Back to the Industrial Age
If you are interested in history, old buidlings and equipment or just looking for a good day trip from Regina, the Claybank Brick Plant Historical Site is a good place to check out. This is a national heritage site that is approximately 1 hour from Regina so would be a good day trip, especially if you combined it with golfing at nearby Long Creek (see Golfing in Things To Do).
My dad worked here until the plant closed down so I am intimately familiar with the buildings and operations of this historical plant and have always found it fascinating. Since the closing, a lot of heritage money has been pumped into this site to upgrade the buildings and make it into a very interesting tourist site.
Rather than paraphrasing what this site is all about, check out the website link for lots more information.
- Historical Travel
- Family Travel
A lot more industrialized than I had realized
The electrical contracting and consulting company that I'm now working for in Regina does a great deal of business with various heavy industries in western Canada. We provide technicians and electricians to help out with the hands-on work during planned shutdowns or emergency breakdowns as well as engineering services dealing with protective relaying and also studies to protect the workers from the life-threatening effects of electrical arc flashes.
Once I began to visit some of our customers, I realized just how heavily industrialized Regina and all of Saskatchewan really is. The IPSCO Steel Mill on the edge of Regina is the largest in western Canada, using two electric arc furnaces to melt huge bits of scrap metal and then pouring it out of giant ladles, like the one shown here, to forge the steel into wire, pipes and giant slabs (such as in the 2nd photo). The 3rd photo gives an overall view of the mill, with the -20 C winter weather making the steam and smoke seem more dramatic than usual!
Within eyesight of IPSCO is another of Regina's industrial sites - the Consumers Cooperative Refinery (4th photo) which started operations in 1935 and has expanded over the years to its present capacity of 100,000 barrels of oil per day. We are currently working with them on plans for a larger emergency diesel generator to supply essential services in the event of a power outage.
Since Canada is the largest producer of potash (used for fertilizer) in the world, the 5th photo showing the Belle Plaine mine west of Regina should come as no surprise. It is unusual in that it mines by drilling and then injecting water up to about 5000-ft deep into the salt deposits, causing the salt to dissolve and form a huge underground cavern. The briney mixture is then pumped to the surface where it is evaporated into solid potash. We are investigating another job there to upgrade their huge electrically operated drills and pumps.
- Road Trip
- Business Travel
A Wild Ride!
As part of the RCMP graduation festivities, we were taken for a high speed ride around their driver training course, complete with screeching tires through hairpin turns! This is done in a typical 'souped-up' cruiser used for highway patrol duties, like this one, equipped with a high performance engine, special suspension and heavy duty brakes. It is quite a thrill accelerating down the straightaways and braking at the last moment to negotiate the various obstacles between you and the next straightaway.
- Family Travel
Echo Valley Provincial Park
Regina is kind of "off-the-beaten-track" itself, but alright...
Echo Valley lies about 50 km north-east of Regina, just west of Fort Qu' Appelle. It consists of a huge lake (where the people dig a hole in the 1 meter-thick ice to fish) and some trails around it.
Not in Regina and therefore...
Not in Regina and therefore included as 'Off the Beaten Path,' John's Country Cafe offers specialty coffees and a wide assortment of soups, sandwiches and desserts in Swift Current.
The Mountie Museum... if you're already in Regina, you might as well go. What else are you going to do?
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