Regina



Regina is the capital city of Saskatchewan and located on the prairies in the South central part of the Province, positioned half way between Calgary, Alberta and Winnipeg, Manitoba. Named after Queen Victoria and is sometimes called "Queen City", the city has more than 350,000 hand planted trees - a tradition started by the early settlers. One of the more famous residents are the Royal Canadian Mounted Police who have their training college here.

Regina is the sunniest capital city in Canada, enjoying an average of 2,365 hours of sunshine each year. It experiences cold winters and warm summers with precipitation averaging at 364mm each year.

The population of 190,015 (2001 census) makes Regina the 16th largest city in Canada; it has a diverse, multi cultural population with many immigrants from around the world.

It is one of the Cheapest Places To Live in compared to other large cities in Canada. There is some of the most Affordable Housing in Canada and with short commute times it makes it a very attractive city to live in. There are many different Communities that are divided into North, South, Central, East and West Zones.

Good news for the Business community is that it has also been named one of the most affordable cities in which to conduct Business in Western North America. The natural resources of oil and gas and agriculture are an important part of its economy. Business Tax was eliminated in the city back in January 2001.

The city is about a fifteen minute walk from end to end but it has lots of facilities and attractions for every need. The Downtown area offers a mixture of specialty shops, restaurants and entertainment. Every summer a stage is constructed and there are plenty of Festivals And Events to keep you entertained. As with every major city in Canada, there are also larger shopping malls that have all the major retailers offering one stop shopping. In the summer there is also the popular farmers market selling local produce.

There are plenty of public and private art galleries; The Saskatchewan Centre of the Arts is home to the Regina Symphony Orchestra and the RCMP Training Academy and Centennial Museum all are popular attractions.

There are hundreds of recreation opportunities in the area, there is every type of sports field, golf courses, an indoor and outdoor skate board facility, swimming pools and the 8,300 square metre Sportplex facility which has a competitive sized pool. There are over 100 parks in the city; the largest is the Wascana Centre. This is a 930 hectare area located within the heart of the city. The park has picnic and barbeque facilities, sports fields; children's play areas and even a waterfowl park. It is also home to the Legislative Building, Saskatchewan Centre of the Arts, MacKenzie Art Gallery, Royal Saskatchewan Museum, and Saskatchewan Science Centre.

Running along the Wascana Creek is the Devonian pathway, an eight kilometer multi use trail; it is used for cycling, walking and jogging in the summer months and crosscountry skiing in the winter.

The Airport is about 5km west of the centre and offers domestic and trans border (USA) flights.

The excellent City Transit System uses buses that offer a cheap and environmentally friendly alternative to using your own vehicle. There is also the Regina Paratransit Service that provides door to door transportation in lift equipped buses for registered clients.