Moving to Regina, SK - Canada. Some tips?

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    Nov 09, 2012 2:02 AM GMT
    Hey guys! I just found out Ive been accepted to study at UofR! I'm pretty excited!!!
    Can you guys that live thare give me some tips ??
    How is the city?? night life?? Prices?? icon_smile.gif))

    Thanks!!
  • MikeW

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    Nov 09, 2012 2:13 AM GMT
    Don't forget to take your beaver clippers.You might need em don't cha know.

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    Nov 09, 2012 3:20 AM GMT
    Actually it's a beautiful city, like an oasis in the desert.....but you're gonna find out what a Canadian prairie winter is all about.....bring extra woolies......with the new gas and oil boom in Sask. housing prices have skyrocketed......so enjoy and enjoy........
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    Nov 09, 2012 5:29 AM GMT
    Let's just say you will have no problem focusing solely on your studies. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Nov 09, 2012 5:32 AM GMT
    yourname2000 saidAs a Canadian citizen, I can only say "Dear God why!!" icon_eek.gif

    Even mosquitoes are miserable there. icon_neutral.gif


    Hehehehehe icon_lol.gif
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    Nov 09, 2012 5:41 AM GMT
    What about new year eve in toronto or montreal?
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    Nov 09, 2012 6:14 AM GMT
    don't get discouraged by what "Torontonians" have to say about Regina... many have a center of the universe complex anyway.

    I personally have never been to Regina, but I have traveled to Winnipeg and found that city to be surprisingly quite lovely. Prior to heading there I heard a lot of "Dear God Why's" myself but I didn't let what other people had to say form my opinion.

    Good luck with your studies and hope you enjoy Regina.
  • Pontifex

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    Nov 09, 2012 6:47 AM GMT
    heh. I live in Winnipeg and I've been to Regina a few times. It isn't the most lively city but I haven't been there for a few years. I don't really know anyone who lives there currently. There are a lot of people in Winnipeg who have moved here from there. Have you been there before?

    The winters can be tough if you aren't used to it. Also keep in mind that the number of daylight hours can be pretty low in the winter. There are days where I don't really see sunlight starting about this time of year. I go into work in the dark and leave in the dark.

    If you ever get totally bored you are only a 6-7 hour drive from Winnipeg. lol.

    And I'm sure you'll hear all the Saskatchewan jokes eventually.
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    Nov 09, 2012 6:50 AM GMT
    DanWolf20 saidWhat about new year eve in toronto or montreal?
    Regina is nowhere near Toronto or Montreal. icon_neutral.gif
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    Nov 09, 2012 6:54 AM GMT
    Regina rhymes with vagina icon_lol.gif
  • E_84

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    Nov 09, 2012 7:28 AM GMT
    Tip??

    Stay where you are.

    Saskatchewan is pretty much the "God Forsaken" part of Canada. Even the place is decent. Its just a joke compared to the rest of the provinces. The rest of Canada pretty much laughs at that province.

    *Also, in respect to your sexual preference, you will experience issues with finding others. Most guys are closeted.

    Good luck in your studies!!
  • ytOwen

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    Nov 09, 2012 7:36 AM GMT
    Hi!

    Find out if the University has a LGBT group. They are often a good social way to meet up with other Queer folk, and will probably have good connections into the local Gay scene.

    I'd also check out online resources. There might be a local Gay/Queer group on Facebook, and you might find the site: http://www.manhunt.net, and social apps (grindr, scruff, etc) useful.

    Feel free to write to me if you need specific advice about dressing for dry cold weather, but basically dress in layers, wear a coat with a wind proof shell, and wear a hat, mitts, gloves, socks, and get a good pair of winter boots.

    Cheers,
    Owen!

    Oh! And there are flights to larger urban centres. If you need to escape small town life.
  • Thegenuineart...

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    Nov 09, 2012 7:47 AM GMT
    The people I've nice I heard, Regina is pretty small only 200,000 people, and the next three cities (1.2 mill, 500,000 and 250,000) are about 8 hrs away each.

    That being said I know they have a gay bar or two and I remember numerous gay conventions going on there, I haven't heard anything negative about the city.

    It is relatively inexpensive to live there and the economy of Saskatchewan is doing very well right now.
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    Nov 09, 2012 8:06 AM GMT
    Don't go.
    Honestly, I've been to Regina a number of times (for work several years ago) and it's not nice any time of the year. I would never go back unless absolutely necessary...
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    Nov 09, 2012 12:43 PM GMT
    yourname2000 saidRegina is named after Queen Victoria, who was queen at the time (regent) and also had a vagina


    And with 9 kids, she clearly knew how to use it.
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    Nov 09, 2012 1:09 PM GMT
    yourname2000 said

    I've never lived there, but I've lived in a LOT of small towns in Canada, and one thing I'll say is Canadians in small towns tend to be extremely self-sufficient...we make our own fun. The closest towns in size that I've ever lived in are Kelowna (300k) and Charlottetown (125k) and both were incredibly fun towns, once you got to know people. House parties will be the funnest thing, and at times these can be near-Animal House calibre parties. (Oh yeah, you'll have to get used to Canadian spelling....we use proper English here, not American...so 'calibre', 'fibre', 'centre', 'neighbour', 'favour'....you'll figure it out quick.)

    The gay community maybe still a little cloistered, but if it is, it should be easy to get 'in' the gay community really quick...they'll probably love getting some fresh, juicy, Brazilian meat in town. icon_twisted.gif Even if it is a bit cloistered, Canada is 10 years into this whole "gay equality" thing, and it surprises me how many breeders you wouldn't expect --total rednecks--will trip over themselves to show how "liberated" and "modern thinking" they are. Also, all Canadians appreciate courtesy....it's true, we love the whole "polite" thing. icon_redface.gif

    Saskatchewan is a total shithole to everyone outside of Saskatchewan....seriously....I had to use google to check the proper spelling of the name (and I'm a proud Canadian), that's how irrelevant the province is to most of us. That said, it is ba-ba-ba-BOOMING! It's the "Saudi Arabia" of potash (20% of world supply)...a mineral important in making fertilizer and other chemicals. It's also always been a huge bread basket for grains. And recently up north, they've been getting into the whole "tar sands" fad, and oil, and natural gas, and stuff. Canadian capitol cities tend to be a little artsy-fartsy and fairly touristy, so I'll bet there's a fair amount of decent architecture (compared to the rest of the province) and hip, art culture.

    It will be flatter than anything you've ever experienced before. The people will be heart-of-gold farmer types who will blow you away with hospitality and down-home charm. They'll be conservative, generally, but immensely polite and genuine. It will also be cold as hell....I mean fucking colder than a witch's titty (Canadian colloquialisms....you better get used to those, too.) But it will be a dry cold...bone dry....it will take some getting used to. It also means that if you dress in layers and have everything covered (including face!!!!!), it's actually not that bad. People have fun outdoors....any time of the year, doesn't matter, Canadians are into the outdoors....hunting, hockey, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling (not sure if there will be any downhill skiing in Sask, lol.)

    Bottom line: you're there for school. The fact that the city is isolated (and it is....omg, it is) is actually a bit of a plus: like I said, we make our OWN fun --we don't need someone to entertain us (which is one of the reasons 20% of the North American entertainment industry is Canadian...we perform); and also, a city like Regina might only be 200k, but it will be the "service centre" for a much, much larger area --perhaps serving 500k people--and thus having the amenities you'd expect in a much larger city. You won't likely want for anything there, and if you do, it's 2012...you can order it on the internet.

    I'd say keep your expectations of the city/area fairly low, but I bet the people will impress. And hey, you might actually get to meet one of my favourite lil' Canadians: http://www.realjock.com/track_boi Isn't he adorkable? icon_lol.gif

    Have fun...enjoy the adventure. icon_wink.gif

    (*not a true story: it's just latin for "queen", but Regina is named to honour Queen Victoria. icon_biggrin.gif)



    HAHAHHAHAHA

    Ive find the right place!!

    Tradicional people, discret guys, house parties, snowboard icon_smile.gif)
    I got a huge scholarship then i gotta visit for sure the big cities!!

    I'm pretty anxious going to canada!! Actually i love small cities. I think its much better to get to know the culture of a country. Ive lived for some months in Romania, and I loved that!!! icon_smile.gif)

    About the gay scene, i appreciate you recommending gay bars and etc, but Im not into that icon_razz.gif

    thanks guys!! icon_smile.gif
  • rafiki87

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    Nov 09, 2012 1:38 PM GMT
    This'll be your new best friend for 6 months of the year...

    http://www.canada-goose.com/men
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    Nov 09, 2012 2:05 PM GMT
    rafiki87 saidThis'll be your new best friend for 6 months of the year...

    http://www.canada-goose.com/men


    thats pretty cool lol lol
    why January dont come faster??! haha
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    Nov 09, 2012 3:04 PM GMT
    Not_Superman saidRegina is called the Paris of the Prairies, except it has a more optimistic economy right now.
    I've only driven through, but I have a gay friend there who loves it.

    You've been accepted to URegina, but have you been rejected from the other universities?


    Yeap! My first choice was Concordia in Montreal. hahaha
    Ive retaked lots of subject, its normal in a enginnering college in Brazil, but i guess Concordia doesnt like people with school failures hahahaha

    Montreal is my dream!!! but I'm also happy about going to Regina icon_smile.gif

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    Nov 09, 2012 3:16 PM GMT
    Uh question- how the hell is Regina a small town, when I'm reading this and I've never lived in a city that was bigger than 60,000 people?
  • hockeydude12

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    Nov 09, 2012 3:33 PM GMT
    Regina has changed alot over the last few years, so don't worry too much about what some people have said! Make sure you hit up the warehouse district bars too! One thing that I get from your posts though is that going to Toronto or Montreal will be fairly quick? It's about a 30 hour drive going through the states to Toronto. I'd go to Calgary (8 1/2hr drive). I'm sure you'll have a great time and meet some great people!

    Also, become a Roughrider fan..hehe
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    Nov 09, 2012 8:42 PM GMT
    Lol, I don't believe that this "Saskatchewan" you speak of is a real place. You guys are all trolling.
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    Nov 09, 2012 9:29 PM GMT
    Not_Superman said
    showme saidLol, I don't believe that this "Saskatchewan" you speak of is a real place. You guys are all trolling.

    Did you shack up with Caslon?


    Um, no. Just making fun. Could say the same thing about Waxahatchie, near my home town.
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    Nov 09, 2012 9:52 PM GMT
    According to wiki Regina is bigger than any city here in Connecticut. I can't see how it is a small town.

    Good luck. Sounds fun. Does seem a bit isolated from well anything else but that can have some virtues. You know anything that goes on will be happening in the city since there isn't a NYC or Boston to run to just an hour away.
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    Dec 05, 2012 12:58 AM GMT
    E_84 saidTip??

    Stay where you are.

    Saskatchewan is pretty much the "God Forsaken" part of Canada. Even the place is decent. Its just a joke compared to the rest of the provinces. The rest of Canada pretty much laughs at that province.

    *Also, in respect to your sexual preference, you will experience issues with finding others. Most guys are closeted.

    Good luck in your studies!!


    Idiots in the rest of Canada laugh at that province. ...only idiots.

    Saskatchewan is actually doing quite well ...outpacing the rest of the country in many respects with regards to economy.