Saskatoon is known as the City of Bridges. My favourite walking route is along the South Saskatchewan River between Broadway Bridge and Railway Bridge. On this walk, I am going to take you through the most scenic part of Saskatoon, which also forms part of the route of the Saskatoon Marathon and Half Marathon, in case you want to race there one day.
I begin my walk through a nice residential area near the Royal University Hospital to Broadway, which is considered to be a “hip” area of town and I arrive at the Broadway Bridge.
Looking south, I see the Victoria Bridge (also known as the Iron Bridge) which is now closed to traffic due to its age. Looking over the bridge on the river bank, I see some painted stones. University Bridge is to my north. The Meevasin Trail runs on both sides of the river bank. I cross the bridge to the west bank of the river.
I am on Spadina Crescent East. I have chosen to walk on the tree-lined sidewalk by the Kiwanis Memorial Park to look at some city sights to reach the Bessborough Hotel. The Meevasin Valley Trail runs through the park, but at this time of the summer, tents have been set up in the park for the outdoor Shakespeare production and I decide not to go into the park.
I press on, past the Ukrainian Museum of Canada, and take the underpass of the University Bridge to avoid the intricate network of pedestrian crossings to continue on Spadina Crescent East. On my right is a residential area and on the left is the river overlooking the University of Saskatchewan campus. The Mendel Museum is my next landmark. This is the best part of the walk: I inhale the air imbued with morning freshness and slow down to admire the ancient trees with a canopy of leaves looking emerald green after the rain from the night before.
The next bridge I reach is the Railway Bridge at the Meevasin Waterworks. I walk on the bridge to take some pictures of the very full river–Saskatoon is lucky enough to escape the flood that has created havoc in Calgary since a month ago.
This is my turn around point. I do not cross over to the other side of the river to use the trail by the university campus, because it is more deserted. I decide to walk on the trail on the same bank I have come up and it is better maintained.
University Bridge is in sight. A monument marks the ramp to the Bridge. By this time, the sun has come out. I take a look towards the Broadway Bridge, and another look at the Railway Bridge to absorb the scenery. I say goodbye to the river the bridges and return home on another tree-lined residential avenue.