A Bit of Regina's History...In 1882, the first settlers set up camp near the present Wascana Lake. The settlement was called Pile of Bones and grew quickly as the surrounding land was fertile and flat. New homesteaders could claim 160 acres of land for just $10.
Pile of Bones wasn’t a good name for a town, so it was given the name “Regina” in honour of the reigning monarch, Queen Victoria in 1882. This is why Regina is often referred to as the "Queen City."
On June 19th of 1903, Regina’s population had grown to 3,000 and the community officially became a city. Saskatchewan became a province in 1905 and on May 23 of the following year, Regina was named the capital of the province.
The city started to boom following the war and by the early 1960's Regina was growing by about 4,500 new residents a year. This meant many changes in the layout of the city, including new schools, churches, office buildings and hospitals. In the 1970's Regina's downtown started to develop as shopping centres, hotels, banks and many other office buildings were constructed.
Regina celebrated is 100th birthday in 2003, with the official celebration taking place on June 19th to the 22nd. Regina's downtown and warehouse district went through a makeover at this time as well. Many of the warehouse buildings were upgraded or redone to serve as restaurants, night clubs, retail stores and other offices. A new bus depot and head office was also constructed for the Saskatachewan Transportation Company.
In 2011 the population of Regina was 193,100.
Regina is located right on the Trans-Canada Highway, latitude: 50 degrees 26 min north, longitude: 104 degrees 40 min west and elevation: 577 m above sea level. The CN and CP Railways run right through the city.
The temperatures in Regina can vary greatly between seasons. Regina sees an abundance of sunshine, varying winds and enough precipitation to support our agrarian economy. The average temperature in the summer is 23 degrees celsius and winter temperatures average -11 degrees celsius.
Property taxes are based on your property's assessed value. Your assessment is determined by the Assessment Department, which follows provincial legislation and the rules and regulations contained in the Saskatchewan Assessment Manual. Propert taxes are due June 30, unless you are on the TIPPS program.
Regina has two school boards including The Regina Public School Board, administering all elementary and public high schools. The Regina Catholic School Board runs all elementary and high schools with a Roman Catholic affiliation. Regina hosts three post secondary institutes including the Wascana Campus of SIAST, the Univeristy of Regina and the First Nations University of Canada.
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Regina is home to three majour health facilites:
- Regina General Hospital - located at 1499 14th Ave, in the heart of the city
- Pasqua Hospital - located at 4101 Dewdney Ave, North Central area
- Wascana Rehabilitation Centre - located at 2180 23rd Ave