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If you look at a map of North America, you’ll find Regina near the centre of the continent in the heart of the Canadian plains. The land is mainly flat and seems to stretch out forever. In this large agricultural region our city is an oasis of trees, homes and commerce. What was once open grassland is today home to more than 200,000 people in a tree-filled city centred on a large, man-made lake and one of the biggest urban parks in North America.

Regina weather can vary widely from season to season. At the very extreme, it may be as hot as 40° Celsius in summer, and as cold as -40° Celsius in winter, but those temperatures are rare. The average is 23 degrees Celsius (73 degrees Fahrenheit) in summer and -11 degrees C (12 degrees F) in winter. Regina people adapt to the weather and everyday life goes on without interruption through seasonal changes. Homes and buildings are heated in winter (usually with natural gas), and many homes and businesses are air-conditioned for the warm summer months.

In summer, you will want to have cool, breathable clothing. If you are outside you will want to use sunscreen.

In winter, you must have warm clothing for the entire family, including winter boots and heavy coats, and hats and mittens or gloves. These are essential to protect yourself from frostbite and freezing.

Regina’s climate is relatively dry, but still receives a healthy amount of rain in summer and snow in winter. The City of Regina removes snow from streets and alleys, but it is expected that Regina citizens remove snow from the sidewalks in front of their homes, and from their own walkways and driveways.

Before it became a city, the explorers, fur traders, surveyors and settlers who moved through the area called it “Pile of Bones” because of the buffalo bones piled there by Aboriginal peoples who hunted in the area. In 1882 the new community was given a regal name, Regina, in honour of the reigning monarch, Queen Victoria. Regina is the Latin word for queen, which is why Regina is often called the Queen City. In Regina you will find many streets with names drawn from this regal heritage.

The land mass of Regina is 118.87 km2 (45.90 square miles). It is an expanding, economically thriving city in a long-term growth period, with new immigrants arriving daily from around the world. Most of our population growth comes from immigration. We are now a city of more than 200,000 people and that population is continuing to grow through increasing levels of immigration.

Regina is a diverse city, and becoming more so every year as immigration increases. Before settlers arrived to live here in the 1880s, Indigenous peoples travelled through this area following the roaming herds of buffalo, which they hunted for food, shelter and clothing. Regina is home to many Indigenous people, who are themselves a growing part of our population.

In the 1880s, settlers began arriving to claim farmland in this area – the first wave of immigration. Most of these first settlers came from more eastern parts of Canada, from the British Isles or from our southern neighbour, the United States of America. Since then, there have been various waves of immigration from all around the world.

There is year-round activity in Regina. In summer, you can canoe, row or windsurf on Wascana Lake in the middle of the city. You can jog, walk or bike down the multi-use paved pathways that run across the community. Ice skating and cross country skiing is popular in winter.

Other summer-only sports played by all ages include baseball, rugby, football, cricket and others.

Year-round sports facilities provide for soccer, tennis, handball, lacrosse, ice hockey, badminton, basketball and many, many others.

There are several golf courses, in and near Regina, including five public courses owned by the City of Regina. You can also enjoy plenty of parks and green spaces, public pools and summer fun programs for kids.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders football team is part of the Canadian Football League and calls Taylor Field at Mosaic Stadium home.

We also have the Regina Pat’s junior hockey team and the Regina Red Sox baseball team.

Here are a few annual events, to give you a sample of activities:

  • You can attend Mosaic, a multi-cultural festival; or visit the province’s largest arts and crafts festival, Bazaart.
  • Each year brings music festivals, such as the Regina Folk Festival and the Flatland Music Festival.
  • The Western Canada Farm Progress Show is one of the largest farming shows in the world.
  • There is also plenty of summer fun at our large summer fair, the Buffalo Days Exhibition.
  • The Canadian Western Agribition is the second largest cattle show in North America.
  • Casino Regina and Show Lounge is a popular attraction year-round.
  • The Regina Symphony Orchestra is Canada’s oldest, continuous symphony.
  • Globe Theatre is one of Canada’s oldest professional theatre companies.
  • There are a number of public and commercial art galleries.
  • Teaching academies and community-based groups provide dance, music and theatre opportunities and performances.

Regina is experiencing long-term economic growth. As a result, there is a labour shortage. Immigrants are needed. You can find employment information and opportunities online at Local employers are eager to fill positions. Unemployment in the city is very low at 3.5% (July 2014).

After being inhabited by Indigenous peoples for thousands of years, Saskatchewan was first explored by Europeans in the 1700s. Large-scale settlement by Europeans and Canadians began in the last decades of the 1800s. The Regina area was first part of federal territories that later became the province of Saskatchewan in 1905 with Regina as its capital city. Saskatchewan’s current premier is Brad Wall and its lieutenant-governor, the Queen’s representative, is Vaughn Solomon Schofield. The province’s major economic activities are agriculture, mining, and energy. The province’s name is derived from the Cree language and means “swift flowing river,” a name first given to the Saskatchewan River that flows from west to east across the province.

Saskatchewan is one of Canada’s four western provinces. It is bounded on the west by the province of Alberta, on east by the province of Manitoba, on the north by the Northwest Territories and on the south by the American states of Montana and North Dakota. Saskatchewan has the distinction of being the only Canadian province for which no borders correspond to physical geographic features – our borders all appear as straight lines, creating something like a tall rectangle on a map. Along with Alberta, Saskatchewan is one of only two provinces in Canada that doesn’t border an ocean.

Most of the diverse population of Saskatchewan lives in the southern half of the province. The northern half is the rocky Canadian Shield, a geographic area that covers parts of many provinces. The Shield is heavily forested and filled with lakes and rivers, dramatically different from the southern Saskatchewan prairie landscape.

Saskatchewan has more sunny days than any other Canadian province.

Historically, Saskatchewan’s economy was primarily associated with agriculture. Today, increasing diversification has resulted in agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting only making up 6.8% of the province’s gross domestic product. The rest is made up mainly of mining, oil and gas, manufacturing and the service sector. Saskatchewan grows a large portion of Canada’s grain. Wheat is the most familiar crop and the one most often associated with the province (there are sheafs of wheat depicted on the coat of arms of Saskatchewan), but other grains (canola, flax, rye, oats, peas, lentils, canary seed, barley and many others) are now produced in greater quantity than wheat. Livestock production is also a major economic activity.

Non-renewable resources have become major economic factors, especially oil, gas and mining. Saskatchewan is one of the biggest oil and gas producing provinces in Canada, and is the world’s largest exporter of potash and uranium. In the northern part of the province, forestry is also a significant industry.