Regina is very “instagrammable.”
For those who don’t use the Instagram app regularly, the term means places that have a unique aesthetic and are often shared by users on the social media app. A location’s visual vibe can make it a popular spot to snap selfies or photos of friends.
And there are countless heritage buildings, outdoor patios, parks, murals and neighbourhoods in Regina to snap photos in front of and share on the ‘gram
Here are a few instagrammable locations in the Queen City.
- The Warehouse District
There are several colourful walls in Regina great for photos including the numerous brick walls found in the Warehouse District. The Casa Decor building on 7th Avenue and Cornwall Street is particularly fun because of its colour-blocked black and white wall that offers a variety of neat options for photos.
- Cathedral Village
The Cathedral Village neighbourhood down 13th Avenue is a prime location for lifestyle photos. The building home to the Cathedral Social Hall and Viet Thai restaurants have several fun murals to shoot photos in front of. Murals can also be found down the side of The Cathedral Pet Stop and Studio 13 Salon. Uforia Muse is another great brick wall for Insta-inspo. Take a wander down the street and side alleys to see what other hidden gem spots you can find.
- Ice Cream Shops
There’s something both playful and nostalgic about ice cream shops and Regina has several that are instagram-worthy.
Milky Way on Victoria Avenue has a fun, retro vibe with its 1950’s-style red and white painted exterior - not to mention their classic soft ice cream cone covered in sprinkles that makes for the perfect photo-op.
Dessart Sweets Ice Cream & Candy Store's pink and blue exterior (also in the Cathedral neighbourhood) pops in photos. The ice cream shop uses it as the backdrop for many of their own posts on Instagram to show-off the sweet treats they serve up.
I spoke with two other professional and lifestyle photographers to get their thoughts on the best spots in Regina for photos.
- MacKenzie Art Gallery Staircase
Arthur Ward (@arthurimages, www.arthurimages.com) is a talented Regina photographer who has perfected the art of the “sportrait.” He describes the style of photo as a unique blend of his knowledge of sports, technical expertise, and industry experiences.
“Each piece of content created has an element of sports, technology and people at its root” says Ward.
His favourite place to photograph sportraits is the southeastern side of the MacKenzie Art Gallery where there’s a three-tiered staircase that leads from the road to a platform behind the building. Ward likes to make the urban aesthetic and athletes he’s shooting pop by focusing on the contrasting textures of concrete, steel and stonework
Two tips he shares with others when taking photos are to shoot with a long lens - 85mm and up - to get a nice compressed look and to shoot at more than one angle when you’re at a location.
- Wascana Park Habitat Conservation Area
Annika Mang (@borntobeadventurous) is a family-focused outdoor content creator who blogs over at Born to Be Adventurous and encourages exploring on her soon-to-be launched app, Trail Collectiv. You’ll often find her two daughters and husband along with her for adventures, but occasionally she gets a moment to explore on her own.
For Annika, a natural paradise lies in the southeast corner of Wascana Hill in Douglas Park - near the water and through a gated entrance is the Habitat Conservation Area.
“The trails offer a little oasis from the city of Regina - within the city” says Mang.
Her favourite spot to wander and take photos is on a small trail through the high reeds and on the boardwalk that pops up out of nowhere.
A tip she shares is that the best times for photos are the golden hours after sunrise and before sunset. The conservation area is also a fun location for wildlife spotting and birding which is great for kids.