Tourism Centre helps show people what P.A. has to offer

Jodi Schellenberg
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Despite the rain, the Tourism Centre barbecue attracted a few people to see what services they offer and to enjoy a burger.

The Tourism Centre squirrel mascot jokes around with one of the people at the centre’s free barbecue on Saturday.

The Prince Albert Marketing and Tourism Bureau held their barbecue on Saturday to wrap up Tourism Week, which was June 15 to 21.

Throughout the week, they held a variety of events for residents and visitors to enjoy, including a flag raising, cake cutting, a walking tour starting at the Historical Museum and many others.

One of the biggest hits during the week was an interactive tour of both the Police and Corrections Museum and the Evolution of Education Museum on Heritage Day.

Instead of giving the regular tour of the museums, staff members dressed up like schoolteachers or police officers, giving people a tour as if they were a student or someone interested in joining the police service in the past.

“We figured make it more fun and interactive,” visitor services co-ordinator Kristin Berebaum said. “I know many people have seen the museums before so it is nice to get that different spin on it, get what that teacher was like, what life was like, what school was like -- rather than just hearing about it they could play it out a little more.

“It was a little more interactive and a couple of the groups that did come out where really into it,” she added. “They had a good time so I could future years being a really big draw having the heritage day. It was really fun.”

It was also exciting to wrap up the week on National Aboriginal Day, since they could direct people to the festivities in Kinsmen Park when they stopped by the Tourism Centre, she said.

The centre is open year round, a fact many people don’t realize since many smaller communities shut down their tourism centres in the off season.

“We are open which means we can supply information to both local residents or visitors year round,” Berebaum said. “That means there is a lot of range of things we can offer, whether it is convention packages, relocation packages, more on the resident side of things, or whether it is just providing people with information on the city, its assets and attractions, that type of thing.

“That would be the overview of what we do but obviously tourism, there is always something new and exciting that we see when people walk in and we are just here to help them out and help them to enjoy the city and area.”

Their gift shop is also popular, since it can give visitors an item to take home -- anything from Saskatoon berry syrup to Roughrider gear.

Berebaum encourages anyone to come down to the Tourism Centre if they are looking for events and activities within the city.

Organizations: Prince Albert Marketing and Tourism Bureau, Tourism Week, Historical Museum Police and Corrections Museum Education Museum Tourism Centre

Geographic location: Kinsmen Park, Saskatoon

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