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Regina, the capital of Saskatchewan, is a city that was built to shelter its Harrington Dam near downtown holds back Wascana Lake residents from the sometimes harsh and bleak environment. In its early days, the city fathers built a dam across Wascana Creek creating the Wascana Centre parkland around which many of Regina's features are built, including the Legislature, an Arts Centre, the Royal Saskatchewan Museum, and the Science Centre. The early residents also planted lots of trees to provide green shade in summer, to create a literal oasis on the yellow-coloured wheat-growing priarie landscape of southern Saskatchewan.

The MacCallum 'Twins' office towers are the gateway into downtown from Victoria Park

Regina has become one of Canada´s most modern cities, with stunning downtown architecture and great access to parks and recreation. The city's low costs are attracting some large businesses to the city, which is also known for its short commutes (even the airport is 5 kilometres from downtown). The city is known for its casual business environment, built on the neighbourlines of the community.

Whether it's a visit to a park, an art gallery or the area's history, Regina offers its visitors and residents lots to do every day of the week.

Regina History

Old Regina City Hall

The plains region of southern Saskatchewan was home to large numbers of buffalo, and many thousands of native Indians who lived off them. The natives accumulated the piled-up bones, which accumulated to 2 metres high and 13 metres in diameter.

When Colonel Palliser arrived in 1857, he heard the Cree name, and called the creek Wascana. In the early days, the settlement was called Pile-o-Bones. In 1868, the Canadian government bought Rupert's Land from the Hudson's Bay Company, to keep the territory from being annexed by the United States.

The North West Mounted Police moved into the area to monitor the First Nations, and set up barracks in Regina in 1882. about the same times as. Pile-O-Bones was renamed Regina, in honour of Queen Victoria. In 1886 the transcontinental railroad began carrying passengers and freight to the Pacific Ocean, and the city grew as a jumping off point for new settlers, especially those persecuted for their religious beliefs including the Mennonites and Hutterites from Germany, and Doukhobours from Russia.

On September 4, 1905, Saskatchewan became a province, and Regina became the provincial capital. The city was heavily damaged by a 1912 tornado that required the new downtown to be completely rebuilt. After grain prices dropped after the Great War and in 1923, farmers began organized into producers co-operative or "pool," to give them some control over the commodity they produced. During the 1930s the Great Depression and the Great Dustbowl, led to the creation of the socialist Canadian Commonwealth Federation (the "CCF") under the leadership of Tommy Douglas, who introduced the Old Age Pension, Universal Health Care and other reforms now part of the "fabric of Canadian Society".

After World War II, significant reserves of oil were found in Saskatchewan, broadening the resource base of the province away from agriculture and potash. Regina also doubled in size in the post-war era, from the of European immigrants after the War




Highway Notes

The Trans-Canada Highway passes to the south and east of most of Regina. The landscape around the city is largely flat (the joke is "I sat on the porch when my dog ran away from home, and its was three days before his tail disappeared over the horizon"). The downtown detour passes a lot of hotels & motels and malls on Albert Street (which is also close to the city's airport), and the downtown has some stunning architecture for a relatively small city and is worth a detour.

Construction Notes

There is significant construction underway fora new interchange at Highway 1 and Lewvan Drive, connecting to Regina's airport. There is also road widening construction along Victoria Avenue in the city's east side.

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Regina Accommodation & Attractions

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Regina AccommodationsPondarosa Trailer Court

Pondarosa is a full service campground, with pull-through RV sites, tenting sites, and overflow area. We offer 55 campsites with full hook-ups, and a choice of 15, 30, or 50 amp service. Pondarosa is open year-round for RV sites.

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Regina AccommodationsSaltcoats Regional Park

Sports ground, camping facilities, playground area, sandy beach, boat launch, pavilion rental, and concession located on quarter section adjoining Anderson Lake.

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Regina AccommodationsTriple C Trailer Court

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Regina AccommodationsMeadowlark Campground & RV Park

Conveniently located on the Trans Canada Highway #1, between the 1st Street and 18th Street exits at Brandon, Manitoba. We offer full hook-ups, 50 amp service, wireless internet, clean laundromat and washrooms, plus a small convenience

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Regina AccommodationsDoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Conference Centre Regina

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Conference Centre Regina is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Regina, close to businesses, shopping and more.

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Regina Travel & AttractionsEsterhazy Golf Club

This golf course is located in southeast Saskatchewan, a short drive from Regina

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Regina Travel & AttractionsHudson's Bay Company

Canada's oldest department store, with a great selection of fashions, furnishings, houseware, toys, and cosmetics at great prices.

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Regina Travel & AttractionsTor Hill King's Park

The great Stanley Thompson (the architect responsible for Banff Springs and Jasper) laid down the plans for Tor Hill in 1928. Considered by many to possess some of the finest natural terrain for golf in the province, Thompson's plans were i

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Regina Travel & AttractionsCan Am Travel Stop (Greyhound Bus Depot)

Greyhound Canada is the largest provider of intercity bus transportation in Canada, serving nearly 1,100 locations. It has become an icon of bus travel, providing safe, enjoyable and affordable travel to 6.5 million passengers each year.

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Regina Travel & AttractionsThomas Cook Travel

Thomas Cook is the largest leisure travel retail company in Canada. We employ experienced professional travel consultants, backed by a fully integrated web site & call centre. Our customers benefit from our superior buying power with our suppliers.

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