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Regina: Queen City and Capital of
Canada's Breadbasket Province
by Jerry W. Bird

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Having visited Regina, Saskatchewan many times over the decades, and cheering ourselves hoarse for their plucky "Green Rider" football team during the Ron Lancaster- George Reed era, we hardly needed the Chamber of Commerce or anyone else to remind us that it's among the most hospitable cities in Canada. When one thinks of Regina, one of the first things that comes to mind is the red coated Mountie - an international symbol of Canada. My dad took his training there before being posted to Dawson City in the far Yukon. The colorful history of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) parallels the history of the city even before it was founded. Over a century after the first Northwest Mounted Police troop was sent to quell a major uprising, the Scarlet and Gold force (which once included my father) still trains its recruits here. From our visit to Regina's famous RCMP Museum, we could see why it ranks amongst Canada's top tourist attractions.

A modern, sophisticated, multicultural center of business and government, Regina's hospitality is legendary. Known as Canada's Queen City, Regina has enjoyed a proud association with British monarchy, since 1882 when Princess Louise named a small, dusty town on "Pile of Bones Creek" after her mother, Queen Victoria. Today, it's the center of a multi-billion dollar agricultural economy, home of a major steel plant and Canada's first heavy oil upgrader. Regina is head office of Saskatchewan Wheat Pool - the largest grain handling co-operative in the world. Other head offices include Crown Life and Farm Credit Corporation, Credit Union Central and Co-Operators Insurance.

Regina Airport Information
Airlines: Air BC / Air Canada / Athabaska Airways / Canadian Airlines
Canadian Regional Airlines/ Northwest / WestJet Airlines

More about Regina: Wascana Park, five minutes from city center, features 2,300 lush acres of tree-lined lake shore, with connecting pathways. It is the site of year round public events, sports and leisure - from swimming, dining, paddling and sailing, to some of North America's best bird-watching sites. The Regina Symphony Orchestra is the oldest in Canada. Meeting and Convention Facilities include Canada's second largest flat floor commercial exhibit facility, Regina Exhibition Park's Queensbury Centre and The Saskatchewan Centre in Wascana Park. Regina's newest conference facility, the Saskatchewan Trade and Convention Centre was completed in 1988.

..Some Area Attractions: Canada's breadbasket begins at the Saskatchewan border. Your first stop is Yorkton, with its Western Development Museum. Further down the Yellowhead is Big Quill Lake, one of 94,000 that dot the face of Saskatchewan. Over half contain fish -- and 90% of these have never been fished. With 68 species hatching each year, small wonder our forebears always kept a spare canoe in the driveway. A side trip from Lanigan leads to Watrous and Lake Manitou, (Lake of Good Spirit), whose mineral waters rank with Europe's great spas. After 18 holes at Manitou Beach Club, a plunge will set you up for dinner.

Why not enjoy it at an authentic homestead? Saskatchewan's "Country Vacation Farms" (306-672-3970) offer Bed and Breakfast with a delicious difference. You even get to help with the chores. Fresh milk anyone? Not your average sod shanty, and well worth seeing is Motherwell Homestead National Historic Park, near Fort Qu'Appelle. Called Lanark Place, it was the gracious homestead of William R. Motherwell, Saskatchewan's first Agricultural Minister and an M.P. in Ottawa. The main residence is an Italian-style mansion, built in 1897 of cut fieldstone.

Travel Information:
Tourism Regina
Box 3355, Regina, Saskatchewan S4P 3H1
Phone: (306) 789-5099
Fax: (306) 789-3171
Toll Free: 1-800-661-5099 (Canada & USA)
Email: tourism.regina@sk.sympatico.ca

Tourism Saskatchewan.
500 - 1900 Albert Street
Regina, Saskatchewan S4P 4L9
Phone: (306) 787-2300
Fax: (306) 787-5744
Toll Free: 1-800-667-7191 (Canada & Continental US only)
Internet bookings: http://www.directions.ca or

Things to see and do
City Hall Tour/ Classic Carriage/ Devonian Pathway / Diefenbaker Homestead
Government House Heritage Property / Hazard Wildfowl Wood Carvings
Heritage Regina Tours/ Ipsco - Wildlife Park/ Legislative Building
Maxwell's Water Park/ McIntyre Street Gallery/ Nature Saskatchewan Tours
Native Heritage Foundation Gallery/ North-West Territorial Administration Building / Saskatchewan Genealogical Society/ Saskatchewan History/Folklore Tours / Silver Sage Casino/ Susan Whitney Gallery/ Tee Off Park
Wascana Centre and Waterfowl Display Ponds/ Willow Island

History/ Museums: Saskatchewan Science Centre/ Royal Saskatchewan Museum/ Mackenzie Art Gallery
Rosemont Art Gallery/ Regina Plains Museum/ Joe Moran Gallery
Prairie History Room/ RCMP Centennial Museum/ Dunlop Art Gallery
Regina Fire Service Museum / Gallery On The Roof/ Neutral Ground Gallery
Saskatchewan Military Museum/ Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame/Museum
St. Paul's Cathedral/ Saskatchewan Archives

Pro Sports: Saskatchewan Roughriders - CFL Football/ Regina Cyclones - PL Baseball

Theatre: Globe Theatre/ Regina Performing Arts Center/ Fine Arts Subscription Series, Kramer IMAX Theatre/ Saskatchewan Centre



.....SSaskatoon - Saskatchewan's other major airport.