Top Attractions in Regina
Located in the southern part of the province, Saskatchewan’s capital city is teeming with must sees and dos. Plan a vacation to the Queen City and visit these top attractions:
One of the largest urban parks in North America, Wascana Centre is an oasis in the middle of the city and an excellent venue for walking, cycling and jogging. The park is also home to the 104-hectare Wascana Lake Migratory Bird Sanctuary, where you might spot some wild creatures, from painted turtles and wetland birds to pelicans and cormorants. Cool off from the Saskatchewan summer heat as you paddle out on a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard to one of Wascana Lake’s many constructed islands, or take a leisurely cruise with Ferry Boat Tours.
In 2019, the Royal Saskatchewan Museum’s newest star attraction made its debut. Scotty, the world’s largest and oldest Tyrannosaurus rex, calls the Regina museum its second home (the first is the T.rex Discovery Centre in Eastend). This scale replica is so massive that it required major redevelopment to the museum to allow for two-storey viewing of the dinosaur skeleton. Another new exhibit – HOME: Life in the Anthropocene – explores the human condition and its impact on the world. The museum's First Nations Gallery reflects the history and traditions of Indigenous peoples and their relationship with the land for over 10,000 years.
The RCMP Heritage Centre brings to life one of Canada’s oldest and most iconic stories, the story of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). While the museum is modern, its setting on the grounds of the RCMP Academy, “Depot” Division, is steeped in history. Established in 1885, “Depot” Division is considered the “Cradle of the Force,” with all RCMP members from across Canada receiving their training in Regina. Explore over a century of history, from the formation of the North West Mounted Police in 1873 to the modern-day Mountie. In the exhibit hall, check out the Musical Ride virtual reality experience or get behind the wheel of the driving simulator.
Spend a leisurely afternoon browsing works of art at Saskatchewan's oldest public art gallery. The MacKenzie Art Gallery, located in the T.C. Douglas Building, features thought-provoking creations from around the world with nearly 5,000 pieces in its permanent collection. Wander through the 24,000 sq. ft. of gallery space and then stop in The Gallery Shop to purchase locally made, handcrafted and thoughtfully curated giftware.
Experience life in turn-of-the-century splendour and admire its Victorian-era elegance while exploring Government House, which was built in 1891 to house the Lieutenant Governor of the Northwest Territories. Now it’s home to a museum, a conservatory and formal Edwardian Gardens. Engaging tours, programs and exhibits will take you back in time.
Constructed in 1912, the Saskatchewan Legislative Building is one of the grandest buildings in Western Canada. Designed by the Maxwell Brothers of Montreal in Beaux-Arts style, the building was constructed with Manitoba Tyndall stone and 34 types of marble. View the grand staircase, rotunda, galleries and Legislative Assembly Chamber during a guided tour, offered multiple times daily. Learn about the vision that early leaders had for the province and the many famous Canadians who are a part of Saskatchewan's political legacy. To discover points of historical interest on the grounds near the Saskatchewan Legislative Building, take a 45-minute self-guided tour through Wascana Centre.
Igniting the scientific curiosity of young and old, the Saskatchewan Science Centre has more than 185 hands-on exhibits featuring history, nature and technology. It is also home to the IMAX movie theatre and Atom + Geek Science Shop.