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Welcome

Although Regina may be known as the Queen City since it was named after Queen Victoria, it may also have received that nickname because you feel like you're getting the royal welcome every time you visit the city. Located in the heart of the world's biggest breadbasket, Regina offers relaxed rural charm and genuine hospitality that makes us famous throughout the country.

Founded in 1882, Regina was once home to the Plains Indians, who used this site as one of the most productive buffalo kill sites of the treeless southern plains. Over the years, the city has grown and prospered and today Regina is a cosmopolitan centre of business, industry and government. The city is a testament to the tireless efforts of the pioneers who envisioned a great, green oasis on the prairies. These pioneers handplanted every tree in the city and now residents have to drive well beyond the city limits to remind themselves that they live on the prairies.

Prairie Hospitality

It doesn't matter how you arrive in Regina, your reception will always be the same. Fun. Friendly. Festive. We take pride in the way we meet and greet visitors. Our hotel and restaurant service is first class. Volunteers are readily available to help with any phase of a major meeting or event. In fact, we're the volunteer capital of Canada - one of every two residents in the province is a volunteer!

 

Royal Canadian Mounted Police

No other city in Canada can lay claim to being the Home of the world-famous Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The RCMP brought law and order to the West and won the respect of a nation. The history of our city parallels the history of the RCMP. Recruits from across the country still conduct their training here and their museum is one of the top tourist attractions in Canada.

 

A Walk in the Park

Perhaps a quiet walk is more to your liking. Then how does 2,300 acres of green, tree-lined park with miles of pathways, surrounded by some of the city's most famous buildings sound? It's called Wascana Centre and it offers all kinds of sports, leisure and entertainment opportunities. In fact it is home to some of the top attractions in the province such as Waskimo Winter Festival, Regina International Children's Festival, and the Dragon Boat Races. It can also serve as a great meeting venue with private meetings on Willow Island, barbecue sites and playground equipment.

 

Culture

Regina is also the home of a vibrant cultural community. The Regina Symphony Orchestra is the oldest continuously performing orchestra in Canada, and it makes its home in one of the country's most acoustically perfect theatres - the Saskatchewan Centre of the Arts. The Trial of Louis Riel, held annually at the MacKenzie Art Gallery, is one of the longest running dramas in North America. You can also choose from live theatre, jazz concerts, and the broadest array of native and ethnic cultural programs anywhere.

Shopping

If it's shopping you're interested in, you've come to the right place. We have all the major retailers and hundreds of smaller shops offering all kinds of unique merchandise and services. Don't forget to stroll by Regina's Farmers Market during the summer and pick up a fresh loaf of bread or apple pie. And if you're really interested in discovering where you can find those one-of-a-kind gifts, take a walk along 13th Avenue in the city's Cathedral district, where you'll find everything from antiques to bagels to glass wheat sheaves.

Dining

The number of dining establishments in Regina is probably our best kept secret. With more than 300 outlets, you're sure to find whatever pleases your palate. And if you're looking for nightlife, we've got it all - theatre, dancing, cabarets, country or any other kind of nightlife to make your stay enjoyable.

Sports

For the sport fans, take in a game with "the world's greatest fans" at Taylor Field and the Saskatchewan Roughriders football club. Watch end-to-end hockey action with the Regina Pats in the Agridome. As well, there many golf courses, an Olympic-sized pool at the Sportplex, courts for all net games, biking and hiking trails and darts and pool halls.

 

Heritage

Although Regina has grown, it has not forgotten its heritage. Make sure you visit the splendour of Government House, the original home of the Lieutenant Governor and often referred to as "a symbol of the Empire". Take a tour of the breathtaking Legislative Building, or witness the birth of the city in the Regina Plains Museum, located in the Old Post Office Building. Visit the stately residences and university buildings along College Avenue. Explore the pioneer home of the former Prime Minister John Diefenbaker and don't miss a visit to our fabulous art galleries and shopping centres.

 

A Brief History of Regina
We Were "Pile O' Bones"

In the days when huge herds of buffalo roamed the northern plains, a place in what was to become Saskatchewan had gained fame among the First Nations hunters. The place was ideally suited for construction of a buffalo "pound" - a large corral into which buffalo were herded to be killed. The site also had an abundance of water and level ground for drying the buffalo meat.

The Cree Indians, who came to this place to hunt buffalo, believed that buffalo would not leave the bones of other dead buffalo. As long as there were bones there, buffalo would be plentiful and the hunting good. Therefore, the Cree piled buffalo bones in a huge pile, six feet high and 40 feet in diameter.

The site and the surrounding area became famous for these bones. The Cree Indians called it Oskana ka-asateki "the bones that are piled together." The first settlement at the site was called "Pile O' Bones," though other names for the area, such as Bone Creek and Manybones, were also used. In 1857 the explorer Captain James Palliser heard the Cree word for the region and named the creek "Wascana," as it is still known.

 

Naming the Town... and Making it the Capital

Several names, including "Leopold," were proposed for the new town. The name was originally suggested by Princess Louise, wife of the Governor General. She chose the name "Regina" to honour her mother, Queen Victoria, who was reigning at the time.

On March 27, 1883, the Governer General issued an order-in-council moving the territorial capital from Battleford to Regina.

 

Home of the RCMP

Construction of the headquarters of the North West Mounted Police barracks started in 1882. At that time it has been ten years since the force was formed. The Mounted Police had been preoccupied by Sitting Bull's presence in the Cypress Hills and had headquarters located at Fort Walsh. As more people moved into the west with the railways, strong policing became more important. The headquarters was moved to Regina after problems with Sitting Bull and the whisky traders ended.

The North West Mounted Police became the Royoal Canadian Mounted Police, the world's most recognized and respected police force. Their headquarters moved to Ottawa in 1920, but the RCMP training academy is still in Regina and Recruits from across Canada aer taught modern police methods. The RCMP Centennial Museum at the Academy draws thousands of visitors each year. There they learn the proud history of the force. Regina's oldest existing building, the RCMP Chapel was built in 1882 as The Mess Hall and features attractive commemorative stained glass windows.

The RCMP continues to be a vital force in the community. In 1996 the training academy name was returned to its historic designation - " Depot Devision." The Division now trains police from other countries, such as Haiti. As well, a new forensic laboratory opened in 1996.

 

A Brief History of Saskatchewan

Plains Indians are credited with originating the name Saskatchewan. Their word was "kisiskatchewan" - meaning the river that flows swiftly - in reference to the most important waterway running through their territory. Saskatchewan covers 651,900 square kilometres - more than a quarter million square miles. Half the province is covered by forest, one third is farmland and one-eighth is fresh water.

Saskatchewan is home to a million people, many with family roots in Europe, Russia, Scandinavia and the British Isles'. Although the province is depedent on the farm economy, two-thirds of its people live in cities and towns.

Saskatchewan is located in the heart of North America, neighbouring the provinces of Manitoba and Alberta. To the south it borders the American states of Montana and North Dakota.

Saskatchewan Population: Just over one million residents

Capital City: Regina - Population: approximately 300,000

Highest Elevation: Cypress Hills - 1,392m (4,566 ft) above sea level

Major River Systems: North and South Saskatchewan, Assiniboine, Churchill - all empty into Hudson Bay

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