50 things to do this winter in Regina

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Its cold, but that does phase anyone coming to the Queen City!  Winter can be brutal here on the prairies, but don’t worry, its a sunny cold! At the end of the day, there is only so much T.V you can watch, and aren’t we all a little tired of hanging at home? Make the most of our winter of it by getting fully immersed in arts and culture, tipping back some local brews, and maybe building an igloo or two.

Bundle up, because it’s time to experience Regina, Winter 2023 style. But before heading out, be sure to check each location’s website or call ahead for individual business operating hours. Time to make the coldest days in Regina some of the coolest.

1. Rent a fat bike from Western Cycle and hit the winter trails

2. Grab your toboggan and slide into winter fun on one of Regina’s many toboggan hills

3. Joint the regiment and cheer on the Regina Pats the home team in the Brandt Centre

4. Rent Skis from Fresh Air Experience and hit one of the many cross country ski trails around Regina

5. Grab a hot chocolate and go skating at the Regina Downtown Skating Rink (Opening soon!)

6. Rent a fat bike from Western Cycle and hit the trails!

7. Grab a sandwich from Country Corner and warm up at the Regina Floral Conservatory from 1pm – 4pm daily (open at noon on Fridays!)

8. Go Skating on Wascana Lake! (Opening Soon!)

9. 17,000+ paralyzers consumed during a week long event? Yee Haw, its Canadian Western Agribition!

10. Cozy up for a outdoor date night at one of the outdoor winter firepits!

11. Take on the full experience of what winter has to offer by stopping at the 4 hubs of FROST Festival! 

12. Rent a pair of skis, grab a portable picnic lunch from Tangerine Food Bar and hit the White Butte Trails

13. Hop on the Engelheim tour bus and take a quick view of all the amazing light displays throughout Regina!

14. Slide down one (or all!) of Regina’s 19 toboggan hills

15. Step back to another time from March through November, the Government House Historical Society hosts Victorian Tea weekends.

16. Grab a hot chocolate from Dandy’s and head out of town to the Echo Valley Provincial Park Skating Loop

17. From the fabulous Wascana Hill overlooking the lake to the numerous walking trails, it is the perfect location for a disc golf course. Hole 15 has an especially incredible view as the sun sets right in front of the basket.

18. Take a trip back in time and be surrounded by local champions at Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame

19. Who said the prairies are flat? Test your skills and endurance at the Regina Climbing Centre

20. Cheer on the University of Regina Cougars at a home game!

21. Grab some pub grub at Baller’s Rec Room and get the batting cages featuring three state of the art batting cages with HitTrax virtual technology.

22. The Breadbasket of Canada has never been so tasty! Amp up your culinary skills at Schoolhaus Culinary Arts.

23. Take in a show from the Regina Symphony Orchestra, which was founded 22 years after the city was founded in 1882!

24. Grab a pint and a roll of loonies and play pinball at Pile O’ Bones

25. Located in the Queen’s City itself, you don’t have to go inside the Saskatchewan Legislative Building to appreciate it. It’s just as beautiful on the outside! Grab your camera and take some pictures of the beautiful architecture which is just as stunning in the winter.

26. Experience a piece of prohibition history and local whiskey at the 6 O’clock ritual @ Circa 27

27. Grab a glass of mead from Bushwakker Brewpub and hit up some live music at Revival Music Room.

28. Grab supper after work at The Cure Kitchen + Bar and enjoy their Open Mic night on Mondays

29. Practice your swing for the summer season at virtual golf @ First Tee

30. You may have visited the Science Centre as a child, but there is no reason to not go as an adult! Adult Science Nights at the Saskatchewan Science Centre include more advanced programming and stage shows, a licensed bar and snacks, and the company of your friends.

31. Bundle up and tour public art downtown, at the MacKenzie Art Gallery or around the city!

32.  Lace em’ up at hit the ice at the eight indoor arenas, over 50 outdoor skating rinks and six shinny sites

33. Take the classic Canadian board game Crokinole and combine it with the favorite Saskatchewan pastime of curling and you get crokicurl! A game for people of all ages and abilities.

34. Get Rover out of the house and head out to the off-leash dog areas provide an opportunity for dog owners and their dogs to exercise, play and socialize. There are three year-round off-leash dog parks and seven seasonal off-leash areas.

35. Even in the winter, there’s still plenty of opportunities to check out Saskatchewan’s wildlife! Nature Saskatchewan is a great place to find all the best bird-watching areas. Pack your binoculars and look for the best bird watching places in and around Regina!

36.Mission Ridge Winter Park is the Southern Saskatchewan’s premier Skiing, Snowboarding and Snow-Tubing resort. They also offer a variety of lesson options to increase your skills. Recharge after your day with mouth-watering food options at their daylodge.

37. Grab a fat bike or your skis and trek along the section of the Trans Canada Trail connecting Regina to Lumsden. It’s a 29km trail, so not for the faint of heart. But the feeling of accomplishment you’ll get once you finish is like nothing else!

38.  Take a break from chores and book a staycation at one of Regina’s hotel packages.

39. Go on a coffee tour of Cathedral Village at 33 1/3, 13th ave Coffee House, Happy Hi Coffee & Bakery, Bobbi Joe’s Cafe and Elle’s Cafe.

40. Hop on the blue loop at Wascana lake and walk around a piece of the largest park in North America.

41. Winter hikes make great day trips – when many of the trails become cross-country skiing, fat tire biking and snowshoeing trails. While walking on groomed skiing trails is discouraged, hiking, biking and snowshoeing is perfect for the ungroomed hiking trails. Head 15 minutes north of Regina to  Wascana  trails to a prairie oasis.

42. From origins as a small troupe touring Saskatchewan schools, to the present as Canada’s only professional theatre in the round, The Globe Theatre is a pioneer in the landscape of Canadian theatre. Check out one of their many shows happening all winter long.

43. A true Saskatchewan experience that is not to be missed in the winter is ice fishing. The Saskatchewan Outdoors Guide Service will help you get ready

44. Grab some blankets and head to Moonlight Movies Drive in just outside Regina in Pilot Butte.

45.Win-ter-rup-tion /ˈwin(t)ər’rəpSH(ə)n/     1. 15+ artists, 5 events, 3 super hawt days     2. Concerts and happenings to melt winter blues!    3. A Very Good Time during the coldest prairie season     Winterruption is a late-January festival that blends indoor concerts and outdoor activities to cook up something warming to look forward to at the end of January. Check out the Regina Fiolk Festivals website for annual performance listings and schedule.

46. Beer, Bacon and Live Music aficionados unite to sample delicious cold brews, taste unique bacon creations, and listen to incredible live music with a couple thousand of their closest friends! Beer Bacon Bands is Back at Conexus Arts Centre February 3 & 4

47. Indulge in local flavor at Regina Restaurant Week, January 20 – 29

48. Saskatchewan is known across the country as “The Land of Living Skies.” It’s no surprise with the spectacular sunrises and sunsets that regularly light up the horizon. Northern lights are a piece of Canadiana that the more North you go, the more you will  see, but you will see them brighter in Regina in the winter months than in the Summer!

49. Beginning in 2000, Geocaching is still an ultimate scavenger hunt! There are over 20 Geocaches in Regina alone!

50. Go try the daily blend at the new Caliber Coffee location.