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Perth, Scotland, United Kingdom
November 17, 2010
From journal The Plains in the Middle
July 17, 2002
I have been to Wanuskewin several times and cannot say enough about it. It is fun and educational at the same time.
When you enter the interpretive center you will see a large display showing the herding of the buffalo/bison. To the right of this display is the theatre. You absolutely have to see the multimedia presentation; it runs every 30 minutes. The film explains the history and significance of Wanuskewin.
When the film is finished, head into the interactive display gallery. You can see the native animals and plants of the prairies and even try on furs! There are various computer terminals set up where you can choose different presentations on things like making clothing or food preparation.
Make sure to look up, way up and you will see the bison coming over the bison jump. Across from the jump is a large tipi. Inside you can listen to a number of traditional stories.
If the weather is nice, head outside on one of the trails mentioned in the film. The walk takes you through grassland. Depending on which trail you choose you might be able to see the ancient medicine wheel. These walks are extremely peaceful and remind us of the spiritual nature of Wanuskewin. Be sure to stop by Tipi Village on the way back to the building.
Wanuskewin offers many special events. Perhaps the biggest day is National Aboriginal Day, June 21. Be sure to check the website for dates and times.
You can eat bannock in the restaurant and even book an overnight stay in Tipi Village. The gift shop is a popular spot for visitors, offering many types of traditional First Nations art.
Wanuskewin is not difficult to find. Look for the bison signs along the roadways. If you need directions, the website provides a good map. The Park is open year round, 9am-9pm from Victoria Day to Labour Day and from 9am-5pm in the fall and winter. There is an admission fee and there can sometimes be an extra fee for special events.
Be sure not to miss Wanuskewin - it is one place you must stop on your trip to Saskatoon. After your tour, you'll be able to say exactly what Wanuskewin means to you!
From journal Saskatoon - the City, not the Berry