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Regina in February

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Sydney, Australia
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Regina in February

Hi, planning on visiting Regina in Feb 2013. We have done lots of travelling in Canada in the winter so yes well aware of the temperatures, challenges driving etc. Interested to hear what people might post as "musts if you are in Regina", local hockey games, shoppping and photo opportunities. Anything at all that we should do while there

thanks

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Penticton, Canada
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1. Re: Regina in February

HI

The first thing to learn is that you need to find an electrical outlet to connect your car. This is called plugging in your car. The wire connects to a heating element and will heat the engine block - it keeps the fluids warm so your car will start in the morning.

In Regina the Legislature building is worth a visit and the park system in the area and Cross country skiing trails

for Photo ops driving to the edge of the City to see the definite edge and the clear prairies with no obstructions for over 20km.

Regina is also the training centre for all RCMP recruits; it has a museum.

Kipling. SK
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2. Re: Regina in February

There are a few tourism websites that give you a feel for Regina. This one will work just fine->

http://www.reginaroc.com/visit

I will agree with the statement above that the area around the legislature buildings, Wascana Park/Wascana center,is one of the best and serene areas of the city. Well protected from the rapid growth of the city. I especially like driving around that area at night with all of the old fashioned globe lights all lit up.

Good areas to shop in my opinion is Southland Mall which is fairly compact and localized. Also the East Area along Victoria Avenue/Transcanada hwy east. Shopping there is more spread out mainly South of the Highway.

The main area for hockey games, shows,concerts, etc is the exhibition grounds/Evraz Place/Brandt Center.

The route through town that would be a typical 'Main' street would be Albert Street, running North/South through the center of the city.

Casino Regina is just North of the downtown core. The downtown is where you will find the Cornwall shopping Center and historic Hotel Saskatchewan.

When you get closer to February, look up the events calendar if you are looking for something to do for a night.

Sydney, Australia
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3. Re: Regina in February

Thanks :) Yes have had to do the plug in thing in various places we have visited in Canada .....thanks for the other ideas. Just cannot wait to come back to the beautiful and spectacular Canada :)

Sydney, Australia
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4. Re: Regina in February

HI and thanks for the information and ideas - will hopefully get to see it all :)

Saskatchewan
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5. Re: Regina in February

Couple of thoughts.

Temple Gardens Spa in Moose Jaw is nice in the winter, the geothermal pool extends out of doors so you can comfortably soak in the pool in the coldest weather. Moose Jaw is less than an hour away and the drive takes you by some of the flattest landscape. Main street in Moose Jaw is also an interesting walk.

La Bodega is a great restaurant more or less in the middle of Regina that is noted for, among other things, its ice bar.

Saskatoon, Canada
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Beautiful and Regina don't mix. :P What parts of Canada have you travelled to before?

I second making the stop in Moose Jaw. The Mineral Spa is a really nice place to stop, and sitting outside in the winter in the heated pool is awesome. Also when in Moose Jaw, check out the Underground tunnels, particularly the Al Capone tour. It's alot of fun with all the actors pretending to be mobsters.

As for Regina itself, The Legistaltive Buildings might be a good place to visit, There is a nice park right behind the buildings. Another nice area for pics ect is the middle of the city, where the twin towers are. And lastley, the casino is a nice place to visit. The restored an old train station, its the nicest casino in the province.

Kipling. SK
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7. Re: Regina in February

<< Beautiful and Regina don't mix >>. I don't know if that is a sarcastic statement or not, but everyone is entitled to their opinion.

Regina is a city stuck onto a flat tract of land, part of the Canadian prairies. Regina has no mountain as a backdrop, no major river passing through, and no massive architectural masterpiece acting as a beacon to mankind. But I don't think ugly is a word that would be in the same sentence with Regina, not by a longshot.

There has been a lot of talk about the legislature buildings, in the area of the city now called Wascana Center-> http://www.wascana.sk.ca/index.php?id=home.

This is a map of the area, which shows some of the features and buildings-> wascana.sk.ca/fileadmin/…Guide_Map.pdf

There are several notable places to visit in the Wascana Park area, one in particular, the Mackenzie Art Gallery/TC Douglas building-> http://www.mackenzieartgallery.sk.ca/

Places mentioned before, Hotel Saskatchewan, Casino Regina, Cornwall Center, along with a host of other places can be found downtown. The twin towers are also downtown, and can be viewed from Victoria park. Some of the streets are one way and parking can sometimes be quite the issue, but you could easily spend a couple of days downtown, shopping and siteseeing. Here is a map with a list of various places-> reginadowntown.ca/images/pdfs/downtown_regin…

SE Ontario
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Second the Mackenzie Gallery - it is a lovely gallery.

Also suggest you drive out to the First Nations University of Canada campus, adjacent to the University of Regina - the main building was designed by renowned first nations architect Douglas Cardinal and is a beautiful building.

Regina is a very pretty city ... although chilly in winter ... bundle up!

Sydney, Australia
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9. Re: Regina in February

Thanks for all the information. re where have we travelled to in Canada previously - BC, Alberta, Nova Scotia, Quebec, Ontario - lots of places in all those provinces. Always in the winter and so yes we will rug up ( -42 in Slave Lake a couple of years ago) so we have all the right layers and clothes - maybe this time we will need extra for Yellowknife! everywhere we have been so far has been beautiful and so I am expecting that Regina in the winter and the prairies will be beautiful in their own unique way.

definately off to Moose Jaw, MacKenzie gallery and the First Nations University Thanks again :) !!

Sydney, Australia
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10. Re: Regina in February

Hi Widmarsh

thanks for all the great links - much appreciated. :)

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