Loved our time is Saskatoon, and would like to get the word out to other like-minded travelers!
We were taking the cross-country Canadian Rail trip from Toronto to Vancouver and had decided to plan a break and get out in Saskatoon for a couple nights. This turned out to be an excellent decision, and we would definitely recommend a visit to this “Paris of the Prairies” to all travelers wishing to touch ground in the area.
The train drops you off at 10:30 PM, so the station is pretty empty and not grand in any sense, and it is then a good $30 cab ride into the city center. The point is to come back to the same station at 10:30 PM a couple nights later and pick up the next train headed west. Reservations need to be made ahead of time of course.
We stayed at the Bessborough Hotel, locally referred to as “The Bess”, downtown on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River. The Bess is a lesser cousin of the larger and more famous clan of Canadian Pacific Railroad hotels (Chateau Frontenac, Banff Springs, etc.) and was something of an afterthought for the great railroad barons. Still, despite cheating a little on an historical scale, it is a fine hotel and well located near restaurants and street cafes, directly on the impressive river, and a short walk across the Broadway Avenue bridge to the university district. Being a college town, we found a theater festival the weekend we were there, as well as a lively farmer’s market.
We also took a day trip out to the Wanuskewin Heritage Park north of town. This is a First Nations archeological/sacred site, where a side creek has cut a ravine into the high bluffs of the Saskatchewan River, and were native peoples annually drove herds of buffalo over the prairie rim to supply food and materials for their winter caches. There is still an aura to the place that shouldn’t be missed if in the area, and a substantial museum and restaurant to provide creature comforts after hiking the creek area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A classic heritage hotel located in the heart of Downtown, on 5 private acres along the banks of the South Saskatchewan River, Delta Hotels by Marriott Bessborough is Saskatoon's only CAA/AAA 4 Diamond hotel. We are a top choice among hotels in Downtown Saskatoon and Saskatoon hotels near SaskTel Centre. Our accommodations feature recently renovated guestrooms designed by the world renowned Anderson/Miller group, a full service spa, pool, fitness facility, 2 restaurants, and exclusive club level accommodations. Delta Hotels by Marriott Bessborough is located only steps away from many restaurants, bars, and attractions. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Delta Bessborough Hotel Saskatoon
- Delta Saskatoon
- Saskatoon Delta