How Safe Is Saskatoon for Travel?

Saskatoon, Canada
Safety Index:
73

Saskatoon is a city in central Saskatchewan.

With a metropolitan population of about 257,000 people, it is the province’s largest city.

Saskatoon is located along the South Saskatchewan River and is known as a city of bridges.

Most travelers come here to visit many local festivals that the city hosts in the summer.

The best known of them is Saskatoon Exhibition, Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan – Saskatchewan’s only professional theater, SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival – a big jazz festival with free public performances and beer gardens at the Bessborough Hotel with significant artists; Canada Remembers Airshow; A Taste of The Saskatchewan – an annual festival in which 30 of Saskatoon’s most excellent restaurants are featured.

Warnings & Dangers in Saskatoon

Overall Risk

OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM

Saskatoon is a peaceful little town, but there are areas with high crime rates. It's better to avoid such areas. If you keep track of your belongings and prevent dangerous streets in the city, you can be here safe.

Transport & Taxis Risk

TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW

Public transport is safe. Beware of only final stops in disadvantaged areas. Taxis are reliable but do not take it on the street. Use the licensed service or call the car from the application on your smartphone.

Pickpockets Risk

PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM

We can say that pickpockets are not found here so often. However, in some areas of the city, and especially late at night, they may even attack you with the purpose of robbery. You also need to be careful in crowded public transport. Always watch your things, and do not leave them unattended.

Natural Disasters Risk

NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM

Saskatoon is prone to flooding and flooding. You must find out the weather conditions before you travel to this city. In the winter, here are shallow temperatures, so it can be unsafe to move around without specific warm clothes.

Mugging Risk

MUGGING RISK : MEDIUM

Armed robberies with severe consequences are rare here, but there are. Most often, criminals like to break into cars and steal things from there. So always close your car and take all the things from there. Avoid dangerous areas of the city and contact the police if something happened to you.

Terrorism Risk

TERRORISM RISK : MEDIUM

Canada's current level is Medium, meaning that a violent act of terrorism could occur. There were no cases of terrorism in Saskatoon; however, travelers should always be on alert about this danger.

Scams Risk

SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM

In Saskatoon, fraud is mainly associated with the telephone, SMS, and Internet fraud. Criminals try to trick your personal data and the data of your cards by cunning. Keep this in mind and do not give out such information to unfamiliar sources.

Women Travelers Risk

WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW

Usually, for women traveling alone, there is no problem in Saskatoon. They are unlikely to attract unwanted attention from local men. However, it is always worthwhile to have common sense and remember the usual security measures.

So... How Safe Is Saskatoon Really?

Saskatoon is a small and calm town.

The crime rate here is moderate but has grown over the past couple of years.

Most often, car thefts, vandalism, and petty theft occur here.

The city also has a slight drug problem.

The majority of avenues west of Idylwyld are considered to be sketchy, with a high amount of gang/drug activity, violent crime, and prostitution.

It’s probably best to avoid this part of town.

But usually, it’s relatively safe during daylight hours – and there’s little reason for tourists to be in these parts of town anyway.

Downtown has garnered a reputation for hosting a number of sometimes-aggressive panhandlers.

Be aware of them and watch your belongings also.

There are a lot of pickpocketers in that area.

The east side of the river has a general reputation among locals of being safer than the west side.

Don’t leave valuables in your car, don’t deliberately pick a fight with a stranger, and be aware of your surroundings when you walk at night.

In winter, the city is cold enough, so if you travel to Saskatoon in winter, take increased measures to avoid hypothermia.

The usual common-sense rules apply, and you should be fine.

How Does Saskatoon Compare?

CitySafety Index
Saskatoon73
Toronto81
Vancouver82
Calgary82
Niagara Falls87
Cordoba (Argentina)61
Shanghai (China)66
Melbourne (Australia)80

Useful Information

  • Visas - A visa to enter Canada for tourists that stay less than 180 days is not obligatory for certain nationalities and that can be checked online. A valid passport is a must.
  • Currency - The official currency in Canada is the Canadian dollar(It is often called "loonie"). The Canadian dollar has a symbol: $ and code: CAD. It is divided into 100 cents.
  • Weather - The best time of year to visit Saskatoon for warm-weather activities is from early July to mid-August. Average temperatures in Saskatoon vary greatly and the weather feels cold for about half of the year.
  • Airports - Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport is an international airport located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. The airport is served by passenger, courier and air freight operators. It is named for John Diefenbaker, the 13th Prime Minister of Canada.
  • Travel Insurance - The travel insurance policy is a must when visiting a foreign country. Make sure you got it before starting your journey, the customs officer may ask for it.
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Saskatoon Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan -15° C
Feb -14° C
Mar -5° C
Apr 6° C
May 13° C
Jun 17° C
Jul 19° C
Aug 18° C
Sep 12° C
Oct 6° C
Nov -6° C
Dec -14° C
Choose Temperature Unit

Average High/Low Temperature

Temperature / MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
High
°C
-10-8012202426251812-1-9
Low
°C
-20-19-10-161012116-1-10-19
High
°F
141832546875797764543016
Low
°F
-4-2143043505452433014-2

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3 Reviews on Saskatoon

  1. Nah, terrorism doesn't make sense

    I refuse to believe that the terrorism level is Medium, a city like Toronto or Vancouver are at low and they are major cities with actual terrorism happening, Saskatoon is a tiny town in Saskatchewan with an airport that has a runway that can’t be used by most modern aircraft, I don’t think ISIS can even find this on a map.

  2. This needs to be updated lol. Population is now at 330, 000!

  3. D
    DeShawn says:

    DANGEROUS

    EXTREME GANG ACTIVITY, TARGETS EVERYONE. WORSE THAN DETROIT. Buses there (there are no trains) suck and random detours happen. Taxis there are a scam – drivers will randomly increase price, refuse to show rates, etc. There are little hotels in the avenues, most on the west side are Confederation (at least). DO NOT EVER, EVER get a ground floor hotel room. DRESS CONSERVATIVELY BETWEEN 18th-39th STREET. DO NOT SHOW LEGS, SHOULDERS, CLEAVAGE, ETC. Women (and men!) would benefit from head covering. DO NOT leave children unattended — not until they’re visibly over the age of 14. NEVER travel to Saskatoon via intercity buses due to homicide risks. DO NOT drive during winter if you are not accustomed to driving in heavy snow and low visibility – use public transportation and CHECK UPDATES HOURLY AT THE VERY LEAST. NEVER leave your door unlocked or window open. Do not talk to any locals unless they are an employee at an establishment you are visiting. DO NOT visit locally-owned restaurants, and if you must, DO NOT order meat, fish, or dairy products. If you MUST deal in change, use coins on the west side and bills on the east side. NEVER travel by bicycle. NEVER leave items unattended. NEVER walk without closed-toed shoes. STAY ON MAIN ROADS. NEVER go down back roads or smaller roads. NEVER make ANY hand gestures. DO NOT walk down residential streets. DO NOT drive down residential streets unless absolutely necessary. If your accommodation is ANYWHERE between 18th-38th street, DO NOT STAY THERE. BRING EXCESS WATER IN GENERIC/PLASTIC WATER BOTTLES IN THE SUMMER. WEAR LAYERS IN THE WINTER. Good luck, mate. You’ll need it.

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