the little paris of the prairies

File under: “Overheard this week at City Hall.”

Someone mentioned Saskatoon. Not really sure why, or how it was relevant to the daily adventures of the Planning & Development Department of the City of Surrey, but alas Saskatoon was mentioned.

It provoked this reply: “I’ve heard that Saskatoon is the Little Paris of the Prairies!”

Cue silence.

Oh how we laughed.

Then, later in the day, whilst still laughing, we googled it.

The one with the Eiffel Tower is Saskatoon. Wait… I may have that wrong.

Touche, Saskatoon, touche. We stand corrected.

Author: Ashleigh Rajala

Ashleigh Rajala is an award-winning writer whose work has appeared in numerous journals, both online and in print. She is passionate about using story-telling to build community in Surrey BC, where she lives and works on the unceded traditional territory of the Coast Salish peoples.

3 thoughts on “the little paris of the prairies”

  1. Having lived my whole life in Saskatoon, I can say that you have described a typical visitor’s experience here. At first they are doubtful, sometimes downright amused at how much we love our city. Then they see an indie rock show at Amigos, a sweaty DJ set at scratch, drink their last beer as the sun comes up along the river bank, and they’re convinced. 🙂 much love.


  2. I have lived across Canada and still find Saskatoon to be one of the most beautiful cities in Canada. Just need to work on the density and the city will be set!


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