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 July 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.

Registration closes 2 August 2018

Cost US $60

Technical Tour # 1

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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.

Registration closes 2 August 2018

Cost US $60

 Technical Tour # 2


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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.

Registration closes 2 August 2018

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.

Registration closes 2 August 2018

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 July2018

Single Occupancy: US $985 per person

Double Occupancy: US $750 per person

Accompanying Persons Tours

Monday, 13 August - Wanuskewin Heritage Park

9:00 AM - 2:00 PM (5 hours)

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, archeological dig, and interpretive centre offer profound insights into Northern Plains indigenous culture, one unique experience at a time.

The tradition of these gathering grounds continues today welcoming all to share in the rich history of the Opimihaw Valley during Culture Week 2018. This week-long event is a celebration of the cuisine, visual arts, performing arts, technique and traditions of the many tribes that have come to this valley.

Visit the longest running archaeological dig in Canada’s history or the most northerly medicine wheel in the world and discover for yourself why Wanuskewin has been named to the Parks Canada tentative list for UNESCO World Heritage Designation

Tour Includes

  • Round trip transportation from TCU Place
  • Admission to Wanuskewin Heritage Park
  • Lunch at Wanuskewin Heritage Park

Tuesday, 14 August - The Prairie Lily Riverboat Cruise

1:00 PM - 3:30 PM (2.5 hours)

Departs TCU Place at 1:00 PM


The ship travels under four of Saskatoon's nine bridges, past the downtown core with its elegant landscaped parks, natural areas, and some of the city's most opulent residences. This beautiful river valley is enjoyed by all, from canoes and kayaks to rowing skiffs, and water skiers and is 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
  • Admission to Prairie Lily Cruise
  • 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 - Option 1

Saskatchewan Western Development Museum 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM (4 hours)

Departs TCU Place 10:00 AM


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
  • Admission to Saskatchewan Western Development Museum
  • Self-guided tour
  • Lunch provided

Wednesday, 15 August - Option 2

River Walk & Farmers Market - 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM (5 hours)

Departs TCU Place 10:00 AM

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Photo Credit: Tourism Saskatoon, Gordon Taylor

Join us for a walk along the Meewasin Trail and visit to Saskatoon’s Farmers’ Market!

The trail runs along both sides of the river, winding under the bridges, and through beautifully landscaped parks and natural areas. Residents and visitors flock to the trail to cycle, jog, stroll or simply gaze at the scenery.

Since 1975, Saskatoon Farmers’ Market vendors Make It, Bake It, Gather It, or Grow It for everything they sell. This year-round market connects Saskatoon residents and visitors with the producers of high quality & local agricultural products, baking, prepared foods, crafts, and diverse goods. 

Tour Includes

  • Walk along Meewasin Trail
  • Entry to Farmers’ Market
  • Lunch at TC Place prior to departure

Kindly note that this tour departs TCU place as a group with the Farmers’ Market as the final destination. Tour participants will explore the market and return to TCU place at their own leisure.


Friday, 17 August – Remai Modern Art Museum

Departs TCU Place 1:00 PM

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Photo credit: Daryl Mitchel

Want to hear directly from artists, curators, and other cultural experts? Remai Modern’s multi-media guide offers fun and interactive tours for all ages. Learn about artworks, exhibitions and the museum’s architecture through personal insights and engaging ideas.

This self-guided tour is meant for everyone, from first-time visitors to life-long art lovers.

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

Tour includes

  • Self-Guided tour with multi-media headset
  • Lunch at Shift Restaurant

Kindly note that this tour departs TCU place as a group with the Remai Modern as the final destination. Tour participants will enjoy a self-guided visit at the gallery and return to TCU place at their own leisure.

 On Your Own

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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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