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. It is governed by Regina City Council. Regina is the cathedral city of the Roman Catholic and Romanian Orthodox Dioceses of Regina and the Anglican Diocese of Qu'Appelle. The city is surrounded by the Rural Municipality of Sherwood No. 159. In 2013, Regina was named the 6th best Canadian mid-sized city (17th best overall) in which to live by MoneySense 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.
Unlike other planned cities in the Canadian West, on its treeless flat plain Regina has few topographical features other than the small spring run-off Wascana Creek. Early planners took advantage of such opportunity by damming the creek to create a decorative lake to the south of the central business district with a dam a block and a half west of the later elaborate 840-foot (260 m) long Albert Street Bridge across the new lake. Regina's importance was further secured when the new province of Saskatchewan designated the city its capital in 1906. Wascana Centre, created around the focal point of Wascana Lake, remains one of Regina's attraction and contains the Provincial Legislative Building, both campuses of the University of Regina, the provincial museum of natural history, the Regina Conservatory (in the original Regina College buildings), the Saskatchewan Science Centre, the Norman MacKenzie Art Gallery and the Saskatchewan Centre of the Arts.
Here is more information about the different area's of Regina to aid you in your home search:
North Regina (R1)
Regina's north end comprised of great communities such as Lakeridge, Maple Ridge, Walsh Acres, Uplands, Garden Ridge, Argyle Park, Englewood, Rochdale Park, Lakewood, Sherwood Estates and McCarthy Park. A blended of mix of homes built in the 1970's to brand new developments. Power Centres including Wall-Mart and Superstore are attractive amenities as well as high schools and elementary schools.
West Regina (R2)
Regina's west-side comprising of great communities such Westhill, Fairways West, Normanview West, Normanview, Dieppe, Pioneer Village, Rosemont, Regent Park and Mount Royal. Conveniently located in Regina's west-side with a mixture of new developments such as Fairways West located on the Joanne Goulet Golf Course to older areas such as Pioneer Village with homes from the early 1900's. Dieppe, Regent Park and Rosemont will show you more modest homes built in the 1950's-1970's. Close proximity to the RCMP Training Academy, shopping malls, schools and bus-routes.
Central Regina (R3)
One of the larger areas of Regina combining 17 different sub-areas with wide ranges of style, location, amenities and price. Regina's central community can really be broken down into West Central, South Central, Downtown/Warehouse District, and North Central. From the trendy arts area of Cathedral, to downtown condo living, modest first time buyer purchases in the Washington Park, Broders Annex and Arnheim Place areas to more established neighbourhoods like Coronation Park, City View and Churchill Downs. All the attractions of downtown such as the Dunlop Art Gallery, the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame, plus the IMAX theatre and Saskatchewan Science Centre are just a few of the many great spots, not to mention fantastic restaurants.
East Regina (R4)
Brand new subdivisions and close to all the amenities of the east end of Regina. You'll find homes built in the mid 1960's to brand new. Newer developments such as Wascana View, Windsor Park, Gardiner Park, Greens on Gardiner and the Creeks offer new home options for buyers. Further south east are desirable, mature neighbourhoods such as Richmond Place, Varsity Park, University Park and University Park East. Gardiner Park and Gardiner Heights also add other great options for larger families looking for larger homes. Wood Meadows, Spruce Meadows and Riverbend are also in the mix. All locations are a good mixture of single family and condominium living. North of Victoria Avenue (also the TransCanada #1 highway) are newer areas as well, such as Creekside, Parkridge and East Pointe Estates, and more established older areas of GlenCairn & GlenCairn Village.
South Regina (R5)
South Regina comprises of neighbourhoods Crescents, River Heights, Lakeview, Hillsdale, Whitmore Park, Parliament Place, Albert Park and Harbour Landing. For areas like Crescents, Lakeview and Hillsdale, you're walking distance to downtown, Wascana Park and the Legislative Building. Some of the original homes of Regina are in these neighbourhoods adding the maturity and character that many buyers are looking for. Further south, add in areas such as Parliament Place and Albert Park and Whitmore Park, close to shopping, schools, great restaurants. Regina's newest subdivision, Harbour Landing is west of Lewvan Drive with a blended mix of single family dwelling, condo living plus a large commercial component for every amenity.
White City, Emerald Park, Pilot Butte & Balgonie (Regina's most popular bedroom communities)
Located within 5 to 15 minutes east of Regina along the TransCanada highway, White City, Emerald Park, Pilot Butte & Balgonie offer up a blend of old and new homes. Larger lots and partial acreages, along with good schools & small town community lifestyle are just a few benefits of these communities.
Lakes & Cottage Life Near Regina
One of Regina's hidden secrets is it's close proximity to 5 Lakes. Last
Mountain Lake is the largest of the 5 and only a short 30 minute drive North
West along highway 11. A chain of 4 lakes is found near Fort Qu'Appelle (within
a 40 to 60 minute drive from Regina). They are Pasqua Lake, Echo Lake, Mission
Lake & Katepwa Lake. These lakes are very popular for water enthusiasts and
fisherman. Gorgeous year round homes, quaint cottages & vibrant communities
can be found at all 5 of these lakes. If you're new to the area, be sure to
check them out.