Regina, Saskatchewan on the Trans-Canada Highway
Regina, the capital of Saskatchewan, is a city that was built to shelter its
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.
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.
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
History of the Trans-Canada Highway
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.
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.
Regina Area Communities
Regina Atractions Map
Blue = Trans-Canada Route| Green = bicycle friendly scenic route & downtown detour from TCH
Regina Accommodation & Attractions
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Accommodations Directory Listings
Here are some of the hotels, motels, campgrounds, and lodges/cottages to be found along the Trans Canada Highway:
A variety of trees and shrubs provide shade to the level sites which are set among hills. Pets are permitted on leash. Showers are available at a rate of 3 minutes for a quarter
There are 56 full service, 20 - 30 amp, and one drive through 30 amp site for camping. All sites are naturally leveled and drained, and have picnic tables and trash bins. Drinking water is available from central taps and firewood and pits
Regina's closest campground/RV Park with "Big Rig" park and easy paved, highway access. Safe city water supply. WiFi wireless internet access. Recreation room with tv, arcade games and pool table.
Located in Elbow Saskatchewan on the crystal clear waters of Lake Diefenbaker. All units are fully self-contained. Suites are large one bedroom units with a pull-out double couch in the living room and studio units have one queen bed.
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.
TransCanadaHighway.com has lots of hotels,mnotels, beds & breakfast, long-term accommoodtion, and comprgrounds to choose form in and around Regina.
Attractions Directory Listings
Here are some of the attractions, museums, historical sites, and sports activities to be found along the Trans Canada Highway:
The Bonzai Slide is a favorite at the Kenosee Superslides.
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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Locally owned and operated for over 25 years. We believe in brewing quality craft beer using only the finest ingredients and providing casual yet sophisticated food.
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