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Yorkton [1] is a city in Saskatchewan, Canada.

Get in[edit]

By Plane

The Yorkton Municipal Airport is located three kilometers North of the city on the number 9 highway, which is used as a base for commercial and private helicopter and fixed wing aircraft use.

By Car

Yorkton sits on the Yellowhead Highway, and can be readched from the #52, Yellowhead, #10, and #9 highways.

Located 1972km from Vancouver, 851km from Edmonton, 189km from Regina, and 331km from Saskatoon Yorkton is a great place to stop and take in the beautiful Prairie landscape.

Get around[edit]

Yorkton is small enough to easily get around in, but large enough for things to do for the whole family. From downtown, a drive down Broadway allows easy access to many restaurants and attractions found in the city's core.

Two Taxi companies run in yorkton, but if driving yourself, maps picked up at the Yorkton Tourism Centre located on the junction of the #10 and #9 highway make getting around a breeze!

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Parks[edit]

Yorkton has ten well maintained and aesthetically pleasing parks in or near the city, including three provincial parks.

All parks are equipped with park benches, and picnic areas with tables. Highlights include the Silver Heights waterpark and playground located in the southwest of Yorkton on Sunset drive,and York Lake Regional park with a 18-hole golf course, four-diamond slowpitch complex including two lighted fields, and the Yorkton Canoe and Kayak Club's facilities.

  • Water Park

Information Hotline: 306-786-1744. The water park at the Gallagher Centre on Broadway Street West includes a lane pool and a large water park with many features, including a waterslide. For complete details visit the Gallagher Centre web site.

  • Gloria Hayden Centre

397 Darlington St. E Gymnasium, racquetball and squash courts; Kinsmen Walking Track. Various fees apply. Monday-Thursday noon to 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Fridays noon to 6 p.m.; Saturdays closed; Sundays 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Call (306)786-1777.

Parks with playgrounds[edit]

  • Heritage Heights Park

Includes park benches, picnic tables, and garbage cans; tennis courts; located in the northeast end of Yorkton on McBurney Drive.

  • Knights of Columbus Park

Includes park benches, picnic tables, and garbage cans; tennis courts; located on Circlebrooke Drive, southwest side of Yorkton.

  • Silver Heights Water Park and Playground

Includes park benches, picnic tables, and garbage cans; also includes water park and tennis court; located on the southwest end of Yorkton, on Sunset Drive North.

  • Skateboard Park

Located on the Gallagher Centre grounds, just to the east of the main entrance on the north side of Broadway. Skateboard park users are welcome to use the washroom and food service facilities at the Gallagher Centre.

Museums[edit]

  • Western Develepment Museum

Located on Highway 16 west, the YWDM tells the story of early immigrants and their struggles in early Saskachewan, it houses the gigantic Twin City gas tractor, one of only two in North America!

  • Yorkton Sports Hall of Fame and Museum

This museum is found on the corner of Third Avenue and Smith Street. It holds preserved sport memorabilia, historic archives, and collectibles.

  • Godfrey Dean Art Gallery

Godfrey Dean Cultural Centre 49 Smith Street East. Telephone 306-786-2992. The Godfrey Dean Art Gallery is the only professionally-operated public art gallery within a 100 km radius of Yorkton. It curates, exhibits and promotes the work of local, provincial and national contemporary artists who address issues affecting the Yorkton region. The Dean opens exhibits in its two galleries about every six weeks. It also opens its doors to the cultural and artistic programming of local organizations and schools.

For more information, visit the Godfrey Dean Art Gallery web site at www.deangallery.ca.

Sports[edit]

Yorkton is home to the Yorkton Terriers, Yorkton's own SJHL hockey team. It is also home to the Yorkton Cardinals a baseball team playing in the Western Major Baseball League.

Yorkton has many other sports teams, ranging from children's to adults.

  • Jubillee Baseball Park

Located on Foster Street, the city's main baseball park offers a number of amenities including a concession, sound booth and washroom facilities. Yorkton Minor Baseball has also constructed a batting cage. Jubilee Ball Park is home to 4 diamonds including 2 senior (one with grass infield), 1 bantam and 1 pee wee diamond.

  • Cherrydale Golf and Campground

Located 4 miles east of Yorkton, 2 miles south on Cherrydale Road, half mile east. Par 23/27 golf course, campground, showers, fire pit, ball diamond, horse shoes, driving range, nature trails, beach volleyball, catering for family and corporate events.

  • Deer Park Golf Course

Newly-renovated 18 hole public golf course, par 72, 6,200 yards, with driving range and practice areas. Cart and equipment rentals, pro shop, food and beverage service. Located on the west boundary of the city along Broadway.

  • York Lake Golf & Country Club

Located two miles south of Yorkton, just off Highway 10 South. 18-hole green grass golf course with driving range, and licenced clubhouse, club and cart rentals available.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Yorkton Bowl Arena Located in downtown Yorkton on Broadway. League bowling for children and adults, open bowling for all ages, glow bowling, and a licensed facility.
  • Yorkton Film Festival The festival celebrates its 65th Year in 2012, running from May 24th - May 27th. The Yorkton Film Festival started in 1947, after the forming of the Yorkton Film Council. The first festival was an international festival that was launched in 1950, under the encouragement of local NFB officer James Lysyshyn. Thanks to volunteers throughout the years, the festival is North America's longest running film festival. Today, film makers from across Canada make their way to Yorkton for workshops and showings. For the public, this is an opportunity to view the very best of Canadian short films and videos (under 60 minutes) free of charge. This year's event will continue the festival's LobsterBlast, a lobster meal followed by skeet shooting; as well as activities honouring the festival's 65th year and the people who have helped us keep North America's longest film festival going strong. The awards dinner is a gala affair and a fitting conclusion to the longest running film festival in North America.

For more information visit the festival web site at www.goldensheafawards.com, Telephone 306-782-7077, Email info@goldensheafawards.com

  • Painted Hand Casino Pow Wow Held annually in May, with hundreds of dancers expected from Western Canada and north-west United States, it is a dazzling experience for all.
  • Yorkton Summer Fair The Yorkton Exhibition Association offers year-round activities and events for all to enjoy, including the annual summer fair held annually in early July. Always an anticipated event in Yorkton, the summer fair is guaranteed to thrill people of all ages. Chuckwagon and chariot races, parimutuel horse races, midway, grandstand entertainment, 4-H livestock shows, and a variety of displays and food concessions are just some of what lies ahead. Come out and join the fun!
  • Threshermen's Show and Seniors' Festival

Photo: Vintage farm equipment and the pioneer ways come to life at the Threshermen's Show.

Held annually in August. Western Development Museum, Highway 16A West. Telephone 306-783-8361. Horse-drawn wagons, stooking and threshing crews, and steam tractors spring to life each summer at the annual Threshermen's Show and Seniors' Festival. It takes the dedicated, year-round efforts of the Threshermen's Club to keep these antique pieces of farm equipment in sound working order.

This is history at its best... history alive and working. Visitors can try their hand at stooking, visit the sawmill, watch the Story of Harvest as methods from single horse plows to giant steam engines are demonstrated.

Inside the museum special events are scheduled, and the permanent displays are open for viewing. Among the special events is a demonstration by The York Colony Quilter's Guild, a group of ladies who keep alive this very practical pioneer art form.

  • River Runs Through Rondyvoo Held annualy in July, you'll have the unique opportunity to take a glimpse into the past if you venture out to the River Runs Through Rondyvoo Camp, held annually just west of Yorkton.Go prepared to witness historical scenes and dress from the 1800s. There will be nothing more modern that 1850 at the primitive, reenactment camp.

Visitors have the opportunity to view tomahawk throwing, black powder rifle shooting and they can even do some trading and bartering while at the camp.

Located on Highway 16 West, in between Yorkton and Orcadia, this event is one you won't want to miss.

  • Yorkton Historical Walking Tour Step back to the past with this self-guided walking tour. A leisurely stroll, taking approximately one hour, will take you past 30 private and public buildings that capture the essence of Yorkton's early years.

This is a wonderful opportunity to view some of the many beautiful yards and gardens in the city.

Take the time to enter public buildings to fully appreciate the fine architectural details.

Brochures for the self-guided tour are available from Tourism Yorkton and City Hall.

  • Ravine Ecological Preserve The starting point for this self-guided nature trail of 2.5 kilometer is at the Gallagher Centre, on Broadway Street West, or the parking area to the west of the preserve.

Enjoy a leisurely stroll on the path or observe the area from the boardwalk crossing the marsh. Station markers and an interpretive brochure guides walkers across the marsh and through the flora and fauna. Shorter walks may be taken.

The preserve is open all year round. Guided tours are available upon request. For information about tours, contact Carla at 786-1750.

  • Yorkton Events Calendar. This calendar is a great way to keep current with events in the Yorkton area and can be found at www.yorktonevents.com  edit

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Sunflower Arts and Crafts Show and Sale Gallagher Centre (Broadway Street West) Annually in September Telephone 306-783-8722.

Sunflower is the largest unjuried show and sale in Saskatchewan. Artists and crafts people vie for space at this annual event, which attracts thousands of visitors. The quality and variety of arts and crafts offered here is excellent, and with 190 artists and crafters showing their work, it has become a favourite place to do early Christmas shopping.

For more information, visit Sunflower at the Yorkton Arts Council web site at www.yorktonarts.ca.

Eat[edit][add listing]

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Yorkton is home to many, many resteraunts with a wide variety of styles and tastes. Try some of the local cafes if you get the opportunity - they offer some tasty homely food for cheap prices and a very cozy atmosphere. Some of them also have free wi-fi.

Family Dining[edit]

  • McDonald's

94 Broadway St. W. 783-5600 A 200 seat resteraunt with a kiddies playland, open 6am-11pm daily. Two locations, one Downtown and one in the town's Wal-Mart.

  • A&W

365 Broadway St. W. 783-5116 Home of the burger family and chubby chicken!

  • Mr.Sub

10-146 Broadway St.E. 786-7000 Has a wide variety of great tasting subs with over a dozen fresh toppings. Also try their soups & salads. Eat in or take out!

  • Subway

6B Broadway St.E. 782-9291

Subway is a fast food alternative with subs, salad wraps, soup, cofee and desserts. Sit down and enjoy or take out for your trip!

  • Pizza Hut

132 Broadway St.W. 786-2330 Eat, laugh and share at the most succesful pizza resteraunt in the world!


Casual Dining[edit]

  • Humpty's

Junction Highway 9 & 16 782-0640 Open from 7am until 11pm. They specialize in breakfest and also have a great selection of lunch and supper features.

Homestyle[edit]

  • Ice Cream Cabin

332 Broadway St. W. 783-1319 Features homemade soups, sandwichs and of course ice cream!

  • West Broadway Grill

328 Broadway St.w 782-2422 Come in for a home-style breakfest of for lunch.

Coffee & Dessert[edit]

  • Scoops

37 Broadway St. W. 782-2013 Sit out at Yorkton's only open-air cafe, smoothies and ice cream, and Scoop's famous coffee.

  • Tim Hortons

41 Broadway St.W 782-7717 Coffee and cappuccino shop. Soup and sandwiches to satisfy your hunger.

  • Robin's Donuts

86 Broadway St.E. 783-2241 Coffee and cappuccino plus a selection of subs with a variety of baking goods to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Oriental[edit]

  • Touch of Asia Buffet

14 Dracup Ave 783-2742 Something for everyone!

  • Wings

21 Betts Ave 782-0278 Chinese food at its finest. Full Chinese menu including dessert.

Fine Dining[edit]

  • Manos

277 Broadway St.E 786-7555 The finest food quality, with the best possible service and prices.

  • York House Dining and Lounge

12-4th Ave. N. 782-4333 Yorkton's Ultimate Dining Experience

Drink[edit][add listing]

Yorkton has many great coffee shops, and bars to visit while staying here.

  • 5th Ave Cup & Saucer

60 5th Ave. N, 890-0184 5th ave Cup & Saucer is a home-style coffee shop, with a variety of drinks and food items. Often hosting live musical performances, it is a great place to relax for a bite to eat.

  • Pockets

366 Broadway St. W, +1(306)782-0922 Sports bar. Pool tables, Arcade Games, VLTs

  • Holly's Nightclub

Often referred to as the "Meat Market" by locals, this is a club generally frequented by the city's youngsters; occasionally middle-aged people go there as well. It is really the only club in town where you can dance to Top-40, so if that is your thing and you're dying to get out there isn't really much of a choice.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Yorkton has many hotels, motels, and bed and breakfasts for you to choose from while visiting!

Hotels and Motels[edit]

  • Comfort Inn and Suites 80 rooms, 16 of them two-room suites. All rooms have fridges and microwaves. Complimentary deluxe continental breakfast, indoor pool, hot tub, and fitness facilities. Meeting rooms. Presidential suites with 2 person jet tub and fireplace. Pets allowed in designated rooms with $5 pet charge.

Telephone: 306-783-0333 22 Dracup Avenue

  • Good Spirit Lake Golf and Family Resort 17 one to 3-bedroom chalets, 8 hotel rooms. Amenities include cable TV, hot tubs, golf, convention and meeting facilities. Pets welcome.

Good Spirit Acres, SK Telephone: 306-792-4615

  • The Ramada Yorkton 80 rooms, 1 executive suite. Amenities include licensed dining and beverage room, nightly entertainment in lounge, coffee shop, indoor pool with waterside, sauna, hot tub, non-smoking bedrooms, cable TV, air conditioning. Pets welcome. Convention aids available. Contact for group rates.

Telephone: 306-783-9781 110 Broadway Street East

  • Redwood Motel 27 rooms. Amenities include all rooms at ground level, parking at door, cable TV, direct phone service, clean, quiet and comfortable. Close to shopping and golf courses. Pets welcome.

Telephone: 306-783-3663 317 Broadway Street West

  • Yorke Inn Motel 24 drive-up rooms. Amenities include air conditioning, cable TV, direct-dial phones, and high speed wireless Internet. All rooms are equipped with fridge and microwaves. Five full kitchenettes available. Across the street from Gallagher Center and Water Park.

Telephone: 306-782-2251 481 Broadway Street West

Beds and Breakfasts[edit]

  • Lazy Maple Bed and Breakfast A quiet, cozy, smoke-free authentic Ukrainian home. Two bedrooms; kitchen/living area and a full bath. Large flower and vegetable gardens; home cooked breakfast, Ukrainian food and souvenirs. Bicycles available for guests. Within walking distance of the ecological preserve, tennis courts and playgrounds.

Telephone: 306-783-7078 111 Darlington Street West

  • Lorraine's Bed and Breakfast Three bedrooms, private bathroom, living room, TV, VCR and fridge. Non-smoking.

Telephone: 306-783-6007 146 Franklin Drive

  • Patrick Place Four luxury suites: Sleepingporch with whirlpool tub and private verandah; The Garret; William's Room; and Sadie's Room. In-room tea and coffee facilities, television, telephone and wireless internet. Situated downtown in a Yorkton heritage home. Non- smoking house. Rates range from $85 to $140. Breakfast is included.

Web site www.patrickplace.com Email margaret@patrickplace.com Phone 306-783-3762; fax 306-786-8888; cellular 306-621-8656 88 Fifth Avenue North, Yorkton, SK S3N 0Z1

Stay Safe[edit]

Although generally safe and pleasant, there has been an increase in gang activity. It is not recommended to venture alone after dark unless you plan on staying on the main streets.

Be alert when leaving bars/nightclubs at closing time on weekends. As with anywhere else in the world fights can and do occur.

Get out[edit]

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