Practical information

Saskatoon

At 246,376 (2016 Census), Saskatoon is the largest city in the province of Saskatchewan and the is the 17th largest census metropolitan area in Canada. It is situated on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River which is crossed by seven bridges within city limits. The altitude of Saskatoon is 481.5 meters above sea level. The census metropolitan area of Saskatoon spans 5,214.52 sq. kilometres.

The City of Saskatoon maintains more than 1,000 hectares of parks and civic open spaces and 75 kilometers of trails throughout the city. The City’s Urban Forestry Program is responsible for the management of a tree inventory exceeding 100,000 trees. Saskatoon has 198 parks and 870 hectares of parkland throughout the city, including 156 hectares of river valley parkland.

 

Banks and Credit Unions

In the downtown core, financial institutions are generally open from 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday. Some branches in the outlying areas are open until 1pm on Saturdays.

 

Climate

The weather in Saskatoon is generally dry and sunny. The average high temperature in June is 23C (73F).  Evenings are cool with an average low of 11.5C (53F), generally requiring a light sweater or jacket. The average annual precipitation of 357mm ensures lush gardens, parks, and golf courses.

 

Credit Cards / ATM

Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) dispensing CAD dollars are readily available at all host hotels, and at most restaurants and shopping malls. There is a currency exchange office (ICE) in the Saskatoon Airport open Monday to Friday: 4AM-6PM and Saturday –Sunday:4AM-2PM.

 

Currency

The currency system is based on Canadian dollars (CAD). U.S. currency can be exchanged at any bank, or credit union. Some businesses will accept U.S. dollars at the exchange rate.

 

Disability Access

If you have disabilities that may require additional help, please email the Conference Secretariat, [email protected].  When disembarking at the Saskatoon International Airport, disabled passengers are well looked after, with wheelchair friendly access throughout with lifts and ramps. The city center is accessible with wheelchair friendly curbs and ramps into most public places. If you require assistance at the airport, please notify your airline before you fly.

 

Dress Code

Dress code for the conference, lunches and social events is Business Casual.

 

Electricity

Electrical outlets in Saskatoon provide the same current as the rest of Canada and the United States - 110 volts (60 cycles). Overseas travelers are advised to use an adapter with their small appliances if they are designed for a different standard.

 

Information and Emergency

For non-emergency calls and general tourist information, contact Tourism Saskatoon at 1(306-242-1206). The national emergency number is 911.

 

Health & Accident Insurance

The conference fee does not include insurance. All participants should arrange for their own insurance. Travelers do not normally require certificates of vaccination or immunization to enter Canada. Visitors from Canada should make sure that they have their provincial health card. It is advisable that all visitors take out a personal medical insurance policy.

Visitors receiving special medical treatment should bring a medical prescription in case they need to purchase particular medication.

 

Language

Canada has two official languages – French and English. In Saskatoon, English is the language spoken in general communications and print. The official spoken language throughout the conference is English.

 

Local Time

Saskatoon observes Central Standard Time (CST) year round and clocks are not adjusted during Daylight Saving Time which is GMT +6.

 

Passports

All foreign visitors to Canada must possess a valid passport.

 

Pharmacies

Pharmacies are located throughout Saskatoon and are open during normal shopping hours, Monday to Sunday (9 am – 9 PM). Some pharmacies in outlying areas are open 24 hours.

 

Religion & Worship

The main religion practiced in Saskatoon is Christianity (Protestant, Roman Catholic, Christian, Orthodox). Other religions practiced are Buddhist, Islam, Sikh, Hindu, and Judaism.  

 

Smoking Policy

The City of Saskatoon is a smoke-free city which makes all public places and private clubs smoke-free. This includes bars, nightclubs, bingos, bowling centers, private clubs & restaurants. In addition, smoking is not allowed in outdoor seating areas associated with these establishments or in temporary tent shelters at public events.  Please note that smoking is not allowed in any of the conference venues.
 

Taxis

There are two major taxi companies in Saskatoon - United Cabs – 306-652-2222 and Comfort Cabs – 306-664-6464.  UBER and LYFT services are not yet available in Saskatoon.

 

Telephone

The international access code for Canada is +1.

 

Water

Saskatoon has one the safest water supplies in North America. A clean and safe water supply is one of the top priorities of the citizens of Saskatoon. We take pride in the quality of our water supply and tap water is safe for drinking, cooking, bathing and all other personal uses