Regina

The chapel at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Academy

Regina is the capital city of the province of Saskatchewan. It is in the south part of the province on Trans-Canada Highway No. 1.

Understand

Regina is home of the RCMP Training Academy and the CFL Saskatchewan Roughriders. Before Alberta and Saskatchewan became provinces, Regina was the capital of the Northwest Territories. Louis Riel was executed in the city.

 Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
 
Daily highs (°C) -11 -7 0 11 19 23 26 25 19 12 0 -8
Nightly lows (°C) -22 -17 -10 -2 5 10 12 11 5 -2 -11 -19
Precipitation (mm) 15 12 19 24 53 75 64 43 33 22 13 16

See the Regina 7-day forecast at Environment Canada

Get in

By plane

By road

By bus

By train

Due to service cuts in 1990, there is currently no VIA Rail service to Regina.

Get around

Buildings in Downtown Regina as seen from Victoria Park

Regina is pretty navigable, especially its inner city area where roads are on a grid, like most other cities around the region. Regina also has a Ring Road, though it is only a half ring road and can take you around most of the city.

Regina Transit

See

Museums / Art Galleries

Parks

Regina has more parks and greenspace per capita than any major city in Canada. Wascana Centre is a huge 9.3 square kilometre (2300-acre) park that is built around the shores of Wascana Lake, a man made lake in the heart of Regina. It is one of North America's largest urban parks, and includes several attractions, such as several walking and bicycle paths, the Saskatchewan Science Centre, an outdoor pool, a marina with boat rentals, the Saskatchewan Legislative building, and the Saskatchewan Centre of the Arts.

Sport

Queen Elizabeth atop her RCMP-presented Burmese horse

Golf

There are many public golf courses throughout the Regina area. The Royal Regina is a semi-private course and Wascana Golf & Country Club is members only. Joanne Goulet, Tor Hill & the Murray are all municipal courses. The city also runs a par 3 course at Lakeview. The surrounding area boasts championship courses at Deer Valley Estates and Emerald Park.

Shows

Regina is home to many performing arts venues.

Movies

Government House, former seat of the North-West Territories, back when Saskatchewan was still a part of them!

Going to movies is a popular pastime in Regina.

First Run Cinema

Cheap Theatres

These are theatres that show movies after their main theatrical run at a discount. Tickets are usually under $5.

Independent Theatre

Do

Annual Attractions

Buy

Shops in Regina

Eclectic, locally-owned shops and boutiques can be found clustered in the pedestrian-friendly Cathedral Village or Old Warehouse District.

Visitors to Regina will also find all the indoor shopping malls and big box power centres endemic to most North American cities:

Eat

Saskatchewan is known for having one of the largest per-capita ratio of restaurants to citizens, so there is a wide variety of places to choose from. Regina's downtown alone has approximately seventy eating establishments. Aside from the regular chains, here is a list of local favorites:

The Saskatchewan Legislature
The Territorial Administration Building, once housing the administration of the Northwest Territories

Drink

The legal drinking age in Saskatchewan is 19 years.

For those looking to check out a bar or night club in the evening, Regina's Old Warehouse district is the place to be. There are 6 bars and clubs on Dewdney Ave between Albert and Broad Sts:

Casual Pubs

Skyline at dusk

Dance Bars


Other drinking joints located in Regina:

Sleep

Hostels

Bed and Breakfasts

Staying at bed and breakfasts is a great way to meet local people. Prices in Regina start at $70 for single and $85 for double occupancy.

Budget

Mid-range

Splurge

Stay safe

Much like Saskatoon, Regina has a higher-than-average crime rate per capita, but unless you go out looking for trouble, nothing is likely to happen to you. The downtown area is quite safe, though you may run into the occasional panhandler or drunken person at night.

The two main neighbourhoods to avoid in Regina are the North Central and Heritage/Chinatown districts, (which are located northwest and northeast of the downtown core), and where most of the crime and prostitution is concentrated.

Go next

Routes through Regina

Calgary Moose Jaw  W  E  Brandon Winnipeg
Melfort Southey  N  S  → becomes Plentywood Glendive
Saskatoon Davidson  N  S  END


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