Long before the arrival of the first settlers (1880s) and before it became the provincial capital (1905), Regina was called the “Pile of Bones”. The nickname is based on the ancient ritual of the Indians of the plains, dumping the bones of bison along the banks of the Wascan Creek.
They believed that the bison would remain in these places while their bones remained here. Indians continue to have a strong influence on the culture of the region. In Saskatchewan, including Regina, many famous Native American dancers and musicians live.
For more information, visit the indigenous gallery at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum (Royal Saskatchewan Museum; 2445 Albert Street; open: daily May-Aug. 9.30-17.30; Sep.-Apr. 9.00-16.30), which has a 10,000-year history region You will see many interesting exhibits, including traditional Native American clothing and dwellings (tipi).
The museum is located south of the city center, in Waskana Park, in a 930-hectare forest area with approximately 350,000 trees.
Among the park’s other attractions are the Saskatchewan Legislative House, a beautiful limestone building above Lake Waskana, the McKenzie Art Gallery; 3475 Albert Street; open: Mon-Sat 10.00-17.30, Thu-Fri until 22.00, Sun 11.00-17.00) where contemporary and historical paintings are exhibited, and the Conexus Arts Center, where the Regina Symphony Orchestra performs.
North of the airport, at the end of 11th Avenue, is the Royal Canadian Mount Police Academy (RCMP). The evening dawning ceremony (July – mid-Aug. Evening em), as a rule, gathers a huge number of spectators watching the cadet orchestra and mounted policemen in traditional scarlet uniforms.
On the territory of the RCMP Academy (open: Tue-Sun 10: 00-16: 30), where using the interactive exposition you can trace the history of mounted police from the first skirmishes with gold prospectors to counterintelligence operations after the Second World War.
A short trip east of Regina takes you to the QuAppel Valley, a striking, deep garden dug by glaciers about 18,000 years ago.
The chain of parks and lakes connected by the K’Appel River stretches from the Buffalo Pond Provincial Park in the west to Round Lake in the east and offers plenty of opportunities for hiking, swimming, golf and fishing.