In Regina, there are many bike and pedestrian paths through the Wascana Centre and along Wascana Creek that provide enjoyable cycling. These paths, plus the easily navigated grid system of Regina's tree lined streets, make the city a joy for the cyclo-tourist. Ride with caution on the paths as they are shared with pedestrians.
Many interesting cultural and historical sites surround the strong and healthy business and cultural core. These sites give an understanding of the breadth of vision of the people who transformed Pile of Bones' into the "Queen City of the Plains'. One thing to keep in mind as you cycle through the city is that all the trees have been planted. The abundant natural beauty of places like the Wascana Centre have been created by man from a featureless and forbidding prairie.
Points of Interest
Our tour of historical and cultural sites starts at Wascana Place. Here the visitor may pick up pamphlets on some of the sites on the tour and ones outlining the centre's walking and cycling routes. These will be useful is locating and reaching some of the more important areas. From Wascana place proceed to the Museum of Natural History at Albert St. and College Ave.
The next stop on the tour is the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame on Victoria Avenue and Cornwall Street. This monument to Saskatchewan's famous athletes is housed in the old Land Titles office. The cultural side of the tour continues with a visit to the Dunlop Art Gallery located in the main branch of the Regina Public Library on 12th. Avenue and Lorne St. The Plains Historical Museum, 1801 Scarth St., is located in the old city hall.
The territorial Administration Building at 3304 Dewdney Ave. housed the government of the North West Territories from 1891 to 1910. The fully restored building now serves as the North Central Community Centre and has been designated as a provincial heritage property. Government House historic property was used as the official residence of the Lieutenant Governor between 1891 and 1945. The house has been restored to the elegance of the turn of the century and is well worth a visit. It is located a few blocks west of the Territorial Administration Building on the south side of Dewdney Ave.
From Government house, it is only a few blocks west to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Headquarters, Training Facilities, and Museum. The museum is well presented in a modern building with artifacts charting the entire history of the force. While your at the RCMP sit make sure to visit the chapel which is Regina's oldest building.
Get back on the Devonian Pathway where it crosses Dewdney Ave. And head east along Wascana Creek past golf courses, turtle ponds, baseball diamonds parks and playgrounds until you cross Albert Street.
A block south you will find the Saskatchewan Legislative Building. The building is a huge cross shaped edifice whose architecture, gardens, galleries, and halfways provide many hours of relaxation and enjoyment for the visitor. Near the Legislative Building is the Diefenbaker Homestead - the original home of famous Saskatchewan politician and former Prime Minister John G. Diefenbaker. The homestead is furnished with original items. Proceed through Wascana Centre and visit the Saskatchewan Centre of the Arts and Wascana Waterfowl park. Visitors can observe the varied species of waterfowl in the numerous display ponds. Watch out for large flocks of Canada geese hanging around this part of the park.
Outside Regina Destinations
IPSCO Animal Park is a pretty good spot to entertain children. There are picnic areas, a zoo, playgrounds and barbeques. It is located on Industrial Drive north on Hwy. 6. The Condie Nature Reserve is 14 km. north of the city off Exit A' on Hwy. 11. The visitor can enjoy watching wildlife in its prairie and marshland habitats. There is a small museum and picnic area. It is about a 50 km. ride from the Legislative Building. Last Mountain House was built in 1869 as an outpost of fort Qu'Appelle but only lasted a few years. The original buildings are gone, but today replicas stand, so one can still get a good idea of what the site was like.