Calgary and the Paris of the Prairies: Saskatoon!
Last week I got my first glimpse of snow when I landed in Calgary and I have to admit, it was kind of refreshing ! I love the heat and humidity probably more than most people so this summer in Montreal was a real treat. However, I totally appreciate being able to experience all 4 seasons and don’t know if I’m ready to trade that in yet…..
My highlight of Calgary (besides our blowout event at Twisted Goods of course!) was having lunch at the coup downtown (missed the weekend waffles, damn!). Surrounded by skater shops and cute boutiques such as Kricket’s in the Mission (spent an hour reading their fridge magnets), it was a hood that I had no problem schlepping around in the snow….
I had no idea what to expect when arriving in Saskatoon at 1 am. Started the next morning with a nice little tour along the South Saskatchewan River with Danny Mysak, the genius behind Spare Parts. I forgot how nice it is to be in a small city where there is still pristine real estate along the river and the skyline is not filled with skyscrapers. I remarked to Danny about the bridges along the river reminding me of Paris. I guess The Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie may have been on to something when he famously referred to Saskatoon as the “Paris of the Prairies.” In 2010, Saskatoon emerged as a leading centre of culture and learning. It does get pretty cold but all the reason to be more snuggly, Saskatoon is considered one of the most romantic cities in Canada, ooh la la!
Our tour ended at the spanking new Spare Parts Offices in downtown, always nice to witness an area that’s on the brink of becoming something much more….
Our evening event at SP saw the biggest turnout we’ve ever seen and was filled with vegan sushi, cupcakes and DJ Gaff, mmmmm, vegan cupcakes……
Seems like Saskatoon is on the move….new airport coming up, shortage of cabs (even at 4.45 am!), sold out hotels and a whole bunch of young folks coming back home after having gone away to the ‘big’ cities. Looking forward to seeing even more of her next time around !