Posts in Category: Saskatoon

FMG’s 2014 Saskatoon Dragon Boat Festival

The Heart and Stroke Foundation, FMG’s 2014 Saskatoon Dragon Boat Festival took place on July 25th and 26th 2014.  More than 45 corporate and community teams anticipated to challenge one another throughout the festival day.

The Heart and Stroke Foundation, FMG’s 2014 Saskatoon Dragon Boat Festival took place on July 25th and 26th 2014.  More than 45 corporate and community teams anticipated to challenge one another throughout the festival day.

Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church

Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church

Enjoying River Landing

Two guys at River Landing in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Nikon (and Pentax)

Nikon (and Pentax) sign in Phase II Photography in Saskatoon

Neon sign hanging in the front of Phase 2 photo source in downtown Saskatoon.

Swank

Swank Shoe Lounge in Saskatoon

Swank Shoe Lounge is located  in the old King George Hotel

Known locally as the KG, the King George Hotel was designed by architect Frederick L. O’Leary, built between 1910 and 1911 and was an elegant property in its early years.

The original stone and terra cotta exterior was destroyed by a “modernization” in 1964, which saw the exterior covered in tile. Over the years it declined and became a rental property for the city’s poorer residents. There was also a bowling alley located beneath the parkade for many years.

The KG was vacated and boarded up in 2003 after the fire department declared it a fire hazard. It was purchased by a Vancouver developer who intended to redevelop the property, but failed to pay its back-taxes and was again seized by the city.

Meridian Developments purchased the King George in 2007, and the building underwent extensive restoration and redevelopment work of the historic building. The award-winning redevelopment consisted of retail on the main floor, office tenants on the second, and luxury residential condominiums above. The commercial parts of the building were occupied by the summer of 2009. Tenants include Swank Shoe Lounge and Cupcake Conspiracy.

Great Western Brewing Company

Great Western Brewing Company

Great Western Brewing Company

Great Western Brewery

The brewery’s history extends back to 1927, when it was established as the Hub City Brewing Company. In 1930 the plant was renamed the Western Canada Brewing Company, and in 1932 it was changed again to Drewery’s Limited. In 1956, the brewery was acquired by O’Keefe Brewing (which would later become Carling O’Keefe) and was operated under that name until 1989, when Carling O’Keefe was itself acquired by Molson. Bought out by workers that same year and has become the Great Western Brewing Company.

Wanuskewin Heritage Park

Wanuskewin Heritage Park

Wanuskewin Heritage Park

Wanuskewin Heritage Park

Wanuskewin Heritage Park

Wanuskewin Heritage Park

Wanuskewin Heritage Park

Wanuskewin Heritage Park

For more than 6,000 years people have gathered at this place. The nomadic tribes who roamed the Northern Plains came to hunt bison, gather food and herbs, and to find shelter from the winter winds. Some of the sites uncovered date back thousands of years. Wanuskewin is also the site of an arrangement of boulders called a medicine wheel, of which fewer than 100 remain on the northern plains.

Within its 240 hectares (about 600 acres) there are 19 sites that represent the active and historical society of Northern Plains Peoples composed of Cree, Assiniboine, Saulteaux, Atsina, Dakota, and Blackfoot. On site there are summer and winter camp sites, bison kill sites, tipi rings, and artifacts such as pottery fragments, plant seeds, projectile points, egg shells and animal bones, all within a compact area.

Wanuskewin Heritage Park officially opened in June 1992; however scientific investigations in the area began in the early 1930s. Today, the University of Saskatchewan manages an archaeological research program at Wanuskewin with active archaeological digs.

University Bridge at Night

University Bridge in Saskatoon at night

A night shot of University Bridge, Royal University Hospital, and the President’s Residence.

Church at Saskatoon

Church at Saskatoon

The well maintained but drab and boring Church of Saskatoon.

I am not really a big fan of most church marketing but the Church at Saskatoon seems to take it the opposite extreme.  I can’t find a website, email, or anything that mentions them.  With no sign or anything else, I have no idea how you would even find out about them.  That being said, their grass looks nice so there is that.

Experience Downtown Sidewalk Sale

Two women enjoying the Experience Downtown Sidewalk Sale in Saskatoon

Experience Downtown Sidewalk Sale in Saskatoon

Experience Downtown Sidewalk Sale in Saskatoon

Experience Downtown Sidewalk Sale in Saskatoon

Experience Downtown Sidewalk Sale in Saskatoon

Some shots of the 2014 Experience Downtown Sidewalk Sale in downtown Saskatoon.