Canada, our home and native land, is colourful mosaic pieced together by incredible cities with a unique charm of their own, like the French influence of Montreal, the bustling concrete jungle of Toronto, and the chill west coast vibes of Vancouver.
That being said, more often than not, smaller towns such as Kelowna or Barry get neglected. But surprisingly, not by the Times. The New York Times just released their 52 Places to Go in 2018 travel list, and you'll never guess which Canadian small town made it.
If you're familiar with this skyline then you should be proud because yes, Saskatoon made the list! Out of 5,162 cities, towns, townships, districts, and hamlets in Canada, this charming Saskatchewan town was named one of the top places to travel in the world this year.
Hugging the South Saskatchewan River, Saskatoon is known as the "Paris of the Prairies" in the "Land of the Living Skies", full of natural wonder and simple beauty. With the recent addition of the Remai Modern Art Gallery, Saskatoon is becoming quite the spot for art lovers. Not only is the museum home to over 8,000 art pieces by world-renown artist such as Picasso and Georges Braque, it has also become quite the modern architectural landmark of the Saskatoon riverfront.
Aside from their state-of-the-art museum, Saskatoon has a vibrant local music scene and there are plenty of activities to do all year-round, from summer festivals to winter sports. Not to mention, there are also multiple purple sand beaches across the province. Yes, purple.
With breathtaking river trails, waterfront views, an up and coming art and music scene, as well as real Canadian charm, Saskatoon needs to be on your 2018 travel bucket list.
This small town is a hidden jewel just waiting to be discovered.