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Best Spots for Photographing Saskatoon

Arts & Culture, Entertainment, Outdoors & Adventure
Posted By Andrew Christoffel , April 24, 2024
Whether you're a seasoned photographer or just love snapping pics for the 'gram, Saskatoon is brimming with stunning locations that are sure to elevate your photography game. And showcase the city in a unique and beautiful way!

Whenever I visit a new city, I have a habit of seeking out the nitty-gritty sides of a city—the spots that capture its essence in a way that's both authentic and mesmerizing. It's not just about the iconic landmarks, but also the tucked-away corners that really pulse with local life and charm. That's why I've handpicked these photo spots in Saskatoon. Each offers a glimpse into the city's vibrant soul, and can be reached during a short walk. From historic bridges to bustling alleys, these locations not only make for stunning photographs but also tell the stories of Saskatoon's past and present. 

Broadway Avenue

Nestled in the heart of Saskatoon's Nutana neighborhood, Broadway Avenue is a vibrant hub of arts, culture, and community. Its historic buildings, quirky shops, and eclectic eateries make it a beloved destination for locals and visitors alike.

The alleys off Broadway in particular are a hidden treasure trove of street art and urban charm. Murals, colorful graffiti, and vibrant storefronts provide endless opportunities for capturing the city's creative spirit. Whether you're drawn to the whimsical artwork or the bustling energy of street life, Broadway's alleys offer a dynamic backdrop for urban photography. 



Traffic Bridge (Victoria Bridge)

Saskatoon’s Traffic Bridge, also known as Victoria Bridge, was originally built to span the South Saskatchewan River in 1907. The first true pedestrian and traffic bridge in the city, it quickly became a vital link connecting the east and west sides of the city, playing a pivotal role in Saskatoon's growth and development. After being rebuilt and reopened in 2018, the new Traffic Bridge has gained renewed life and continues to be an iconic staple of the city.

Standing at the edge of Traffic Bridge offers a panoramic view of Saskatoon's skyline, framed by the flowing waters of the river. It’s a great spot to take photos of Broadway Bridge, however I prefer it for its own unique steel structure—and the resulting shadows it creates. If you’re a fan of geometric architectural forms, then this is the spot for you. 



Downtown Alley on 20th St. E

The alley on 20th St. E, between 1 Ave S and 2 Ave S, is a testament to Saskatoon's urban grit. This bustling thoroughfare is a melting pot of colors and textures, making it a photographer's paradise.

From striking murals and graffiti to power lines draping overhead of colourful garbage bins, this alley perfectly represents the hustle and bustle of city life. Every corner of it offers a unique photo opportunity. Whether you want to take some gritty portraits for your socials, or capture the quiet charm of a sunlit afternoon, this alleyway is full of surprises. 



The Bessborough

The iconic Delta Bessborough Hotel, affectionately known as “The Bess,” has been a Saskatoon landmark since 1935. Its castle-like architecture and riverside location make it a picturesque symbol of elegance and hospitality in the heart of the city.

With its grand facade and riverside setting, The Bessborough exudes timeless charm and sophistication, making it a dream backdrop for photos. Whether you want to capture its stunning architecture against the blue sky, or frame it amidst a flurry of falling snow, The Bessborough adds a certain touch of regal allure to any snapshot. While it might be one of the most photographed landmarks in the city, there's a good reason for it. 


University Bridge Lookout

The University Bridge, built-in 1916, is one of Saskatoon's most recognizable landmarks. It’s one of my favourite bridges in the city to walk across, because it affords you (in my opinion) the best view of the city.

Perched atop the bridge, photographers are treated to a breathtaking view of Saskatoon's natural beauty and urban landscape. Whether you’re hoping to capture the changing colors of the river valley in autumn or the twinkling lights of the city at dusk, this vantage point offers a truly captivating blend of natural and architectural beauty. 

Besides, what list of the best spots in Saskatoon for taking photos would be complete without this iconic shot?