The Saskatoon Tree Tour

When we plant a tree, we are doing what we can to make our planet a more wholesome and happier dwelling-place for those who come after us if not for ourselves. — Oliver Wendell Holmes

Photo by Paddy Tutty

The Booklet

We have published a citizens' self-touring Saskatoon Tree Tour booklet: a guide to impressive examples of species growing in our city. The new 2015 edition (updated and reprinted in 2018) revises SOS Elms' original 2004 booklet.

In July 2014 we invited the public to nominate trees for possible inclusion in this update, and we got excellent response. The new guide includes 24 individual trees with fine examples of the basic stalwarts such as American elm, Manitoba maple, and Colorado blue spruce. It also has unique and unusual trees such as Ohio buckeye, Douglas fir, Amur corktree, and black walnut. Chances are you will see some tree species that you have never heard of before and perhaps pick up some ideas for new trees to try in your own yard. Five "tree destination sites" in Saskatoon are also included (Woodlawn Cemetery, Patterson Garden Arboretum, University Campus, Forestry Farm, and Richard St. Barbe Baker Park) along with some historical articles about early Saskatoon tree planting.

Our guide is a full-colour, completely revised and expanded edition of the guide to some of Saskatoon's special trees. A map pinpoints the locations of the trees and each tree site's page includes its address as well as background information and anecdotes. The guide also lists a number of tree destination sites, such as the Memorial Avenue in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Where to find it

Copies of the Saskatoon Tree Tour are available at the following locations:

  • Steep Hill Food Co-op (730 Broadway)
  • The Better Good (714 Broadway)
  • Wild Birds Unlimited (2600 8th Street)
  • Scoles Fine Arts and Framing (106-335 Packham Ave.)
  • Western Development Museum Gift Shop (2610 Lorne Ave. S.)

Some of the locations include donation boxes.

Photo by Paddy Tutty