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. 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.
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?
Have fun...enjoy the adventure.
(*not a true story: it's just latin for "queen", but Regina is named to honour Queen Victoria. )
Ive find the right place!!
Tradicional people, discret guys, house parties, snowboard
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!!!
About the gay scene, i appreciate you recommending gay bars and etc, but Im not into that