Saskatchewan’s capital city is the cultural and economic center of the south of the province. Regina is a beautiful city that has been around since 1882. Some of this is still there, which makes it a great place to visit.
Regina is full of culture, with many performing arts centers, museums, and events that happen every year. It also has the most parks and green spaces per person of any city in the United States. Overall, it’s a great city for a vacation with lots to do. Here’s what you should do in Regina:
1. Stroll through a museum
The Royal Saskatchewan Museum was the first museum to open in the province and in the Prairies. It is a museum of natural history and is a great place to spend a couple of hours wandering around.
The museum has three different areas, and each one is just as interesting as the next. Each one has special displays to show off its theme.
In the Life Sciences Gallery, you can learn about Saskatchewan’s landscapes and the different kinds of plants and animals that live there. In the First Nations Gallery, you can learn about the traditions and history of the province’s aboriginal communities. Or, you can go to the Earth Science Gallery to look at dinosaurs and other animals.
2. Watch the cadets as they train
The RCMP Academy, Depot Division, is in Regina. It has been training police officers since 1885. You can go to the depot and watch cadets train.
Most people go to the depot on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday for the “noon parade,” which starts at 12:45 instead of noon. You can also see a lot of other things.
With its beautiful stained glass windows, the chapel is one of the most well-known buildings on the grounds. The Centennial Building, the Firearms Complex, and the RCMP Heritage Centre are also worth seeing.
3. Science should be fun
Since 1989, people have been able to have fun with science at the Saskatchewan Science Centre. No matter how old you are, you will have a great time at this hands-on science museum.
There are some permanent exhibits at the museum, and from time to time there are also special exhibits. There are also social events at the museum, like “Adult Science Nights,” “After Dark Film Series,” and “Fantasy Food.”
Watch animals move around, squeeze through tunnels, train to be an astronaut, or play hockey in a virtual world. There is also a shop where you can buy some fun things to take home.
4. Travel through time
Since Regina is such an old city, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that it has some great historic districts. The Warehouse District, which is just northeast of the central business district, is one of the most popular.
In the past, the Warehouse District was full of warehouses that stored goods for the nearby train station. It is now a busy neighborhood with lots of shops, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs.
Some shops and restaurants in this area are in old warehouses. There are also a lot of really cool places to live.
5. Go to a park to relax
Not just any park, but the Wascana Centre, which is built around Wasana Lake and covers 9.3 square kilometers. This park is bigger than Central Park in New York City, which is the third largest urban park in the country.
At the Wasana Centre, there are a lot of buildings, facilities, and things to do, so it’s easy to spend a whole day there. There are also a lot of ducks, geese, and other birds that live there.
You can go to the park any time of year to relax and watch people or just look at the lake. The Royal Saskatchewan Museum, the Saskatchewan Science Centre, and the University of Regina are all located in the park.
6. Check out art
The Wasana Centre is also home to the MacKenzie Art Gallery, which is an attraction in its own right. There are eight art galleries here, and more than 160,000 people visit them every year.
The gallery has more than 3,800 pieces. Most of them are historical and modern works from Western Canada. Patrick Hayman, Bill Vazan, Ivan Eyre, and Roger Ing are some of the artists whose work is in the collection.
Take a self-led tour of the gallery to look at art and admire it. Don’t forget to walk around the outdoor sculpture garden when you go outside.
7. Go to the beach for a day
Just northwest of Regina, on the shores of Last Mountain Lake, is the town of Regina Beach. The town is a popular summer vacation spot, and the beach is a great place to spend a day.
Regina Beach has a charm from the past, even though it has been completely updated. It’s fun to swim here, and it’s also nice to lay around and get a tan.
If you want to get out of the sun, you can go to the Lakeside Heritage Museum or eat at one of the restaurants near the beach. There are also a few stores where you can buy clothes and gifts.
8. See a show.
You will never be bored in Regina, whether you like orchestral music or plays on stage. There are many live performances in the city, and there are a few places to see them.
Conexus Arts Centre is one of the biggest. It has a lot of shows, some of which are world-famous traveling shows. The Regina Symphony Orchestra also plays there.
Since 1966, when it first opened, the Globe Theatre has hosted a wide range of performances. The building itself, which is the Old Post Office, is also very cool.
9. Make a wager at a casino
Over two million people visit the Casino Regina every year, making it one of the most popular places in the city. You can try your luck at one of the casino’s 800 slot machines or one of its 35 game tables.
If you like to play poker, there is a room with 9 tables where you can play classic, diamond, and harvest poker classic. There are also tournaments of Texas Hold’em every week.
You can watch a show when you’re tired of gambling or want to spend your winnings. There are also a number of restaurants where you can eat and drink.
10. See the inside of Parliament
The Saskatchewan Legislative Building is beautiful on the outside and on the inside as well. The Beaux-Arts building is, in fact, a National Historic site.
Learn about the building’s history on a 30-minute guided tour. Bring a camera so you can take pictures of the building and its beautiful surroundings.
The building’s grounds are also beautiful and full of interesting things to see. Some of these are a statue of Queen Elizabeth II on a horse and the Trafalgar Fountain, which was moved from Trafalgar Square in London.