Regina is a city located in the province of Saskatchewan,that also happens to be the capital city of that province. With a population of around 210,000 and a land occupancy of 3,400 square kilometers, it is currently the second largest city in Saskatchewan.
It is one of the few cities in Canada that is frequently prone to both extremes of the summer and winter season, and roughly a tenth of its inhabitants are of Aboriginal descent.
Natural gas and oil seem to be the industries that play the greatest role in driving Regina’s economic growth.
Service-oriented industries such as transportation and finance grew significantly in the 90s and have since played a larger part in job growth and contribution towards the city’s GDP.
Other notable industries include Information Technology, Alternative Energy, Agriculture, and Steel Manufacturing. Surprisingly, the provincial government ends up being one of the largest employers within the city district.
The GDP consistently grows with each passing year, and it looks to stay that way for another decade or two.
Nickname(s): "The Queen City"
City: 145.5 km2
Metro: 3,408.26 km2
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There are an abundant number of museums that cover topics such as science, history of the city, history of the province, and history of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
For those who prefer the fresh air, there are several parks and greenspaces for hiking and hosting annual events.
Golfers can take pride in the fact that several golf courses are made available to the public during the in-season.
Movies are considered to be one of the most popular pastimes in the city, which makes sense considering that there are over 10 cinemas here including the famous IMAX theatre.
There are also several arts centers for those interested in catching a live performance of some of the city’s best musicians and actors.
The city of Regina is divided up into 5 different zones: Central Zone, East Zone, South Zone, West Zone, and North Zone. Each of these zones contains a few small neighbourhoods that give it its standout characteristics.
Central Zone contains the neighbourhoods of Cathedral Area, Central Square, Eastview, Al Ritchie, and Heritage.
Commonly explored attractions in this area include the city’s famous IMAX Theatre and the fancy eateries that are lined up within a few minutes’ walk of each other. Sports fans can take a visit to the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and see how many of their favourite players they can find.
The North Zone of Regina is the smallest of the 5 zones in terms of total land occupied, and consists of Coronation Park, Northeast, Uplands, and Argyle Park Englewood.
Common amenities include shopping malls that contain large-scale retail chains such as Walmart, popular restaurants, and ice rinks.
The South Zone is comprised of four different areas: Lakeview, Hillsdale, Whitmore Park, and Albert Park.
Here you can find numerous entertainment centers, casinos, retail shopping outlets, and restaurants that are better suited for people who want to avoid breaking the bank during a night out with their friends.
Dewdney East, Boot Hill, and Arcola West are the three main districts that make up the East Zone of Regina.
These districts have the convenience of being located beside the TransCanada highway, allowing for easy access to the downtown area of Regina and other hard-to-reach areas.
There is also a strong community involvement for outdoor intramural sports and tournaments where all ages can choose to participate in teams of their own.
The West Zone is home to 11 neighbourhoods that include Twin Lakes, North Central, and Rosemount Mount Royal.
This zone contains bus routes that help people travel across the entire city, along with shopping malls and the famous RCMP Training Academy.
The academy allows people to see a full day in the life of an RCMP officer, while learning some history about how the organization came to be.
Unsurprisingly, Central Zone is home to some of the most luxurious high-rise condominiums that are available within the city.
With many ambitious workers looking to take their career to the next level, they need homes that match their profession and lifestyle.
Within the outskirts of the downtown area are some detached homes that are mansion-like in their shape and size. Due to the massive real estate development that has been taking place within the eastern Zone of the city, the majority of houses are single-family dwellings with the occasional apartment available for rental.
Many of these homes offer multi-car garages along with bonus features that include recreational rooms and fully installed bars. Demand has also increased for apartment rentals, as they offer a huge convenience factor and are usually located close to the city core and its facilities.
Southern Regina tends to have a fairly even mix of condominiums and fully detached homes that are ideally suited for single-member families based on size and price. This is the ‘goldilocks’ of Regina in that the homes are just right for the prospective homebuyers that have been scouting out a decent property to buy in Regina.
Many of the homes within the Western Zone are among the oldest that you will find – most were built in the 1950s and some date back all the way to the beginning of the 1900s.
The homes here are mostly detached properties that include bungalows and mansions.
This style of home tends to be more appealing for older individuals and those who take a keen interest in history.
If you are looking for the largest homes in the city with properties that well exceed the size of the house itself, look no further than the Northern Zone of Regina! Many of the homes here have at least 4 beds and bathrooms, which is ideal for larger families that need the extra space.
This is a hotspot in the real estate market for high net worth individuals looking for some peace and quiet away from the chaos of downtown Regina.
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The following table, based on data taken from the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA’s) National MLS® Report for April 2016 (the latest information available), demonstrates how homes in LSTAR’s jurisdiction continue to maintain their affordability compared to other major Ontario and Canadian centers.
Regina is home to the University of Regina, which has established itself across Canada as a leader in petroleum and environmental sciences research.
You will also find Saskatchewan Polytechnic, a school that specializes in providing trade and skilled labour training for its students.
Elementary schools (K-8) are currently in good standing within the city, with about 45 elementary schools being made available to the general public.
The best schools in this area usually offer after school programs and opportunities for advanced learning to those who show the initiative.
When parents are surveyed about the schools that they feel are the best for their children, the names that commonly come up include Albert Community School, George Lee Elementary School, and Argyle Elementary School.