You know what’s awesome?
It’s all about tingly cheeks, runny noses and all the layers that keep you warm from Saskatchewan’s cold, cold weather.
Winter just happens to be my favourite season. Yet, not everyone agrees with me.
So to help you see the fun of it all, here’s what I recommend for taking on the snowy season outside in Regina in 48 hours. After all, the snow is here so you may as well enjoy it!
5PM - Check-in at your hotel.
Great views of downtown Regina can be seen from the Delta Hotel by Marriott, The Hotel Saskatchewan, Autograph Collection and the DoubleTree by Hilton (bonus: you get warm chocolate cookies upon check-in at the Hilton!)
On the east end of Regina, stay at the Holiday Inn, the Best Western or the Hampton Inn. This area of the city is close to both the White Butte Trails and is not too far from Mission Ridge Winter Park in Fort Qu’appelle if the slopes are your style.
6PM - There are a variety of options in downtown Regina to grab supper. If you’re looking to splurge, try Golf’s Steak House. For a more casual setting, there are numerous pub-style restaurants like Victoria’s Tavern, The Fat Badger and The Copper Kettle (their pizza is amazing!)
730PM - After supper, walk around downtown and do some late-night shopping. There are several locally owned boutique shops in addition to Cornwall Centre. Scarth Street Mall is closed to traffic and absolutely magical when it’s snowing out.
9AM - The best part of wintertime is that you can sleep in and still catch the sunrise.
Treat yourself and order room service for breakfast. It’s a busy weekend in the outdoors so enjoy the cozy moments in bed while you can.
1030AM - While staying downtown, suit up in your snow gear and walk over to Victoria Park and take advantage of having a park in the middle of downtown.
Spend the morning checking out the outdoor artwork and statues.
Head off the pathway and build a snowman or snow wall. If you have kids, this is a great opportunity for a snowball fight and to make snow angels and have some fun.
After playing in the snow, borrow a pair of (free!) skates at the Victoria Park skating rink. The rink is always open to the public but the Skate Shack operates on certain hours if you don’t have your own skates. Find all the details here.
12PM - Walk over to Fresh & Sweet for their amazing Mac and Cheese grilled cheese. Their soups will also warm you up quick.
130PM - Drive north of the city to the Wascana Trails for snowshoeing. You can also cross-country ski, fatbike or downhill toboggan here as well. The location is perfect for a variety of activities!
Spend the day exploring the area and enjoying the snow. There are nearly 15 kilometres of trails and no end of hills.
Purchase snowshoes at the North Face Store in Regina before you head out of town. If you've never tried them before, they offer demo-pairs to try them out and have sizes for both kids and adults. Western Cycle Source for Sports rents fat bikes for about $40 for the day
6PM - On your way back in from the Wascana Trails, stop in at Afghan Cuisine on Albert Street for their supper buffet. It’s healthy, filling and you won’t have to wait to eat (or just get it delivered straight to your hotel).
It’s been a busy day out in the fresh air so take the rest of the evening off to watch movies curled up in your hotel room or warm-up with a soak in the hotel’s hot tub or sauna.
10AM - Check out of your hotel this morning.
If you’re looking for a caffeine fix, grab a couple to-go just down the street from Hotel Saskatchewan at Atlantis Coffee (their Hazelnut Truffle Latte is amazing). If you’re a coffee connoisseur, pick up an ethically sourced speciality coffee at 33 ⅓ Coffee Roasters.
1030AM - Head to Wascana Park for the morning.
Like the Wascana Trails, the park is a one-stop shop for lots of winter adventures.
Start by walking around Wascana park and taking in the lovely view of the Legislature building. Hop across the trail at the Broad Street Bridge to go birding and track animals in the park. As the lake doesn’t fully freeze over there should be lots of pond patches with birds in them. Their tracks are also highly visible in the snow. Feel free to bring a bag of bird seed to feed them (but please refrain from feeding them bread, it’s not healthy.)
12PM - Grab a bite to eat and warm up at Skye Cafe and Bistro. They're located inside the Saskatchewan Science Centre.
If the weather is a bit too cold, this is a great opportunity to enjoy the exhibits and even an IMAX show at the Science Centre and give yourself a break from the outdoors.
230PM - Leave your vehicle in the parking lot and strap on a pair of cross-country skis. Trails pass right by the Science Centre. They’re maintained by the Regina Ski Club and they offer updates on snow conditions here. You can rent skis from Fresh Air Experience as well as Sunshine and Ski for about $20 a day.
Finish off your day by heading to Douglas Park for some downhill sledding at the hill. Pick up a crazy carpet, toboggan or GT at most major retail stores.
5PM - Grab one last latte before you hit the road back home. Treat yourself with a sweet treat from French-inspired cafe and bakery, Le Macaron.
Winter in Regina is a lot more fun if you embrace the cold and head outdoors!