The Saskatchewan Hotel

Regina, the capital of Saskatchewan, had less than 50,000 residents when Canadian Pacific built the Saskatchewan Hotel in 1927. That population had doubled by the time this booklet was published in 1960, and it has doubled again since then, but the population of Saskatchewan as a whole has hovered around 950,000 the entire time as people migrated from rural to urban areas.

At 268 rooms, the hotel was little more than half the size of CP hotels in Winnipeg and Calgary, and by 1927 CP had given up on the extra expense of adding chateau-like exteriors to its hotels. But, unlike the hotel in Winnipeg, the Saskatchewan has survived to the present day.


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  1. I’ve stayed at the Saskatchewan, and it has been nicely remodeled and refurbished. I wonder why the CP went to the expense of all the color drawings but plain B&W photos of the rooms and facilities? Again, most with TV’s and no mention of A/C. You really need it in Regina in the summer, and a big steam heating plant in the winter, when the temperatures get down to 35 below. No mention of fully licensed lounges though. The old CPR station also still stands, although it’s now a casino, and the owners have done a nice job of preserving some of the railway station features. Unfortunately, the rest of downtown wasn’t doing well when I was there in 2009, with many empty stores and buildings. Regina is flat as a pancake, and winds really howl there in the winter. Tough place to live.

    Jim

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