The sunniest capital city in Canada, Regina is the perfect place to call home. Known for its generous, friendly people and rich community pride, Regina is a beautiful oasis on the prairies with more than 350,000 hand-planted trees. There are many attractions and events that take place all year in Regina for residents and tourists alike. It is an excellent location to Au pair, with an abundance of parks, sports and recreational facilities, bicycle pathways, family attractions and an exceptional quality of life.
If you’re an Au Pair in Regina, you don’t want to miss Last Mountain Lake.
Roughly 40km North West of the city, the lake is 70km long and only 2km wide at its widest portions. But exploring the lake may take a few days as it offers two beaches and a Provincial Park, situated on its east shore. Rowan’s Ravine Provincial Park is the perfect place to kick back, relax and have fun! The park contains a marina for boaters and sea-goers, trails for hiking and biking, playgrounds, picnic areas, a corn maze and two mini gold courses! Bond with your host family and stay for a weekend at the full service campground, taking your time to discover everything this lake has to offer.
See what it takes to become a Canadian Mountie!
Every Canadian Mountie gets their red serge tunic and Stetson hat via Regina’s RCMP Depot, the Mountie training facility since 1885. Visit the RCMP Heritage Centre to find out what kind of training these red clad Canadians undertake to become iconic law enforcers. With self-guided audio tours, virtual reality experiences (hop in the saddle and learn some of the intricate moves Mounties perform) and the Sargent Major’s Parade (weekdays at 12:45pm) you will get an unforgettably Canadian experience!
Get the Au Pairs in your area together for a road trip! The beloved and prehistoric prairie town of Moose Jaw boasts more history in its compact centre than all of Regina. Whether your taste leans toward high-energy activities or more passive functions, “The Friendly City” has something for you: Take a tour through the Tunnels of Moose Jaw, becoming part of the underground experience as you travel beneath the city streets. Pay a visit to the Temple Gardens Mineral Spa for a soak in Canada’s largest therapeutic geothermal mineral water pool. Explore Moose Jaw’s 28 acre Crescent Park known as “The Jewel of the Prairies” offering activities such as lawn bowling, an outdoor amphitheater, and Moose Jaw’s Art Gallery and Exhibition Centre. The only difficulty you’ll encounter is fitting all of the fun into one day! On your way out, make sure to wave goodbye to Big Mac – the world’s tallest moose: a 32ft sculpture located next to the visitor’s centre, keeping watch over the Trans Canada Highway.
Join in the celebration of music at the Regina Folk Fest!
If you’re in Regina during the second week of August, Victoria Park is the place to be! Join 20 000 fans seeking to catch a glimpse of their favourite folk and indie bands. An annual event in Regina for over 40 years, this three day festival is sporting some huge names in the Indie/Folk scene. With performances by Blue Rodeo, Ani DeFranco, Michael Franti, and Feist to name a few, this will be a weekend to remember. Three days of stellar music performances, an arts market with a selection of outstanding vendors, and workshops to attend between acts all add up to an unforgettable experience! There is also the opportunity to get involved by volunteering, which is an excellent option for Au Pairs saving money as tickets can get pricey.
Some people say that Saskatchewan is a boring flat of canola farms and prairies. Those people have obviously never visited Regina. From the inspirational and historic little quirks that give it its charm, Regina will capture your heart and have you reminiscing about your time as an Au Pair for years to come!