Bison

Bison at the IPSCO park in North Regina

I live in Regina, the capital city of Saskatchewanwith a population of 179,300 (2006 census). Regina used to have the largest city population in the provincebut that distinction now belongs to Saskatoon with 202,340.More statistics on Regina can be found at theRegina Regional Economic Development Authority.

Regina is a city of temperature extremes. It can be -40C/-40F in Januaryand +40C/104F in July. Current weather conditions can be found atEnvironment Canada orCNNalthough CNN is not as accurate.

Regina Temperature Averages (Celsius)
 JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Max-11 -9 -210192327262012 -1 -8
Min-22-21-13 -3 3 81110 4 -2-11-18

Regina is situated on an ancient lake bed and is the only major city inCanada which does not have a major river running through it. Regina is the Canadiancity closest to the geographical centre of North America at a latitude of 50° 26' Nand a longitude of 104° 37' W. The altitude is 577.4 metres (1896') above sea level;which is higher than Kamloops, BC (345m/1131').Regina is 160km (100mi) N of the Montana border.

Housing prices are among the most affordable in the country. However, Regina'sproperty taxes are among the highest in Canada, typically two to three percentof property value. For example, a $100,000 house in Regina may have taxes of $2500while a $170,000 home in Calgary has taxes of $1500.

For further civic information, see thecity's WWW site.

Regina Attractions
Casino Regina Located in an historic train station in downtown Regina, the casino has over 600 slot machines, 40 game tables and offers entertainment in The Last Spike Show Lounge.
Diefenbaker Homestead The boyhood home of John Diefenbaker, prime minister of Canada from 1957-63. Many of the family's original furnishings are on display. NOTE: The Homestead has been shutdown and can no longer be visited. The web site has pictures.
Legislative Building (Capitol) The seat of provincial government. Trafalgar Fountain, on the east side of the building, was in London's Trafalgar Square from 1845-1939. Free.
Mackenzie Art Gallery Displays permanent and changing art exhibits of Canadian and international artists. Donations.
RCMP Depot and Museum The national training academy for Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) cadets. The museum recounts more than 100 years of service. Free.
Regina Plains Museum Contains exhibits of the Plains Indians culture, Riel Rebellion and the lives of the early settlers of Saskatchewan.
Royal Saskatchewan Museum Exhibits related to Saskatchewan, including the geologic history of the province and Indian culture and history. Free.
Saskatchewan Science Centre The Powerhouse of Discovery contains more than 80 permanent hands-on exhibits, live demonstrations and changing exhibits. The Kramer IMAX theatre presents science and nature films on a five-story screen with a four-way sound system.
Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame Photographs, trophies and records of Saskatchewan's finest athletes. Free.
Tourism Regina Information for visitors to Regina.
Wascana Centre A 2300 acre park built around Wascana Lake. Includes a Waterfowl Park that provides a refuge for geese and other birds that do not fly south for the winter. Speakers Corner on the north shore of Wascana Lake features gas lamps from London and birch trees from Runnymede Meadow where King John signed the Magna Carta in 1215.

Saskatchewan Facts
Population: 1 million
Total Area 651,903 square kilometres (251,700 square miles)
Fresh Water: 81,000 square kilometres (50,000 square miles)
Forest Area: 32 million hectares (80 million acres)
Highest Point: 1,392m/4,566ft - Cypress Hills (highest point in Western Canada east of the Canadian Rockies)
Lowest Point: 65m/213ft - Lake Athabasca
Time Zone: Central Standard Time (all year - no DST)
Radar Detectors:Permitted
Highways: Good to very poor condition. Sask. gov't only spends 40% of fuel taxes for road maintenance. Twinning of the TransCanada to the Alberta border was completed in 2004. The speed limit on the divided sections of #1 and #11 is 110 km/h (68 mph). Elsewhere, the limit is typically 100 km/h (62 mph) on paved highways.
Taxes: The 5% Provincial Sales Tax applies to most non-food items. Added to this is the much-hated federal Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 6%. Non-Canadian visitors can apply for a GST rebate. Sask. income taxes are also among the highest in Canada, typically 60 - 70% of federal tax (17,26,29%). Sask. also taxes CPP and EI premiums. For example, $50,000 income will incur income taxes of about $14,000 along with CPP/EI premiums of $2,000.
Motorcycles: Helmets are required for rider and passenger. If there is no windshield, visor/goggles must be worn. Riding season typically runs from mid April to late October.
Drinking Age: 19

Revised: Oct 18, 2007