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“Overpriced and Overrated Walking Trail System”

Wanuskewin Heritage Park
Ranked #8 of 103 things to do in Saskatoon
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Visitors can learn about the culture of the Northern Plains Indians at this historic site, with reenactments of native dances, pow wows and games.
Reviewed 7 October 2017 via mobile

The front desk greeted us enthusiastically and explained all about the trails and told us about an exhibit they have installed in the building and how great it was. There were a few other couples there. When we first went to see the exhibit, there was a photographer in there and his assistant asked us to come back in 10-15 minutes so we decided to go check out the trails. First though we decided to let the front desk clerk know so she could let others know. She didn’t seem to care.

The trails were a bit more hill-y than we anticipated and with my health issues we decided to not go too far. We went as far as we could in order to get a decent shot of the area.

There are trail signs but not all over and it’s not marked which way to go in order to go back to the building. When we were I. The valley it was hard to see the building in order to know which way to go.

After about half an hour we returned to the building so we could check out the exhibit. The doors were now locked. It seemed like the photographer was still in there though as we could hear talking. I’m fine with photographers doing their job but maybe they could do it before or after hours so as to not impede on paying visitors’ experiences. This was middle of opening hours. Frustrated we left feeling like we got tricked out of our money.

So unless you’re an avid hiker willing to pay to go hiking on sacred grounds we suggest you go elsewhere.

Thank Heather B
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andrewmcd0nald, Manager at Wanuskewin Heritage Park, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2017

Good Morning Heather, thank you for letting us know about your experience here at the park. We take your feedback very seriously as we strive to make every visit to the park a positive one. This was obviously not the case in your experience and I would love to speak with you to better understand this so we can then make things right. Could you please contact marketing@wanuskewin.com at your earliest convenience, and then can arrange a time for a call that suits your schedule.

Thanks very much Heather

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Reviewed 7 October 2017

First and foremost, it is important to understand that the primary focus of this facility is to preserve the rich archaeology of the area. It can be done without needing to draw in visitors with a shell of an attraction, but nobody told these folks.

Saskatoon in general is pretty rough when it comes to "Things to do", but I was genuinely looking forward to this highly rated attraction. Boy was I ever disappointed - the front desk clerk was very friendly and genuinely excited for what the grounds had to offer. We were advised to hike around the grounds (not really what we came to do), and explore the exhibit they had inside as well as explore the gift shop and restaurant. We took a short walk outside, the trails are mediocre at best and offer poor to middling views of the surrounding valley - nothing unique here whatsoever.

The exhibit was "closed" by a photographer who was privately doing some kind of preservation work - but this was in a seemingly unofficial capacity; we were asked to come back in 10 minutes, and when we did, she was still occupying the space. When we returned an additional 20 minutes later she had locked the exhibit.

For the love of all that is sacred DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY HERE. It is evident they don't care about providing a top notch experience to visitors, they just want your money while providing as little as possible to obtain it. Mission accomplished for them, I will never be back.

Additionally, as a tour operator myself, I would absolutely never ever in my wildest dreams consider bringing people here - there is not enough to see OR do; we can all sit and imagine the history, the worthwhile attractions give you more to work with to bring that to life. This attraction needs some serious work. I would avoid it when visiting the Saskatoon area. As an added suggestion, Batoche National Historic Site a short drive north is a much better option!

Thank Taylor G
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andrewmcd0nald, Owner at Wanuskewin Heritage Park, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2017

Good Morning Ruth, I'm so sorry that you had such a negative experience here at Wanuskewin. I wonder if you would have some time to chat on the phone so I can better understand some of the details. We would also love to hear any suggestions you might have for improvements. Please contact marketing@wanuskewin.com

Thanks very much

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Reviewed 3 October 2017

If you're at all interested in indigenous heritage and want an experience that integrates history, art, anthropology, and geography, this is the place. It's informative, the staff are knowledgeable and friendly, the walks are interesting and relatively short, and the setting is lovely. Depending on when you go, there may be dance troupes and cultural circles that invite everyone to participate. Wanuskewin isn't on the scale of the pyramids or full of mind-blowing vistas; it is a quieter place that reflects the history of the land and its cultures. It's well worth 2-4 hours of your time, and there is enough variety to keep kids amused.

Thank Lewlee
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Reviewed 2 October 2017

A special place to First Nations people. A meeting place for a thousand years and it retains the peace of history.

Thank Sylvia M
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Reviewed 1 October 2017

A very nice building in a great location. We hiked two of the three trails and it was a peaceful walk. We expected more in terms of displays and art work in the building. People we were with had been previously and had memories of great displays. We didn't try out the restaurant but looked like lots of selections to choose from. The gift shop had some nice items for sale. Sadly many of the items are not locally made or even Canadian. I would be more interested in purchasing locally produced items.

Thank Leslie B
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