Regina - SK
Regina is the capital city of the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. The city is the second-largest in the province and a cultural and commercial centre for southern Saskatchewan. In 2013, Regina was named the 6th best Canadian mid-sized city (17th best overall) in which to live by Money Sense magazine.
Regina was previously the seat of government of the North-West Territories, of which the current provinces of Saskatchewan and Alberta originally formed part, and of the District of Assiniboia. The site having previously been Wascana (“Buffalo Bones” in Cree), it was renamed in 1882 after Queen Victoria, Victoria Regina, by her daughter Princess Louise, wife of the Marquess of Lorne, then the Governor General of Canada. Regina’s importance was further secured when the new province of Saskatchewan designated the city its capital in 1906.
In 1912, the Regina Cyclone destroyed much of the town; in the 1930s, the Regina Riot brought further attention and, in the midst of the 1930s drought and Great Depression, which hit the Canadian Prairies particularly hard with their economic focus on dry land grain farming. In recent years, Saskatchewan’s agricultural and mineral resources have come into new demand, and it has entered a new period of strong economic growth.
Regina has a substantial cultural life in music, theatre and dance, supported by the fine arts constituency at the University of Regina, which has faculties of music, theatre and arts. In 1970 with the construction of the Saskatchewan Centre of the Arts (now the Conexus Arts Centre) as a Canadian Centennial project, a theatre and concert hall complex overlooking Wascana Lake which is one of the most acoustically perfect concert venues in North, became home to the Regina Symphony Orchestra (Canada’s oldest continuously performing orchestra), Opera Saskatchewan and New Dance Horizons, a contemporary dance company. The Royal Saskatchewan Museum (the present 1955 structure a Saskatchewan Golden Jubilee project) dates from 1906.
Regina has a substantial proportion of its overall area dedicated as parks and greenspaces, with biking paths, cross-country ski-ing venues and other recreational facilities throughout the city; Wascana Lake, the venue for summer boating activities, is regularly cleared of snow in winter for skating and there are toboggan runs both in Wascana Centre and downstream on the banks of Wascana Creek.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League, play their home games at Mosaic Stadium in Regina. Formed in 1910 as the Regina Rugby Club and renamed the Regina Roughriders in 1924 and the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 1950, the “Riders” are a community-owned team with a loyal fan support base.
Other Useful Links
Saskatchewan – CBC News http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan
Leader-Post Newspaper http://www.leaderpost.com/index.html
Regina Metro Newspaper http://metronews.ca/news/regina/
Public Library http://www.reginalibrary.ca
Water & Sewer https://www.regina.ca/residents/water-sewer/
Regina Utilities http://www.reginaroc.com/site-selection/utilities/
SaskEnergy Natural Gas http://www.saskenergy.com/
Regina Public Schools http://www.rbe.sk.ca/
Regina Catholic School Division http://www.rcsd.ca/
Montessori School of Regina http://www.reginamontessori.com/
Regina Christian School http://www.reginachristianschool.org/
Luther College https://www.luthercollege.edu/high-school
Queen City Collegiate http://www.canadaqcc.org/
Prairie Sky School http://www.prairieskyschool.net/
Colleges & Universities
University of Saskatchewan http://www.usask.ca/
University of Regina http://www.uregina.ca/
First Nations University of Canada http://www.fnuniv.ca/
Saskatchewan Polytechnic http://saskpolytech.ca/
To Find a Doctor – College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan https://www.cps.sk.ca/
Apply for a Health Card http://www.ehealthsask.ca/HealthRegistries/Pages/apply-for-health-card.aspx
Public Health Regina Qu’Appelle https://www.rqhealth.ca/
Hospitals & Medical Clinics
Regina General Hospital www.rqhealth.ca/finding/hospitals/general/regina_general_hospital.shtml
Pasqua Hospital www.rqhealth.ca/finding/hospitals/pasqua/pasqua_hospital.shtml
Gateway Alliance Medical Clinic http://www.gatewayalliancemedical.com/
Care & Cure Medical Clinic http://www.careandcuremedicalclinic.com/