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5 Easy Peasy Summer Day Trips from Regina

To have a great vacation with the kids, you really don’t have to travel all that far. Have you ever considered doing just a mini-vacay or a day-vacay?

Only have a morning or afternoon, or not quite able to commit to an overnight stay? No problem. Within an hour or so, there are several options that will make the kids happy. And you know how that goes – when they are happy – we are happy.

This post will provide travel ideas to explore your own backyard, for those in the Regina area – providing a list of easy to do trips, varying in length that offer a whole bunch of fun activities for the kids.

Day trips from Regina (Within 25 – 70 minutes)

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  1. Lumsden25 minutes away (OR only 15 minutes if you live in NW Regina and have a lead foot like me! Just kidding – drive safely!) – If you have a couple hours to burn in the morning or afternoon, zip out to Lumsden and break up your day. Consider a stop at Lincoln Garden’s farmer’s to pick up some fresh produce, then head over to the Fourth and James Bakery to grab some yummy baked goods. Kids will love shopping at the Painted Parasol Gift & Toy store where they can pick up unique toys, trinkets and ole’ time candies. One thing we love to do is circle the town looking at all the lovely old homes and very large trees. If you plan ahead, consider a stop at nearby Beaver Creek Ranch to visit or ride.
    Fourth and James Bakery Lumsden

    Visit the bakery early to get first dibs on freshly baked goods.

  2. Indian Head47 minutes away – A visit to Indian Head to learn about the Bell Barn and its historical significance is a neat way to spend the day. Take another walk back in time and learn of local legends at the Sports Hall of Fame. Don’t miss going for ice cream at the Indian Head Ice Cream Parlour, take in lunch at the Indian Head Bakery (it’s delicious!), or if you are lucky enough to be there on a Friday, (check out beforehand as it’s not every Friday) hit up the local Farmer’s Market – located in the park beside the Town Office.

    Indian Head monument

    Indian Head’s can’t miss monument.

    Indian Head Bell Barn

    The historic Bell Barn in Indian Head

  3. Moose Jaw52 minutes away – Moose Jaw offers tons to do so I suggest making a full day of it while you are there. My top recommendations include a visit to Wakomow Valley, minutes from the heart of downtown. There are 20 kms of trails where you can hike/bike, have a picnic, play at playgrounds, kayak and canoe. Other top spots to consider: Discover the history of transportation at the Western Development Museum; learn all about the burrowing owls at the Saskatchewan Burrowing Owl Interpretive Centre; explore the city and find all of the many murals (there are 45!); if time allows take in the mineral pool at the Temple Gardens Hotel and Spa for part of the day, and of course, if you haven’t been, the Tunnels of Moose Jaw where history goes underground are always a draw. Also, consider a visit to one of these two stops that can be found just outside of town: Sukanen Museum Ship & Pioneer Village – The museum site is 40 acres and includes: a pioneer village, farmyard {house and barn}, Tom Sukanen’s ship, Diefenbaker Homestead, grain elevator and more. And, Parsons-Dietrich Pottery studio where you can find hand crafted one-of-a-kind pieces is also a great stop. (Warning: only visit if your kids are trustworthy around pottery – speaking from experience here!).
    trooper the burrowing owl header

    Say hello to the owls in Moose Jaw.

  4. Buffalo Pound Provincial Park59 minutes awayTrails, trails and more trails. Slap on your bug spray and walk the trails of Nicolle Flats (3 km each way) keeping your eyes open for birds, bison (Bison View Interpretive Trail (2.9 km) and other wildlife. Or bring your boat along and head out on the lake for the day fishing, kayaking or canoeing. The park also offers numerous trails for mountain bike riding, so if the kiddos are old enough, be sure to include this activity. This is a great place to do a quick overnight camp out as well.
    Bison in Buffalo Pound Provincial Park

    A great place to view bison, along the trails in Buffalo Pound Provincial Park.

    fox, buffalo pound

    You may get lucky and spot some other great wildlife including foxes.

  5. Claybank1 hour, 7 minutes – This National Historic site is fascinating for kids and adults alike. Did you know that bricks produced from this plant were used to build Cape Canaveral rocket pads, Second World War warships and Quebec’s Historic Chateau Frontenac? Visit this surprisingly intact clay and kiln site for a walk back in time. Let the kids roam around the Massold Clay Canyons and the 256-acre historic Clay Pits and wildlife area adjacent to the Claybank Brick Plant to burn off some extra energy!
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5 thoughts on “5 Easy Peasy Summer Day Trips from Regina
  1. We’re Canadian too, but didn’t know about any of these parks and recreation valleys (but maybe we can be excused since we’re in Vancouver, and Canada is such a HUGE country!). Your comment about not having to travel far to have a vacation is so true. There really is so much to explore in our own backyards, right? We used to live in Calgary before moving to Vancouver, and now we regret not exploring Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump and the Milk River area and other great places that were all so close. The Wakomow Valley near Moose Jaw looks like a nice spot to get outside and enjoy nature – we clicked on the link to check it out :-).

    • Jenn Smith Nelson on said:

      Thanks so much for taking the time to check out my post and links!

      You are right, Canada is SO big, sometimes it feels like I’m barely scratching the surface. But that is also a great thing as I have years of exploration to look forward to!

      Cheers.

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