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Companion Tours

Companions and guests of conference attendees are invited to participate in tours in and around the Saskatoon area. Transportation, lunch, and facility admission are included with each daily ticket.

Monday, June 27th

Wanuskewin Heritage Park, just outside of Saskatoon, is a museum and nature/historic reserve which tells about the life and history of the native peoples. The river valley contains a wealth of plants, animals, archaeological remains of settlements, and a Buffalo Jump where the inhabitants used to drive buffalo to their deaths. Wanuskewin also has one of the few plains medicine circles. Wanuskewin means “Seeking Peace of Mind”, and today we will visit this beautiful site.

On the edge of the prairie where Opimihaw Creek flows into the South Saskatchewan River, the First Peoples found peace in a place that has changed very little over thousands of years. Since then, countless generations have returned to the valley to feast, seek help from healers, dance and tell stories.

The 300-acre Park was established in 1992 as a living memorial to the people who have gathered on the site for over 6000 years. We invite you to come walk the trails, learn about the rich cultures, outstanding heritage, cultural values and spirituality of Saskatchewan's Northern Plains people.

We will have lunch at Wanuskewin and you will have time to visit the museum and gift shop and a chance for a walk in the beautiful river valley - your soul will thank you!

Tuesday, June 28th

Today we will visit two museums and an art gallery.

The Diefenbaker Canada Centre houses historical material bequeathed to the University of Saskatchewan by the Right Honorable John G. Diefenbaker, the only Canadian Prime Minister from the province of Saskatchewan.

We will have lunch at the University of Saskatchewan Faculty Club, a beautiful field stone building constructed in 1912.

Then we will continue on to the Mendel Art Gallery and Civic Conservatory. The art gallery was made possible by a donation from Frederick S. Mendel, a local industrialist and art collector, who also donated a portion of his collection to the gallery including works by the Group of Seven members. The gallery has a Canadian focus, with emphasis on historical and contemporary Saskatchewan art.

The last stop of the day will be a visit to the Ukrainian Museum of Canada where you can enjoy a vibrant recreation of the Ukrainian culture in Canada through folk costumes, kylymy and other weaving, woodcarving and ceramics and pysanky (Easter eggs), as well as the story of immigration, depictions of religion and community life, and rotating temporary exhibits of cultural interest, fine art and folk art.

Wednesday, June 29th

Today we will visit The Berry Barn. The panoramic view of the South Saskatchewan River is breathtaking with the splendid array of gardens in a relaxed country setting. We will be having a traditional Ukrainian meal for our lunch today.

On our return to Saskatoon we will enjoy a one hour boat tour on the South Saskatchewan River giving us a new perspective of downtown Saskatoon.