Now that its shorts weather, and the itch to get out of your homes and into the Saskatchewan sunshine increases, there are ways you can support your destination while still being responsible and social distancing.
1) Postpone, don’t cancel
We know you have been waiting on those concert tickets, park reservations and bucket list Saskatchewan moments for awhile now. As we move through the Saskatchewan plan for reopening, there will be opportunity once again to experience all our city and province has to offer. Be sure to postpone those hotel reservations, talk to the venue you have your tickets at to see when your show is being rebooked, and keep your eye to experiences online to plan for future adventures!
2) Purchase gift cards & order takeout from local businesses
Shop local, online! When you are talking to friends and family coming to visit and they ask for a restaurant recommendation, where do you send them? Ordering takeout and buying gift cards you can use later will help local restaurants and businesses keep thriving. By buying local, you are supporting our destination and the amazing entrepreneurs that make our city so unique!\
3) Take in a virtual experience from home!
Thanks to technology, we can still experience and take in experiences from around Regina. Tune into the Saskatchewan Science Centre Science at Home, the Royal Saskatchewan Museum’s story times and programs hosted through #RSMathome, or take in Studio Sundays at the MacKenzie Art Gallery.
This week's Studio Sunday Online, brought to you by Canada Life Co, is inspired by Kim Adams' "Dual Curbing Machine" from the MacKenzie's Permanent Collection! Create your own hybrid sculpture machine using pencils, paper, and any objects or materials you can find in your own home. Working with your materials, design an impossible object where the objects have two fronts, or two backs put together into one form. Some examples from Kim Adams’ work would be the front halves of two bicycles joined together at the middle, or the back ends of two vans joined together. We have created a new hub for Studio Sundays on our website. Visit the link in bio for more information about the artwork and artist. Share your creations on our social platforms using #studiosundayyqr and help us create an online studio! . . . #lookagainyqr #artfromhome #MuseumFromHome #artgallery #canadiangallery
4) Write online reviews from your favourite experiences
Do you have a local spot you love? Did you go to a museum or attraction in the destination you think everyone should know about? Leave a great review for them on any platform you can – Google, TripAdvisor, Facebook - anywhere. These reviews are often make-or-break for smaller businesses, and positive reviews can drive business.
5) Share your memories using #SeeYQR Those photos and videos you took while taking in past Labour Day Classics, walking around Wascana, or tasting your way through the many breweries often become your most beloved souvenirs. Now, more than ever it is important to share those fond memories of your city to the world. Post your photos and videos to social media, tag the people you were with, and tag us at #SeeYQR to share your favourite places in the destination.
6) Continue to read and support local bloggers for travel inspo!
We are very proud to have some incredible content curators from around the province tell stories from around the destination. Check out our blog for some fantastic travel inspiration and ideas to get your future planning in motion right there in your backyard.
Here is a list of some writers and content curators sharing Regina travel inspo:
“I think folks are realizing how important it is to put their money in the pocket of local farmers and business owners,” says Holly Laird, executive director of @reginafarmersmarket . A morning spent browsing the stalls at a farmers’ market is a favourite pastime of many a local food-minded consumer. Chatting with farmers and food artisans in person and learning first-hand how they raise their animals, grow their produce or hand-craft various products is a unique experience. While that’s on hold for now, it’s not necessarily negative. Physical distancing measures amid the pandemic have prompted many businesses to innovate by offering services and products online. . Perhaps the most impressive entrepreneurial success story in Saskatchewan is that of our two main farmers’ markets @stoonfarmersmkt and @reginafarmersmarket. Each has transitioned hundreds of vendors selling thousands of products to online platforms, while also offering home delivery. Read their stories of innovation and thoughts from vendors like @je_ranch and @dixsimpkins in this week’s Flat Out Food column - link’s in my bio!