Pre-Conference Tour

Technical Tour # 1

Technical Tour # 2

Technical Tour # 3

Post-Conference Tour

Accompanying Persons Tours

On Your Own

In addition to the conference presentations and meetings, you will have an opportunity to experience the natural beauty of the Saskatchewan landscape at the start of the harvest season, and to meet the people that drive the agriculture industry. The conference tours highlight innovative and adaptive irrigation and drainage management and the cultural diversity across the Canadian Prairie landscape.

You can book one or more tours when registering for the conference. If you did not book a tour(s) when registering but would like to do so now, email to update your registration. Tour costs are in addition to the conference fees.

Avoid disappointment: with limited seats, book your tour(s) as early as possible. The deadline to book a spot on the Post-Conference Tour is 30 June 2018.

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 Pre-Conference Tour


Travelling from Saskatoon to Gardiner Dam and Lake Diefenbaker, you will pass through Saskatchewan’s largest irrigation district. Along the route, you will visit a number of irrigation farms that grow crops ranging from wheat and canola to potatoes and sour cherries. You will also visit the Canada-Saskatchewan Irrigation Diversification Centre in Outlook, Saskatchewan.

Cost US $60

Technical Tour # 1

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Photo credit: Travis Paproski

The construction of Gardiner Dam formed Lake Diefenbaker which provided an opportunity for expanded irrigation development in Saskatchewan. The storage capacity of the lake is 9.4 billion cubic meters supplying water to 6 irrigation districts directly and 6 indirectly to irrigate 47,000 hectares. This tour focuses on the water conveyance infrastructure that delivers water from Lake Diefenbaker to irrigators in the province’s largest irrigation district.

Cost US $60

 Technical Tour # 2


Photo credit: Meggar

Irrigation provides Western Canadian farmers with opportunities to diversify. You will visit a number of irrigation farms in the Saskatoon area that produce a variety of crops and value-added products such as syrup, jam and gin.

Cost US $80

 Technical Tour # 3

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The University of Saskatchewan is home to the College of Agriculture and Bioresources including its new modern Rayner Dairy Research and Teaching Facility, Agriculture and Agrifood Canada-Science and Technology Branch, the Global Institute for Water Security, the Global Institute for Food Security, the Canadian Light Source and many other research and technology development groups on the university campus and adjoining research park, Innovation Place.

Cost US $75

 Post-Conference Tour

ICID 2018 Post Conference Tour v2

Join us on a 4-day guided tour through southern Saskatchewan and Alberta with a destination of Canada’s magnificent Banff National Park, nestled in the majestic Rocky Mountains. Southern Alberta is home to almost 700,000 hectares of irrigated land, supplied by more than 50 water storage reservoirs and 8,000 kilometers of irrigation canals and underground pipelines. More than 50 different irrigated crops are grown using state-of-the-art irrigation systems. Many of these crops are processed in southern Alberta and for national and international markets. Participants will have a chance to talk directly with irrigation experts and producers about water management, diversified crop production, and the value-added processing of irrigated crops. Delegates will have the option to return to Saskatoon or be dropped off at Calgary International Airport with direct flights to European and Asian destinations. Click here to view the tour summary.

Book no later than 30 June 2018

Single Occupancy: US $985 per person

Double Occupancy: US $750 per person

Accompanying Persons Tour

Monday, 13 August - Wanuskewin Heritage Park

Departs TCU Place at 9:00 AM


This ancient gathering place once echoed with the sound of thundering bison and the voices of Northern Plains indigenous peoples. A place to hunt, forage for food and herbs, and to shelter from the weather — this sacred space has welcomed visitors for over 6,000 years. This national heritage site, archaeological dig, and interpretive centre offer profound insights into Northern Plains indigenous culture, one unique experience at a time.

Tour includes

  • Round trip transportation from TCU Place
  • Lunch provided
  • Guided Walk : Step back in time with one of our interpretive guides on the Path of the People. This walk incorporates the archaeological story of Wanuskewin and will give you a glimpse of what life was like on the prairie long ago.
  • Dance Performance

Tuesday, 14 August - THE PRAIRIE Lily Riverboat Cruise

Departs TCU Place at 1:00 PM


The ship travels under three of Saskatoon's eight bridges, past the downtown core with its elegant landscaped parks, natural areas, and some of the city's most opulent residences. Enjoy watching canoes, kayaks, rowing skiffs, wake-boarders and water skiers enjoy this beautiful river valley, recognized as one of the finest and best kept in the world.

On the scheduled sight-seeing cruise, you will enjoy carefully-researched commentary, which will inform you about the river, its landmarks, cultural highlights, and fascinating history. 

Tour includes

  • Round trip transportation from TCU Place
  • Lunch at TCU Place prior to departure
  • One hour cruise along the scenic South Saskatchewan River
  • Beverages and snacks are available for purchase

Wednesday, 15 August – Saskatchewan Western Development Museum

Departs TCU Place 10:00


The Western Development Museum (WDM) is the largest human history museum in Saskatchewan with a collection of over 75,000 artifacts. The WDM tells the Saskatchewan story from the beginning of the Saskatchewan boom with economic activity from the turn of the century to 1914. Land seekers flooded the west and towns grew almost overnight. 1910 Boomtown, an indoor representation of a typical Saskatchewan town, recaptures the atmosphere and style of this bustling period. 

Tour includes

  • Round trip transportation from TCU Place
  • Guided or Self-guided tour
  • Lunch provided

Friday, 18 August – Remai Modern Art Museum

Departs TCU Place 13:00

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Photo credit: Daryl Mitchel

A visionary new art museum, home to an impressive collection of Picasso linocuts. A truly transformational art experience,

Guided tour, featuring not-to-be-missed objects currently on view; or a Picasso Tour, with a focus on our collection of linocut prints and ceramic works by Pablo Picasso, explored through both a historic and modern context. Discuss original works of art and build critical viewing skills, practice hands-on learning, and develop a lifelong appreciation for art. 

Tour includes

  • Guided tour
  • Lunch at TCU Place prior to departure

 On Your Own

Saskatoon CLS Research Office

There is plenty of action, excitement and diverse activities happening all over Saskatoon. We encourage you to hike or cycle along the 80 km of urban trails along the beautiful Meewasin Valley and South Saskatchewan River, discovering River Landing, the revitalized neighbourhood of Riversdale and our downtown core. The active person can take in an abundance of adventures like canoeing along the river or golfing at one of several courses in and around the city. Consider driving to one of the nearby provincial parks to see the Saskatchewan countryside and take in some nature. And if the gambling spirit strikes you, there’s the Dakota Dunes Casino within a 20-minute drive south the city with regular shuttle runs from downtown.

Take a stroll around the University of Saskatchewan campus; specifically, “the Bowl” which gives you a 360° view of the University’s architecture including excellent examples of Collegiate Gothic style buildings. Or take a stroll along the viewing gallery of the new Rayner Dairy Research and Teaching Facility to see innovative and modern dairy cow handling and feeding systems. Also on campus, is the international-calibre synchrotron, the Canadian Light Source, where scientists around the world explore issues in pharmaceuticals, aerospace, energy, mining, environment and agriculture (free tours, arranged in advanced for small groups through their website).

There are endless places to discover in our vibrant city.

On your own recommendations

Berry Barn


Saskatoon Bridges


Dakota Dunes


Meewasin Valley Paths


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