Hockey tourism in Regina

From the science of hockey to visual art, the city delivers

30.12.2009
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Trigonometry, Physics, Biology and Psychology - it is science all Canadians love, hockey style. Photo: Saskatchewan Science Centre

REGINA – Before, during, and after the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship, Regina offers plenty of chances to check out attractions with a hockey twist.

Here are four notable venues in the provincial capital, which is Canada's 16th largest city.

Saskatchewan Science Centre (2903 Powerhouse Dr.):
One of the most popular permanent exhibitions at this educational mecca is called “The Science of Hockey.” Kids and adults can learn about how skates work and the difference between slap shots and wrist shots in terms of physics, test their reaction times, or use trigonometry while playing air hockey. Keeping in mind IIHF president Rene Fasel's recent statement, “There is no such thing as a clean hit to the head,” the exhibition even educates visitors about the nature of concussions. The heritage brick building also houses an IMAX theatre with educational flicks

Saskatchewan Legislative Building (2405 Legislative Dr.): A famous historical photograph from 1912 depicts hockey players in action on frozen Wascana Lake in front of the just-completed seat of the provincial government. The Beaux Arts-style building cost $1.75 million to construct, a substantial sum in those days. Free tours are offered daily.

MacKenzie Art Gallery (3475 Albert St.): A recent exhibition at this gallery in Wascana Centre included scenes by aboriginal artist Lionel Peyachew from a hockey arena on a First Nations reserve. The MacKenzie Art Gallery encompasses more than 2,300 square metres (24,000 square feet). For the majority of exhibitions, featuring local, national, and international visual artists, admission is free.

Casino Regina (1880 Saskatchewan Dr.): Whether or not the nearly 800 slot machines and Las Vegas-inspired show lounge appeal to you, you can meet 1985 World Junior gold medalist and Toronto Maple Leafs legend Wendel Clark at this century-old restored railway station on January 3 (2 p.m.-3 p.m.). The Kelvington, Saskatchewan native even had a song written about him: “The Ballad of Wendel Clark” by the Rheostatics.

LUCAS AYKROYD

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