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Winter Events & Activities


There is so much to do in Saskatoon in the winter! From outdoor winter activities like cross country skiing and tobogganing, to winter events like the BHP Enchanted Forest Holiday Light Tour and Nutrien Wintershines.

Winter Events

The party doesn't stop simply because the snow falls. Check out Discover Saskatoon's Events Calendar for all the cool stuff happening in Saskatoon over the winter months.  Do you have a winter event you would like to add to Discover Saskatoon's Events Calendar?  Submit your event using their online form

Outdoor Winter Activities

Winter Leisure Guide

Check out the City of Saskatoon's Winter Leisure Guide for information on sport, culture and recreation activities offered throughout the season! 



Cameco Meewasin Skating Rink @ NutrienPlaza

Make your way to the Cameco Meewasin Rink @ NutrienPlaza to enjoy gliding with amazing views of the South Saskatchewan River.  Admission to the rink and skate rentals are by donation.  

 Watch the WintercityYXE video about the Cameco Meewasin Rink

Clarence Downey Speed Skating Oval

No need for speed skates to enjoy skating at the 400m Oval - there are four lanes for different speeds and lots of room for every level of skater.

 Watch the WintercityYXE video about the Clarence Downey Speed Skating Oval

Cross Country Ski Trails

Trail updates are available here or for more information call 306-975-3300 (Mon-Fri).  

Nordic Ski Club also offers lessons for children, youth and adults in Kinsmen Park.  

Dog Parks

Enjoy time with your dog at one of the City's off-leash dog parks

FatBiking or SnowBiking

FatBiking, or snowbiking on 3.7-5 inch wide tires, is becoming a popular winter activity in Saskatoon and many recreational fat bike riders become winter commuters!  The Fatlanders FatTire Brigade hosts a number of events and activities to try out the sport.


Geocaching is  a outdoor treasure hunt using GPS enabled devices. With a free membership at, all the information you need is there to get you started. There are over 2000 geocaches in the Saskatoon area.  Contact the local group Saskatoon and Area Geocaching Association (SAGA)  at for more information.


Two skinny runners attached to a handle bar at about waist height. The runners have a rubberized spot to rest your foot and keep your balance and some have seats for transporting small children. You can even harness a dog to the sled and attach a brake. Kick sleds can be rented from Escape Sports.

Meewasin Trail & River Landing

The Meewasin Trail  is home to beautiful pathways that wind along the South Saskatchewan riverbank and displays stunning views of both downtown and the forested riverbank.

The Meewasin Trail runs through River Landing, where an Outdoor Adult Fitness Circuit and Pavilion Building public washrooms are open all year round. A Ceremonial Fire Vessel is also available for rent as a warming and gathering place.

Optimist Hill

Optimist Hill is a winter recreation area with a ski/snowboarding section, a terrain park and a tubing hill.  There is also a free toboggan hill for families to enjoy.   

Outdoor Public Art

Winter is a great time explore Saskatoon's public art, both permanent and temporary.

 Browse our permanent public art collection

 Browse our temporary public art collection (Placemaker Program)

Outdoor Skating Rinks & Ponds

There are over 50 Community Association owned and operated outdoor rinks located in neighbourhoods throughout Saskatoon. 

There are also several storm water ponds that may be used for recreational purposes, including skating and ice hockey.  All users of the ponds do so at their own risk.  

Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo

Take a winter walk around the Zoo and enjoy the animals out active in the winter months.  Admission is by donation until March 31.  Closed on December 25.​


Several parks around Saskatoon have tobogganing hills for families to enjoy. Visit Toboggan Hills to view a map with 28 tobogganing locations, as well as important safety tips to keep in mind before heading to the hill.

Winter Outdoor Patios

Meet up with friends at one of Saskatoon's winter 'hot' spots. You can enjoy food and beverages in the great outdoors at one of the following outdoor patios:

  1. Shelter Brewing Company
  2. St. Tropez Bistro
  3. Hudsons Canadian Taphouse
  4. Drift Café
  5. Museo Coffee

Winter Play Programs

The City of Saskatoon offers FREE Winter Play Programs for children to engage in physical activity while developing new and improved skills in classic Canadian or Indigenous winter sports. Refer to the Winter Leisure Guide for more information. 

Winter Running

Get out and run and discover how great winter running can be!

Brainsport offers a Run Academy Winter Session where courses are interactive and fun filled. Great coaches provide training in healthy running techniques and injury prevention.

Saskatoon Road Runners Running Club offers ski and/or snowshoe cross training Sundays at Holiday Park Golf Course.

Winter Birding 

Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation offers private guided birding tours in a variety of parks in and near Saskatoon throughout the winter season. It is common to find many varieties of woodpeckers, finches and other winter songbirds in the wooded portions of Saskatoon's naturalized parks. At special locations, chickadees will land on your hand to feed on sunflower seeds. Near the end of the winter season, tours will watch for dancing grouse.

Help the Saskatoon Nature Society survey winter bird populations by participating in the Boxing Day Bird Count. At this time every winter, birders from across the world spend a day counting the wild birds in their neighbourhood. The results of these annual surveys help establish trends in bird populations and assist in conservation initiatives. Email for more information.

WintercityYXE Interactive Map

Our ​WintercityYXE interactive map shows the locations of outdoor skating rinks, dog parks and other facilities, PLUS amenities to support these activities like public washrooms and places to warm up. Do you have a winter activity you would like to add to our interactive map?  Submit your activity in the online form below.

Looking for a way to get there?  Try out Saskatoon Transit's online trip planner.  

Online Form: Submit your WintercityYXE Activity 

Do you have a winter activity you would like to add to our inventory? 

(All submissions will be reviewed to ensure they fit within our Winter City Strategy themes prior to posting).

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