I visited Regina 3 times between 2005 and 2007 as part of a fact finding mission re immigrating to Canada. I currently live in the City and have been here for a year but in the long term would not want to stay here. The details below are just my opinion of the city but I have tried to be as honest as possible.
The city is like an oasis in the middle of millions of acres of flat open prairie land. Outside the city, everything is flat and bare. Trees are rare unless built around homesteads however the Qu’Appelle Valley is an exception and is worth a visit if you like walking.
The city itself is totally flat but the centre is built around Wascana Park and lake which is a great place for a walk and suitable for people of all ages.
The feeling is very “small town Canada”. Very little traffic (you can drive north to south across the city in 15 mins or 25 mins in rush hour) but that doesn’t the area is small, only that traffic jams are very rare. If you want shops don’t come here. Saskatchewan is the backwater of retail commerce. There are lots of shops but not many that sell clothes etc. Many items are rejects from the rest of Canada and you will not find anything like H&M or any of the trendy shops you will be used to.
In general the people are open and friendly (much more so that in the bigger cities like Toronto, Vancouver, Alberta etc) although manners are sorely lacking in almost everyone (especially table manners). Please and thank you don't really form part of the local vocabulary so don't get offended, it’s just their way.
There are many excellent attractions in the city and a lot of local events which are not so easy to find information on. The local museum is one of the best I have ever seen. Small but there is such great attention to detail, you will love it.
Go to [--] for lots of information and get them to send you the free visitor guide and maps.
The Royal Sask museum is small but excellent. The standard of the art work/background murals is very high. I would highly recommend it to anyone. It is free to visit although donations are welcomed.
The RCMP Heritage Centre - a bit expensive but well worth the cost and you might get to see some real Mounties on parade.
The Saskatchewan Science Centre - again well worth a visit. The centre is free to enter, very hands on and children and adults alike will have a lot of fun.
WORTH A VISIT
The MacKenzie Art Gallery - free entry
The Legislative Building in Wascana Park
Government House Museum and Heritage Property [--]
WHERE NOT TO GO
There are a couple of areas to avoid called "the Core" and "North Central". These areas are where the prostitutes and Aborginal gangs run wild. The city is trying to improve the area but the culture is one of violence, theft and severe drug abuse so - JUST DON'T GO THERE FOR ANY REASON. Go to Wikipedia for more information [--]
THE LOCAL POPULATION
There are HUGE issues with the indigenous population (refer to them as Aboriginals or First Nations people. The word Indian is deemed to be insulting). You will not find a single Aboriginal person who fits the stereotypical picture we recognise in the UK.
The Aboriginal community seem to have lost their way. Many older Aboriginals suffered terrible treatment in the past which has resulted in a race of people who do not/will not work; who have heavily addicted to alcohol and drugs; that rely on benefits and treaty payments and have almost no concept of how to raise children or improve themselves or their families socially. Aboriginal people have large families and very young mothers. In 2001, half of all Aboriginal people were under 25.
Most whites hate Aboriginals and see them as “scroungers” and a blight on the country as they don’t pay taxes and get free healthcare and education (when they chose to use it).
My advice; stay dumb and don't invite any conversation that might include aboriginal people or their culture.