Traveller, physical fitness enthusiast, and freelance writer living in the beautiful country of Canada.
Published August 21st 2013
Be an urban explorer
Despite being located in the middle of the prairies in such a large country like Canada, the city of Saskatoon is blessed with a dynamic riverbank ecosystem and developed trails. The Meewasin Valley trail system runs along the South Saskatchewan River for approximately 60 kilometers. Meewasin is the Cree word for "beautiful".
The trail system provides many ways to be active, such as running, biking, walking, rollerblading or whatever your chosen form of physical activity. There are numerous points of access throughout the city to the trail system. Designated boat launches are in spots, although care must be taken around the river at all times. The Meewasin Valley Centre provides information about the history of Saskatoon, the South Saskatchewan River, and the future of the Meewasin Valley. The Centre also houses a gift shop and tourist information.
The view from one of the many lookout points along the Meewasin Valley. Photo credit: Lisa Gulak
Interesting remnants from the past are located along the trail. One of the most visible is the remains of the old ski jump. The first ski jump was built at Devil's Dip on the riverbank in 1929. However, the jump in this location was closed in 1930 after a ski jumper broke his leg. The second location was the Ski Jump Coulee located further north along the riverbank. This jump was built in 1936 and had a 85 foot/25 meter high tower. The riverbank jump was closed in 1974 and destroyed in 1978. The remains of the jump's footings and tow lift are still visible.
Remains of the ski jump tow lift. Photo credit: Lisa Gulak
The trail system consists of paved and dirt/woodchip trails. The dirt/woodchip trails are enjoyable for hiking and enjoying the mental health benefits of being in nature. However, caution should always exist on the lower trails and it is best to travel in groups.