www.whyville.net May 23, 2002 Weekly Issue

Welcome to Regina!

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Welcome to Regina!

Times Writer

Welcome to the Queen City of Saskatchewan. We are the Capitol City and the seat of our Legislature. Our name Regina actually means "Pile of Bones", taken from the indigenous language during the pioneering of the Canadian West.

We have lots of interesting things to do here in Regina. We have the Museum of Natural History, which shows the habitats of our four-footed, two-footed, and occasionally foot-less friends of nature (there is a really cool diorama of a garter snake nesting area). We have a huge inner-city park, with a man-made lake called the Wascana. There are paddle-boats available and a Ferry Ride to Willow Island for picnicking. There is also a double-decker tour bus that runs a Tour through the Park.

On the Grounds you can find the Diefenbaker Place, a historical view of one of our important political figures, the Legislature buildings, the Center of the Arts (which boasts the second largest stage in North America), the Science center which features applied science participation especially for kids, along with the IMAX theatre. There are a couple of kids' playgrounds, the Wascana Pool for swimming, tennis courts, a band shell, and a marina. The bridge that spans the lake is a beautiful piece of architecture with hand-painted multicoloured railings. Then there is the RCMP Training Facility with the Mounties Museum, several nature and wildlife preserves, and the Ipsco Family Park with its giant slide. The University of Regina Campus has been growing and expanding as well, and has a variety of architectural styles incorporated into its facilities.

We also have a bustling urban center in the Market Square area, with weekly Farmer's Markets for locally grown and manufactured goods. There is the Cathedral Village Arts Festival with street vendors, parade and street dances. The Flatlands Music Festival in the Park features up and coming Saskatchewan bands and artists. Don't forget the Regina Folk Festival and the Regina Jazz Festival. Then in August there is the Exhibition with rides and carnival food for all . In the fall we have Agribition, one of the world's larget agri-based exhibitions, with visitors from all over the world, and afterwards there is the Royal Red Arabian Horse Show.

Our city is relatively small compared to many others, but advantages abound. Lots of open green space, clean though sometimes dusty air, and it's only a half hour drive to the beach. Regina is situated just off the edge of the Qu'Appelle Valley system which is a leftover from the glacial sheet that used to cover a large chunk of the Prairies. It's a wonderful place for hiking and walking, or just for taking a scenic drive.

So welcome to Regina, Whyville, we look forward to having you visit.




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