The Paris of the Prairies
Named after a local berry, Saskatoon is a place of many nicknames, including the fascinating “Paris of the Prairies”. Why such a moniker, you ask? Apparently because both cities have a lot of bridges. Chew on that for a bit. As for Saskatoon itself, it’s on the rise at the moment. The population is booming – and shows no signs of slowing down. The city is young and vibrant. At the same time, Saskatoon hasn’t forgotten its roots as an Indigenous meeting point. In fact, the area has been inhabited for over 6,000 years – and tools and rings are still being found around Wanuskewin Heritage Park. With its roots guiding it, Saskatoon is looking to the future, quietly developing its youthful population, and become a food hotspot. It’s even the coffee capital of Canada now!
Saskatoon is one of the best major Canadian cities to look at if you’re seeking a deal. Prices are absurdly low compared to most other major Canadian cities. On top of that, the housing market is flooded right now, making it easy to find someplace you love – at the right price. Just watch out because once people realize what a hotspot Saskatoon’s turned into, they might start snatching all these places up!
Typical housing type:
Single-family homes, as well as apartment and condo buildings of various sizes.
Saskatoon may not have been on your radar, but give it a look. You might just be surprised at what you find!
Avg. rent by housing size:
Avg. rent compared to other Canadian cities
Saskatoon is 29% lower than the Canadian average
The best thing about searching for a rental in Saskatoon is that it’s a renter’s market. What does that mean for you? Well, for starters it means you can find cheap rental houses and apartments. You can even find some rent-to-own options!
But it doesn’t stop there… landlords are trying to woo renters, so tend to offer a lot of amenities, including pools, yards, dishwashers and laundry.
Students, don’t worry, there’s plenty of housing for you too. Keep your hunt to the areas near the university. Not only will they be targeted to you, but they’ll also keep you close to campus life. And remember – a renter’s market puts you in the driver’s seat, so negotiate!
Unlike much of the country, Saskatoon’s population is getting younger and younger. The average age in the city is now mid-30s, with the majority of locals being in their 20s and 30s. Singles and couples are common, as are single parents. Actually, if you’re a single parent, Saskatoon is a great city to live in! There’s plenty of childcare support – and there are plenty of other single parents who get what you’re going through. The area also has a significant Indigenous population.
Perfect for: 20- and 30-somethings looking to launch their futures now.
Not-so-perfect for: The blue rinse crowd.
Life & Style
When did Saskatoon get so cool? It was easy to miss the signs of its growing hipness. It didn’t brag or boast about it. It didn’t announce itself as the hot city with the hip arts and food scenes. But turns out, while no one was watching, it was making itself into the go-to spot for trendy young folks in the know. Now, it has a vibrant indie coffee community – and its a foodie’s dream! Plus, there’s a support population of millennials all launching themselves into their fields.
Saskatoon has a glut of indie coffee places and restaurants. Less adventurous types will still find the mainstream chain places. Do your own shopping at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market for the freshest ingredients. Don’t forget to head over to the Berry Barn after to pick up a Saskatoon Berry pie. Looking to get outdoors and learn about Saskatoon’s roots? Hit local favourite, Wanuskewin Heritage Park! If you’re looking to go further afield, Blackstrap Provincial Park is great for mountain biking. For evening entertainment, local jazz club, the Bassment comes highly recommended.
Wanuskewin Heritage Park
Western Development Museum
Beaver Creek Conservation Area
Forestry Farm Park and Zoo
The Prairie Lily
The Strawberry Ranch
The Marr Residence
St. John’s Anglican Cathedral