What It’s Like to Live in Saskatchewan as a Newcomer
Saskatchewan has been called the “land of the living skies” for its beautiful sunrises and colorful skies, and is known for its lakes and natural beauty. What you may not know, however, is what a diverse, lively, and unique place to live it really is. From a vibrant arts and culture scene, to its many provincial parks, Saskatchewan has drawn in new residents and visitors alike. Just one of the many things that makes Saskatchewan unique is that, although hockey and lacrosse have been deemed Canada’s national sports, curling was actually named Saskatchewan’s official sport in 2001.
In recent years, more and more immigrants have chosen provinces like Saskatchewan as their destination. Offering great economic opportunity and quality of life, especially in regard to health care and education, Saskatchewan has become a prime place for newcomers to settle. It is a great place to live and raise a family as well, due to low and affordable housing costs. According to the 2016 census, 10.5 percent of Saskatchewan’s population were immigrants, and since 2001 the provincial share of Canada’s recent immigrant population grew from less than 1% to 4% in 2016. This is a result of newcomers choosing the prairie provinces for their Provincial and Territorial Nominee programs. Immigrants have benefitted the Saskatchewan economy and community as much as Saskatchewan has proven a great home to immigrants.
Regina is the capital of Saskatchewan, and the second largest city in the province. Though the city has not always drawn in large numbers of immigrants, in recent years there has been a boost in the economy and new jobs created. Now, Regina has become a very attractive option for newcomers who wish to live and work in Canada. Regina has become a dynamic and multicultural place to live
Dining and Nightlife
Downtown Regina has dining options full of every type of food you could imagine. There are bars, bakeries, and coffee shops like Boards N’ Beans Café, where you can enjoy a hot beverage and play board games with friends and family.
The Warehouse District got its name because it used to be an area filled with warehouses. Now, it is a vibrant neighborhood full of restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. One of the most popular bars you should know about is Bushwakker Brewpub, where you can enjoy beer, live shows, and delicious pub fare.
Milky Way ice cream has been a staple of Regina dessert spots since 1956. Though you may find a long line, locals will guarantee it is worth the wait.
Regina has quite a few options for shopping, from malls, to boutique store, to farmers markets. You can find much of this shopping downtown, but can also explore the smaller neighborhoods of Regina.
The Warehouse District, for example, has a number of shops, as well as the Cathedral District which is full of cafes like 13th Ave Coffee House, bookshops, and a few restaurants
Festivals, Arts & Culture, Sports
Each year, Regina is host to many diverse festivals, from visual arts, to music, theater, and various other cultural celebrations. Here are just a few to check out.
The First Nations University of Canada’s Annual Spring Celebration Pow Wow has been going on for more than 35 years. It is an annual 2-day event that celebrates Spring and sharing the culture of First Nations, the predominant indigenous peoples in Canada south of the Arctic Circle. It features drums and dancers and draws thousands of visitors each year.
The Priarie Mobile Taste of Spring in early May has become increasingly popular among locals and visitors alike, and is a 3-night event celebrating fine wines, spirits, and food. It is filled with over 100 vendors and restaurants showcasing their food and wine selections.
For all jazz enthusiasts, JazzFest Regina is an annual 4-day event that takes place in downtown Regina in mid-June. JazzFest welcomes performers from across Canada and North America, hosts over 30 performances, and even has a beer garden and vendor market.
Arts and Culture
In Regina, there are a number of arts and culture experiences to take part in, whether you are a spectator or a participant.
- Art Gallery of Regina
- Dunlop Art Gallery
- Neutral Ground
- Hague Gallery
- The Regina Symphony Orchestra
- Regina Musical Club
- Regina Philharmonic Chorus
- The Globe Theatre Society
- Regina Summer Stage
- Youth Ballet Company
- New Dance Horizons
If you like football, Regina is home to the Saskatchewan Roughriders Canadian Football League team. In recent years, the fan base has grown into one of the most loyal and passionate.
For those interested in getting involved in local sports, there are various recreational leagues to join. Regina is also a great place to embrace the outdoors, and many recommend going to Wascana Lake in the center of Regina for a walk or jog.
Weekend Getaways in Saskatchewan
5 getaway locations in Saskatchewan that your loved one or family will love! Provided by Saskatchewan Tourism Canada
1. Hotel Saskatchewan Radisson Plaza
Spoil your loved one with the classic luxury and historic charm of the Hotel Saskatchewan. Stay in an elegantly appointed guestroom and enjoy sumptuous meals in the Cordlandt Dining Room. Or cozy up in your suite and order room service .
2. Elk Ridge Resort
Head into the great outdoors and enjoy snowshoeing, skating or cross-country skiing. After a day spent exploring the outdoors, sip wine and enjoy a meal at the resort’s Copper Ridge dining room. There is something for everyone at this beautiful winter retreat.
3. Historic Reesor Ranch
How does a cozy, out-of-the-way cabin sound to you? Historic Reesor Ranch has a cabin that can only be accessed by foot when the snow starts falling! It is the perfect secluded spot for a romantic weekend for two.
4. Temple Gardens Hotel & Spa
Indulge in spa treatments, take a dip in the natural geothermal waters in the indoor/outdoor pool and enjoy a delicious meal out on the town. There is a lot to love at Temple Gardens.
5. Delta Bessborough
A getaway in the “Castle on the River” is sure to impress. Book a room with a view of Saskatoon’s beautiful river valley and enjoy a fun-filled meal at The Samurai Japanese Restaurant.
Are you interested in living in Saskatchewan?
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