Winter Tourism in Regina: Your Complete Guide to Winter Travel in Canada’s Best Kept Secret
From freshly roasted coffee to snowshoeing in scenic Wascana Park, the beautiful city of Regina is one of Canada’s best kept secrets. Tourists will find Saskatchewan’s capital city has a little bit of everything for everyone — even in the winter!
Looking for something special? In this blog we’ll explore all the great things “Pile O’ Bones” has to offer. From the world’s largest T-rex, to the most delicious melt-in-your-mouth cinnamon buns, you may be surprised to learn, when it comes to tourism, Regina is a winter vacation wonderland.
Parks and Nature Galore!
First of all, no vacation to Regina is complete without a trip to Wascana Centre. Wrapping around the beautiful Wascana Lake, this park (larger than New York’s Central Park!) is the historic heart of the city.
No matter the time of the year, Wascana Centre offers fun activities for the whole family and individuals alike. If you’re lucky enough to see the park in the winter, skating, tobogganing, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing are just some of the fun things you can do.
Not to mention the sights — like the historic Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan, or the many monuments, memorials, gardens, and public art installations spread across the park.
But there’s more to explore than Wascana. Regina is surrounded by some of the most beautiful landscapes in Canada, brimming with trails to hike all year round! From fishing to bird watching, to simply taking a break from the hustle and bustle of city life, the natural bounty surrounding Regina will keep you occupied.
But don’t worry, if a quiet walk in the woods isn’t your idea of fun, the city has plenty of offerings to get your blood going…
Give yourself an Adrenaline Rush
For adventure seekers and sports fans alike, Regina has you covered. Have you ever tried axe throwing? …Yes, you read that right! It’s a lot like darts, but to the extreme.
Lumberjax Axe Throwing is one of the best new things to try in Regina this winter. Pump yourself up when the weather outside is too cold for your liking. No experience necessary!
If throwing an axe won’t cut it for you (…See what I did there?), why not make your way to the Brandt Centre to catch a Pats game?
Calling Regina home since 1917, The Regina Pats are the oldest major junior hockey franchise in the world to stick to their original hometown and name.
Not only are they one of the greats of the Western Hockey League, but they’re an inseparable part of this city’s history. Make sure to time up your visit for the next time they play!
And speaking of history…
Immerse Yourself in the City’s Fascinating Heritage
Think you have what it takes to join the Royal Mounted Police Force? Find out for yourself at the RCMP Heritage Centre! Located next to the historic and continuously operating RCMP Training Academy, ‘Depot’ Division, the Centre will walk you through the story and daily life of the RCMP with state-of-the-art expeditions and rare historical artifacts.
But no history lover’s trip to Regina is complete without visiting the Royal Saskatchewan Museum. There you’ll meet Scotty, the world’s largest T-Rex fossil, before making your way through Saskatchewan’s cultural history to meet the infamous Trickster of indigenous lore, Wi-sa-ke-cahk, as he’s known by the Cree. It’s here you’ll learn about the First Nations story of Turtle Island’s Creation.
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Now if museums aren’t for you, the city’s culture doesn’t stop there…
Experience Fine Arts
Although Regina’s Globe Theatre won’t be running a winter season this year, those seeking fine arts will not leave disappointed.
Your first stop has to be for the Regina Symphony Orchestra. To keep their musicians safe, they’ve refocused the winter season on solo artists and chamber music, giving you a once in a lifetime opportunity to hear their enchanting music on a much more intimate level.
Don’t miss this year’s Holiday Special played from the breathtaking Holy Rosary Cathedral.
But if music isn’t your jam (…Get it?), make sure you visit one of the city’s many galleries, including the main hub for contemporary art in Saskatchewan, the Art Gallery of Regina.
Reginans are impressive artisans, and you’ll have many local galleries to choose from on your visit. But for those that want to see everything the locals have to offer, there’s only one way to do that…
Live Like the Locals Do
From the ooey-gooey and equally delicious cinnamon buns of the Green-Spot Café, to the signature Saskatchewan Hot Plates found at the historic and award-winning Bushwalker Brewpub, Regina is sure to satisfy the foodie in all of us.
If food isn’t your jam (…Get it?), Downtown Regina sports a wide range of local businesses to shop till you drop while supporting the local economy to recover from a very tough year.
Just don’t forget to find your way to coffee row, as the older folks call it. Warm yourself up with a cup of freshly roasted coffee at one of the city’s numerous coffee houses, such as 33 1/3 Coffee Roasters, or Calibre Coffee Roasters.
As you’ll quickly discover by the many cafés around the city, Regina is one filled to the brim with coffee lovers. It isn’t hard to explore the city on your own and find a hidden gem of a café just waiting for you to perk yourself up in.
The motto of Saskatchewan is, “Strength from Many Peoples”, and after a trip to its capital city, you’ll surely see why. Regina is an amazing place to visit all year round. Having something for everyone, this town is Canada’s best kept secret.
Regina is the winter vacation destination you didn’t know you were looking for! Don’t hesitate to reserve your stay now.
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