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About Saskatoon

With the meandering South Saskatchewan River as a city guide, Sasakatoon is a city in the Canadian state of Saskatchewan. The city has more than 246,000 residents, making it the largest in its state and the perfect North American escape from the hustle of large cities. Attractions include Wanuskewin Heritage Centre, Meewasin Valley and Ukrainian Museum of Canada.

Cheap flights to Saskatoon are now available for a limited period of time, so get ready to take in the sights of this lovely city. Saskatoon is home to Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport (YXE), located 15-minutes from the city centre. Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport serves a multitude of airlines, including WestJet, Air Canada and Delta Air Lines. There are no direct flights from South Africa, but popular connecting flights depart from Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Why visit Saskatoon


Saskatchewan River

The meandering South Saskatchewan River is always abuzz with activity. Spend the day walking its eight bridges across the city, or go swimming or canoeing in its waters.


Heritage Centres

With 6000 years of history in the region, the Wanuskewin Heritage Centre in Saskatoon honours the First Nation’s people and provides informative displays and activities to the culturally curious.


Locally-distilled Drinks

Though the city is named after a sweet, innocent little berry, Saskatoon makes some of the best locally-distilled vodka, gin, liqueurs and beers. Enjoy a glass while hopping between some great downtown pubs.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Canada
Currency Canadian Dollar (CAD)
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.10 CAD
Language English
Hub Airport Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport (YXE)
Airline Pronto Airways / TransWest Air / Express Air
Time Zone GMT -6
Travel Adaptor Type A and B

Best time to visit Saskatoon

Saskatoon is known for its long winters that last from October through to March, making the warmer seasons all that more pleasant. The best time to visit Saskatoon is any time between May and September, though the summer season of June, July and August is when you would pay more for flights and accommodation, as this is peak season. If you’re keen to experience a thorough wintery stay with lots of snow sports and hot chocolate, then visit during November and December.

Weather & Climate in Saskatoon

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall levels (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C -23°C -21°C -13°C -2°C 4°C 9°C 11°C 9°C 4°C -1°C -10°C -19°C
High °C -12°C -9°C -2°C -9°C 17°C 22°C 25°C 24°C 18°C 11°C -1°C -9°C
Rainfall (mm) 17 18 14 17 20 38 62 57 42 19 16 16

The city of Saskatoon is known as the city of bridges as it has eight bridges that span the meandering South Saskatchewan River across the city. All year, you can find activities happening along the river, and summertime is especially popular with families swimming, paddling and canoeing the river’s waters. Make sure to catch the WakeRide Festival in May for extreme watersports and evening concerts for the whole family to enjoy. Enjoy the paths along the river with walks and bicycle cycling – the fresh air will get you going for sure!

Saskatoon has more than 6000 years of First Nation’s history in its region. Visit the Wanuskewin Heritage Centre and learn some things that you didn’t know before, including how arrow heads are made and how to properly sustain your own fire. Spend the night in a tipi, after sharing some stories over the campfire with some hot chocolate.

And as for a bit of fun on a night out, Saskatoon is home to some of the best locally-distilled crafted beers, vodka, gin and liqueurs. Enjoy some music for the night and get into the groove with the funky tunes from the downtown pubs.

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South Africans who wish to visit Saskatoon in Canada need a visa to do so. The visa can take up to 30 days to process and you might need to visit the Canadian Embassy for an interview.

You will need two photographs, bank statements, your passport with at least six months left on it and various other documents to complete your application.

For more information, please contact the Canadian Visa Application Centre, in Pretoria:

Brooklyn Office Park, 1109 Jan Shoba (Former Duncan) Street, Brooklyn, Pretoria, South Africa Tel: 012 425 3002

Saskatoon may have a less than perfect reputation when it comes to safety, but compared to other big cities internationally it is perfectly safe, as long as you’re cautious and use common sense. Avoid walking around alone in the evenings, keep your valuables locked up, and keep to well-lit streets if you are out after dark.

It is always important to have your vaccines up to date when you are travelling. When visiting Saskatoon in Canada, it is recommended to get a vaccination for hepatitis A if you think you’ll be eating any exotic food and a shot for rabies if you plan to spend some time doing adventurous activities.

Item Johannesburg Cape Town Saskatoon
Meal (inexpensive restaurant) R 90.00 R 100.00 R 143.00
Domestic beer (0.5 litre draught) R 22.00 R 20.00 R 57.00
Cappuccino (regular) R 19.00 R 20.00 R 35.00
Taxi 1km (normal tariff) R 10.00 R 12.00 R 9.50
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 35.00 R 35.00 R 153.00
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