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Saskatchewan doesn’t get a lot written about her these days, which is a pity, because underneath all those jokes about the “flat and featureless” landscape lies a beautiful province of big skies, mirror-like lakes and inviting green spaces.
As for Regina, believe it or not, you’ll need at least a week to see and do everything the capital city has to offer. But if you’re just passing through? Here are 5 moments worth capturing:
Tour the Cathedral District: Just a few minutes from downtown, this is a great little neighborhood full of coffee shops, bookstores, restaurants, and both chic and cheap boutiques. Check out The Creek Bistro or The Free House for a relaxed saturday lunch.
Surrounded by Colour: If you’re in Regina in winter, we sympathise. But you can find refuge any day of the year in the city’s beautiful floral conservatory. Warm, peaceful and full of local and tropical plants, this is the perfect place to bring a coffee and a packed lunch and take a moment just to meditate on life.
Wascana Lake: Named for the Cree word meaning ‘pile of bones’ (in reference to bison bone piles), Wascana can be found right in the centre of Regina, and is perfect for a jog (if the weather cooperates). The lake is surrounded by a huge park, where you’ll find the Royal Saskatchewan Museum, Legislative Building, the University of Regina campus and lots of wild geese.
Meet the Mounties: Did you know that all Canadian mounties are trained at the RCMP depot in Regina? You may just be a fan of the uniform, but these guys are essentially Canada’s FBI, and you can check out the history of the force at the Heritage Centre here. You can also check out the training facilities, and, on certain days, see the ‘Sergent Major’s Parade’.
Beer Lovers’ Paradise: End your evening in the Warehouse District, where a few great bars have found their homes inside – you guessed it – old warehouses. One of the oldest, Bushwakker Brewpub, has over a dozen beers, live shows and good pub grub.
And if you’ve got more time? Take a day trip out to the historic (and awesomely named) town of Moose Jaw, hit the Regina Science Centre (great for kids), grab tickets to a Roughriders football game, or spend a sunday afternoon at the racetrack! See – there’s so much you never knew about Regina! Time to give her a chance…?