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Farm Progress Show 2011

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Farm Progress Show 2011

I have been reading the reviews for this year's show and am considering coming to Regina next year for the event and have a few questions I hope you can help with

- Is the show really as" big" as is advertised and would it be best to plan on 2 days to take in the show?

- The host hotel is the Ramada but the reviews are not great. Is it as bad as the reviews or can you recommend another hotel that is central

- I have just received the Visitor's guide for Regina and the RCMP Depot and the casino are of interest to us but can you recommend anything that is within a 1-2 hour drive of Regina worth taking in (we have never been to Saskatchewan)

Edited: 9:59 am, June 19, 2010
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1. Re: Farm Progress Show 2011

I suspect one day would be sufficient to see the Farm Progress Show, but that will depend on how interested you are in farm technology, as well as the other exhibits (typical summer fair stuff). I'm sure you could fill two days if you're really into it... the show is only three days total and attracts about 40,000 visitors. I've been once or twice, but several years ago now.

Haven't been in the Ramada in a few years, but I don't recall it being too bad, though there are a few others nearby (downtown) that may be somewhat better. Wingate is new, Radisson is the old classic one where the Queen stays. Holiday Inn Express and the Delta are both decent as well. Note the Ramada was the Delta a few years ago, and the HIE was under a different banner as well (not your typical HI building).

Within one hour most would either go west to Moose Jaw, or northeast or northwest to the Qu'Appelle Valley.

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Thanks Wanderer - Hubby works for a John Deere dealership so sounds like the Show will have "lots" to keep him busy plus didn't know that it also included summer festival types of activities. I know it's early to be planning for next year but thought I might try to use some Aeroplan miles and it seems like you have to book months in advance to get decent flights.

I'll investigate your hotel suggestions (Radisson is just a little too Victorian even if it does get good reviews LOL) .

Didn't realize that Moose Jaw was that close to Regina so we might plan a day to just drive over that way and take in the scenery.

Edited: 7:52 am, June 20, 2010
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You're welcome. Hope you enjoy your visit. :)

I wouldn't say summer festival activities, rather exhibits and the fair-type foods like fudge and mini doughnuts.

It's only about 45 minutes to Moose Jaw west on the Trans Canada. Popular activities there include the Temple Gardens Mineral Spa and the "Tunnels of Moose Jaw" which are the old prohibition era tunnels apparently. They've been revitalizing Moose Jaw into more of a tourist town since it was dying out a bit in recent years. There is also the military base there (15-wing home of the snowbirds).

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Have you thought about Qu'Appell valley for your free day?

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I haven't been to the farm show for a couple of years, but it is a top show for those interested in the latest farm technology. There is also a vintage farm technology component I find interesting.

Moose Jaw would be a good choice. Sukanen Ship and Pioneer Village museum just south of Moose Jaw is especially intereresting, imo. Simply driving around for a while would be an interesting perspective on the ways that Saskatchewan differs from PEI. You could head straight out to Moose Jaw, take in some of the sights, and then drive on Hwy 39 to Corrine. This would take you along a typical Saskatchewan two lane highway running along one of the relatively few active railroads that are left (practically the whole province used to be like that) and through a number of small towns. This would include Rouleau (aka "Dog River") and Wilcox, home of historic and still important Athol Murray College of Notre Dame. Once you get to Hwy 6 you can drive straight north into Regina, which will provide a striking contrast to highways in PEI.

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Thanks everyone. My Saskatchewan travel guide and map arrived in the mail today so I can sit down and go through it researching your suggestions. I was actually surprised by the cover on the guide, a sailboat? I thought of Nova Scotia not Saskatchewan so the scenery is defintely different than what I was envisioning I was thinking just miles of wheat fields sounds like lots more to see.

( Frostback PEI is absolutely gorgeous this time of year everything is green, the lupins are out and still lobster season )

Edited: 9:08 pm, June 22, 2010
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Yes, have only been to PEI twice but it was near this time of year (July) both times and I enjoyed it very much. In PEI you can drive 45-50 km and you will have gone from one side of the island to the other, through perhaps half a dozen communities and much picturesque country side, whereas here 45-50 km will take you from a hamlet outside of Regina into Regina, along a practically straight road where you can actually see Regina for much of the way, also impressive but in a completely different way.

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Much of southern saskatchewan probably is what you invisioned.. lots of flat ground with not too many trees and lots of fields, interspersed with some lakes and parks and trees. Though there are some very different scenery that sometimes jumps out at you from nowhere seemingly. Cypress Hills is gorgeous and good for casual skiing ( nothing like the mountains though). There's sand dunes out by Athabasca. Badlands national park with dinosaur fossils. Saskatchewan Landing has some cool scenery too.

In general, as you move north, you start to see more and more trees and forests, and it is claimed there is 100 000 lakes in this province.. much of them to the north.You will find pockets of this in the south too,but moreso, you'll be seeing miles and miles of fields down south, lol.

Enjoy your stay!

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Hello!

Back to the hotel question - I would recommend either the West Harvest Inn or the Travelodge on Albert St south. Good location, easy parking, and a five minute walk to a bunch of restaurants (ex. earls and the Keg).

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