skiing photo: Devin Wilger

Prairie Hospitality in Yorkton, Saskatchewan

By Naomi Zurevinski

Known for its warm prairie hospitality, Yorkton, Saskatchewan claims to have the most restaurants per capita in North America, meaning there’s plenty to chew on. You can also check out unique boutiques, ski epic cross-country trails and more in this lively southeastern city.

Eat: Wanders Sweet Discoveries serves homestyle lunch fare, like soul-warming soups and hearty sandwiches. It’s also the perfect place to linger on a chilly day, with a cup of coffee and delicious European-style pastries to keep you company. 11 2nd Ave. N.

Drink: Microbrewery Back Forty Brewery boasts a spacious taproom for dinner accompanied by one of their 12 craft beers or Saskatchewan-made wine and cider. The brewery also hosts specialty evenings like the local-fave rib night. 1-54 Darlington St. W.

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Do: The Godfrey Dean Art Gallery hosts exhibits by both established and up-and-coming artists. You can also catch the works of local and regional artists. To fully experience the city’s creative scene, sign up for a gallery workshop or artist talk. 49 Smith St. E.

Kerry Geddes Yorkton Saskatchewan
Kerry Geddes, owner of Welcome Home Floral & Gift Shop (photo: Jesslyn Geddes Photography)

For 30 years, Kerry Geddes has called Yorkton home. As the proprietor of the aptly named Welcome Home Floral & Gift Shop, she invites neighbours and visitors into her boutique, situated in one of the oldest buildings in town: a circa-1909 heritage house.

What makes your neighbourhood unique?
We’re just northeast of the downtown core, where you’ll find lots of really interesting independent businesses: clothing stores, cafés, restaurants, a day spa. Plus, the whole area is walkable. Over on Smith Street, you’ll find beautiful buildings, churches and galleries—all of which make for great photo backdrops.

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Why should people visit Yorkton in winter?
Yorkton has a strong sense of community with tons of top-notch amenities. For families, there are loads of active experiences, like groomed snowmobile trails and the Gallagher Centre Waterpark, which has a waterslide, wave pool and hot tub. Culturally, the Yorkton Arts Council hosts a number of concerts during the winter months. The Western Development Museum is also a great place to learn about Saskatchewan’s unique heritage.

Bundle up and make the most of winter in southeastern Saskatchewan. The Yorkton Cross Country Ski Club rents equipment so you can trek along 10-kilometres of classic and skate-style trails at the Deer Park Golf Course. Or check out Rodney Ridge, the place for tobogganing in town. In addition to the sledding hill, there’s a snowboard slope for boarders of all ages.