Saskatoon is a misleadingly cute name

Trip Start May 02, 2009
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Trip End Oct 18, 2009


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Saskatoon Greyhound Terminal

Flag of Canada  , Saskatchewan,
Wednesday, October 14, 2009

After arriving at Edmonton bus station and shaking off the layer of snow, I went up to the counter to check in my bag. The thing about Greyhound Canada that makes them a failure compared to the US, is that when you have the unlimited pass I had, they do not give you a ticket but rather will only check your bags. And when if the bus station doesn't belong to Greyhound, they don't even give you a proper bag ticket, but just write it on one of the bag tags that you can fill in yourself.

So I went up to the counter. "Can I please have a bag check to Regina?" I asked, producing my Greyhound Discovery Pass. "Sure," the man said, and wrote on one such ticket "Regina via Saskatoon".

"That's funny," I thought to myself "I could have sworn the Greyhound website said I would be going via Calgary. Oh well, maybe this bus stops at Calgary somewhere along the way. And in any case, I'm sure there is a Greyhound bus going from Saskatoon to Regina. Plus, this guy works here, so he must know what he's talking about, right?"

WRONG

The bus was supposed to leave Edmonton at 6am and get to Regina at 4pm, with one transfer along the way. I didn't feel any anxiety until it was 1pm and we hadn't even arrived at Saskatoon yet. I had a feeling the transfer was supposed to be after only a few hours, not 7! Shortly after that we arrived in Saskatoon and there was a bus already sitting there marked "Regina". I ran over with everyone else who was transferring, only to be told that not only was this bus not a Greyhound so I could not get on with my pass, but there was, in fact, no Greyhound service from Saskatoon to Regina. "You've come to the wrong place. You should have gone to Calgary. You'll have to buy a ticket. It's about $40," said the driver. $40 for a ticket! I barely had enough money to buy food, let alone a ticket that I shouldn't have had to pay for, and wouldn't have had to if I hadn't been told by the Greyhound employee to get on the wrong bus!

Well, first I just wanted to cry because to be honest, by this stage, I was over travelling and Greyhound Canada just was not as good as it's US sister. So I had a whinge to the driver of the bus I had just got off. He was actually nice, and organised with the guy at the ticket office for Greyhound to pay my ticket on the other carrier, since it was their fault. I was so relieved even though by this time I had missed the bus and had to wait around for 3 hours for the next one. It turned out the other carrier had internet AND powerpoints on the bus, so what more could you want?

Oh yeah, by the way, I did quite a lot of walking in my 3hrs in Saskatoon, and I can tell you there is NOTHING there. I was thinking of going there for a night, and am so glad that I got to preview and decide not to. It's a hole with a cute name.
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Saskatoon Shines on

I really am sorry you didn't portray Saskatoon in it's true light!
next time...visit one of the tourism or hotel sites...you really missed seeing the Paris of the Prairies ...must have been tired from the bus ride?

Bridge City on

I have to agree with Saskatoon Shines, this city is beautiful and there is always something going on. You really got a terrible impression of the city, but I think if you're ever out this way again you should give it a second chance because it really is a nice place.

ps. I'm not one of those people who has never left their home town, I've lived all over Canada from major centres like Montreal to hick towns like Tuxford and Saskatoon is definitely not a hole.

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