Spreading across the flat, golden expanse of the Canadian Prairies, Regina is a green, leafy oasis in the midst of the plains. As the capital of the province of Saskatchewan, it's a major centre for business, government and the arts, but also a diverse and entertaining destination for visitors. With a wealth of parks, gardens and outdoor activities, plus an array of museums, galleries and other attractions, there's plenty to discover in Regina, whatever your interests.
Regina's streets are easy to explore on foot, especially if you book a hotel in a central neighbourhood. Shining glass skyscrapers rub shoulders with character-rich buildings from the city's early days, including the imposing Hotel Saskatchewan, one of Canada's original grand railway hotels. The structure overlooks the popular Victoria Park, which hosts a variety of festivals, concerts and other events throughout the year, including the Regina Folk Festival and the annual Winter Carnival.
From here, it's only a short walk to the Wascana Centre, a sprawling stretch of green surrounding the man-made Wascana Lake. With plenty of trails perfect for walking and cycling, and kayaks, canoes and pedal boats available to hire on the lake, this is an ideal spot to stretch your legs outdoors. It's also the site of world-class attractions such as the engaging Royal Saskatchewan Museum and the highly interactive Saskatchewan Science Centre, both of which are must-sees for families with children.
Art lovers can spend some time perusing the huge collection of Canadian art (including an outdoor sculpture garden) at the MacKenzie Art Gallery, while sports fans can learn about local athletes at the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. If you prefer a bit of live sporting action, try to catch a Saskatchewan Roughriders football match at Mosaic Stadium.
Regina is also home to the RCMP Heritage Centre, where you can find out more about the iconic Royal Canadian Mounted Police – better known as Mounties. With a mix of exciting multimedia exhibits and fascinating historical artefacts – not to mention the chance to see cadets put through their paces – this is a great destination for visitors of all ages.
For those looking for a bit of retail therapy, Regina offers everything from ultra-modern shopping centres filled with upscale brands, to quirky independent boutiques in neighbourhoods such as Cathedral Village and the edgy Warehouse District. The latter is also filled with buzzing bars and restaurants perfect for fuelling up for a night on the town. With everything from live music and theatre to trendy nightclubs on offer, there's never a dull moment in this thriving capital.
Eager to start planning your own Prairie escape? Choose from a selection of Regina hotels by Marriott to make the most of your stay in Saskatchewan.