Kin­ley Olivier, two-and-a-half years old, rides a pony dur­ing Win­terShines at the Saska­toon Farm­ers’ Mar­ket on Sun­day. Win­terShines con­tin­ues un­til Feb. 5.

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The Po­tashCorp Win­terShines fes­ti­val kicked off Satur­day at the Saska­toon Farmer’s Mar­ket. The event, which fea­tures ice sculp­tures, sleigh rides and a giant igloo, runs un­til Feb. 5. StarPhoenix re­porter An­drea Hill asked par­tic­i­pants what else they think needs to hap­pen in the city to make life more en­joy­able dur­ing the win­ter months. TYLER BETCHER

A fat tire bik­ing en­thu­si­ast, Betcher said he would like to see more places in the city where peo­ple can safely bike, cross-coun­try ski and hike. “The bike trails and the trails they have around here are re­ally nice, but if they were a lit­tle bit more main­tained ... that would be a lot bet­ter for the ac­tive com­mu­nity,” he said while wait­ing in line for a beaver tail.


Foullon re­cently vis­ited Ta­ble Moun­tain near North Bat­tle­ford and was im­pressed that she could rent tubes and go tub­ing down the hill. She said she’d like to see some­thing sim­i­lar of­fered in the city. She may be in luck next win­ter — a snow tube run is planned for a win­ter recre­ation park at Diefen­baker Hill.


Nine-year-old Unique knew im­me­di­ately what would make win­ter more fun. “There should be more sled­ding and there should be a hot cho­co­late stand ev­ery year,” she said, paus­ing from a game that in­volved toss­ing rub­ber rings through holes in an ice sculp­ture. She added that hot cho­co­late should be free of cost and read­ily avail­able down­town.


Stocks, who moved from the Town of Can­wood to Saska­toon this year, said she’s been im­pressed by ev­ery­thing the city has to of­fer in the win­ter. “This is a re­ally awe­some fes­ti­val,” she said, while help­ing nav­i­gate the var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties in the plaza. The only thing that would make it bet­ter? More fes­ti­vals.


Win­ter would be far more en­joy­able if Saska­toon got an NHL team, said 12-year-old Maddox. It doesn’t even need to be a new team, the hockey fan said. He’d be quite happy to see the Ed­mon­ton Oil­ers re­lo­cate to the Bridge City. Maybe if they make the move, they’ll start win­ning more, he said.



Cayde Mus­sel­man and his grand­fa­ther are all smiles as he heads down the ice slide dur­ing Win­terShines at the Saska­toon Farm­ers’ Mar­ket on Sun­day.

Mad­dox Waske­witch

Tyler Betcher

Veron­ica Foul­lon

Unique Sema­ga­nis

Kali Stocks

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