Saskatchewan’s only accredited zoo, situated in park landscapes of crafted gardens and restored heritage buildings has featured exhibits of African Lions, Grizzly Bears, a Red Panda, Cougars, Ruffed Lemurs, White and Orange Bengal Tigers, and Snow Leopards - animals never before seen in Saskatoon.
The PotashCorp Playland at Kinsmen Park features a Ferris Wheel for riders to soar high above the city, and carousel rides on classic original animals. Also there's the Pyramid Tower, Hill Slide and Saucer Swing rides, splashing around among the pumps, troughs, valves and sprayers of the water area, sand play, a Double Cable Ride, a Log Climber and Dome Mountain to explore - all set amidst trees, rocks and natural features.
Contemporary and traditional productions of plays by William Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Each summer, two full-length plays are performed in repertory by professional artists, in large tents on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River at the heart of Saskatoon. The festival runs from the first week in July until mid-August. Matinees are performed during certain weekdays and all weekends.
There's a mainstage tent, with a 282 seat capacity, along with smaller tents, collectively known as the Elizabethan Village, housing the Community Stage. Other activities include Medieval Feasts, workshops, tours, and art displays. The Community Stage is Saskatoon’s only summer-long free performance venue for emerging local artists, community groups, and individuals, not readily available elsewhere. The site also features Sir Toby’s Tavern with Riverside Deck, the only riverside tavern in Saskatoon. See show schedules at their website for detailed information:
Sight-seeing cruises, on the Prairie Lily along the Saskatchewan River, several times daily during summer months from downtown Saskatoon. Boats feature brunch and dinner cruises plus fully licensed bars. Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan partnership offers 4pm cruise, a tipple at Toby’s Tavern, and an evening of Shakespeare theatre performance. Their dock is located behind the former Mendel Art Gallery building, Spadina Crescent, in downtown Saskatoon. Reservations for brunch and dinner cruises must be booked at least 24 hours in advance.
"The living reminder of the peoples' sacred relationship with the land" overlooking the South Saskatchewan River. Archaeological sites here tell of early life in the Opimihaw Creek Valley. Finds in the area take researchers back 6,000 years to when Wanuskewin teemed with bison and Indigenous peoples came from across the Northern Plains to hunt, gather food and herbs, and escape winter winds.
The Wanuskewin Heritage Park Authority (WHPA) oversees land management and operates a conference, meeting, banquet and event venue located on Penner Road, five miles north of Saskatoon, connected to the Meewasin Valley Trail for those coming on foot or by bicycle. Overnight accommodation is provided in traditional tipis all year long, with traditional stories told around camp fires to learn about First Nations traditional living, with bannock and muskeg tea.
Traditional First Nations foods, infused with contemporary style, are served at their restaurant, including Bison burgers and stew, fresh baked bannock and rabbit pot pie; but also mushroom burgers and wild rice spinach salad vegetarian options.
There are also art exhibitions and tours, snowshoes for guests to borrow between December and March, and the free use of iPads with birding, animal tracking, wildflower and tree identification apps.
Potash refers to potassium compounds and potassium-bearing materials such as potassium chloride (KCl). The term comes from Middle Dutch word potaschen (pot ashes), the old way of making potassium carbonate by collecting or producing wood ash, leaching the ashes, then evaporating the resulting solution in large iron pots. The white residue gave rise to the term, later applied to naturally occurring potassium salts and the commercial products derived from them.
Over 30 million tons of potash are produced worldwide each year, mostly for use in fertilizers, the single largest industrial use of potassium. Potash was used in making soap for the preparation of wool for yarn production in England, and as early as 1767 potash from wood ashes was exported from Canada. In 1943, potash was discovered in Saskatchewan in the process of drilling for oil. Active exploration began in 1951
Most reserves of potassium were deposited as sea water in ancient inland oceans. As the water evaporated, potassium salts crystallized into beds of potash ore, which are mined today. These deposits are naturally occurring mixtures of potassium chloride and sodium chloride, commonly known as table salt. Canada is now the largest producer, mostly from Saskatchewan, controlled by PotashCorp. Besides being a major employer in Saskatoon, the company supports local cultural events such as the Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Festival, and local attractions such as the PotashCorp Playland at Kinsmen Park.