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Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Our Guide to the Best Places to Run in Sasktoon

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The largest city in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon straddles both sides of the South Saskatchewan River. This prairie city has a flat geography, with avenues going north-south and streets going east west. The highlight of running in Saskatoon is the extensive Meewasin Valley Trail, with more than 90 km of paths in the area. We’ve mapped north and south loops, and an additional route featuring Gabriel Dumont Park and Diefenbaker Park. Saskatoon is also dotted with small parks. We’ve mapped a route in Silver Spring Linear Park, and a route on the western side of the river passing through four parks. Another great place to run in Saskatoon is the Northeast Swale, which has paths through some of the last Plains Rough Fescue. For trail running, head to Beaver Creek Conservation Area. We’ve pointed out some of Saskatoon’s nicest neighborhoods for running, which can be a good option in winter.

Note that weather is a factor for running in Saskatoon. Winters can be very cold, and trails can get snowy and icy. In those situations, best to stick to maintained roads and paths.

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Saskatoon has a cold, semi-arid climate. Summers are pleasantly warm, with average high temperatures in the 25C (77F) range, although nights can get cool (11C, 52F). You’ll need a layer for those early morning runs. Winters are long and cold, with high temperatures typically in the -10C (14F) and lows going often dipping below -20C (single digits below zero). Saskatoon is quite dry, with only 350mm (13.5 inches) of precipitation per year, and nearly 100mm (36 inches) of snowfall. There is lots of sun in Saskatoon!

RUNNING STORES

Saskatoon has two terrific local running stores.

There’s an outlet of the popular Running Room chain of stores, and Brainsport, which has a great variety of gear and super helpful staff.

GROUP RUNS

Running Room has group runs Wednesday at 6:00 p.m., Saturdays  10:00 a.m., Sunday, 8:30 a.m. Info

Brainsport has group runs Monday @ 6:00 pm, Wednesday @ 6:00 pm (35 – 45 minutes), Thursday @ 10:00 am (35 – 45 minutes)
Saturday @ 8:30 am (60 minutes and more). Info

Here’s a good calendar of local running events, courtesy of the Brainsport store.

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