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Saskatoon is the place to be during the summer. Taste of Saskatchewan, Sasktel Saskatchewan Jazz Fest, Nutrien Fringe Fest, Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, Saskatoon Folkfest, and the Saskatoon Ex are just a few of the great festivals coming to YXE this year. But some of Saskatoon’s best fun isn’t at an organized event. The South Saskatchewan River gives Saskatoonians a free and convenient way to make memories during the warmer months. Here are 5 great beach ideas to add to your summer bucket list.

 

1. Explore the river in a canoe, kayak, or on paddleboard

 

Whether you join the Saskatoon Canoe Club or bring your own boat, paddling the South Saskatchewan is a must in the summer. For serious paddlers, the Chief Whitecap Waterway runs from Gardiner Dam to Saskatoon and provides more than 100 kilometers of river to explore. For those who prefer a more laid-back experience, you can find plenty of adventures closer to the city. Launch your craft at the Fred Heal Canoe Launch, park on a sandbar for lunch, and wrap up the trip by getting out of the river at Victoria Park.

 

2. Have a beach day

 

Just outside of Saskatoon city limits you can explore some beautiful beaches perfect for spreading out a towel and grabbing a tan, playing Spikeball, or tossing a frisbee. Whether it’s Paradise Beach on the west shore or Fred Heal on the east, the river offers numerous places to relax and recharge. Just remember to clean up after yourself and leave the beach as beautiful as you found it.

 

3. Take your dog to the beach

 

Did you think you were the only one who deserves a beach day? Our canine friends love the water just as much (and maybe more) than we do. Just outside of Saskatoon lies the community of Furdale and the Chief Whitecap off leash dog park. A parking area is available off Saskatchewan Crescent or you can hike from Diefenbaker Park to the beach via a Meewasin Valley Authority path. Once you get to the off leash area set your four-pawed friend free and relax. Equally suitable for humans, Chief Whitecap Park is one of Saskatoon’s best kept secrets.

 

4. Go for a bike or a hike along the river

 

Although this won’t actually put you into the river (unless you get lost), exploring the river valley by land is just as fun as using the water. The Meewasin Valley Authority has been working hard to not only conserve the river valley, but also make it more accessible by installing more than 80 kilometres of Meewasin Trail. Maps of the valley and the paths and trails that line it can easily be found online.

 

5. Float down the river

 

This final activity might require the least amount of energy out of all the items on this list. Grab an inner tube or inflatable raft, a PFD, and a paddle, and you have everything you need to kill an afternoon on the river. Depending on where you launch from and how fast the river is flowing you could be in the river for one hour or four. An easy first float is to launch from Diefenbaker Park and get out at Rotary Park. Here are a few pro tips. Make sure you have a lifejacket for everyone on board as well as a paddle for each craft. Tie all the floats together so you don’t get separated from your friends. Bring plenty of drinking water, sunscreen, and good summer music, and you’re set for a lazy afternoon on our beautiful river.

 

 

Once you finish this list, do it again! The great thing about the river is it isn’t going anywhere so you can enjoy it as many times as you want. The river is always changing, so every week could bring a different adventure. The river is one of Saskatoon’s most beautiful features and it is even more beautiful when you’re up close and personal with it.

 

 

Here are some links that may be helpful in planning your next river adventure:

 

the Meewasin River Valley Authority website

City of Saskatoon river safety brochure

Saskatoon Canoe Club website

Chief Whitecap Waterway website

SaskHiker.com

 


 

Brodie Zuk and Tim Hollman are Saskatoon Real Estate Agents who are commited not only to buying and selling real estate but, also to the promotion of a healthy community-centered lifestyle. For more information on how Brodie and Tim can help match you and your family with your Saskatoon dream, give them a call at (306) 361-5393 or (306) 230- 1126.

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Currently in Saskatoon's Real Estate Market there are 1644 active listing, and an additional 981 in the surrounding areas of the city. In January, solds & listings were both UP 6% year over year vs. 2016 in Saskatoon. Sales were up 15% year to date (with listings down 8%) in the surround areas (most notably Martensville, Warman, Osler, acreages..etc). Of the 1644 listings in Saskatoon: 42% are condos and 44%+ are vacant (166 of those vacancies are newer builds (2013+). 

 

Traditionally, many people hold their breath during an American election year, as the results usually influence our economy. It seems that the recent result has had a positive influence on our resource driven economy YTD, most notably with Oil being up roughly $8 a barrel since Trump won. If trade relations remain strong with the US (how about that Trudeau Handshake!), I would assume that there will be continued demand on our resources from south of the border. Continued resource demand = more disposible income + more potential population gains = more housing demand.

 

Having recently spoken with one of the larger builders in the city, I was informed that they had their strongest January in a few years. They noted that many of the buyers who were waiting on prices to continue to cool, seemed to have had a change in sentiment on the economy and decided it was time to act! These are all positive things and it seems the real estate cycle may be working to get out of the stagnation we have seen over the last few years.

 

Another postive was released last week from STATSCAN, indicating that the 5 fasting growing cities in Canada from 2011-2016 were all in the prairies, with Saskatoon (+12.5%) and Regina being 3 & 4 respectively. These numbers help support that population growth has been a key to keeping our housing prices level, with lower oil prices over the last couple of years.

 

At the end of the day, housing is a commodity (I always argue it actually a necessity in our climate) which fluctuates due to many different variables. A key variable is the bank of canada's over night rate (we usually (always do..) peg ours with the federal reserves (USA)). I believe it will be important for us to keep a close eye on the over night rate in the next 12 months as that will give us a good idea of where housing prices are headed in the prairies.

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HOW DID YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD HOLD UP OVER THE LAST YEAR?

 

Presented by Brodie Zuk (Realty Executives Saskatoon) of www.SaskatchewanLiving.com


 

I ran into an amazing article on the cbc.ca website today ranking Saskatoon as the Healthiest City in Canada (among 10 other cities selected). It always feels good to be a part of such an amazing community.

 

 

I always love the end of the year because it allows us time to look back on where we came from, and to plan ahead for the future! In this email I wanted to give a visual summary of Saskatoon's housing market broken down into the single family home segment of Saskatoon's individual neighbourhoods. Why? Well, anything you read in the newspaper is a generalization of a segmented and very subjective market, and can potentially be very misleading.

 

When people ask me:" How's the market?", I usually ask them how much time they have, as "the Market" is very complex and diverse.

 

 

Over the last year, Saskatoon has had a slight decrease (-1.18%) in the average value of a home (This figure is up 6.70% over the last 5 years). Our market is very stagnate at the moment. My opinion on this is: "GOOD". With our economy being stagnate, it is good to see housing mirroring this. WHY? This means there is not artificially pent up demand going on. Separate from Vancouver or Toronto's housing market, housing in the conservative land of Saskatchewan seems to be traded as more of a necessity, as opposed to a speculative investment. We are less volatile because of this, we are safe, hell... we are HAPPY and HEALTHY too (see article above).


So..


How did your Neighbourhood hold up over the last 365 days? Take a look a the visuals below.


(*Note – I believe strongly in the Econometrics and the reasoning behind the methodology of the HPI Index. Because the index only compares data from exact resales, newer neighourhoods are omitted until there is sufficient data to present).

 

AREA 1 – Housing Price Index last 12 months – Single Family Home

 Saskatoon Housing Market 2016

AREA 2 - Housing Price Index last 12 months – Single Family Home

 Saskatoon Housing Market

  

AREA 3 - Housing Price Index last 12 months – Single Family Home

 

Saskatoon Housing Market 2016

 

AREA 4 - Housing Price Index last 12 months – Single Family Home

Saskatoon Housing Market 2016

 

AREA 5 - Housing Price Index last 12 months – Single Family Home

Saskatoon Housing Market 2016

 

As you can see, the market truly is very diverse! Remember this is only for single family homes, as condo data is newer (Condos became more popular in the early 80s in Saskatchewan) and is less reliant for resale data (at the moment).

 

Hope you have found this information of VALUE and if you ever have any more Real Estate related questions, please let me know. HAVE A GREAT CHRISTMAS!

 

If you or anyone you know has any questions regarding this information please call or email! I would be happy to give the HIGHEST LEVEL of Professional service if you or someone you know is buying or selling their house! I love referrals!

I am always available to answer any questions or concerns regarding Real Estate in Saskatchewan! Remember I do Farm and Commercial real estate too!

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"Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting. It is happiness because we see joy in people. It is forgetting self and finding time for others. It is discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values."


-Thomas S. Monson

 

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