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3915 Albert Street, Regina, S4S 3R4, Canada
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Living in Regina, Saskatchewan
My family and I are thinking of moving to Regina (work opportunity). However, we really know nothing about what it's like to live there. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Looking for info on the best places to live in Regina, places to avoid, raise a family, community programs, etc. Thanks in advance...
Re: Living in Regina, Saskatchewan
There is a great sense of community spirit, I suspect like Owen Sound.
There are smaller lakes to go to in the summer and a great football crowd.
The cost of living is quite reasonable. Housing is low compared to most Capitol cities
Re: Living in Regina, Saskatchewan
Hi, I just noticed your post. It's a couple months old so I don't know if this info will still help you out.
Regina has a fairly large business community and is a bit of a government town. The cost of living's pretty reasonable. I would recommend living in basically any area that is south of Victoria Avenue or in the Rochdale area or in the east end of Regina. If you need more specific info I can let you know. There are some nice character neighbourhoods close to downtown but a lot of families live in the suburbs that I've mentioned.
Hope this helps.
Travel Tips for Regina
Home of the Riders
The Roughriders is Saskatchewan's CFL team. The team has an amazing following of true fans. Fans the put the fanatical back in the definition.
While there are only 8 teams in the CFL, Saskatchewan has the most loyal following. The fans make road trips over thousands of miles to watch away games. The stadium sells out frequently for home games.
I've also been told that even though the team represents 1/8 of the league, the merchandise sales for Roughriders gear accounts for nearly 50% of all CFL related products.
I did not have an opportunity to see the Roughriders play at home, but I did see two of their games while in Alberta.
Condie Nature Refuge
This is just a small nature park in the middle of the Saskatchewan plains. The heart of the park is the dammed Boggy Creek by Canadian National railways to create a water reservoir for their steam engines. Nowadays a place to observe waterfowl and other birds, as well as marshland and grasslands habitats with native plants.
Within Condie Nature Refuge are some trails and a picnic site. It is open all year and is free of charge.
Directions: 14 km Northwest of Regina along Highway 11, off at exit A.
Big Muddy Badlands, remote and impressive
The Big Muddy Badlands were formed thousands and thousand of years ago in the last ice age, when the Wisconsin Glacier began retreating. Melt water from the glacier eroded this area into ‘badlands’. Nowadays this remote valley, once part of this glacial melt water system, is on some spots about 3 km’s wide, has a length of 60 km’s and a depth of 160 metres.
Big Muddy Badlands (or valley) is one of the most remote, rugged and driest areas of the Province of Saskatchewan. We visited it (by car) from Regina after a drive of about 160 km’s through the impressive vast plains.
Driving along Highway 34, still through the prairies, a sign along the road ‘Big Muddy Valley’ told us we were approaching the badlands. And suddenly the road descended rather steep into the cleft. The first eroded hills were visible and we made a short detour on one of the gravel roads trying to come closer to this spectacular scenery.
At the bottom of the valley another sign (which stands rather far away from the road, so we missed it initially) indicated the road to ‘Castle Butte’. This gravel road leaded us about 6 km’s into the badlands till Castle Butte; a 60 metres high ‘rock’ of clay and sandstone, which rises from the flat valley floor. From a distance it looked like a solid rock, but up close we could see the deep eroded clay slopes. It is almost remarkable the whole hill isn’t washed down during the past years.
We climbed to the top (be aware it is very steep on some places) and were awarded by fantastic views over the impressive scenery of the Big Muddy Valley.
This road is about the only way to see more of the Big Muddy Badlands if you are not on a guided tour; more sights are mostly on private land. Guided tours are just available from early June to early September and leave the village of Coronach already at 9.30 am (for info www.bigmuddybadlands.com).
From Regina (about 160 km's) to the south: highway 6 > highway 13 > highway 6; about 19 km's south of Bengough and 12 km's north of Big Beaver.
Regina RCMP museum and school
The museum exhibits the Mounties' history and exploits. The RCMP and their predecessors the NWMP (North West Mounted Police) were well respected in Canada's north and west.
The museum is a little disjointed. You get a taste of the various issues, but for instance, wandering through the museum, I could not find out when or why the police force name changed from NWMP to RCMP (1920). Actually I re-read the web site after updating this account, and it is better at stringing together the various chapters of RCMP history than the museum is.
It would be more enjoyable to take a tour (even after walking through it before) so you could confirm questions. The tour is held six times a day during the summer, but only at 1:30pm during the rest of the year, so we missed it. Also, you can only visit the RCMP chapel (next door to the museum) if you attend the tour. We read that this chapel is Regina's oldest building. Try to make one of the tours if you can.
There is no cost to enter the museum, but donations are accepted.
As we were walking through the museum and gift shop on a soggy October morning, a class of future RCMP (all sexes, shapes and sizes) jogged by in the rain. Note there are five different photos of various museum displays taken on our last visit.
Visit the RCMP Museum
While in Regina, you should visit the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Museum, located on the grounds of their Training Academy Depot. There are many interesting artifacts and exhibits regarding the history of this famous force down through the years.
This organization was formed in 1873, just a few years after Canada became a country in 1867, as the North West Mounted Police. With the lawlessness and Indian troubles of the American West starting to creep into the Canadian Prairies, the government decided that a 300-man paramilitary force was needed in the West to maintain Canadian sovereignty and to uphold the law. One of their first law enforcement actions occurred in 1874 when Americans trading whiskey to the Indians were forced out of their Fort Whoop-Up in present day Alberta. Later, as the Sioux nation under Chief Sitting Bull (victor over Gen. Custer and his troops) were gradually driven off the lands that had been deeded to them by the American government, the first remnants of the tribe arrived (in 1876) at the 'medicine line' dividing Canada from the USA. A small contingent of the scarlet-coated Mounties met the thousands of Sioux and assured them that they would be protected in Canada as long as they kept the peace and did not raid into the USA. The Sioux kept their word and stayed in Canada until 1881 when the decimation of the herds of migrating bison in the American west finally deprived them of their food supply. Gradually they returned to the USA to live on reservations as they gave up their nomadic way of life. By gaining the trust of the Canadian native tribes during their early years in the west, before settlers arrived, the NWMP avoided the sort of Indian Wars that plagued the United States. The NWMP officially became the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 1920 since, by then, they were carrying out policing duties across the country.
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