Regina Indian Industrial School Cemetery Plaque Unveiling

Please join the Honourable Gene Makowsky, Minister of Parks, Culture and Sport, in unveiling the Provincial Heritage Property Plaque of the Regina Indian Industrial School Cemetery.

The unveiling will occur August 14th at 11:30 a.m. at the cemetery site, which is located at 701 Pinkie Road in Regina (approximately 1.5km north of Dewdney Avenue). For any questions about the event, please contact Mr. Gareth Evans, Heritage Designations Adviser, Heritage Conservation Branch, at 306-787-8519 or by email at

Saturdays Night was a Good Night for Car Enthusiasts

July 14 saw over 60 people join tour guide Dale Edward Johnson on a fascinating tour of Regina’s Downtown Car Dealerships. Dale’s knowledge of Regina’s car dealership history illustrated the rich history of the car business and its association with some of Regina’s Heritage buildings. Dale shared many interesting stories of the businessmen, the auto makers and the different car models that have been sold in our downtown since 1913.

Thanks to everyone who came out and a big thanks to Dale for sharing his passion with he citizens of Regina.

Hope to see many of you at our next tour: Saturday July 21 @ 6:00 pm join guide Warren James at the Central Fire Hall on 11 Avenue.

Image is of tour guide Dale Edward Johnson standing in front of the sign for Neil Motors. This sign is on the back of the Vintage Vinyl building on 11 Avenue.

Global Regina Morning Live Show – Regina Cemetery Tour

They started in the 90s and after a lengthy hiatus, Regina Cemetery Tours are back for another summer. Sarah Komadina has the details.

National Trust of Canada – Top 10 Endangered Places List

The Top 10 Endangered Places List shines a national spotlight on historic places at risk due to neglect or lack of funding. The List brings media attention and gives a welcome shot in the arm for local groups involved in challenging campaigns to save places that matter.

As part of its 100th anniversary celebrations, the Canadian Construction Association has signed up as the sponsor for the National Trust’s 2018 Top 10 Endangered Places List.

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Moose Jaw Natatorium – Moose Jaw

Why it matters:

For decades, this iconic Depression-era swimming facility was a social hub for the residents of Moose Jaw, hosting dances and weddings, and was the training pool for Moose Jaw’s first Olympian, Phyllis Dewar. Originally fed by a nearby mineral hot spring when it opened in 1932, the facility continues to be a major component of the civic facilities in the centrally located Crescent Park.

Why it’s endangered:

Why it’s endangered: Despite recent investments from all levels of government to update the change rooms and to repair the adjacent outside pool, the Natatorium’s indoor pool has been abandoned for 20 years. Calls for private sector partnerships have been unsuccessful, and while municipal officials struggle to find a sustainable vision, the potential for demolition threatens this community landmark.


Muscowequan Residential School – Lestock, SK

Why it matters:

Of the almost two dozen residential schools that operated in Saskatchewan, Muscowequan – operating from 1889-1997 – is one of the last remaining. The imposing three-storey brick building which now stands on the site was erected in 1931, after the previous building burned to the ground. The school had a profoundly traumatic impact on generations of Indigenous peoples in the Qu’Appelle Valley and beyond. It is a wide-spread belief amongst local Indigenous communities that the former school should be preserved as a site of memory and conscience for all Canadians.

Why it’s endangered:

Abandoned since 1997, the school is deteriorating and evidence of its dark history is being lost. The Muskowekwan First Nation – on whose land it now sits – does not have funding to implement its vision for a museum and site of memory in the rehabilitated school. The First Nation recently received a grant to board up the vast building’s windows, but vandalism and deterioration continues.



A. Minchau Blacksmith Shop – Edmonton

Why it matters:

Built in 1925, this one-storey brick industrial building is one of a rapidly dwindling number of boomtown structures in Old Strathcona, a historic district experiencing unprecedented development pressure. The threat of its demolition has spurred a groundswell of support for the modest building, and a city-wide discussion on the need to save the unsung places that make Edmonton special.

Why it’s endangered:

As of May 2018, the City of Edmonton is considering the owner’s request for a demolition permit. City officials negotiated unsuccessfully with the owner for three years to try to incorporate the building into a new development on the site, zoned in 1987 for up to 12 storeys. The City has been hampered by the Alberta Historic Resources Act, which, unlike legislation in most other provinces, requires municipalities to compensate owners for lost development value when it proceeds with heritage designation without the owner’s consent. The City has limited funds to incentivize heritage rehabilitation. There is an urgent need for provincial and federal incentives to encourage heritage projects of this magnitude.


Manie Opera Society – Lethbridge

Why it matters:

Built around 1907, the Manie Opera Society (also known as the Kwong On Lung Building) is the oldest building in downtown Lethbridge’s Chinatown district and has served as a grocery, household goods store, and restaurant. The two-storey, flat roofed, stucco commercial building speaks to Chinese emigration to southern Alberta in the 1880s and 1890s and the once thriving Chinese Canadian commercial neighbourhood. The Manie Opera Society was designated as a municipal historic resource in 2014.

Why it’s endangered:

In 2013, the City of Lethbridge declared the Manie Opera Society structurally unsafe following a heavy rain. The current owner – son of the original builder/owner and also owner of the historic Bow On Tong Building (1919) next door – does not have the funds to repair the building and is reluctant to sell. The “Save Chinatown Lethbridge” community group, Downtown Lethbridge Business Revitalization Zone, and other community voices, have been actively trying to bring attention to and find a rehabilitation solution for this exceptional and imperiled heritage property.


Hangar 11 – Edmonton

Why it matters:

Built in 1942, Hangar 11 is one of only two remaining Second World War-era hangars built through partnership with the US Air Force at the former Blatchford Field (later Municipal Airport) near downtown Edmonton. It is part of the Northwest Staging Route, which was a series of airports developed to assist the Lend-Lease program during World War II. The Edmonton airfield helped move thousands of American bombers, fighters and transport planes though Edmonton to Alaska and finally to Russia, in what become a crucial program in the Allied war effort. Apart from Hangar 14 (a Provincial and Municipal Historic Resource and now home to the Alberta Aviation Museum), Hangar 11 is the only remaining aircraft building on the former airfield, one of the most significant cultural landscapes in the Edmonton area. Hangar 11 is listed on the City’s Inventory of Historic Resources, but is not protected by formal designation.

Why it’s endangered:

Edmonton City Council has approved the redevelopment of the overall Blatchford Field site to accommodate 30,000 people and create a model “sustainable” community. The City Centre Airport was formally closed in 2014 and the adjoining hangars expropriated, paving the way for the redevelopment. The objective is to redevelop the site, and according to current planning documents, the retention of Hangar 11 is not being contemplated. Hangar 8, another 1942 hangar immediately next to Hangar 11, was torn down in 2016. A similar fate awaits Hangar 11. The Edmonton Historic Board and the Edmonton Heritage Council have expressed their concerns.



Former Carnegie Library and City of Winnipeg Archives – Winnipeg

Why it matters:

Built in 1903 with funds from US philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, this imposing classical style limestone building was Winnipeg’s first fully functioning public library. For decades, the library had some of the highest circulation in Canada, and was designated a heritage site in 1984. It ceased to function as a library in 1994 and then became home to the City of Winnipeg Archives.

Why it’s endangered:

Closed in 2010 for construction and upgrades, a torrential June 2013 rainstorm tore the roof off the building and damaged the archival records. The Archives subsequently relocated to a temporary home in an industrial park. Four years later, the former Carnegie Library remains empty and in limbo with no funds allocated by the City for restoration, and an active search is underway for a new long-term home for the Archives.


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Heritage Regina’s College Avenue Campus Salvage Sale

Heritage Regina’s College Avenue Campus Salvage Sale

Respecting and Recycling Our Heritage

The College Avenue Campus (CAC) has a rich history in Regina. Tracing the University of Regina’s roots back to College Avenue, these heritage buildings are an early and exceptional example of Collegiate Gothic architecture in our community.

After more than 100 years of use, these historical buildings were deteriorating and their lack of accessibility made it difficult for all students to access programming. To preserve this historic gem, in 2011, the University of Regina undertook the College Avenue Campus Renewal Project.  All of the work undertaken has been focused on preserving the historic features of the College Building. Where possible, historical items have been salvaged and reused within the revitalized College Building and its new additions.

Wanting to ensure that materials that could not be repurposed did not end up wasted, the University and Heritage Regina have worked together to respectfully recycle and redistribute historical items within the community.

As a result of these efforts, Heritage Regina will be holding an online auction of items such as brick, wood, tile, heritage door knobs, railings and radiators from CAC. Many of these materials date back to the original construction of CAC. Each item has been photographed and catalogued by McDougall Auctions. Proceeds of the sale will go to Heritage Regina education programs including their lecture series and heritage walking tours.

To own a piece of our history and support heritage education programs in Regina, please check out the available items online at McDougall Auctions ( and place your online bid from June 13, 2018 to June 29, 2018. On site viewing will happen on June 28th 9:00am-3:00pm, locations details on website. The sale will close on at Noon, Regina time, on June 29.

More information can be found by contacting:


Jackie Schmidt

Heritage Regina, Chair P:306-536-4247


Winners of the 2018 Lieutenant Governor’s Heritage Awards announced

May 29th, 2018, Regina, SK – Heritage Saskatchewan is excited to officially announce the winners of the 2018 Lieutenant Governor Heritage Awards. His Honour the Honourable W. Thomas Malloy will present the worthy winners with their awards on Wednesday June 13 at Government House, Regina. This annual event celebrates those projects that safeguard the Living Heritage of this rich and diverse province for future generations. Recognition is given for the skills, knowledge and commitment that each of the building owners, designers and craftspeople, heritage workers and creative individuals demonstrate during the development and implementation of each heritage project.

The winners are:

Physical Heritage Conservation

  • Confederation Park & Fountain
  • Khedive Heritage Recreation Centre
  • The Frontenac Apartments

Public Outreach

  • Journées du patrimoine – Heritage Days
  • Original Humboldt – Sharing Stories of the Land

Community Development

  • Nehiyawak Language Experience

Intangible Cultural Heritage

  • Souris Moose Creek Region Video Series

Ingrid Cazakoff, CEO of Heritage Saskatchewan, commented, “We had a really great response to this year’s awards, which took a slightly different format to previous years with the introduction of new categories. The standard of entries was very high and I am extremely pleased to know that so many communities throughout the province are taking such big steps towards preserving our Living Heritage. The entries submitted by the winning projects went above and beyond our expectations and I would like to congratulate each of them for doing such positive heritage work within their own

Download media release (PDF).

2018 Summer Walking Tours

All Heritage Regina walks begin at 6 p.m. and last approximately two hours. The tours are free, with a suggested donation of $10.

The Warehouse District
June 30 at 6 p.m. 
Meet guide Edward Willett, author of Historic Walks of Regina and Moose Jaw, at the north- east corner of Dewdney Avenue and Albert Street at 6:00 p.m. and learn about the businesses and families of early 20th century Regina.

Government House and the McNab Neighbourhood
July 7 at 6 p.m. 
Meet guide Amanda Girardin at 6:00 p.m. at the McNab Historic marker across from 90 Empress Drive.

Regina’s downtown car dealerships
July 14 at 6 p.m. 
Meet guide Dale Edward Johnson at 6:00 p.m. at the southwest corner of Albert Street and Victoria Street (across from Viterra’s head office).  Learn about the early car dealerships in downtown Regina and how residents became hooked on their automobiles.

Germantown: The other Regina
July 21 at 6 p.m. 
Meet guide Warren James at the Central Fire Hall on 11th Avenue at 6:00 p.m. for a walk through the area of Regina originally settled by continental Europeans.

Old Lakeview neighborhood
July 28 at 6 p.m. 
Meet guide Jackie Schmidt at 6:00 p.m. on the steps of the Legislative Building and learn about the early development of this neighbourhood.

13th Avenue: Cathedrals and coffee houses
August 4 at 6 p.m. 
Meet guide Susan Birley at 6:00 p.m. at the north-east corner of Robinson Street and 13th Avenue (outside the Mercury Café) for a walk that explores historic churches and other buildings in this early 20th century neighborhood.

Wascana Lake and its sporting and political history
August 11 at 6 p.m. 
Meet guide Will Chabun at 6:00 p.m. in the parking lot at the Wascana Marina off Broad Street for a walk around the lake and hear some of it’s intriguing tales.

Lost buildings of Regina’s downtown
August 18 at 6 p.m. 
Meet guide Melissa Munro outside the north Cornwall Centre entrance (Saskatchewan Drive) at 6:00 p.m. for a walk that will explore Regina’s earliest years and reveal the vanished roots of our city.

The path of the tornado
August 25 at 6 p.m. 
Meet guide Robin Adeney at the cenotaph in Victoria Park at 6:00 p.m. and retrace the path of the 1912 cyclone and its impact on Regina’s downtown.

Regina Cemetery Tour – 4th Avenue and Broad Street
June 29, July 27, August 31 & September 28 at 6 p.m. 
Meet Kenton de Jong at the cemetery entrance at 6:00pm. This tour visits the graves of Regina’s politicians, police officers and soliders, along with victims of the Regina Cyclone, Regina Riot and Spanish Influenza. We will be concluding the tour in the Beth Jacob’s Jewish Cemetery, so we ask visitors to bring a scarf or head covering.


Last year’s well-attended and much anticipated Cemetery Walking Tours are still being discussed with the City of Regina. We will give an update on them in the near future.

For more information, please visit our Event Calendar, check us out on Facebook, or Print 2018 walking tour list

#SaveTheBricks – Weston’s Bakery bricks need to go!

Wanting to keep a historical piece of the old Weston’s Bakery with you!? Their bricks are for sale! A pallet of bricks costs $40. Individual bricks are $0.25. Message LocalMarketYQR at or 306 861 0487 or to come by and check them out.

Constructed in 1929, the three-storey building with a red tile roof is considered historically significant by the City of Regina, because of its association with local architecture firm Van Egmond and Storey and Montreal architect Sydney Comber.

It is also known for its original owners, Weston Foods, who were considered pioneers in Canadian baking. It was used as a bakery until 2012.


Goodbye Lang’s Cafe

The Stokes Block was Constructed between 1905-1907 and started out as a commercial apartment building.

In 1920 it was succeeded by various Chinese merchants and restaurateurs. One of the most well-known was Yick Lee Lung Company general store, which opened in 1928. and would later become a confectionery until 1974. The building was occupied by Lang’s Cafe until April 4th, 2018 when it caught ablaze and burned to the ground.

It’s always a loss when we lose the tangible essence of our historic past.

This building is significant as a representation of Regina’s multicultural settlement and of the experiences of our Chinese-Canadian communities and how they contributed to our history.

There are countless untold tales and celebrations that lie within our city, buildings and the people that built them that have shaped the course of history in Regina.

With images by The Leader-Post and CTV Regina


Mystery bride: 1940s photos printed in Regina found in Chicago goodwill store

Originally published on Images found by SavedTheSpot.

Two women from Chicago are on a mission to solve the mystery of photos printed in Regina back in the 1940s that somehow found their way to a goodwill store in their city — and they’re hoping they can find the family in the long-forgotten photos

Maria Ochoa and Kimberly Dosamantes run an Instagram page called Saved the Spot, where they post pictures of bookmarks and other items found in thrift shops.

“Sometimes we just go to thrift shops and we look for old bookmarks,” to post on the page, said Dosamantes.

“I just like finding things that people left behind,” she added.

One day in a Chicago goodwill store, Ochoa said she was doing her usual book browsing for hidden gems to share on the page. Instead, she found something “even better.”

“I ended up finding this pack of pictures in the book,” said Ochoa.

There were several family pictures with a stamp on the back of the photos indicating the photos had been printed at TruLife Photo Co., located at 11th Avenue and Cornwall Street in Regina.

“We just decided to post them. Kim wanted to search to find the family [and see] if we can send these pictures to them, because we know they’re probably valuable to them,” said Ochoa.

’40s-style clothing

Ochoa had discovered nearly a dozen photos.

Dana Turgeon, Regina’s historical information and preservation supervisor, said that most of the dozen photos appear to be from the 1940s. She says the clothing worn in the photos is very emblematic of that era.

“The woman in her wedding dress — it’s a very ’40s style of wedding dress,” said Turgeon.

Turgeon also said it seems like the woman in the photos is wearing outfits she would have had in her trousseau — a collection of clothing and linens a woman would keep for her marriage, a common custom in that era.

Turgeon hypothesizes that some of the photos depict the woman on the day after her wedding, heading out in her travelling clothes.

“She has a nice suit jacket on, a skirt and a shirt. It fits with that timeframe,” said Turgeon.

Regina locations

The photos were printed by TruLife Photo Co. in Regina, which was located at 2136 11th Ave., near the entrance to the Bay in the Cornwall Centre today.

TruLife was also listed as the photographer for the 1948 city council photo, said Turgeon.

In one photo, a man and woman are walking across a street, and a shop can be seen in the background with an awning that seems to read “Jolly’s Drugs.” There was a Jolly’s Drugs located at 1799 Rose St. back at that time.

There is also a picture where a man stands in front of a shop that seems to be called Cafe Cadillac, but it remains a mystery where that shop was located.

Turgeon said there doesn’t seem to be a café with that name in Regina from the same time period, but there is a town in Saskatchewan called Cadillac, approximately 240 kilometres away from Regina.

On a mission

“We’re trying to really find anything about their family,” said Dosamantes.

The women posted the photos to Reddit in hopes of finding more information so they could send the pictures to the family.

“I would really love it if we could find the family of this woman, and the man,” said Dosamantes.

“My mom lost her wedding photos a long time ago, and she used to always talk about if she could just get them back, how happy that would make her.”

Dosamantes said she hopes by finding the family and returning these photos one day, she can pay it forward to another family who lost valuable keepsakes.