“I used to commute two hours from my home in Toronto to my office in Mississauga. In Saskatoon, my commute is 10 minutes. I can spend more time with my family and friends now – and sleep in a little longer.” – Ali Moghadam
As the fastest growing city in Canada, Saskatoon has entered a period of unprecedented growth. As the population increases, so does the need for smart, sustainable growth and development.
While the city continues to focus on improving the efficiency and capacity of its transportation network, there are many ways to navigate the region – which serves over 300,000 people and covers 144 square kilometres.
Two major highways converge in the Saskatoon Region – The Yellowhead Highway and the Louis Riel Trail. The Yellowhead Highway (Highway 16) stretches from Winnipeg, Manitoba in the east, to Masset, British Columbia in the west. The Louis Riel Trail (Highway 11) connects Saskatchewan’s three largest cities – Saskatoon, Regina and Prince Albert. It is a divided four-lane highway running southeast from Saskatoon to Regina, where it meets the Trans-Canada Highway. North of Saskatoon, it extends as far as Prince Albert.
The South Saskatchewan River runs through the city, dividing the east and west sides. Seven bridges cross the river, giving Saskatoon the nickname “Bridge City.” The completion of the Circle Drive South Bridge in summer 2013 will bring the city’s bridge count to eight. Additionally, there are two more bridges in the planning stage to accommodate our growth projections.
Harsh Saskatchewan winters can make driving difficult at times. The province operates a highway hotline service, where motorists can find frequent updates on road conditions throughout the region. City crews work 24 hours a day, seven days a week to plow and sand roads based on weather conditions, safety considerations and the priority of the road. You can find information about the city’s Snow and Ice Program on their website.
Saskatoon Transit operates a fleet of buses with numerous routes to get you where you need to go. Over 100 buses (approximately two-thirds of the fleet) are equipped with bicycle racks on the front. Each rack holds two bikes, which are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Routes, schedules and fare information can be found on their website.
Access Transit is a service designed for people who have mobility or cognitive issues who cannot use regular transit buses. The shared-ride service provides lift-equipped buses and cabs within the Saskatoon city limits.
John G. Diefenbaker International Airport
The Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport serves the City of Saskatoon, central and northern Saskatchewan. Over 1.2 million passengers pass through its gates every year.
Non-stop service is provided to 13 cities throughout North America. Most major Canadian, U.S. and international destinations can be reached with one-stop connecting flights in several North American airline hubs.
Sharing their facilities and land with more than 40 businesses and government agencies, the airport employs 1,800 people and annually generates $250 million in economic activity for the City of Saskatoon.
West Wind Aviation
West Wind Aviation operates a fleet of 23 aircrafts from their bases in Saskatoon and Regina, as well as various satellite locations in northern Saskatchewan. Their Saskatoon base operates out of the Saskatoon Aerocentre – Hangar 10 at the John G. Diefenbaker Airport.
VIA Rail Canada operates a train station approximately 8 kilometres from Saskatoon’s downtown. The Saskatoon station is part of VIA Rail’s route, linking Vancouver and Toronto. There are several other Saskatchewan stops along this route which can be found on the VIA Rail website.
The Saskatchewan Transportation Company (STC) provides passenger transportation and parcel express services throughout the province. Operating three main terminals in Saskatoon, Regina and Price Albert, they currently offer 29 different bus routes – providing service to 287 communities in Saskatchewan. STC’s Saskatoon terminal is located downtown at 50 – 23rd Street East.
Schedules, locations and fare information can be found on their website.
Saskatoon has one of the highest percentages of cycling commuters in the country. Commuting by bike is becoming increasingly popular because of its many advantages – including economic, environmental and personal health benefits.
The City of Saskatoon’s website offers a wide range of resources about cycling – including maps, traffic regulations and safety information.
The Meewasin Trail boasts 60 kilometres of pristine, shared pathways along both sides of the winding South Saskatchewan River. From parks to beaches, to historic buildings and museums, the Meewasin Trail offers plenty of opportunity to stop and explore along your route.
The ability to get around on your own two feet is attractive to many people. Like most other Canadian cities, Saskatoon’s older neighbourhoods are often the most walkable. However, some of the city’s new neighbourhoods are being designed to make walking a more viable option.
If living in a walkable neighbourhood is important to you, look up the WalkScore of the civic address or neighbourhood you are considering.