Saskatchewan's Crown Jewel
CANADA OR BUST, CHAPTER 7: IN WHICH WE GET A FOOT IN THE DOOR OF THE LEG
Day 8: Regina, SK. As we were enjoying the generous breakfast buffet at the Doubletree this morning, electrical power suddenly cut off. Soon emergency generators restored a few lights (and strangely, the piped-in music), and no one in the room appeared to bat an eye. We did lose our wifi connection, but elevators were in service and door locks were operational, so all was good. By the time we left the hotel half an hour later, power was restored completely.
|Saskatchewan Legislative Building|
Out of habit, we walked to the side entrance on the ground floor. In the post-9/11 world of heightened security, most statehouses have closed their main entry in favor of a more controllable single entrance door. But not in Regina. A security guard posted just inside the ground floor entrance pointed us to the grand entrance upstairs where, we were told, a tour would begin in 15 minutes.
|Grand Staircase from the vestibule|
|Legislative Chamber. The practice of seating opposing parties on separate sides of the chamber reveals current imbalance.|
|A statue of Walter Scott premier at the time of construction, comparing the building plan with its execution|
Ignoring the boxes with too many failed attempts by other seekers, we focused on four letterboxes planted by a currently inactive local letterboxer with the handle Inukshuk (Inuit word for a stone cairn in the shape of a human). All four of the boxes were just where the clues indicated. With the amusing, yet straightforward, descriptions offered by Inukshuk, we had no difficulty recognizing the landmarks she described—e.g., "a sort of whitish (dirty) metal wavy tube thing" (a guard rail).
|O'Hanlon's Irish Pub|
SATURDAY, 15 AUGUST 2015
Daily StatsMiles driven: 24
Miles walked: 1.7
Weather: 65° to 80°, sunny to partly cloudy
Letterboxes found: 4
Saskatchewan StatsArea: 251,700 square miles (Texas=268,820)
% of Canadian total population: 3.2%
Regina population: 210,566 (2nd largest city)
Provincial status: 1905
Types of marble in the "Leg": 34
More Photos from Today
|A young Queen Elizabeth II looks over the formal gardens from her favorite horse, bred in Saskatchewan.|
|Portraits of the provincial premiers|
|Bas-relief on the pediment over main entrance depicts guardians paying homage to First Nations and pioneers.|