I always tell newcomers to throw on their boots and follow the white-tailed jackrabbit through Wascana Centre park toward the 120-hectare lake, as a walk in the crisp Prairie air is the best way to soak up the city’s vibrant mix of nature and revitalized urban spaces.
Take an afternoon wander around the Warehouse District and sample the latest on-tap beer at Bushwakker Brewpub on Dewdney Avenue, or stop by Casa Décor on 7th Avenue to pick up a unique decoration for your home. Continue west past Albert on 13th Avenue and you’ll reach the lively Cathedral Village. While you’re there, pop in to one of the local bookstores and browse the shelves for a literary treasure to keep you company while you refuel in a nearby coffee shop.
After all that exploring, unwind with a massage at your hotel’s day spa or finish up that book by the pool. Regina may be a small city—the population comes in at under a quarter of a million—but its hotel scene is full of gems. My top three picks all celebrate their prairie roots through décor, menu choices and hospitality. Before stepping out to dine at one of the city’s many restaurants that celebrate local prairie flavours, drop by your hotel bar for some conversation over cocktails.
To help narrow down your list of things to do, I’ve rounded up my favourite spots to stop in the Queen City. Whether you’re in town for a romantic getaway, a city break with friends, or looking for a family vacation with a twist, Regina’s waiting to welcome you—prairie style.