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.
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- Regina International Airport (YQR IATA), 5201 Regina Ave. Close to downtown Regina, it has 8 gates that handle flights to major centres in Canada via Air Canada and WestJet, daily flights from Minneapolis (MSP) via Delta Air Lines, weekly flights via WestJet to Las Vegas and Phoenix, and charter flights to sun destinations during winter. Regional airlines provide service to Saskatoon, Prince Albert and points in northern Saskatchewan.
- Regina sits along the Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 1 in Saskatchewan) and is a 40-minute drive east of Moose Jaw. Saskatoon is 2½ hours to the north on Highway 11, Calgary is 7 hours to the west on Highway 1, and Winnipeg is a 5-hour drive to the east on Highway 1. Highway 6 runs north-south through the city along Albert Street, the main street, and runs south to the U.S. border (Raymond and Plentywood, Montana), which is about 90 minutes away; this port is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Going north it eventually leads to the parklands in central Saskatchewan and is one of four routes to Prince Albert (the others being Highway 11, Highway 2 via 11 and Highway 20 via 11). Highway 33 runs to southeast Saskatchewan and the cities of Weyburn and Estevan. Highway 46 is a short commuter highway to Balgonie, Saskatchewan.
- from Saskatoon. M-F 8:30AM and 5:30PM, Sa 10:30AM and 5:30PM, Su 5:30PM. 3 hr. Adults $60, seniors/students/children $50 taxes included.
- from Prince Albert. M F 3PM, W 8AM. Arrives at 8:30PM (W includes a lay-over in Saskatoon). Adults $95, seniors/students $85 taxes included.
Other devices are provided by Greyhound Canada.
There is no Via Rail service to Regina.
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.
Museums and art galleries
- Saskatchewan Science Centre. Powerhouse Dr, off Wascana Dr. Over a hundred permanent, hands-on exhibits, live stage shows, amazing Gryo-Gym, and one of the tallest climbing walls in Canada.
- Kramer IMAX Theatre. Next to the Science Centre, it is one of about 250 such theatres in the world. It is one of the most dynamic ways for people to experience the places, people, and principles of science and nature.
- The Royal Saskatchewan Museum. Albert St and College Ave. An interesting natural history museum that describes the features of the province. Also features a half-size robotic T-Rex called "Megamunch".
- Mackenzie Art Gallery, Albert St and 23rd Ave. Major touring exhibits, Gallery Shop and 175-seat theatre. Tours available.
- RCMP Heritage Centre, 5907 Dewdney Ave. Through the use of permanent and temporary exhibits, multimedia technologies, and extensive programming, the Heritage Centre tells the RCMP story and educates Canadians and the world about the past, present and future of the RCMP within Canada and abroad. The RCMP Heritage Centre also has a Gift Shop and e-store. Tours of the RCMP Academy, Depot Division are offered daily from May-Aug.
- Neutral Ground, ☎ . A contemporary art forum.
Regina has more parks and greenspace per capita than any major city in Canada. Wascana Centre is a huge 9.3 km² (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.
- Willow Island. This island on Wascana Lake is open to the public and is available for group bookings. A pontoon boat which seats 12 passengers is used to transport people to and from the island.
- Central Park.
- Victoria Park is the park located in Regina's Market Square. It is the venue for many summer and winter events and concerts. In the centre of the park is a war memorial. A few statues dot the park, there is a playground on the southeast corner. The park is well treed and has many benches. On summer afternoons expect downtown's business-people to populate the park equally with teenagers (who mostly stay on the grass). The park is on the North side of Victoria Avenue between Scarth and Lorne Streets.
- A.E. Wilson Park has the northern entry point to the Devonian Pathway. There are many path intersections in this area, making it great for short walks. The park has the widest points in the creek on the North side of Wascana Lake. It is home to the Jack Hamilton Arena and Rick Hansen Optimist Playground.
- Douglas Park houses the Canada Games Athletic Complex and Leibel Field.
- 1 Saskatchewan Roughriders, 1734 Elphinstone St. Regina is home to the Saskatchewan Roughriders football team of the Canadian Football League. The team's loyal fans are known for prominent displays of the team's colours, green and white, especially through their tradition of carving fake football helmets out of watermelons. The Riders' home is the new Mosaic Stadium, located near the corner of Elphinstone Street and Saskatchewan Drive, which opened in 2017 to replace the previous Mosaic Stadium (historically known as Taylor Field).
- Regina Pats. The Regina Pats are the world's oldest major junior hockey franchise in existence, beginning play in 1917. The Pats are four time Memorial Cup champions and have produced NHL veterans such as Doug Wickenhiser, Clark Gillies, Brad Stuart, Barrett Jackman, Derek Morris and Josh Harding. The Pats play at the Brandt Centre also known as the Agridome.
- Regina Red Sox, 750 Winnipeg St N (from Ring Rd N, follow Winnipeg St north), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Regina's top baseball team plays in Canada's Premier Collegiate League, the Western Major Baseball League, versus ten other teams in Saskatchewan and Alberta. Adults $10, Children (6-14) $5, Under 6 Free.
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.
Regina is home to many performing arts venues.
- Casino Regina and Show Lounge. Broad St and Saskatchewan Dr. Casino Regina is in a beautiful historic train station. With almost 2 million visitors every year, it's Saskatchewan's top tourist draw.
- Conexus Arts Centre, Lakeshore Dr in Wascana Park. Many big-name artists play here. Formerly known as the Saskatchewan Centre of the Arts, it seats 2,033
- The Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange Society, 2431 8th Ave. In the warehouse district. Operates two venues: The Exchange, a 240-capacity club (complete with bar and Ms. Pac-Man machine) and The Club, a smaller venue. There are usually several acts per night, and range from independent bands to comedians to visual artists. Admission is usually under $10 or free.
- Regina Symphony Orchestra (RSO), 2424 College Ave, ☎ . The RSO is a full-scale, professional orchestra focused on sharing live orchestral music with residents of Southern Saskatchewan. The concert season runs from August to May, and under the baton of Maestro Victor Sawa, the RSO provides a unique and fun concert experience.
- The Globe Theatre, 1801 Scarth St (corner of Scarth St and 11th Ave), ☎ , toll-free: . The Globe is a 100-seat venue for plays and intimate concerts. It is in the Prince Edward Building upstairs from the Old City Hall Mall.
- The Artful Dodger.
- Creative City Centre.
- The Artesian.
- Cineplex Odeon. Southland Mall.
- Galaxy Cinemas, 420 McCarthy Blvd N. In the Normanview Shopping Centre.
These are theatres that show movies after their main theatrical run at a discount. Tickets are usually under $5.
- Rainbow Cinemas. In the Golden Mile Shopping Centre. Has "$2.50 Tuesdays". $2.50 to $9.00.
- Regina Public Library Film Theatre, 2311 12th Ave. Usually screens a different film every 2 nights, Wednesday through Sunday.
- Canada's Farm Progress Show. June. $15, Children under 12 Free, Parking $7.
- Downtown Ice & Fire Winter Carnival (15-18 Feb). Winter Carnival activities include snow sculptures in Victoria Park, evening lantern procession and a masquerade ball.
- RCMP Sergeant Major's Parade (year round). A demonstration of the inspection of the troops, followed by a march through the Parade Square or the Drill Hall. The Sergeant Major's Parade occurs M-F at 12:50PM, statuatory holidays excluded. RCMP Depot Division
- RCMP Sunset Retreat Ceremonies (Jul-Aug). Colourful 45-minute ceremony centered around the lowering of the Canadian Flag. Features RCMP Cadet Band and Cadet Troops wearing the traditional scarlet tunic of the world-renowned Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Also in attendance uniformed members mounted on horses and carrying lances. RCMP Depot Division
- Regina Folk Festival (August). The Regina Folk Festival (RFF) is an annual folk music festival held in Victoria Park. Occurring the second weekend in August, the festival is a three-day annual event including evening headliner concerts and daytime workshops and performances. It is Western Canada's longest-running music festival.
- Canadian Western Agribition. Held in late November, it is Canada's premiere agriculture show and marketplace with over 4000 livestock on display including cattle, horses, bison, llama, sheep, and goats. Highlights: 14 breeds purebred beef cattle, Canadian Cowboys' Association Finals Rodeo, light and draft horse events, grain and forage events, agri-trade/technology and western craft trade show, stock dog trials, Agri-Ed showcase, food fair and daily entertainment.
- Regina Farmers Market, City Square Plaza, 12th Avenue & Scarth Street, e-mail: email@example.com. Mar-Apr: Sa 10AM-2PM. Members of the market make, bake or grow their wares. The market offers the freshest fruit and vegetables, bison, lamb, tastiest breads, cookies, and original crafts and treats around.
- Regina Spring Farmers Market, Cathedral Neighbourhood Center, 2900 13th Avenue, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. May-early Oct: W Sa 9AM-1PM. Members of the market make, bake or grow their wares. The market offers the freshest fruit and vegetables, bison, lamb, tastiest breads, cookies, and original crafts and treats around.
- The Queen City Ex (formerly known as Buffalo Days). The biggest summer fair in the province, featuring something for all ages - free stages, food, midway, exhibits and much more. Buffalo Days parade, home decor, pancake breakfast, Equifest, downtown activities. Late July-early August.
- Regina International Fringe Theatre Festival. Theatre lovers and performers will come from across the province and around the world for the festival running concurrent with Buffalo Days. Fringe is cutting edge entertainment bringing together performers and audiences in a fun, safe and exploratory environment. Early July.
- Connect. Yearly electronic music festival that can be found just outside of the Regina area.
- Cathedral Village Arts Festival. Annual celebration of the arts, located in Cathedral Village.
- Mosaic. Local multicultural festival. Adult $14, Youth/Senior $9, Children under 6 Free.
Visitors to Regina will also find all the indoor shopping malls and big box power centres endemic to most North American cities:
- Southland Mall, in the south end of the city at the corner of Albert and Gordon. Has a Cineplex Odeon movie theatre.
- Cornwall Center, Scarth St and 11th Ave, is anchored by Sears and The Bay, two upscale department stores. It is located downtown in the middle of most of the city's office space. For this reason parking is difficult and expensive. Covered raised walkways connect this mall to Casino Regina, and The Delta Hotel. Immediately south are Scarth Street Mall and Old City Hall two pedestrian-only shopping centers.
- Golden Mile Shopping Centre, 3806 Albert St (Albert St and 25th Ave), ☎ , fax: . The anchor stores are Extra Foods, Rexall Drugs, and Liquidation World.
- Normanview Mall. Has a Galaxy Cinemas movie theater.
- North West commercial area anchored by Wal-Mart, Superstore, Home Depot and Sobeys. Do not attempt if you are not driving.
- "Vic East" commercial area anchored by Wal-Mart, Superstore, Best Buy, Costco, Home Depot and Victoria Square Shopping Center on Victoria Avenue East. Do not attempt without a car.
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 Cathedral Village Free House, 2062 Albert St, ☎ . A popular and trendy spot for a tasty lunch or for chilling out in the evening. Popular with the office and university crowd, the food and service are excellent, but you may find it a little too busy at certain times of the day. Also features the occasional live music show.
- The Copper Kettle Restaurant, 1953 Scarth St, ☎ . An award-winning restaurant located downtown. Was featured on The Food Channel a few years ago. Many types of food are available, but they are especially known for their Greek food. (For a different taste, try the spinach & feta pizza.) A wine bar is also available.
- [dead link]La Bodega Tapas Bar and Grill, 2228 Albert St, ☎ . Offers an good array of dinner and appetizer items that rise far above the usual fare. It also offers a large selection of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages as well as a diverse and reasonably priced martini list. It can get get fairly crowded on Fridays and Saturdays, so make reservations or arrive early.
- Crave Kitchen and Wine Bar, 1925 Victoria Ave, ☎ . Located downtown, Crave is an upscale tapas, wine and dessert location with a good atmosphere for socializing. It is a popular place to go for lunch as well.
- The Willow on Wascana, 3000 Wascana St, ☎ . An upscale restaurant overlooking Wascana Creek. A bit pricey, but the food, service and atmosphere is fabulous.
- Luiggi's Pasta House, 470 Albert St N, ☎ . An Italian-themed pasta house with excellent food and prices and awesome service. Family and group friendly. Take-out and delivery city wide, including to all the hotels around Regina. Very much a local favorite.
- The Rooftop Bar and Grill, 1845 Victoria Ave, ☎ . Casual dining restaurant located downtown. Serves American-style food and has a decent wine and beer selection. Offers both indoor dining and a rooftop patio.
- The Chimney Restaurant and Lounge, 2710 Montague St. A steakhouse located in the Lakeview area with an extremely cozy atmosphere and good prices.
- Creek in Cathedral Bistro, 3414 13th Ave. A small, intimate restaurant. The menus are changed regularly and feature fresh ingredients. A bit pricey, though.
- Greko's Restaurant and Steak House, 4424 Albert St. A Greek-style steak house in the south end of the city. Good prices and service. Especially good garlic bread.
- Peg's Kitchen, 1653 Park St. A small, but impressive locally-owned restaurant and store with a very "homey" atmosphere. Specializes in Ukrainian food, like cabbage rolls and perogies. Not usually open during supper hours, though.
- Izzy Magoo's Diner and Lounge, 6807 Rochdale Blvd. A quirky 1950s-themed eatery located in the north end of the city. Has what are probably the most gigantic burgers that you can find in Regina.
- Rock Creek Tap and Grill, 3255 Quance St. In the east end of the city, not too far from many of the local hotel chains. Features a lounge and a restaurant. Very friendly and reasonably priced.
- The Icehouse Tavern, 14 Park Bay, Emerald Pk. (A short 15-minute drive east of Regina.). Home of the legendary Iceberg hamburgers.
- Teppanyaki Japanese Steak House, 736 Victoria Ave, ☎ .
- Viet Thai Restaurant, 2080 Albert St, ☎ .
- India House, 806 Victoria Ave, ☎ .
- Hanabi Japanese Sushi Restaurant, 1950 Broad St, ☎ .
- Michi Japanese Restaurant and Sushi, 1943 Scarth St, ☎ .
- Afghan Cuisine Family Restaurant, 832 Albert St, ☎ .
- Flavors of India Restaurant and Sweets, 305 Victoria Ave E, ☎ .
- Angkor Southeast Asian Delight, 2567 Quance St, ☎ .
- Saigon By Night Restaurant, 1840 Broad St, ☎ .
- Selam Ethiopian Restaurant, 2115 Broad St, ☎ .
- Neo Japonica Japanese Restaurant, 2167 Hamilton St, ☎ .
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:
- Gabbo's Nightclub, 2338 Dewdney Ave, ☎ .
- Habano's Martini and Cocktail Club, 2288 Dewdney Ave, ☎ . Open 6 nights a week. An upbeat nightclub with a good clientele, Habano's is a good place to go have fun. They have varied entertainment - from DJ's to live music to hypnotists. Drink specials on the weekends.
- McNally's Tavern, 2226 Dewdney Ave, ☎ . M-Sa 3PM-late. An Irish pub with an old world style, McNally's is well-known for having very good taste in entertainment, and brings in terrific bands. It also has a wood fireplace, a dancefloor, a full restaurant menu, 24 different beers on tap, as well as a good selection of other drinks. Tuesday night is karaoke, and Thursday night features local artists performing.
- Bushwakker Brew Pub, 2206 Dewdney Ave, ☎ . M-Th 11AM-1AM, F Sa 11AM-2AM, Su closed. An excellent brew pub which brews their own beer, Bushwakker's was once named by The Globe and Mail newspaper as one of Canada's top 5 brew pubs. Good food, very spacious and comfortable. Also features live music - Monday is jazz night and Wednesday is folk night.
- Pure Ultralounge, 2044 Dewdney Ave, ☎ . Popular with the university crowd, The Drink tends to attract the biggest names in live music in town. It can get crowded easily, so come early. Features Big Beer Fridays and Infamous Saturdays.
- Beer Brothers Bakery and Cuisine, 1801 Scarth St, ☎ . Su 4PM-11PM, M-Th 11AM-11PM, F Sa 11AM-11:45PM. A casually themed restaurant and pub located downtown. It features a wide variety of beer, and the food and service is exceptional. Beer drinkers, take note.
- O'Hanlons Irish Pub, 1947 Scarth St, ☎ . 11AM-2AM daily. O'Hanlons is one of Regina's most popular nightlife venues and stands out from the Dewdney bars. Friday night usually features a few bands, and Saturday night is the infamous Dance Party. A great selection of drinks is available, and the atmosphere is great. No cover charge.
- The Gaslight Saloon, 1235 Broad St, ☎ . The city's only biker bar and tattoo parlour, The Gaslight is also known for its very good (if a bit loud) live music. The burgers and Mexican food are among the best in town. A good selection of drinks is available, plus they have a Jägermeister machine.
Other drinking joints
- The Exchange, 2431 8th Ave, ☎ . A club which is owned and run by the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange Society (SCES), The Exchange contains some of the best live music in the city. It attracts fairly big names, as well as a lot of local talent. Improv is also a fixture. There is no age limit to get in, though it is also a licensed establishment and serves good, cheap drinks if you present ID.
- The Pump Roadhouse, 641 Victoria Ave E, ☎ . Su-W closed, Th-Sa 4PM-2AM. The Pump is a country and western-themed venue in the east end of the city, though non-country music is frequently played as well. Features a dancefloor, a very spacious lounge, a bar and the city's largest all-seasons deck. Also has karaoke in the basement.
- JD's Cafe and Nite Spot, 1055 Park St, ☎ . A bar and nightclub located in the northeastern industrial part of the city, in a somewhat isolated location. It is popular among the locals, but is infamous for attracting a bit of a rough-and-ready crowd. Thursday nights is the especially popular Ladies' Night (women get in for free), with a live DJ and music video mixshow. $5 cover charge.
- The Crown and Hand Pub, 6330 Dewdney Ave, ☎ . Located on Dewdney Avenue, though it is several blocks west of the main strip of nightclubs (so you might want to drive there in winter). A very friendly pub with excellent daily drink specials. Western Pizza provides the menu. Karaoke on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
- The Broken Rack Billiards, 3806 Albert St, ☎ . The Broken Rack is in the south end of the city, in the Golden Mile Shopping Centre building. Has a very friendly atmosphere, and features a pool hall, restaurant and several arcade games.
- The OUTside Nightclub (The Rainbow), 2070 Broad St, ☎ . Su-Th closed, F Sa 10:30PM-3AM. An LGBT bar in the downtown area. Has a heated patio, which is very cool in the winter. Also home of the Homo Depot and Pink Triangle Community Services.
- The Press Box Sports Bar, 909 Albert St, ☎ . 11AM-2AM daily. The Press Box is a very popular place to go to watch sporting events, and features over 30 TV screens. It gets especially busy when a Saskatchewan Roughriders game is on. Features a lot of sports memorabilia (which you can buy on request), a lounge, and a restaurant.
- HI-Regina Turgeon International Hostel, 2310 McIntyre St, ☎ , fax: . Regina's only backpackers' hostel is in an historic home near Wascana Centre. Beds start at $20.50.
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.
- The Dragon's Nest. In the Cathedral Village neighbourhood is in a beautifully restored century home. Its proprietors are feng shui experts who also run retreats on their property.
- Country Fare Bed and Breakfast, 243 Markwell Drive, ☎ .
- RiseNShine Bed and Breakfast, 6403 Sherwood Dr, ☎ .
- Creekside Terrace, 2724 Angus Blvd, ☎ .
- Super 8 Motel, 2730 Victoria Ave E, ☎ .
- Days Inn Regina, 3875 Eastgate Dr. E, ☎ . Close to downtown, this hotel features guestrooms and suites, a pool, high-speed internet, and a fitness facility.
- Regina Inn Hotel and Conference Centre, 1975 Broad St, ☎ . Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. The Regina Inn Hotel is in downtown. Featuring 235 spacious guest rooms and over 20,000 sq ft. of meeting space, incl. a theatre-style room which can hold 600 people. $110.
- Sandman Hotel Suites and Spa, 1800 Victoria Avenue East, ☎ .
- Delta Regina Hotel, 1919 Saskatchewan Drive, ☎ .
- Ramada Hotel and Convention Centre, 1818 Victoria Avenue, ☎ .
- Best Western Seven Oaks, 777 Albert St (Regina Saskatchewan), ☎ . Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11:30AM. Located 10 minutes from Regina’s International Airport and 5 minutes from downtown Regina. 157 guest rooms, including 5 suites that feature extra room. Indoor heated swimming pool and 240-foot water slide. Ricky’s Restaurant and Lounge on site. $125.
- Hotel Saskatchewan, 2125 Victoria Avenue, ☎ . A Marriott hotel. From $169.
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.
- Moose Jaw - Chief attractions are the excellent Western Development Museum (one of four in the province) near the intersection of Main St. and the Trans-Canada Highway (Highway #1). This museum's focus is on transportation, which fills it with excellent, bright displays of antique trains, automobiles, and aircraft, with even one prairie boat thrown in! Another notable tourist attraction is the pair of "tunnels of Moose Jaw" tours, which take visitors through a set of winding tours above and below the downtown core of "the Friendly City." The tours have two themes: the Chinese immigrant experience, and the bad old days of the 1920s, when Chicago mobster Al Capone allegedly took a ride to the northwest terminus of the Soo Line Railway in Moose Jaw to hide out whenever the "heat" was turned up in Chicago.
- Regina Beach - 60 km (35 miles) northwest of Regina, north of Hwy 11. This beach community and several others sit on Last Mountain Lake.
- Fort Qu'Appelle for decades, has been another summer getaway, with several shallow lakes in the vicinity lined by rows of cottages and boat houses.
- Rouleau, a small town located about 45 minutes south of Regina, has become a popular destination in recent years due to it being used as the filming location for the popular TV sitcom Corner Gas. (The studio where the rest of the series was filmed is located near Broad Street and College Avenue in downtown Regina.)
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