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
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.
Blue = Trans-Canada Route| Green = bicycle friendly scenic route & downtown detour from TCH
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Here are some of the hotels, motels, campgrounds, and lodges/cottages to be found along the Trans Canada Highway:
Lac Pelletier Regional park has 197 campsites. Many are seasonally rentals so book your campsite early. Call the park office to rent a seasonal site.
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.
Stay our our wonderful campground, and enjoy the great outdoors… see our website for details
Fully furnished executive suites available for short term and extended stays, 1 and 2 bedroom condominiums. Temporary housing solutions that feel like home. Home theatre, internet, telephone, housekeeping, roof top terrace, social room, fitness studi
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
TransCanadaHighway.com has lots of hotels,mnotels, beds & breakfast, long-term accommoodtion, and comprgrounds to choose form in and around Regina.
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.
This golf course is located in southeast Saskatchewan, a short drive from Regina
The nine holes with their sand greens provide both amateur and experienced golfers a challenge as they travel through the course, along the well kept, tree-lined fairways , amid the beautiful prairie scenery. The fairways are natural prairi
A true "links"course on the shores of the Rafferty Reservoir, with lots of bunkers, grass covered berms and of course lakes and ponds. A new 4700 facility accommodates groups up to 150 people. Proshop, driving range, and licensed
See our new multi level indoor Airsoft, Reball & Nerf Arena. Play games including capture the flag, multiple flag hunt, the Zombie game, 2 man SWAT teams,
TransCanadaHighway.com has lots of attractions, festivals, tours, and things to see & do in and around Regina.
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