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Sunday June 2, 2019

Welcome To Doors Open Saskatoon

We are pleased to invite you to join us on Sunday, June 4, 2017 for an afternoon of fun peeking behind doors that are not normally open to the public or would normally charge an entrance fee.

Many locations have organized guided tours, displays and activities to enrich the visitor experience.

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Guided Walks

Great War Campus Tour

Departure location: Diefenbaker Canada Centre 101 Diefenbaker Place, U of S Campus (Walk ends at Memorial Gates)
Tour Details: 1 PM and 3 PM (Maximum 20 people/tour)
Walk Leaders: Interpreters from Diefenbaker Canada Centre

This 90 minute walk through the University of Saskatchewan campus focuses on the University’s involvement in the Great War. The walk visits buildings, sites, and memorials throughout the grounds that contain special significance for the war, including the Memorial Gates which are a military memorial to fallen faculty and staff of World War 1, and originally planned as the entrance to the University Campus. Special for Doors Open Saskatoon, the walk will include viewing of the Great War memorials located inside Convocation Hall, where graduation ceremonies took place until the 1930s.

NOTE: this walk is a partnership between the Diefenbaker Canada Centre and Doors Open Saskatoon.

INCLEMENT WEATHER: If the weather is extremely unpleasant this walk will be cancelled.

Site Information:

Disabled Access in all Buildings Public Washrooms Parking Lot (Meters)

Saskatoon Buildings “By the Book”

Departure Location: Frances Morrison Public Library - 311 23 Street East
Tour Details: 1 PM and 3 PM (Maximum 20 people per tour)
Walk Leader: Murray Gross is a literacy advocate, former GED instructor, lover of Saskatoon, its history and buildings (or built heritage).

This 90 minute walk through downtown and along the riverbank, uses literature (novels and poetry) to explore Saskatoon. Farley Mowatt, Anthony Bidulka, Gail Bowen and others are featured.

SUBJECT: The university was only ten minutes from her apartment. Anna taught philosophy at a little western city at the provincial university, the third little western city and the third little provincial university since the inception of her career. During this ten minute ride, or twenty minute walk, it was shortly to become, as Anna usually experienced that freedom of thought enjoyed by someone putting off a task , not necessarily unpleasant, but to be endured. She had an 8:30 class.

Excerpt from: A Nest of Singing Birds By Susan Charlotte Haley.

NOTE: this walk is a partnership between Jane's Walk and Doors Open Saskatoon.

INCLEMENT WEATHER: If the weather is extremely unpleasant this walk will be cancelled.

Site Information:

Free Parking


University of Saskatchewan Tunnels Walk

Departure Location: Start at the Main door of the D wing of Health Sciences Centre (under the arches across from Gordon Oakes and the Library – corner of Wiggins and Campus Drive –west of the Place Riel Bus terminal)
Tour Details: 1 PM and 3 PM (Maximum 20 people/tour)
Walk Leaders: Andrew Wallace, Architect & Associate Director of Planning for the U of S; and Brad Steeves, Interm Leader, Facilities Mgmt, U of S

Explore the University from underground. This walk explores the underground and above ground linkages between Health Sciences Centre, around the University Bowl, highlighting the “Airplane Room” in Thorvaldson Building. At the end of the walk, feel free to take a peek inside the Gordon Oakes Redbear Student Centre designed by Blackfoot and Metis architect Douglas Cardinal, or the Health Sciences Centre designed by Kindrachuk Agrey Architecture. Please note this 60 minute walk has stairs and ramps.

NOTE: this walk is a partnership between the University of Saskatchewan and Doors Open Saskatoon.

INCLEMENT WEATHER: Given this walk is mostly indoors, the walk will happen, rain or shine.

Site Information:

Public Washrooms Parking Lot (Meters)

Pioneer Cemetery: Where Saskatoon Pioneers Rest In Peace

Departure location: Pioneer Cemetery Entrance St Henry Ave, Saskatoon, SK S7J 0S6
Tour Details: Noon, 1:30 pm, 3:00 pm
Walk Leaders: Jason B. Wall

Walk through Saskatoon’s original cemetery and visit the final resting places of Saskatoon’s pioneers, the settlers who inspired the creation of the city we know and love today. Hear about their stories, their trials and tribulations as they sought to create a new life on the Canadian prairies. Learn more about Saskatoon’s early history, how the cemetery came to be and what life was like when Saskatoon first began.

INCLEMENT WEATHER: If the weather is extremely unpleasant this walk will be cancelled.

Site Information:

Prairie Park grounds


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