Regina, with its Wascana Lake, is a literal oasis in the wide open and flat prairie, and is surprisingly pretty. As provincial capital it not ony is home to government departments but is home to the headquarters buildings for quite a few provincial cown corporations
To capture the essence of this city, here are suggestions for your first day (especially if its your only day) in Regina.
Start along Wascana Lake, which is dammed at its west end, where Albert Street meets Regina Ave (the road from Regina's airport). This is the soul of the city, making it an oasis in the middle of the bald prairie.
The Royal Saskatchewan Museum explores the province's history from ancient times to recent settlement.
In front of the Museum, you have a panoramic view that includes Wascana Centre, Willow Island (with a ferry to take you over), the CBC Building, and the Bandstand by the water.
The Saskatchewan Legislature, both the seat of provincial government and the start of many famous politicians' careers, and the Plains Indians Museum inside
MacKenzie Art Gallery, with great collections of Canadian artists plus major travelling exhibitions.
Diefenbaker Homestead, the boyhood home of Saskatchewan's native son who went on to be Canada's prime minister from 1957 - 1963
Continue on Lakeshore Drive, across Broad Street, passing the Saskatchewan Center of the Arts on the right, and see the Wascana Waterfowl Park, a major stop for area and migrating waterfowl.
Head into the city's downtown and enjoy the modern and unusual, as well as some of the older buildings on the prairie. Most are centered around Victoria Park.
The curvaceous SaskPower Building to the south, with the classic Hotel Saskatchewan beside it
Visit the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and discover the province's sports legends
Scarth Street Mall, guarded by the dramatic twin McCallum Hill towers, with their top corners cut off.
Head toward the Cornwall Centre, the province's largest shopping mall
If you have any time left, head toward the Casino Regina, just before the railway tracks that mark the north edge of downtown.
If you are visiting for a longer period, there are a number of destinations
Visit the North Shore of Wascana Lake, including Wascana Centre and the Saskatchewan Science Centre (with the Kramer IMAX Theatre)
Head just north of the Airport to the RCMP Training Facility, and the RCMP Heritage Centre (formerly the RCMP Centennial Museum)
Head north of town on Highway 6 (Albert St) to the IPSCO Wildlife Park, with its selection of exotic and native animals.