Regina, R.C.M.P. Heritage Centre, part of Lee's `Sask. Page

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REGINA, SASK. CANADA

Story and Photos
by
LEE A. WOOD

Pictures were taken in the winter of `08/`09 and summer of `09

(R.C.M.P. sled dog.)
R.C.M.P.
HERITAGE
CENTRE

ENTERING REGINA FROM THE WEST


THE `TCH' (TRANS CANADA HIGHWAY) BECOMES `RING ROAD'

(Regina, Sask. - 4 lane highway, fields of snow - Large buildings producing clouds of smoke.)
APPROACHING REGINA - EASTBOUND
THE WEST END OF THE `RING ROAD'
(Regina, Sask. - 4 lane highway, fields of snow - Sign for side road - Kalium Rd.)
(Regina, Sask. - 4 lane highway, fields of snow - Large buildings producing clouds of smoke.)
Saskferco on the west side of the road (Kalium Road) leading North of #1
and Mosaic Potash Mine on the right.
What appears to be smoke is actually steam produced from creating there own power
from natural gas fired boilers.

The big white pile east of the mine is sodium chloride (salt),
a byproduct of the processing.
Where you have potash you have salt and vice versa.
(Info supplied by Dave K. of Moose Jaw, Sask.)

(Regina, Sask. - 4 lane highway, fields of snow - road sign - houses in background.)
LEWVAN DR. WILL TAKE YOU NORTH TO
THE OTHER END OF THE RING ROAD
(Regina, Sask. - 4 lane highway, fields of snow - houses in background.)
LEWVAN ST. - A MAJOR INTERSECTION WITH A SPEED LIMIT OF 100 KM
BUT NO TRAFFIC LIGHT
(Regina, Sask. - 4 lane highway, fields of snow - road sign - houses in background.)
ICY CONDITIONS - SLOW DOWN - DUUHH

VIEWS FROM THE RING ROAD


The Ring Road is not a complete ring nor does it ring the exterior of the city.

(Regina, Sask. - fields of snow - houses in background.)
(Science & Tech. Regina, Sask. - fields of snow - large building in background.)
SASKATCHEWAN INSTITUTE OF
APPLIED SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
WASCANA CAMPUS
(University, Regina, Sask. - trees and large building in background.)
FIRST NATIONS UNIVERSITY OF CANADA
THE UNIVERSITY OF REGINA
(University, Regina, Sask. - fields of snow - trees and large buildings in background.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF REGINA
(Regina, Sask. - Chinese archway over street.)
FRANCIS AND ARCOLA EXIT
AT THE NEXT EXIT THE TCH LEAVES THE RING ROAD
AND BECOMES VICTORIA AVE.
(Regina, Sask. - Trimmed trees line the street.)
FUEL STORAGE IN NORTHERN REGINA

R.C.M.P. HERITAGE CENTRE

DISAPPOINTED is the feeling I am left with after touring this concrete and glass edifice to some architects dream for recognition.

I have always know that the R.C.M.P. had a museum in Regina and I have often wanted to visit. Alas, that is never to be. The museum is gone. In its stead is a cavernous tomb that has a shape, totally unrelated to a building other than some religious cavern of the 21st century.

I suppose, from the size of the interior, and the size of the parking lot, that it was designed to accommodate many viewers at any given time. However the time I was given there were very few of either; cars, or visitors. And the few staff I saw were as bored as I was.

And nowhere was there a live Mountie that you could photograph or talk to. Unlike Banff where each day a member faces the dreaded chore of dressing in Royal Red and sauntering along the main drag where he would be the target of tourists'; cameras, and questions.

All in all, despite the fact that I had nothing else to do that day, a waste of my time, and my $12.00

(Regina, Sask. R.C.M.P. Heritage Centre - tree lined street.)
DEWDNEY AVE. REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN
(Regina, Sask. R.C.M.P. Heritage Centre - tree lined creek crosses under street.)
(Regina, Sask. R.C.M.P. Heritage Centre - tree lined street Heritage flags on light poles peak of heritage building above trees.)
(Regina, Sask. R.C.M.P. Heritage Centre - heritage building behind trees.)

I, once, wrote to the RCMP requesting a copy of my father's service record. The reply was about 2 sentences long, as if his service was a state secret. There was no mention of his time in the `Ride' or of his Service in the North. Maybe he was a Canadian James Bond.

(Regina, Sask. R.C.M.P. Heritage Centre - sign on lawn, trees. building.)
(Regina, Sask. R.C.M.P. Heritage Centre - Close up of sign on lawn, trees.)
(Regina, Sask. R.C.M.P. Heritage Centre - back and end of concrete building.)
(Regina, Sask. R.C.M.P. Heritage Centre - end of building concrete pillars and glass wall.)

My father only completed grade 8.

When he applied to serve with `The Force' (RCMP) they said he didn't have enough education but they would take him if he agreed to serve up North, in the North West Territories.

(Regina, Sask. R.C.M.P. Heritage Centre - Front entrance with police car out front and sign.)
(Regina, Sask. R.C.M.P. Heritage Centre - close up of sign in French and English.)
(Regina, Sask. R.C.M.P. Heritage Centre - Close up of English side of sign.)

(Regina, Sask. R.C.M.P. Heritage Centre - old black and white pictures in frames on wall in display.)
I HAVE A SIMILAR BLACK AND WHITE PANORAMA
MY FATHER IN THE MUSICAL RIDE
(Regina, Sask. R.C.M.P. Heritage Centre - display of coats and pictures behind glass.)

(Ottawa, Ont. R.C.M.P. Naval and Military Tattoo - old black and white picture of the Musical ride.)
R.C.M.P. `N' DIVISION - `MUSICAL RIDE' - NAVAL AND MILITARY TATTOO - OTTAWA 1933
( My Father Is Fifth From The Left.)

I had planned on bequeathing my photo to the RCMP museum but now I don't think I will.

The displays have been designed by some high school graduate who believes in modern technology. Everywhere are small TVs, or movie screens, to watch short clips, and headphones to listen to other informational bits. (If I wanted that sort of information I could gather it at home on my computer.)

(Regina, Sask. R.C.M.P. Heritage Centre - display of coat and gun with computer monitor in center.)
(Regina, Sask. R.C.M.P. Heritage Centre - display of pictures with computer monitor in center and TV screen to one side.)

(Regina, Sask. R.C.M.P. Heritage Centre - window like display of cartoon figures - Mountie and dog team.)
(Regina, Sask. R.C.M.P. Heritage Centre - window like display of cartoon figures - Mountie, horse and farmer.)

The few Mounties in the display were uniforms mounted on mannequins with blank white faces leaving the display cold and characterless.

(Regina, Sask. R.C.M.P. Heritage Centre - large central display - Mountie on horse, police car.)
(Regina, Sask. R.C.M.P. Heritage Centre - large central display - Mountie on skidoo beside dog team.).

While serving in the North my father made friends with the Eskimos (Now called Inuit)

They made him articles of clothing, boots (Moccasins and mukluks) and mitts.

Most of my father's uniforms, and Northern wear, while stored at my mother's, was stolen.

The few remaining items I donated to the Maritime Museum to put on the St. Roch as my father had once been a passenger on said vessel.

(Regina, Sask. R.C.M.P. Heritage Centre - large central display - Mountie on dog sled.)
(Regina, Sask. R.C.M.P. Heritage Centre - large central display - Mountie on horse pulling canon.)

The entire interior is dimly lit requiring the use of flash to take a picture but as flash tends to reflect off of glass it is pretty useless as most of the displays are glass fronted, leaving photographers with pictures of glare or reflections.

(Regina, Sask. R.C.M.P. Heritage Centre - window like display - large screen TV model of boat, ships wheel.)
A FEW OF THE ITEMS FROM THE ST. ROCH
THE REST ARE ABOARD THE VESSEL WHICH IS
THE MAIN ATTRACTION AT THE MARITIME MUSEUM
IN VANCOUVER, B. C.
(Regina, Sask. R.C.M.P. Heritage Centre - window like display - police lady uniform, rifle.)
THIS DISPLAY IS DEDICATED TO
THE FEMALE MEMBERS OF `THE FORCE'.

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ENTERING REGINA FROM THE EAST


THE `TCH' BECOMES `VICTORIA DRIVE'

(Regina, Sask. - 4 lane highway, fields of green - Sign says `Regina'.)
APPROACHING REGINA WESTBOUND
AND THE EAST END OF `VICTORIA AVE.'
(Regina, Sask. - 4 lane highway, buildings.)
(Regina, Sask. - 4 lane highway, buildings.)
(Regina, Sask. - 4 lane highway, buildings.)

The TCH THROUGH REGINA

From East to West, or vice versa one travels on the TCH disguised as Victoria Ave. and Ring Rd.

Map of Regina

Entering the city from the East the TCH is called Victoria Ave. and will take you into the heart of the city. However, after passing through an area of large designer stores with their large parking lots, to avoid the downtown, one turns South on Ring Rd.

Ring Rd. proceeds South and then curves West until it leaves the city at Lewvan Dr.

Ring road is not a true ring as it doesn't complete a circle. From Victoria Ave. it curves North then East but doesn't exit the city. If one is in the Northern part of the city it is simple to follow Ring Rd. to Pasqua St. and follow it South. Its name changes to Lewvan Dr. and intersects with the TCH where it becomes Ring Rd.

When first built, Ring Rd. was on the outskirts of the city but the city has expanded to the East and North, overlapping the Ring.

Traffic to, and from, Saskatoon, and the North, leaves and enters the ring road at Albert St. in Northern Regina.
(Regina, Sask. - 4 lane highway, fields of snow - Large buildings producing clouds of smoke.)
TAKEN FROM HWY. 11
The building in the background was Ipsco
Now called Evraz Inc. since it was sold to a Swedish corp.
A steel mill plant for making rolled metal pipe, sheets 24-48" wide,
twisted into a tube and then seams welded.
Mostly used for natural gas pipes.
(Info supplied by Dave K. of Moose Jaw, Sask.)

END

FYI (For your edification) `R.C.M.P.' DOES NOT stand for `Regina Canadian Member of Parliament' - It stands for `Raw Carrots & Mashed Potatoes'.

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