The Queen City
Although it’s not the biggest city (that would be Saskatoon), it’s the cultural and commercial centre for Southern Saskatchewan. It is located right on the Trans-Canada Highway, making it the perfect stop on a Canada road trip.
Regina is in the heart of productive agricultural land, which requires lots of sunshine, so it was a natural choice when selecting between Regina and other Saskatchewan locales for the distinction of being named the capital city.
It originated as a hunters’ camp and was known as Pile O’Bones for the heaps of bones left after skinning and cutting buffalo. Capt. John Palliser, the explorer, visited the site in 1857 and called it Wascana (derived from its Cree Indian name, Oskana); with the arrival of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1882, it was renamed Regina that means “Queen” in Latin, in honor of Queen Victoria).
Regina is home to beautiful museums, historic districts, strong indigenous culture, a vibrant food scene, and of course, the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Saskatchewan is known for being the most passionate fans in the Canadian Football League.
Curling was named Saskatchewan’s official sport in 2001. Regina, in particular, has nurtured some of the greatest curlers of all time, including the Richardson brothers (they won four Canadian and World men’s championships in the late 1950s and early 1960s) and the iconic Sandra Schmirler.
The Regina Farmers’ Market was around way before locally sourced food was cool. Since 1975, local farmers have been selling their goods in town through the harvest season. Today, the market operates 10 months out of the year. More than 125 vendors are carefully selected to participate after completing a meticulous application process.
Regina seems like the perfect stop on The Big Canada Run to reset and recharge. Grab your badge, log your kilometers, and keep running!
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