Choose any of our Regina Holidays and you'll soon be jetting off to the capital of the prairie province of Saskatchewan. Located in the southern portion of the province, it is not far from the border with the United States, where it rubs shoulders with the states of Montana and North Dakota. At around two hundred thousand people, it is the second largest city in Saskatchewan next to Saskatoon, and is the halfway point between Winnipeg and Calgary. Its economy is built upon oil production and agriculture with an emphasis on fuel crops, but it is also a bustling financial, manufacturing and IT hub that is currently enjoying a bit of a renaissance.
Regina’s political history is quite colourful, and there is much to be discovered here about Canada’s beginnings, as well as some of the more infamous events that have shaped the nation. Visit Regina, Canada today and you'll find it's now a bustling small city with a large, central urban park, vibrant nightlife and a wealth of exciting activities to intrigue every kind of traveller. Art galleries, theatres, clubs and live music venues offer a wide range of cultural options, while those inclined to browse, people watch and shop will love Regina’s shopping districts. Not least of all, the wide variety of dining options include everything from great Asian food, dim sum and Indian to slow-food focused gastro-pubs, French-inspired fine dining, steakhouses and more.
Things to Do
While in Regina, you may as well go right to the source of Canada’s iconic mounted police force: the ‘Mounties’ are well known for their bright red uniforms and Stetson hats, and Regina has housed their headquarters and training facilities since 1885. Tours of the Heritage Centre are available, and if you are there on the right day, you might be lucky enough to catch the ‘noon parade’, which sets off at 12:45pm.
Shopping can take on many forms here. The downtown district includes Saskatchewan’s largest shopping mall, Cornwall Centre, as well as Casino Regina and hundreds of shops and restaurants to choose from. Grasslands is an open-air mall located in the southwest of the city, and features high-end national retailers as well as unique specialty boutiques. Cathedral Village is just minutes away from the downtown core, its walkable streets offering an eclectic variety of shops from vintage and second hand stores to galleries, artisan shops, coffee lounges and popular restaurants. The Warehouse District is great for shopping by day, but is best known for its nightlife, clubs, brew pubs and restaurants.
Plan to get out and see what Regina has to offer – though the city is small, there are plenty of sights and experiences to please the entire family. Here are our top tips, designed to help you get the best of your stay in Regina:
- Wascana Park: you can’t miss it: over two thousand acres of green space and wetlands, right in the middle of the city. It’s almost three times the size of Central Park, and features walking and biking trails, a bird sanctuary, a lovely lake and art installations as well as being home to an abundance of wildlife. You will also find the Royal Saskatchewan Museum here, as well as the Science Centre, Galleries, a restaurant and much more. Outdoor activities are available in all seasons, and include ice-skating and cross country skiing in the winter, a skate park, tennis courts and boat/kayak rentals during the summer. It should be noted that the Legislative Buildings are located here as well, so it’s easy to plan an entire day around park activities.
- Brew Pubs: Regina probably has the most brewpubs per capita in all of Canada, and that’s a fact. Located on Dewdney Ave. in the Warehouse District, Bushwakker Brewpub is the hands-down local (and some say national) favorite.
- The Exchange: Regina is full of live music, but for top quality entertainment by national touring acts, check out The Exchange in the heart of the Warehouse District.