Early-bird registration is currently open, but we realize that it has been 19 years since Saskatoon last hosted Access and some community members may not know much about our fine city. We’re proud to host this year’s Access Conference in our hometown of Saskatoon, also know as Bridge City, Paris on the Prairies, ToonTown, and the Library Tech Hub of the World.
As conference attendees, you’ll have the chance to roam the city for a couple days and participate in some of the social events we have organized. There’s a great selection of restaurants and pubs in Saskatoon, along with a vibrant arts and music scene. We’ll do our best to give you a sample of what the city has to offer.
A quick word or two about Toon Town for those who haven’t been here or for some reason hate using Wikipedia:
Bridge City is on Treaty 6 territory and the homeland of the Métis with the South Saskatchewan River playing an important role in the history and culture. Seven bridges and numerous festivals and activities are organized along its wondrous shores. The Meewasin Valley trails traverse sixty kilometers of pathways and provide residents and visitors with opportunities to explore the area year-round. Wanuskewin Heritage Park, one of Canada’s National Historic Sites, brings to life the history and culture of the Northern Plains Indians and the nearby Duck Lake Regional Interpretive Centre houses a collection of artifacts relating to First Nations, Métis, and pioneer history from 1870 to 1905. These along with several other cultural centres provide visitors with ample opportunity to get their prairie culture fix.
Paris on the Prairies is (or was at one time) also home to notable figures such as Joni Mitchell, Yann Martell, Guy Vanderhaeghe, Farley Mowat and over 1 million NHLers including Gordie Howe. We don’t want to brag or anything, but we could probably kick your city’s ass in a game of shinny and then write a novel or song about it the next day.
Overall, the Library Tech Hub of the World is widely considered to be the number one city on the prairies and chances are this will be the best conference you’ve ever attended.