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Regina, the Queen City, is the 16th largest Canadian population centre and the second in the province of Saskatchewan. It is also the provincial capital. This city neighbors on the US states of Montana and North Dakota to its south. More than 300,000 trees and bushes were planted and cultivated here to transform the flat prairie land into an inviting environment.
There are several historic areas dating back to the early days when a town was founded here in the 1880s. In 1903, it was given city status. Three years later it became provincial capital. The semi-arid climate is hot in the summer and cold in the winter. The majority of the population is of varied European descent. Some 8% of the populace is aboriginal.
There is a fairly rich cultural scene and a large part of the city’s lands are designated to parks and green spaces. There are 5 municipal golf courses. The Wascana Lake, in the heart of the city, serves as a vast recreation facility. It is surrounded by a 930-hectare park. A professional Canadian Football League team is based here as well as several non-professional teams.
Sixteen bus routes compose the public transport system. Multi-use pathways crisscross the city. They are dedicated to pedestrians, cyclists and skaters. They become ski trails in the coldest months of the year. Self guided walking tour maps are available for the historic areas from City Hall.
Hotels, motor inns, bed & breakfasts and campgrounds are all available for lodging. There are more than 80 dining options in the downtown area including several fine dining spots and a variety of international cuisine options.
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The Cathedral Village Arts Festival is a 6-day long event in May. It was first celebrated in the early 1990s. Artists working in a broad range of genres and mediums present their work. The event concludes with a Saturday street fair with stages, crafts and food vendors. (http://www.cathedralartsfestival.ca/)
Just north of Regina is the site of the Craven Country Jamboree, a country music festival. It takes place over 4 days in July. The event has occurred at this location for a quarter of a century. Thousands of those attending camp out nearby during the course of the event. (http://www.cravencountryjamboree.com/)
Queer City Cinema is a lesbian and gay film and video event held biennially in Regina. It began in 1996. It is held for 11 days in June in even numbered years. (http://www.queercitycinema.ca/2006/)
Since 1992, mid-August has witnessed the annual Regina Dragon Boat Festival. This is a qualifying round for the Canadian World Championship in crew team racing of dragon adorned sea craft. 20,000 spectators come to this event. (http://www.dragonboat.regina.sk.ca/)
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United Airlines offres its shortest flights from Sydney (SYD) to this destination (YQR) in 22 hours and 54 minutes. Air Canada requires at least 27 hours and 37 minutes fro this flight. The nearest consular services to this destination are provided by the Australian High Commission in Ottawa. (http://www.ahc-ottawa.org/)