Be a Tourist in Regina and enjoy all the City has to Offer!
Whether you are a tourist in Regina or are a long-time resident, it’s fun to enjoy some of Regina’s attractions. Our summer is pretty short, so we have to pack as much as we can into it. But there’s no reason why you have to leave the city to find enjoyable things to do this summer.
Here are some of my favourite ways to be a tourist in Regina:
Trial of Louis Riel
The Trial of Louis Riel is a reenactment of the trial of the politician, founder of Manitoba, and Metis leader after the North-West Rebellion. It’s based upon trial transcripts from 1885. You can check out the show at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum between July 20 and August 5.
RCMP Sunset Ceremony
Nothing says a tourist in Regina more than marching bands, flag lowering, and cadets running drills. The RCMP is once again presenting the Sunset-Retreat Ceremony. This event includes military music, the lowering of the Canadian flag, the March Past, and a troop drill display performed by cadets dressed in the famous scarlet tunic. You can also meet the riders, horses, and Safety Bear following the ceremony.
The Sunset-Retreat Ceremony is performed for the public every Tuesday until mid-August. The events start at 6:45 pm. and visitors are encouraged to arrive by 6:30 pm. Parking is available at the RCMP Heritage Centre 5907 Dewdney Avenue.
Here are the upcoming dates:
- July: 4, 11, 18, 25
- Aug.: 1, 8
RCMP Heritage Centre
The RCMP has a rich history in Regina; all of the cadets in the country are trained at the Depot right here in Regina. So it’s no wonder that there is an RCMP Heritage Centre here as well. Visit the Heritage Centre and learn the history of the RCMP through the interactive exhibits. You can also check out the Sgt. Major’s Parade weekdays at 12:45 as the cadets are put through their paces.
Mackenzie Art Gallery
The Mackenzie Art Gallery is one of Regina’s jewels. It’s a fantastic resource any time of year, but in the summer you can add an outdoor sculpture tour to your visit. The Mackenzie Art Gallery is located at 3475 Albert Street and is open 7 days a week. Here is more information.
Government House is a must see for anyone interested in Regina’s history. Gorgeous grounds, a museum, and special events ensure you and your guests will be entertained for hours.
Victorian teas at Government House are a hot ticket. You can attend the Government House Historical Society’s afternoon teas on July 8 & 9 and August 12 & 13. Here is where you buy tickets.
Self-Guided Walking Tours
If you are in the mood for walking and learning some of Regina’s history, a self-guided walking tour might be fun. There are maps of many of Regina’s older neighborhoods as well as one of the 1912 Tornado that annihilated Regina’s downtown. Here are the maps you can download (or you can stop at City Hall to pick up a free hard copy).
Saskatchewan Science Centre
The Saskatchewan Science Centre has tons of fun stuff going on all summer. The special exhibit this summer is the Body Worlds RX – Your prescription for healthy living. It tells you all about what some of todays common diseases look like along with the inner workings of your anatomy. It’s in Regina until September 10.
The Science Centre also hosts some fun family activities every Saturday and Sunday at 2pm. Upcoming events include light saber art and the slime has come.
The IMAX is also a great way to enjoy life as a tourist in Regina. Every Wednesday in the summer the IMAX shows a full-length feature show – and they have a cash bar! Upcoming movies include Clerks and Monty Python.
So the Riders aren’t off to a great start, but I personally think there is hope for the team in 2017. And despite the losing start, Mosaic Stadium is still one of the most fun places you can be on game night. If you haven’t been to a Rider game, you probably should because the crowd is as much of a draw as the team. Ok, maybe not as much if you are a huge football fan, but for those of us who don’t live and die green, people watching at a Rider game is a spectacular sight. Add to that a beautiful new stadium and a warm summer afternoon, and you have the makings for a memorable Saskatchewan event. You can get tickets here.
In my humble opinion, watching a Rider game is one of the best ways to be a tourist in Regina! You can see fun people, get excited, and eat some of the amazing food you can buy at Mosaic Stadium.
Nothing says Saskatchewan like beer, so if hops and mead are your things, why not do a brewery tour? Rebellion Brewery has taphouse tours every Saturday. Last Mountain Distillery in Lumsden can also show you how they create their dill pickle vodka and other delicious liquors in their distillery tours which take place every Saturday as well.
I’ve done both of these tours and I can say they both come with samples. You’re welcome 😉
Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame
The Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame celebrates Saskatchewan’s rich sports history. With more than 500 Sports Hall of Fame inductees, you might just see someone you know who has been inducted. The Sports Hall of Fame also partnered with Participaction and they are doing outdoor events for children all summer long in Victoria Park. The fun takes place every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30-11am and 1:30-3pm. Cost is $1 and you have to pre-register your children.
EVRAZ Family Park
For fun that is also free, the EVRAZ Family Park is a must see. They have an outdoor pool, animals (such as buffalo, elk, and deer), and picnic areas. And did I mention they are all free??? EVRAZ Family Park is located at the EVRAZ plant grounds on Armour Road, just north of the city.
What are your favourite ways to play tourist in Regina in the summer? Share it in the comments.