The 109th Grey Cup is set to hit the Queen City on Sunday with plenty of celebrations and festivities leading up to the big event.
When Grey Cup fans are not soaking those up, there are several places people can go to for a walk, drink, or a bite to eat.
Andrew Hiltz, the Saskatchewanderer with Tourism Saskatchewan, said he has many personal favourites and recently did a poll where he asked followers to submit their favourite places and things to do in Regina.
What began as a summer term position in 2011, the Saskatchewanderer was tasked with showcasing the province and sharing their adventures through video and blogs online. The position became a permanent one earlier this year.
Hiltz held the job title in 2017 but continued to work in the tourism industry as a videographer after his contract ended. He reapplied in 2022 and now serves as the permanent travel blogger for Tourism Saskatchewan.
Here are some of Hiltz’s suggestions of things to do for visitors during Grey Cup week.
Wascana Park features a lake and walking trail, as well as surrounding attractions, such as the Legislative building and Royal Saskatchewan Museum.
“Obviously, if you’re coming to the Grey Cup, you’re probably not afraid to spend a little bit of time outdoors,” Hiltz said. “Whether you’re just going for a quick walk around the lake or just visiting for a few minutes, I love spending time around Wascana or any of our really well maintained trails is awesome.”
(Source: Wascana Centre Facebook page)
The Hop Circuit is a self-guided tour of Regina’s Craft Breweries.
“I’m a beer guy, so I always highly recommend doing a little bit of a brewery tour when you’re in the city. We have some of the best craft beer in the world here in Regina and there’s five or six breweries within relatively short cabs to one another, so a brewery crawl is always highly recommended,” Hiltz said.
Malty National Brewing Corp. is included in the Hop Circut. (Source: Tourism Regina)
The six breweries included in the Hop Circuit are:
- Bushwakker Brewpub, 2206 Dewdney Ave.
- District Brewing Company, 1555 8th Ave.
- Malty National Brewing Corp., 1130 15th Ave.
- Pile O’Bones Brewing Company, 1808 Cameron St.
- Rebellion Brewing, 1901 Dewdney Ave.
- Warehouse Brewing, 102-1377 Hamilton St.
THE EVERYDAY KITCHEN
Located in Regina’s Warehouse District, The Everyday Kitchen specializes in serving sourdough donuts and bagels.
“If you ask a good chunk of Regina people I found in that poll that I did, were recommending The Everyday Kitchen, which I also stand behind that. They have sourdough donuts that are a must try,” Hiltz said.
The Everyday Kitchen is known for their sourdough bagels. (Source: The Everyday Kitchen Facebook page)
THE ITALIAN STAR DELI
Located at 1611 Victoria Ave., the Italian Star Deli opened in 1966 and is a local gem serving imported Italian products and ready made paninis.
“That’s an absolute classic in the city,” Hiltz said.
The Italian Star Deli is a family owned staple that began as a convenience store. Current owner Carlo Giambattista took over the store from his parents, Frank and Gina.
The Italian Star Deli double meat panini. (Source: Tourism Regina)
PUB FOOD BEFORE THE GAME
Hiltz said while there’s hundreds of restaurants to choose from in Regina, he leaned toward assuming people were looking for a pub or a place like that to hang out before the game.
“The classic in the city that I always recommend is Bushwakker. It’s such a great place, great atmosphere especially for sporting events,” Hiltz said. “If you’re downtown, it’s tough to beat a place like Vic’s Tavern or Leo’s for sporting events, so those are a few really great options as well.”
(Source: Tourism Saskatchewan)
REGINA STYLE PIZZA AND OTHER FOOD OPTIONS
Regina style pizza has thick crust, stacked meat and is often cut into squares.
“The one that showed up as the most highly voted one in the poll that I did for people to check out was the Houston Pizza on Hill Avenue, which is an absolute staple. Juliana’s is another great one,” Hiltz said.
Juliana Pizza, located at 5064 4th Ave. serves “Regina style pizza.” (Source: Juliana Pizza Facebook page)
“I’ve been in discussions with people about whether or not it qualifies as Regina style pizza but as a place from Regina that sells amazing pizza, the Copper Kettle would be probably one of the places that I would send people to for really great spinach feta pizza.”
For vegans, Hiltz recommends the Hamption Hub, located at 1221 15th Ave.
“They have a wood fired oven, it’s all vegan ingredients so they have different options for all sorts of dietary stuff but it is an all vegan restaurant, great cocktails, they’ve got great beer. It’s a coffee shop during the day, really great people there as well,” he said.
(Source: The Hampton Hub Instagram page)
THE GREEN AND WHITE
Although the Riders did not make it to the Grey Cup, Saskatchewan’s loyalty to the green and white has never died.
Hiltz said he has been to cricket matches in Australia that had very passionate fans and pro hockey games in Switzerland where the home fans couldn’t sit with the away fans, but said Rider fans stand apart from those.
“In terms of just sheer passion and love for their team, the Rider fans are on another level,” he said.
Hiltz said if anyone has questions or suggestions on things to do in the city or the province, they can send him a message on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or by email at [email protected].
“Diverse people and restaurants and food make it really really special here. There’s just a real abundance of wonderful humans in this province and really cool things to do,” he said.
Andrew Hiltz, the Saskatchewanderer. (Source: Tourism Saskatchewan)