Saskatoon’s Castle On A River
Have you ever been to Saskatoon before? This is my first time in the Saskatchewan and I’m excited to begin my adventures in the provinces largest city. I’m looking forward to diving into the city’s culinary and craft beverage scene. I also can’t wait to explore the arts and culture scene as well as walk in the footsteps of one of Canada’s greatest singer-songwriters, Joni Mitchell. The first adventure I’ll embark on is at the hotel I’ve chosen as my home base while in town. Its central location, view of the South Saskatchewan River and history make the Delta Bessborough Hotel my obvious choice. The recent renovations and modern amenities are just a bonus and one I plan on enjoying.
The Bavarian castle inspired Delta Bessborough finished construction in 1932 but due to the financial stress of the Great Depression did not register its first guest until 1935. Built by the Canadian National Railway it has seen many different owners and management groups over the years as well as major renovations within the past decade.
Those renovations have reinvigorated the historical features and gems located throughout the hotel while adding many modern amenities like “smart desks” and finely appointed bathrooms. Let me take you on a tour of my room that overlooks the South Saskatchewan River.
Of course, there are other amenities worth taking note at the Delta Bessborough Hotel. The gym and pool facilities are spacious and in my opinion, underused. Full disclosure: I didn’t work out while here, but I could have and probably would have had it all to myself.
One of my favourite features of the hotel though has to be its location. From the hotel, you can access some of the best food in the city in under 15 minutes by foot. You can also access the Meewasin Trail that crosses between the South Saskatchewan River and the hotel. With a coffee in hand, it is the perfect morning and late after walk. Time it right and you are sure to capture some stunning photos of the city.