It’s about -25 today so it’s a great day to share some pics from the Glimpse of the Tropics display at the Regina Floral Conservatory. It’s one of the hidden gems in Regina, and on Sunday afternoon it was full of people escaping another cold January day. I highly encourage a visit if you’re experiencing the winter blahs – you’re welcome to bring in a coffee, take off your coat, sit on a bench, and forget for awhile that you’re on the prairies in January!
One of my favourite parts of Paris was being near the Seine River. After a long, cold winter, the real purpose of the trip was not to visit the museums, eat the food, and drink the wine (okay that was part of it, too!!), but to be outside and explore the city on foot.
Every day, and night, included a walk along the river.
The best antidote for a cold winter’s day is a visit to the Regina Floral Conservatory. Granted, Saturday was the first time I’ve ever been there, but for an hour it was easy to forget that it was the beginning of February and minus 20 outside! The air was warm and moist (great for prairie winter parched skin), and the bright colours are a feast for the eyes!
The Conservatory is maintained by volunteers, and there are different themes throughout the year. The theme right now is A Glimpse of the Tropics. It’s open every afternoon and there are lots of benches and seating areas to soak it all in. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.
I have a new phone so wanted to try out the camera, what a perfect place to take photos in the winter!
When I was a kid, there were three places we’d drive to that I would look forward to with much anticipation. One was driving through Saskatoon on our way to my grandparents’ house. We’d drive by the beautiful University of Saskatchewan campus, and I’d imagine going to university there. I loved every second of my four years there.
Driving to Banff, and getting that first glimpse of the mountains was (and still is) a thrill! For at least the last 10 years, maybe more if I really thought about it, I’ve been to mountains somewhere in Western Canada or Montana.
But, Cypress Hills in Southwest Saskatchewan is most likely the place I’ve been to the most. It was about a two hour drive from the town I grew up in and it’s the first place I remember going where I felt like I was going somewhere! I’d watch for that first glimpse of the hills, just a silhouette far off in the distance, and as we passed through Maple Creek, I could finally see the hills close up! I’ve camped here a lot with my family, gone to Brownies and Girl Guide camp at Camp Shagabec, and I’ve been several times as an adult, but most of my memories of it are as a kid (including one Victoria Day long weekend when it snowed – I think I was 5 or so. I think that was also the last time I rode a horse!).
Lodgepole Pine forest walking trail at Cypress Hills
Sunset at the Lookout Point – Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park
Lookout Point down the road from Bald Butte – further proof that all of Saskatchewan is not flat!
Young Hutterite couple enjoying the view at Bald Butte
View from Bald Butte at Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park – the highest point of land between the Rockies in Alberta and the East Coast of Canada (proof that all of Saskatchewan is not flat!)
Look-out Point at Cypress Hills
Rose in the Legistlative Garden on Labour Day
Vivid colour in Victoria Park, late July
Pretty flower discovered while walking to the bathroom (too much information I’m sure!)
This is probably the third time I’ve posted a picture of this mug. I must drink my coffee from this mug on a camping trip.