are people persons, all stores & restaurants have people sincerely interested in talking with you. I am all of these so I really loved being here.

Favourite spots:
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Off the main paths of Riverside Park, are paths that lead off into the rushes, where you can get closer to the river. On the sand bars, young people sunbathe & party. On the opposite bank, in Cosmopolitan Park, the brush is more dense & the paths more muddy. But you get closer to nature. I sat in a thicket, away from noise of the crowd & traffic, & drank in the songs of various birds from all directions. Not far from the river, 2nd Avenue has many restaurants, pubs, & nightclubs; left, right, & center.

What's really great:
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I just enjoyed a week off from work & walking around in quiet, easy-going town far far away.

Sights:
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Behind the Mendel Gallery is a boat launch, which gives three boat rides daily, along a segment of the South Saskatchewan River. This is a fitting introduction to the area.

The Medel Gallery itself is interesting for those who want to see local talent. Many artworks are for sale.

The University of Saskatchewan has the Museum of Natural History in the Geology bldg & another museum of Saskatoon history at the Diefenbaker Center.

Accommodations:
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Patricia Hotel - 345 2nd Ave N - Saskatoon, SK S7K 2B8
(306) 242-8861

This is part of one business, which also includes a restaurant (Karz Kafe, in the basement), a nightclub (The Pat), & a liquor store, all in one building.

Nightlife:
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The Pat, as mentioned above, is packed by university students every Friday & Saturday nights.

For those who want a more easy-going place, there's The Bassment (245 3rd Ave S) which plays live jazz every Saturday night.

For those who want it even wilder, there's the Goth club, Walker Nightclub, in the basement of Chic-Peas, on 3rd Ave S.

Hangouts:
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Elephant & Castle, at the Mid-Town Plaza.

Black Duck Freehouse, 154 2nd Ave S

Winston, at the Senator Hotel, 243 21st St E

O'Shea's Irish Pub, 222 2nd Ave S

Adina, on 3rd Ave N, between 25th & 24th.

Mullberry's Cork & Bottle, 124 3rd Ave N

Restaurants:
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All pubs mentioned above are great places to eat.

Ding Dong Restaurant - 105 21st St E (in front of Mid-Town Plaza); a Vietnamese diner. The owner is very friendly & loves to talk with her customers. Try the Ginger Beef, spicy.

Thomas Cook Family Restaurant - 305 Idylwyld Dr N -- Great ribs



Other recommendations:
My attempt to photograph a prairie dog.
My attempt to photograph a prairie dog.
Sip & Chat Cafe (on the corner of 3rd Ave N & 22nd Ave E) is an internet cafe. It's in downtown, in walking distance, where you can get on-line for $6/hour.

Need gifts to take home to friends & relatives or just like to collect souveniers? Mid-Town Plaza has many gift shops; such as the General Store & Hallmark. The University has a gift shop in the basement of Riel Centre. Fran's is another place to drop in, in the middle of 2nd Ave.

Published on Friday June 11th, 2004


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