Walking tours of Saskatoon, the Paris of the Prairies.
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Public tour times this week: Thursday, Oct. 1st - 10:30AM Friday, Oct. 2nd - 10:30AM Saturday, Oct. 3rd - 10:30AM
Fact Friday: Spanish Influenza Pt. 1 In 1918, the City of Saskatoon was still facing economic hardship as a result of the continuation of World War I. The city's elite were being hit hardest, and banded together to lobby city council for lower taxes. In a special meeting with city council representatives in 1918, the big taxpayers proposed to cut the city budget by $100,000 in order to reduce their tax payments. The city agreed and cut funding to several programs. One of the casualties was the street sprinkling budget, which was reduced by 50%. The medical health officer argued against the reduction, saying that dust from the roadways was a serious irritant to people with respiratory diseases. In the fall of 1918, Spanish influenza hit the city, causing the deaths of 250 people.
Whatever happened to...? Allan Bowerman The first postmaster of Saskatoon, member of Saskatoon's first town council, and initiator of Saskatoon's Board of Trade (now Chamber of Commerce), Bowerman is best known for building the Canada building, located at 1st. Ave S and 21st St. E. Despite being a wealthy Saskatonian and one of the city's elite during the boom years, he could not keep his wealth intact. In 1918 "with infinite sorrow" he sold his summer home, now a heritage site. In 1922, his Canada Building went into receivership and was usurped by the Great West Permanent Loan Company. Bowerman died in 1927, leaving behind an estate in which the assets were the same value as the debts.
"Whatever Happened To...?" Hello, everyone. Today I am launching a new series of weekly posts intended to conclude the stories of Saskatoon's notable characters. I've had lots of great questions from people wanting to know more about Saskatoon's founders and entrepreneurs and believe this is the place to share those stories. Here is episode #1. Whatever Happened To J.C. Drinkle? Though Drinkle's final building was completed in 1913, he moved to London two years prior in 1911 with his wife Jane Godden. Construction and business decisions were conducted by telegraph from London, which were relayed to Drinkle's brother, William. Drinkle sold many of his properties to finance his lifestyle. Over $1 million in assets were liquidated before the bust at the end of 1913. By 1920, Drinkle had lost the rest of his assets to receivership, and exhausted all of his money. He returned to Saskatoon and took over a milk company with his brother. This business went into receivership in 1926, which caused an estrangement between the two. Drinkle vacated Saskatoon shortly afterward--to where seems unknown. But he returned to Saskatoon once again in 1939 and opened a canning company. The venture didn't last long, and he returned to his home province of Ontario in the early 1940s with his third wife, Loretta Rose. Rose helped Drinkle establish a contract with the Canadian Forces, providing marmalade to troops during WWII. Reportedly, Drinkle had difficulty procuring ingredients during wartime and used cabbage as one of the marmalade ingredients. He continued to make jams commercially in his Ottawa basement until he passed away at the age of 73.
Public tours for Friday, September 18th at 10:30AM AND 2:00PM are confirmed.
Fact Friday: Renowned author Farley Mowat contributed regularly to the Star Phoenix (Saskatoon newspaper) in the 1930s as a teenager. His articles attended to the various behaviours and features of birds in the area. Though his column was seemingly benign, Mowat drew the ire of a Star Phoenix advertiser and a womens' church group when one of his articles focused on the mating rituals of Ruddy Ducks. The editor overseeing Mowat's submissions succumbed to local pressure and cancelled Mowat's column.
The weather is great the next couple of days for a tour! Or, take a trip out to one of Saskatoon's great conservation or cultural centres. Beaver Creek, Cranberry Flats, and Wanuskewin I'm looking in your direction. Please note that there are no tours this weekend due to a birthday excursion (though you MIGHT be able to arrange a Saturday morning tour with a really nice birthday wish :D ).
Public tour for Wednesday, September 9th at 2pm is confirmed.
In Saskatoon's first two years the Temperance Colonization Society tried to impose prohibition on homesteaders in adjacent lands. The TCS made it mandatory for all homsteaders to sign a pledge vowing not to sell alcohol upon penalty of land forfeiture. The settlers protested and rejected the “usurpation of power by the TCS” in a meeting on July 16th, 1884. The TCS was able to maintain these rules in their own lands, however. In 1899, a liquor commissioner granted liquor license and a bar opened in the settlement (present day Nutana). Offended by the violation of their customs, the teetotalers launched ban-the-bar protest and successfully shut down the establishment. But in 1904, the Butler Hotel opened in Riversdale (originally on 20th St. W and Ave. B.). The hotel applied for a liquor license from Saskatoon City Council, much to the chagrin of the teetotalers. Since the hotel was located in Riversdale and not Saskatoon council approved the license.
Wednesday, September 2nd, 2:00pm. Tour time confirmed!
Tuesday, September 1st, 10:30am. Tour time confirmed!
Sunday, August 30th, 10:30am. Tour time is confirmed.
Tour registration takes effect today. All public tour times will be confirmed here & on Twitter. Visit yxetours.com to register!
Well that was fast. The website is back up and running!
Friday's notes: There are tours today at 10:30am and 2:00pm. Please note. The afternoon meeting point has changed. It is now the Farmers' Market Square at 19th St. and Ave. A. Also, the main website will be experiencing a bit of downtime today for maintenance. Have a great day!
Good morning! There are tours today at 10:30am and 2:00pm. Please visit yxetours.com for information and departure point locations.
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Hello tour guests! There has been a big change to the tours, for the better! The full website is up and running (yxetours.com). (Note: The site is in beta and may have some bugs. Please report them here on on the website.) There you can find out more about the tour, send emails, but most importantly, REGISTER FOR TOURS. Yes, this feature will be very important for the success of the tours. If you register, your guide will meet you at the appointed time. If no one registers for a given time slot, the guide will be busy with administration tasks. This change will TAKE EFFECT SATURDAY, AUG 29. If you would like a weekend tour, please register! Thank you for your interest and support. Looking forward to seeing you soon!