Regina, the capital city of Saskatchewan, Canada is the cultural and economic hub for the southern part of the province. Regina is a lovely city with a rich history that dates back to 1882. Some of this can still be seen today, making it a city well worth visiting.
Wander back in time
Being such an old city, it should be of no surprise that there are some fantastic historic districts in Regina. One of the most popular is the Warehouse District, which is just northeast of the central business district. The Warehouse District used to be an area filled with warehouses that accommodated freight for the nearby railway station. Today, it is a lively neighbourhood that is filled with shops, restaurants, bars and nightclubs. Some of the establishments in this area occupy historic warehouses.
Spend a day at the beach
The town of Regina Beach sits on the shores of Last Mountain Lake just northwest of Regina. The town is a popular summer resort area and is a great place to go if you want to spend a day at the beach. Regina Beach has an old-fashioned charm about it, although it has been fully modernised. Swimming here is pretty good, as is laying around and working on your tan. If you want to get out of the sun, head to the Lakeside Heritage Museum or enjoy a meal at one of the beachside restaurants.
Place a bet at the casino
Casino Regina sees over two million visitors a year and is arguably the biggest attraction in the city. Place a bet at one of its 35 game tables or try your luck on one of the casino’s 800 slot machines. If poker is your thing, there is a 9-table poker room with classic, diamond and harvest poker classic games. There are also weekly Texas Hold’em tournaments. When you are bored of gambling or want to spend your winnings, you can enjoy a show.
Tour around the Parliament
Not only is the exterior of the Saskatchewan Legislative Building magnificent, but the interior is as well. In fact, the Beaux-Arts building is a National Historic site. Take a 30 minute guided tour around the building and learn about its history. Don’t forget to bring a camera to snap photos of building and its beautiful surroundings. The grounds of the building are also spectacular and have some great things to see.
Spudnuts are a classic on food alley. Made of flour and potatoes, spudnuts were introduced to the fair as a fundraiser by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, then assumed by the Boy Scouts and now offered by the exhibition itself, which employs some 90 people who make 45 batches of 200 spudnuts – by hand – every day of the fair.