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There are so many things to do in Regina at all times of the year. Regina is a great city that is big enough to have lots of activities to offer, but small enough to get around quickly and find quiet spots to enjoy spending time with family.
Even if you were to get bored, Moose Jaw is a short 45-minute drive away and there are several more fun things to do in Moose Jaw as well!
Regardless of whether you’re here for a weekend, in town for a Roughriders game, visiting family, or living here, there are lots of places to explore! To help you in your endeavors, I have created a condensed list of 21 fun things to do in Regina, Saskatchewan!
About Regina, Saskatchewan
Regina is the capital city of Saskatchewan, located right in the middle of the prairies with Manitoba on the east and Alberta on the west. The city is known as the Queen City as its name comes from the Latin word for “queen” (Regina), named after Queen Victoria.
While the city is surrounded by flat prairie and farmland, it has lots of parks and green spaces, with about 300,000 trees all planted by hand. There are fantastic prairie sunsets full of pinks, golds, blues, and purples, so it’s easy to see why Saskatchewan is known as the “Land of the Living Skies.”
21 Fun Things to Do in Regina
1. Visit the Legislature and Wascana Park
No visit to Regina would be complete without stopping by Wascana Park. It’s a beautifully landscaped park right in the middle of the city that is almost three times larger than Central Park in New York! It’s a great place to walk around the lake and see the impressive Saskatchewan Legislative Building.
The Legislative Building houses government for the province and is an impressive structure made with cream-colored Tyndall stone and a copper dome. The dome used to be a shiny copper like a new penny but faded to black because of exposure to the elements. Inside the building, there are gorgeous marble details with marble brought from Italy and Cyprus. Free tours of the building are offered daily and last about 30 minutes.
The Queen Elizabeth II Gardens are right out front of the Legislature where 25,000 flowers are planted every spring. It’s also worth visiting Trafalgar Fountain nearby for some photos or a little rest after walking around the park. The fountain used to be in Trafalgar Square in London from 1845 to 1939 before it was given as a gift to Canada in 1963 and ended up here.
While you’re in the park, go to the Waterfowl Display Ponds. This is a bit of a hidden gem where the park provides free grain to feed the geese, ducks, and even a swan named Stella. If you come in May or June, the enclosed ponds will be full of baby birds including fluffy, yellow goslings – so cute!
2. Eat Donuts at The Everyday Kitchen
For arguably the best donuts in the city, I love The Everyday Kitchen. It started as a home business and grew into a popular donut shop that sells out almost daily.
Go earlier in the day to have your pick of classic flavors like Brown Butter or Cinnamon Sugar and rotating flavors including Banana Salted Caramel, Key Lime, or Strawberry Cheesecake. Pair a donut (or two!) with a vanilla latte or raspberry mint lemonade and stay for a while. The shop is set in the historic Warehouse District in a recently renovated building with huge windows.
The Everyday Kitchen is the only sourdough donut shop in North America. These donuts take 48 hours to make as the dough needs longer to rise. Grab some to take home too, as these are an addictive treat!
3. Try a Virtual Reality Escape Room at District 3
This is a totally different way of experiencing an escape room with virtual reality. At District 3, you and up to four people all put on VR goggles and enter a video game full of puzzles to solve. While you stay seated the whole time, in the games you can be climbing, flying, or building things to help your teammates.
I highly recommend the “Alice” virtual escape where you have to find a way into the castle filled with tricky traps and defeat the Queen of Hearts to save Wonderland. It’s an entertaining activity to do with friends and go on an adventure for an hour. Other scenarios include a floating jungle in the sky or exploring a giant pyramid.
The virtual escape rooms are about $30 CAD per person and last about an hour – depending on how quickly the puzzles and activities in the game are completed.
4. Afternoon Tea at the Hotel Saskatchewan
The historic Hotel Saskatchewan is where all the royals (including the Queen!) have stayed when they visit the province. The hotel was built in the 1920s and is located downtown. The inside has been beautifully restored and feels like a luxurious escape inside the city.
You can feel like royalty here for an afternoon by coming here for their famous tea served every Thursday to Saturday at 2:30 p.m. It starts with strawberries with Chantilly cream, followed by tiny sandwiches, desserts, and your choice of tea. Try the Hotel Saskatchewan blend tea with a mixture of strawberry-lemon flavors or the Canadian Maple for a blend of black tea with the sweetness of maple. There’s also a Prince and Princess tea for kids that includes peanut butter and jam sandwiches and s’mores eclairs.
The teas start at about $30 CAD per person, and reservations must be made in advance. There are also themed teas throughout the year including Easter, Autumn, and Christmas.
Staying at the Hotel Saskatchewan is also a great idea for a getaway and a chance to really enjoy the hotel’s charm.
5. See the World’s Largest T.rex
Seeing the largest Tyrannosaurus rex in the world at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum is another excellent activity in Regina. The CN T. rex Gallery brings “Scotty” to life with unique exhibits including a recreation of the dinosaur’s mighty roar!
Scotty was discovered in Saskatchewan in 1991 and named after the bottle of scotch the researchers used to celebrate the discovery. Nearly all of the dinosaur’s bones were removed by hand from rocks in the Frenchman River Valley. The T. rex is 67 million years old and weighed more than 19,000 pounds!
After saying goodbye to Scotty, wander through the museum’s other galleries showcasing the history and traditions of Indigenous people, First Nations artwork, and life-size displays featuring thousands of animal species found in Saskatchewan.
The Royal Saskatchewan Museum is open 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. every day, and admission is by donation.
6. Go Ziplining and Rock Climbing
Set inside the building that used to house a huge printing press for the daily newspaper, it’s now home to a giant adventure park. SkyPark Regina is the perfect adrenaline rush with an indoor zipline, aerial ropes course, and climbing walls.
If you’re looking for a challenge, try the obstacle course set more than 20 feet in the air. You have to navigate across wooden planks and bridges as you work your way to the zipline to soar over the entire facility. There’s also a variety of rock-climbing walls with a clip harness system that’s easy for kids and adults. It’s $17 CAD for an hour of unlimited access to the ropes course, zipline, and climbing walls.
There are also go-cart races, mini-golf, and an indoor play structure for little ones. It’s easy to spend an afternoon here, and it’s a great option in the winter or if the weather isn’t great.
7. Go to a Rider game!
There’s nothing quite like 30,000 fans dressed in green all cheering for the Riders. Even if you’re not a big football fan, the excitement of the game is contagious. It’s also likely the only time in your life you’ll see people in the stands wearing hollowed-out watermelons as helmets.
All the games are at the new Mosaic Stadium, an open-air stadium with multiple levels of seating. Wide concourses circle the entire building and have a wide variety of snacks and food to choose from – try the two-foot-long hotdog … that’s enough to share! The south end zone also has the area known as “Pil Country,” which is a standing-room-only section. Tickets there are typically cheaper and have a bit more of the party atmosphere.
Any game will give you a great experience, but the Labor Day Classic that sells out every year is considered one of the best of the season. You’ll witness the friendly rivalry between the Roughriders and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers firsthand – so don’t wear blue!
If hockey is more your sport, you can always head to Saskatoon to watch the Saskatoon Blades play!
8. Visit the Science Centre and See a Movie on the BIG Screen
The Saskatchewan Science Centre is another fun thing to do in Regina. It has a mix of traveling exhibits that change every few months, along with permanent displays and stage shows. Wander through three levels of exhibits and try to make a giant bubble big enough to stand in or test your reaction time in the Science of Hockey exhibit.
Also included when you visit is admission to JoyLab. It’s a whimsical collection of backdrops and rooms that provide Instagram-worthy backgrounds and props to take fun photos with. Pose in the “upsidedown” room, in front of a wall of purple flowers or with a larger-than-life ice cream cone. It’s a great way to take home some memorable photos from your visit.
While you’re at the Science Centre, grab a ticket to an IMAX show to see a film on the largest movie screen in Saskatchewan. The screen is 52 feet tall by 73 feet wide! If you sit near the front, you’ll feel like you’re part of the show.
The Science Centre is open Wednesday to Sunday. The best deal for tickets is to buy admission to see all the exhibits and an IMAX film the same day for $20 CAD per person.
9. Explore one of the many parks
It isn’t just Wascana Park in the middle of the city that is worth visiting. There are so many great options if the weather is nice and you have time to explore.
Lakewood Park in Regina’s northwest area is a beautiful spot for a walk. There’s a waterfall and a fountain in the middle of the lake in the summer. If you want to burn off some energy, bring a ball or a kite to fly in the nearby green space! Or you can play a match or two at the tennis court.
For kids, check out Crosbie Park, which has earned the nickname “Pirate Park” for the fun play structure. There’s a huge pirate-themed playground complete with two pirate ships covered in cannons, bridges, telescopes, and slides. There are even picnic tables and a nice sitting area to have a snack.
Kiwanis Waterfall Park is another favorite. It has a sunken waterfall garden, a large grassy area, walking paths, nearby baseball diamonds, and a playground. Kiwanis Waterfall Park is a popular spot for wedding and grad photos and is beautiful through all seasons.
10. Try a Craft Beer from a Local Brewery
While in Regina, sample some delicious craft beer. It’s made locally in small batches, so there’s more variety in flavors and ingredients that take a cold beer to the next level.
Rebellion Brewing Company is a micro-brewery with a 50-seat taproom. You can taste some great local ingredients in the beers here, including the famous Lentil Beer. It’s brewed with King Red Lentils grown right in the province and has a golden color and smooth taste.
District Brewing Company has premium craft beer made from just four ingredients – malt, hops, water, and yeast. The beer is aged for a month for the best taste. Take a tour of the brewery and enjoy a free pint and samples when you do! Tours are 90 minutes and $20 per person with a minimum of eight people.
11. Mini Golf and Mine for Gems at Cedar Creek
Just two miles south of Regina, Cedar Creek is a family-owned destination with many unique things to do. It’s easy to spend a morning or afternoon here – especially in the summer or fall, or visit the amazing Christmas store in the winter.
During the warmer months, check out the western-themed mini-golf course. It’s a fun, outdoor course that winds through the property and even has a nice sitting area by a small lake to enjoy after your game.
There’s also a water feature where kids (and adults!) can “mine” for gems. Buy a bag of sand from the store and reveal the polished stones, fossils, and shells inside by placing the sand in a tray and shaking it in the water – think of panning for gold, but for rocks and gems! It’s so much fun to see the little treasures revealed here and take them home.
While at Cedar Creek, stop in to visit the animals and say hello to the friendly goats, pigs, and miniature ponies at the petting zoo. Keep an eye out for Beckham the goat, named after the soccer player – he’s a spunky one who loves to play. Cedar Creek also has an eight-acre corn maze with a different theme every year like Jurassic Park. It’s fun to get lost exploring in the maze and then grab a cold drink or ice cream from one of the on-site food trucks.
12. Go to a Drive-In Movie
While drive-in movie theatres aren’t as common as they used to be, there are a couple of great ones in the Regina area. It’s a fun road trip to pack up the car and enjoy a movie on the big screen while snuggled up in the front seat or in the back of a truck.
Twilite Drive-In Theatre is in Wolseley, Saskatchewan – about an hour from Regina on the #1 Highway. It has been open for more than 65 years and has movies on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. If you want to make a night of it, campers are welcome!
You can bring your tent or RV and spend the night after the show, so you don’t need to drive home. It’s cash only here and $25 CAD per carload, or you can buy a season pass sweater for $65 and come to as many movies as you want for that season – just bring the sweater!
Moonlight Movies is located on the Pilot Butte Rodeo Grounds, about 15 minutes outside the city. There’s a permanent screen, so movies play in all kinds of weather – they’ve even had movie nights in January! There’s a huge lot for cars and it’s $20 CAD per car or $30 CAD for double-feature nights.
13. Picnic at Government House
Government House in Regina was built as the official residence for the Lieutenant-Governor of the North-West Terrorities in 1891. Now, the buildings here serve as a museum full of artifacts, galleries, and the office for the current Lieutenant-Governor of Saskatchewan.
Bring a picnic lunch to have in the beautiful Edwardian Gardens or order tea and scones to go from the Government House Historical Society and enjoy the treats among the flowers. The gardens are divided into “outdoor rooms,” each with different plants, including more than 5,000 tulips and a large rose garden.
Inside, Government House has more than 10,000 artifacts – many of which are original to the house. Enjoy going back in time with a tour from someone dressed in costume and playing the character of a person who worked or visited here in 1905 – it could be a maid, a butler, or perhaps Amédée E. Forget, the first Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan.
If you’re here during the Christmas season, great ready to see Government House transform with 17 trees, 62 wreaths, 100 poinsettias, 450 feet of garlands, and thousands of lights. There’s even a special Victorian Christmas celebration with sleigh rides, hot chocolate, and caroling every year.
Tours are offered of the outdoor gardens as well as the indoor museum. Tours run on the hour and are free, but donations are welcomed.
14. Visit the Regina Farmers’ Market
During the summer, get fresh produce, yummy baked goods, and local art from crafters and markets at the Regina Farmers’ Market downtown. Every Wednesday and Saturday from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., vendors gather at City Square Plaza in the center of downtown for an outdoor market.
Pick up fresh flowers grown right in Saskatchewan from Lark Farm, a one-of-a-kind greeting card from Created Designs Studio; honey from third-generation beekeepers, Howland’s Honey; and finish off with some overnight smoked brisket from the Prairie Smoke and BBQ food truck (look for the line-up!).
The Regina Farmers’ Market is also open for the fall and winter at their indoor location at the Core Ritchie Neighborhood Centre. Every Saturday from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., you can browse vendors for a wide variety of Saskatchewan-made items while staying nice and warm inside.
Related Read: Visiting the local Farmer’s Market is also one of the best things to do in Saskatoon, SK.
15. Day trip to Regina Beach
Only 45 minutes from Regina, there’s a great beach to escape to for the day. Regina Beach is the perfect place to catch some sun, take a swim, and have some tasty food.
It’s one of the most popular beaches in the province and is located on the shores of Last Mountain Lake. Regina Beach has a large, sandy beach area as well as volleyball courts, a play structure, a giant inflatable water playground, and a dock for fishing. The town of Regina Beach (which you drive through on your way down to the beach at the bottom of the hill) is full of restaurants, boutique shops, and a yacht club.
For food, you HAVE to try fish and chips from the Blue Bird Café. They’ve been serving fish and chips here since 1928 – it’s an iconic summer taste! Sit on the stairs and wait for your order and then take it down to the beach to eat. For dessert, go to Sundae Times across the street for mini donut poutine or one of over 30 flavors of ice cream.
There’s no entry fee to get to the beach and parking is free – come early on weekends in the summer to get a close spot!
16. Jump at the Trampoline Park
With wall-to-wall trampolines and jumping fun, Get Air Regina is a great place to jump, bounce, and flip. There’s a wide variety of activities here including vertical trampolines, a dodgeball area, basketball hoop, foam pits, a ninja course, and a special Kiddie Court section for the little ones. This is definitely one of the most exciting things to do in Regina!
Come on Friday or Saturday nights from 7-10 p.m. for “Club Air” where the music gets turned up and the lights get turned off. It’s like glow bowling, but instead, glow jumping! Wear lighter colors if you want to glow in the dark and be prepared for lots of fun. If you want to show off your skills, jump into the giant foam pits and then watch your jumps replay on a big TV screen with delayed cameras.
Make sure you buy special grip socks from the front counter (they’re only about $3 CAD), so you don’t slip while you’re jumping. Pricing varies and is about $20 for two hours of jumping time, but check their website first as there are lots of online deals.
17. Eat at a local restaurant
At Le Macaron, it feels like stepping into a French bakery with the Paris-style decor and delicious pastries. Check out the 21-foot glass display cases full of fancy desserts including three-layer mousse cakes. Grab some of the café’s namesake, macarons with buttercream filling (they sell 10,000 of these a month!), and head to the room at the back of the café to the seating area with huge windows.
For specialists in a very Canadian dish, head to Coney Island Poutine. They do the classic fries, gravy, and cheese curds along with the largest selection of different poutines I’ve ever seen! Try Cheeseburger Poutine or Honey Garlic Rib Poutine, or if burgers are more your thing, the Elvis burger with bacon and melted peanut butter is one of their most popular. There are also homemade milkshakes served in metal mixing cups to keep them extra chilled – try raspberry, pina colada, apple pie, or salted caramel.
For lunch or dinner, the Skye Café and Bistro is a restaurant with fantastic food focused on local ingredients. It’s located in the Saskatchewan Science Centre and has a patio for outdoor dining facing Wascana Park.
Try dishes like the Mediterranean Bowl with local lentil and chickpea falafel, shrimp tacos, or smoked salmon zucchini latkas. Their dining area is full of windows and plants, and outside you’ll find a garden where they grow ingredients for some of the meals.
18. Watch the RCMP in Action
Regina is home to the RCMP Heritage Centre and the RCMP Training Academy, Depot Division. All Mounties in Canada have started their police training here since 1885.
See this training in action with the Sergeant Major’s Parade where drill staff conducts a roll call and inspection of the cadets, accompanied by the cadet band. The parade takes place every Tuesday to Friday around noon – make sure to pre-register at the RCMP Heritage Centre Guest Services before 11:45 a.m.
Wander through the heritage center to see the stories of the RCMP through historical and modern-day exhibits. Help solve a crime at the forensic identification exhibit by gathering evidence and clues to crack the case or get behind the wheel of a real police car in the driving simulator. There’s also a theatre inside where various films play daily, including “Courage in Red: Depot” which gives an in-depth look at all cadets’ training process during their 26 weeks here.
The RCMP Heritage Centre is open seven days a week and admission is $10 CAD for adults and $6 for kids aged six or older.
19. See Beautiful Flowers – even in winter!
Feel like you’re stepping into a tropical garden with a visit to the Regina Floral Conservatory. It’s an indoor greenhouse open to the public with a collection of trees, plants, and flowers. You’ll see everything from fig trees to Norfolk pines as well as flowers like Bird of Paradise and Amaryllis.
It’s the perfect place to bring a coffee and sit amongst the lush greenery and escape the cold. It’s also a great spot to meet friends for an afternoon to look at the displays and enjoy the flowers. The weather inside is always guaranteed to be nice! The flowers change every couple of months and the Christmas and Spring displays are particularly stunning.
The Regina Floral Conservatory is open seven days a week from September until the beginning of June. Hours are 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily and admission is free, but donations to the greenhouse are welcomed.
20. See a Real Farm (and Baby Animals!)
Just 10 minutes north of Regina, Fenek Farms is a working farm that offers private tours daily. You’ll see something new and likely new critters each time you go – depending on the season. The tours are relaxed at your own pace. They offer the opportunity to get up close with the animals while learning how to take care of them and how a farm operates.
Get the chance to interact with animals including sheep, cows, chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, alpacas, rabbits, and kittens. The tours are very interactive where you can help feed animals, collect eggs from the chickens, or depending on when you go, see newborn animals like lambs, bunnies, or chicks.
Pick up some fresh produce like tomatoes, cherries or apples, preserves, honey, or even a dozen eggs. Make sure you wear clothes and shoes that you don’t mind getting a bit muddy. Tours are $9 per person and are offered daily. Just call Joe at 306-209-7205 to book.
21. Wander through the MacKenzie Art Gallery
Spend an afternoon wandering through the impressive MacKenzie Art Gallery. It’s a huge space of more than 100,000 square feet filled with traveling exhibits as well as a permanent collection of nearly 5,000 works of art.
Art in the gallery includes the University of Regina’s collection as well as one of the country’s largest collections of Indigenous artworks known as the Kamplemacher Collection. The art in the MacKenzie can be as old as 5,000 years or more recent, modern pieces. It’s constantly changing with art that is captivating and thought-provoking.
Suppose you’d like a guide to tell you a bit about the exhibits. In that case, I recommend going on Saturday afternoon from 1 to 4 p.m. as a gallery facilitator is available for drop-in tours. If you have kids, consider coming for “Studio Sundays” from 2 to 4 p.m., where kid-friendly workshops are offered including mixed-media collages, textile work, drawing, and sketching.
The MacKenzie Art Gallery is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. (11 a.m. on weekends) until 5:30 p.m. Admission is $10 CAD for adults and free for kids and teens under age 17.
Where to Stay in Regina, SK
Deciding where to stay can often be the most stressful part of planning a holiday. Luckily Regina is a city that has a lot of options for any budget and preference!
If you’re traveling on a budget, check out Country Inn & Suites by Radisson. They offer a free breakfast buffet, fitness center, and friendly staff. It’s located about 5 km (3 miles) from the city center, but for the high ratings and low price you can’t beat it! Rates start at $80 CAD per night.
If you have a little more to spend on your hotel, SureStay Plus Hotel by Best Western Seven Oaks is a little closer to the city center (1.6 km/1 mile away), and has all of the perks of the previous hotel, as well as an indoor swimming pool with a water slide. This is a great option if you’re traveling with the kids!
And like I mentioned previously, if you’re looking for luxury I can’t praise The Hotel Saskatchewan enough! The staff is extremely courteous, they have an amazing on-site restaurant, and the location is prime!
For all other accommodations be sure to check out Booking.com!
Renting a Car in Saskatchewan
If you’re arriving in Saskatchewan via plane then I can’t recommend getting a rental car enough. Canada is a large country and traveling between cities and even just getting out to the best attractions within them requires transport. Although you can use public transport on some occasions it means your trip will not only require more time but more planning.
Car rental in Canada is relatively cheap especially if you get a budget car. The cheapest car with a pickup and drop-off in different locations is around $70 CAD per day. The price does vary though depending on the time of year. For car rentals, I use the website Rental Cars.com. It’s a search engine with lots of deals with good customer service. In fact, I’ve used them all over the world including Chile, New Zealand, and Australia.
Another popular option is to rent a campervan or motorhome (only for the brave in winter.) Using Motorhome Republic you can search hundreds of deals across multiple companies to pick a great vehicle and the cheapest price. Having a motorhome is a stunning way to see Canada and using crown land and campsites you can often camp for free or very cheap in the most beautiful places imaginable!
Canada Travel Essentials
Before you decide to head off and explore the gorgeous mountains, lakes, towns, and cities around Canada it’s important to have the right equipment. Of course, it’s likely you’ll have most of the basics already but there are some common items people forget that I never travel without.
Crampons: In winter, crampons are super handy, but what people don’t realize is that they come in handy in summer too. In fact, up until mid-July, you can still expect icy conditions in the mountains. The pair I use is only $37 CAD and they have lasted me 3 seasons so far!
Waterproof shell: Most people will have this item but I thought I’d include it anyway since it’s so handy in Canada. The Columbia waterproof jacket is a lightweight windproof jacket that will seriously save you in many situations. The best part, though? It comes in pink!
Scent-proof bag (for bears): Most people think you only need to keep the smell of food away from you when you’re overnight camping. However, bears can smell the food in your bag while you’re hiking and the best way to avoid an encounter is to use a scent-proof bear bag. Basically, you put your food in the bag and the bear cannot smell it while you’re hiking. This is one item most people never have (I never hike without it) but it could save you and the bear.
Buff: I love my buff! Seriously, I go nowhere without it both in winter and summer. There are a few brands around but I always buy the original Buff (you know, the one from Survivor!) They’re a little more expensive but the material is good quality and both breathable and quick drying.
Dry bag: I have expensive camera equipment, so I always travel with a dry bag large enough to fit some of my equipment. It can be a camera, book, binoculars, or even my keys. Regardless, a dry bag gives me peace of mind! The MARCHWAY bag is really good quality, and when not in use, takes up only a small amount of room.
Binoculars: I love my binoculars! Seriously they have come in handy so many times, especially when I’m looking for wildlife. The best part is, I use a set that only costs $25 CAD and they serve my basic needs without any issues!
Before you go…
There are so many activities in Regina to fill your time while you’re here. These ideas on our list give you the chance to try a new food or activity you may never have done before or is only offered here. No matter what time of year you visit, there’s a great mix of things to do in Regina that are both indoors and outside.
Enjoy your time in the Queen City, and be sure to check out some of our other Canada posts!