Welcome to Cvent's MICE guide to Saskatoon, a vibrant, active, beautiful city along the South Saskatchewan River. The river actually runs right through the city, requiring eight bridges that span east to west. As Saskatchewan's largest city and a hub for education and commerce, Saskatoon is home to the 20,000-student University of Saskatchewan. Delegates meeting in Saskatoon have their pick of a variety of unique venues, more than 800,000 square feet of state-of-the-art function space, over 4,800 hotel rooms (and growing), a vibrant arts community, boutique shopping, lush parkland, unique heritage sites, and more restaurants per capita than any other Canadian city. When it comes to hosting meetings, Saskatoon boasts a solid reputation as a true convention and event destination, and it offers the best of both worlds: big-city luxuries with small-town charm.
Event attendees traveling to Saskatoon can fly into the Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport. Located just 10 minutes from downtown, the airport serves more than 1.3 million passengers each year aboard hundreds of one-stop connecting flights to major American, European, and Asian cities. It also offers full taxi service to anywhere in Saskatoon.
Transportation is available to Prairieland Park, Saskatoon's largest tradeshow and convention facility. After spending more than $16 million in infrastructure enhancements in recent years, the 136-acre park can accommodate meetings of up to 11,000 people throughout its 240,000-square-foot Trade Centre, Ag Centre, and Marquis Downs horse track with 5,800-person grandstand and on-site Sports on Tap bar. Most conventions take place in the Trade Centre's six halls, which are connected by a common foyer. Its newly renovated Hall A features five breakout rooms with a common area for plenary sessions of up to 1,500 people.
A second convention and event venue option, the versatile TCU Place in downtown Saskatoon, spans more than 104,000 square feet of space for conferences of up to 1,500, gala banquets, and tradeshows of up to 120 booths. TCU Place conveniently lies within walking distance of a variety of hotels, as well as 400 shops and restaurants. Its event spaces include the 2,003- seat Sid Buckwold Theatre; the 14,600-square-foot Grand Gallery; the 23,000-square-foot Centennial Hall; and the 22,400-square-foot Grand Salon. One of TCU Place's many assets is its versatility and variety of configuration options.
Aside from its sprawling Prairieland Park and TCU Place, Saskatoon is home to a variety of unique venues that easily accommodate group gatherings. The nearby Berry Barn welcomes groups of up to 400 people to enjoy an outdoor, country-style function amid private gardens, decks, a sand volleyball court, natural amphitheatre, and fire pit, all set along the banks of the South Saskatchewan River and flanked by a 28-acre berry orchard.
Groups can participate in customized cross-cultural programs and activities at Wanuskewin Heritage Park, a 360-acre Northern Plains Indians cultural interpretive centre. The park offers five meeting rooms totaling nearly 5,000 square feet, as well as teepees accommodating groups of 10 to 30 people, complemented by traditional dance lessons, storytelling, and other activities.
Champetre County is a Western-themed venue open by appointment only that welcomes guests to experience the Old West with whip-cracking demonstrations, square dancing, casino nights, live music, and much more in such facilities as the 400-person Town Hall and 150-person Howling Coyote Saloon. Groups can also step back into another part of history — bustling turn-of-the-century Saskatchewan — at Saskatoon's Western Development Museum. It features the largest indoor museum street in the province, spanning 30 buildings, including a working cafe and several spaces available for private events.
The Barn Playhouse, a barn turned community theatre, welcomes private events for up to 250 people in its dining room and features live music and horse-drawn carriage rides throughout the surrounding prairieland. Groups can gather in a restored heritage house, sprawling hall, and outdoor gazebo at the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo, which functions as the province's only accredited zoo. Team-building and leadership training opportunities abound at the 2,500-acre Blue Mountain Outdoor Adventure Centre, which offers one of the longest zip lines in the world, as well as a 3,000-square-foot log chalet for events. Groups can take in views of downtown Saskatoon and its opulent residences from the South Saskatchewan River while aboard the 64-foot Prairie Lily. Saskatchewan's longest passenger ship does both public and charter cruises, accommodating groups of up to 120 people for charter cruises and 75 people for sit-down events in its main cabin.