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Saskatoon Travel Guide

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Most of Saskatoon's principal sights are on or near the Meewasin Valley Trail , a circular, nineteen-kilometre walking and cycle route that follows the narrow strip of park along both banks of the river between the Idylwyld Drive and Circle Drive bridges. At the start of the trail, the Meewasin Valley Centre , 3rd Avenue South at 19th Street East (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat & Sun 10.30am-5pm; free; tel 665-6888), provides a useful introduction to the region's history and geography with the aid of maps, old photographs and a video film; a well-stocked gift shop is part of the centre, and there's also a tourist information office (same hours as centre).

Some hotels include tips or gratuities with group programs to simplify bookkeeping. This will usually include gratuities for housekeeping, bell service and food service. In a hotel, bell service should be tipped about $1 per bag, and housekeeping $1 to $5 dollars a day (in proportion to your room rate). Visitors should know that the standard tip in restaurants is 10%-15% (on restaurant bills, an average tip will match the total taxes), with 20% for very outstanding service. This is especially important for visitors from countries where tipping on meals is not done: here the waitering staff depend on tips for a significant portion of their incomes. Tip a similar proportion for taxis, or at least round fares up to the nearest dollar.

Across the river from the Mendel Art Gallery, over University Bridge, the campus of the University of Saskatchewan , with a number of dignified grey-stone buildings in Gothic Revival style, occupies a prime riverbank site just to the north of College Drive. Departmental collections include a Museum of Antiquities , in the Murray Building (May to mid-Aug daily 9am-4pm; Sept-April Mon-Fri 9am-noon; closed mid-Dec to mid-Jan; free); and the small Kenderdine Gallery (Mon-Fri 11.30am-4.30pm, Sun 12.30-5pm; donation).

Saskatoon Travel Guide
Saskatoon city
Saskatoon Travel Guide
Saskatoon city




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