Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
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Regina was originally called Wascana, after the Cree name oskana kâ–asastêki (where the bones are piled) – an unexpectedly apt name, given that the world’s largest T. Rex ever discovered is a local. Meet the 65–million–year–old Scotty at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum, or explore the city’s slightly more modern diversions, like the breweries and live–music venues on the Dewdney Strip in the Warehouse District.
Where to Stay
- Victorian elegance with blue accents for a suite at the Hotel SaskatchewanThe Hotel Saskatchewan, Autograph CollectionFor the royal treatment
- The outdoor pool at the Temple Gardens Hotel & Spa in ReginaTemple Gardens Hotel & SpaFor the relaxing spa
- Modern and bright double queen suite at Delta Hotels by Marriott ReginaDelta Hotels by Marriott ReginaFor the location
Eat & Drink
The chef–bartender team behind Ayden in Saskatoon touches down in a city centre heritage building. Date–nighters and large groups of co–workers order cocktails like the eight–ingredient, pinot–noir–based I Heard It Through the Grapevine from a barman so exacting, he’s launched his own bitters company. Tender seared Diefenbaker trout preens on a creamy bed of fresh peas, asparagus and three–grain risotto; raspberry soufflé tastes of ripe fruit transformed into a passing cloud.
Naked Bean Espresso Bar and Café
Get your daily java fix with locally roasted beans from Caliber Coffee Roasters. Order a creamy cold brew prepared with dark–roast coffee and coconut milk poured over ice. Then treat yourself to homemade cookies and gooey cinnamon buns. Watch the chalkboard menu for specials like the fall favourite Pumpkin Chai Tea Fog.
Malty National Brewing
This microbrewery specializing in small–batch IPAs, stouts and unusual ales is a family–friendly neighbourhood hub where furry friends are also welcome. Playfully named beers are released regularly, so ask the staff for a sample of seasonal creations, such as the fruity Cactus Joose New England IPA. Or opt for a pint of smooth, citrusy ale called Sports – the ideal companion to a heated game of cribbage.
Charcuterie at Crave Kitchen + Wine Bar
The cassoulet at Crave Kitchen + Wine Bar brings the richness of the region’s soil to the fore with local lentils, wild rice and shiitake mushrooms. Slather some Saskatoon–berry mustard on the house–cured charcuterie.
What to Do
Sweat out a six–kilometre run around Wascana Lake, the centrepiece of this immense park, passing colourful wildlife (red–winged blackbirds, western painted turtles) and a historic totem pole nestled among the willows and walnuts of the park’s forest. The less athletically inclined might prefer marvelling at the beaux–arts Legislative Building before culture–hunting inside the Royal Saskatchewan Museum and MacKenzie Art Gallery.
Hillberg & Berk
In 2013, Queen Elizabeth II was given a tourmaline brooch by homegrown designer Rachel Mielke, and now you can have your own majestic moment at the jeweller’s flagship store. Working with 150 precious stone varieties, Mielke has created a jewellery line that’s nearly as ubiquitous in Regina as green football jerseys. Go for the H&B sparkle–ball earrings from the Roughriders collection to truly fit in.
Traditions Hand Craft Gallery
Glass artist Jacqueline Berting’s famous wheat sheaves (individual crystal stalks inspired by her 14,000–sheaf installation) can be found at this boutique gallery where every piece of glass, ceramic and wood has been crafted in Saskatchewan. Gift your friends back home the grain–elevator–shaped beeswax candle, but keep a Rodney Peterson lathe–turned, boreal–forest–inspired birch vase for yourself.
RCMP Heritage Centre
Arrive for the 12:45 parade to witness an irascible sergeant major inspect the cadets’ uniforms; then, at the museum, learn how the iconic red serge has evolved over the years. Discover the Force’s history at the barracks, where Mounties have trained since the 1885 inception of a mounted police force. Interactive videos from the Arctic reveal a snowmobile–riding, fur–laden officer that few have seen before.