Learn about Regina’s history and heritage through its buildings, landscapes, streetscapes, and cultural inheritance.

History & Heritage

Originally named “Pile of Bones’, Regina was settled in June 1882, near the current location of Wascana Lake. If you look at a map of North America, you'll find Regina nestled right at the center of the continent, in the heart of the Canadian plains.

The land is flat and seems to stretch out forever— Regina is like an oasis of trees, people and buildings.  Once a barren grassland with no trees and little water, the "Queen City" is now home to over 230,000 people.

The North West Mounted Police (now the Royal Canadian Mounted Police or RCMP) were formed in 1873 to police the western territories. In 1882, they moved their headquarters from Fort Walsh, SK to Regina. In 1920, the headquarters moved to Ottawa but the RCMP Training Academy remains in Regina to this day.

By 1903, Regina’s population had grown to 3,000. On June 19 of that year, the community officially became a city, with Jacob W. Smith as its first mayor.

In 1905, Saskatchewan became a province. In 1906, Regina was named capital of the new province. At that time, Saskatchewan was the fastest growing province in Canada. Regina became the home of the historic Saskatchewan Legislative Building in 1912. 

For a more in depth look at heritage in our city, or to go on a heritage walking tour of some of the Queen City's most iconic buildings, check out www.heritageregina.ca.  

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