Regina Quick Facts
- Established: 1882
- Population: Approx. 220 000 (Metro)
- Is the Capital city of the province of Saskatchewan.
With generous green spaces and tranquil parks, impressive children’s playgrounds, tree-lined streets and an overwhelming number of hiking and biking paths, Regina is an oasis offering many unique experiences. Its great parklands are complimented by golf courses, picnic grounds and wonderful recreational, cultural and educational facilities. Regina also isn’t far from the Qu’Appelle Valley where many people go for ski resorts or summer cottages. There are also four popular fishing lakes within a short drive of Regina.
Wascana Centre Park, one of North America’s largest urban parks, is a favourite and regarded by many visitors as a natural gem in the heart of a modern cosmopolitan city. The park is home to many species and plants and as such is an amazing place to explore nature; just south of the city centre lies the beautiful Wascana Lake around which sits the parkland. The lake itself is often cleared in winter to operate as an ice skating rink. It is a very open city, situated on a flat prairie and as such experiences cold winters and a generally dry climate. Don’t worry, when it’s frosty, just take a day trip to Moose Jaw, a small town west of Regina and home to some lovely geothermal mineral spas.
The art and culture scene of Regina is very active with great music, theatre and dance performances on offer. Local and visiting music artists play at the Centre of the Arts and Regina holds numerous festivals like the Folk Festival and the Regina Dragon Boat Festival which has earnt the city much multicultural recognition. Meanwhile a visit to Regina’s Farmers Market is a great culinary adventure where you can also opt to join a gourmet cooking class if you wish. You use the best local ingredients for a wonderfully exclusive and authentic culinary experience. Venture northward from the central business district and you will find that these edgy areas of Regina are experiencing an increase in shops, bars, night clubs and eateries. The Bushwakker Brewpub is one such new warehouse-bar which has become a hit with the locals. Check out our travel directory of Regina at the top of this page for more information that will help with your stay.
Regina is also home to several museums, galleries, theatres, and educational institutions including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Academy. Canada’s only training centre for cadets and open for the noon parade Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. There are also regular tours operating to view the Hotel Saskatchewan, the Legislative Building and Government House and a truly magnificent and little known wonder of Regina; its Stone Hall Castle, Canada’s only Medieval-style castle completed in 1926. The building has a fascinating story and is a definite must-see on your trip to Canada and Regina. We recommend taking a guided tour of Regina to see more of what it has to offer.
Visit pretty Regina on your next trip and discover her plentiful greenery and iconic attractions.