I hadn’t left Saskatoon city limits since the end of October when I got back from my trip to the States. And so I was itching for a change of scenery last month.

I decided to plan a Regina get-a-way. I have learned while living in Saskatchewan that Regina and Saskatoon have a rivalry. Or, more simply, Saskatoon is quite sure its better than Regina in every way. When I and my partner told people we were going to Regina…people scoffed…people were confused…people were sure there was no reason to visit Regina. Regina is outdated. Regina is boring.

Many of the people that were sure that Regina sucked had never actually spent any time exploring the city.

Surprisingly though, you can have fun anywhere! Interesting things are all around us!

Regina has great views.

Regina has food. Some of it is even good! 

Regina has rooms full of taxidermied animals set up in visually appealing and educational poses. 

Regina has a man-made lake, and Regina is really proud of that time in 2004 when they dug it deeper. This era was known as “The Big Dig.” They created an island from which rich people can judge boat races during this dig. The below photo was taken on that island. After this photo was taken, a little girl went up to these geese with some bread. She aggressively threw bread at them and when they didn’t immediately take to this activity, she snarled, “Ducks! Eat it, you IDIOTS!” Kids are cute. 

Regina has a big, historic building, in which people in power opt to take away all that makes your life worth living.

Regina has seasonal flooding. I LOVE flooding. My greatest fear is also drowning in a car. 

 

 

Regina has this house.

In this house one can find this: 

Regina has dead fish in its creek. And you can watch them as they travel down Wascana Creek on sheets of ice.

Lastly, Regina has suburban blight juxtaposed with prairie beauty. 

Published by Jessica M. DeWitt

Dr. Jessica M. DeWitt is an environmental historian of Canada and the United States. She is passionate about the use of digital technologies to bridge the gap between the public and researchers. In addition to her community and professional work, she offers various editing and social media consultancy services.

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