20 June, 2023

WestJet inaugurates service between Saskatoon and Minneapolis

WestJet launched another new nonstop transborder service yesterday, this time between Saskatoon and Minneapolis. The flights operate three times a week, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday for the summer. 

Growing Saskatoon's aviation pipeline, the new route unlocks direct connectivity from Saskatchewan to the Midwest United States and beyond. With the inclusion of Minneapolis to Saskatoon's network, WestJet has increased transborder capacity in and out of the City of Bridges by 20 per cent during the summer.

Pictured above is Jared Mikoch-Gerke, WestJet Director, Government Relations & Regulatory Affairs is joined by Stephen Maybury, President and CEO of Saskatoon Airport Authority at the inaugural flight between Saskatoon and Minneapolis. 

"We are thrilled to celebrate the departure of our inaugural flight between Saskatoon and Minneapolis today, bolstering our title as Saskatchewan's leading airline and signifying our expanded commitment to the province," said Jared Mikoch-Gerke, WestJet Director, Government Relations & Regulatory Affairs. "This new connectivity between Saskatoon and Minneapolis will further enhance transborder travel options for the communities we serve and stimulate vital business and tourism opportunities on both sides of the border."

"The Saskatoon Airport is committed to provide air service that connects Northern Saskatchewan to the world," says Stephen Maybury, President and CEO of Saskatoon Airport Authority. "As we recover from the pandemic, we continue to work closely with our partners on new service and routes which drive economic benefit to our community, connecting leisure travel and business to Saskatchewan. We are thrilled to welcome WestJet's new direct, 3x weekly air service route into the Minneapolis hub."


What to do in Minneapolis.....


Minneapolis has a lot to offer that you might not expect, things like award-winning chefs, iconic landmarks and vibrant arts, music and culture scenes. There are so many exciting, incredible and unexpected things to enjoy in Minneapolis.

According to Meet Minneapolis,  the innovative food and drink scene is ready to impress all visitors, no matter what your personal preferences are. Whether it’s the famous Jucy Lucy cheese-filled burger at Matt’s, a signature Old Fashioned at Parlour, fine dining at its finest at Spoon and Stable, trying to choose between 18 ethnic restaurants and food vendors at the Midtown Global Market, or two scoops of artisanal ice cream at Milkjam Creamery. And that is just the start. 


Top places to get Brekkie in Minneapolis.....


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Looking for the best breakfast in Minneapolis? Then look no further, here's a little selection to help you fuel up for your day in this exciting city.

Modern Times
Modern Times offers an all-day breakfast served from 9 to 5 daily so you don't really have to rise early for the best in town. There is a strange punk-rock meets with a family-friendly vibe to the place and the menu has plenty of options for pretty much every taste.  They also have a really good vegan menu, just ask the staff. Vegan breakfast burritos and a Southside hash are top quality and popular.

French Meadow Cafรฉ
French Meadow is a local favourite for breakfast in Minneapolis, which is served every day from  7am to 3pm. It has a big menu of many classics and a good selection of veggie/vegan bites. 

Ideal Diner
This top spot dates back to 1949, it is a historic Northeast landmark and serves a classic homestyle diner breakfast from 6am to 2pm seven days a week. Apparently the diner hasn't changed in over 70 years and is a popular choice for locals, but it is rather small to say the very least. 

The Buttered Tin
The full breakfast menu is available every day from 7am to 3pm, which includes lots of things like cinnamon rolls, cakes, pies, cookies and fresh bread.  

Nolo’s Kitchen and Bar
This North Loop cafe / bar offers breakfast 7 days a week from 8am and offers some traditional nosh like scrambled eggs and sweet stuff like French toast with salted caramel butter, or cinnamon crunch. 

Top Bars.....

 Here are five highly regarded bars in Minneapolis:




Brit's Pub: Classic fare & English pints in a relaxed, wood-clad setting with fireplace & rooftop lawn bowling.
Tattersall Distilling: A popular distillery and cocktail room, Tattersall offers a wide range of house-made spirits and inventive cocktails in a stylish and inviting setting.
Up-Down Minneapolis: Combining craft beer with arcade games, Up-Down is a vibrant and nostalgic bar where you can enjoy a drink while playing classic arcade games from the '80s and '90s.
The Pourhouse Downtown: Sports bar that has a nightclub and offers live music and signature cocktails, craft beers & burgers.
The Freehouse: A brewpub located in the Warehouse District, The Freehouse offers an extensive selection of craft beers brewed on-site, along with a diverse food menu that caters to various tastes. 
The Loon Cafe: This is a lively, casual sports bar that has award winning Chilli..... Oh they have a location in St Paul as well. 

 


The bar scene evolves quite rapidly and there are many other fantastic bars in Minneapolis that are worth exploring, so what are you waiting for? 


Things to do in Minneapolis:


Minneapolis Institute of Art: This renowned art museum houses a vast collection of artworks from around the world, spanning various periods and styles.
Walker Art Center: Known for its contemporary art exhibits, the Walker Art Center also features a sculpture garden with iconic works.
Mill City Museum: Located on the historic site of the former Washburn A Mill, this museum explores the history and significance of flour milling in Minneapolis.
Minneapolis Sculpture Garden: Adjacent to the Walker Art Center, the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden showcases a variety of contemporary sculptures, including the famous Spoonbridge and Cherry.
Guthrie Theater: One of the leading theaters in the country, the Guthrie Theater hosts a range of theatrical productions, including classic plays and contemporary works.
Minnehaha Park: Known for its stunning 53-foot waterfall, Minnehaha Park offers scenic trails, picnic spots, and a peaceful atmosphere.
Stone Arch Bridge: This historic bridge spanning the Mississippi River provides picturesque views of downtown Minneapolis and is a popular spot for walking and biking.
Minneapolis Skyway System: A network of enclosed pedestrian bridges that connect various buildings in downtown Minneapolis, offering sheltered walking routes and access to shops, restaurants, and other attractions.
Minnesota Zoo: Located in the suburb of Apple Valley, the Minnesota Zoo features a diverse range of animal exhibits, including tigers, penguins, giraffes, and more.

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