Recently, I planned a mother-daughter trip to Regina.

I live in Saskatoon and my mom farms a couple hours northeast of Regina. When she comes in to the city, it’s based around shopping for household items unavailable in a small town. I usually come to Regina for work meetings and events. Very rarely do we get the chance to sightsee together and explore the city as local tourists.

I thought it would be fun to plan a 24-hour staycation for us where we got to enjoy Regina and all its great activities.

Here’s a fun itinerary on how to spend 24 hours in Regina on a mother-daughter getaway.

3PM - Meeting up in the city in mid-afternoon, we got a few necessary shopping stops out of the way before really starting our staycation.

5PM - Supper at The Roots Kitchen & Bar

Tucked in the back of an intergenerational apartment complex (for university students and seniors but also includes a children’s learning centre), Roots Kitchen and Bar is a cool find in the city. Walking past a reception desk, hair salon and coffee shop, it feels part hotel and part community village.

The menu is casual but delicious. Mom and I opted for shrimp and fish tacos, splitting them so we could sample each one. The best part was the corn tortillas were handmade and topped with fresh mango salsa, guacamole and chipotle aioli.

7PM - Watch Cirque du Soleil “Crystal” at the Brandt Event Centre

Our supper was early to make sure we were at the Brandt Event Centre at Evraz Place with plenty of time to settle in for an evening ice-performance of Cirque du Soleil’s touring show “Crystal”.

Known as the home of the WHL Regina Pats ice hockey team, the ice at the Brandt Centre was transformed from hockey rink into an ethereal frozen playground.

The show was a visual delight with impressive skating and acrobatic performances. A nice nod to the Pats was when the main character donned a jersey during a hockey-acrobatic performance.

10PM - Overnight at the Holiday Inn
Mom and I wanted to stay relatively close to the Brandt Centre, so we opted for the Holiday Inn Express & Suites on Albert Street, which also included a free continental breakfast the next morning.

Every time I visit Regina, I stay in a different hotel. A few of my favourites are the DoubleTree by Hilton (you get warm chocolate chip cookies upon check-in), Hotel Saskatchewan (pet friendly and great views over Victoria Park) and the Delta Hotels by Marriott Regina (has amazing 25-story views over the city.)

930AM - Shop at The Rider Store

Mom was on the hunt for a new Saskatchewan Roughrider baseball cap for my dad so we headed straight to the source. At The Rider Store in Mosaic Stadium we lucked out and caught their Endzone clearance sale. Not only did mom get a new hat, but I picked up another Rider shirt to add to my collection.

10AM - Shop at Mabel & Martha’s Vintage Style Decor

My mom loves country chic decor so I knew stopping in a Mabel & Martha’s in Regina’s Warehouse District would be perfect. The vintage style antiques and collectibles were exactly what she loves to shop for.

We spent more than an hour wandering the shop and checking out all the carefully curated pieces for sale.

11AM - Italian Star Deli

We wanted a quick stop for lunch as we had a lot to see and do for the day. A sit-down restaurant didn’t fit the schedule so we swung by Regina’s iconic Italian Star Deli to pick up a couple sandwiches to-go. I had heard a lot about the deli and was excited to check it out for our first time. Once again, mom and I each got a different sandwich so we could share. I opted for the mild focaccia panini with feta and mom chose the marble rye. Both sandwiches had provolone, mortadela, genoa, capricola and smoked salami.

1130PM - Floral Conservatory

We took our sandwiches to-go for a good reason. Our next stop was the Regina Floral Conservatory. On a day where temperatures were dipping close to -40 degrees Celsius with windchill, it was the perfect tropical escape for a picnic.

The conservatory is run by volunteers and entry is free or by donation. Mom and I both love flowers and gardening and really enjoyed the displays of orchids and even spotted a few pineapples.

130PM - Stone Hall Castle Tour

It’s a bit surprising to learn there’s a European-style castle in the Queen City but there is  - and I couldn't wait to take my mom there! The 1920’s era home - which was once home to Francis Darke and then a funeral parlour - is now designed and decorated with elaborate furnishings and paintings including a bear skin rug. Blending modern with medieval, the house has in-floor heating, several copper bathtubs and handmade beeswax candles.

Although I visited previously during my year as the Saskatchewanderer, I wanted to include this for my mom to experience. A tour is $30 and can be booked online.

330PM - Antique Mall

One of the last stops on our tour of Regina was to the Antique Mall. It’s 21,000 square feet of memories from days long past (and some current memories as we spotted a gravy boat and pickle tray still in use in both our houses today).

We could have spent all afternoon exploring the corners and cabinets in the store.

5PM - Coffee at Stone’s Throw Coffeehouse

Our final stop of the day was at Stone’s Throw Coffee Collective to pick up a warm drink for our drives back home. It happened to be “Foggy Friday” in-store and mom got a Peppermint Fog while I opted for the London Smog (with chocolate milk instead of regular).