Historic Cathedral Village
CELEBRATING CATHEDRAL HERITAGE

Regina Cultural Trails

In honour of the Cathedral Village Arts Festival’s 25th birthday in 2016, five neighbourhood sites have been chosen to pilot a neighbourhood online tour and cultural marker project called ‘Historic Cathedral Village.' Partnering with Heritage Regina and Regina Downtown Business Improvement District, it will be the first installment of a larger project called 'Regina Cultural Trails.'  


In 2016 Susan Hollinger, vice-president of Heritage Regina launched the historical plaque and Cultural Trails system. Hollinger is an advocate for built heritage and for preserving the cultural heritage of communities, most recently working to protect the Watchler Residence on Leopold Crescent.  Susan worked with other Heritage Regina members to review the City of Regina’s proposed Cultural Heritage Management Strategy and drafted the presentation made to City Hall on that item. 

Along with working with Heritage Regina, Susan is a founding member of The Lakeview Planning Committee, a group of concerned citizens who are working with the City of Regina on issues related to infill housing in in the Lakeview Community. As party of this group, she participated in many Design Regina workshops and has represented her community in public forums on housing development, rooming house bylaws discussions and community planning forums. 

Heritage Plaque Project
Plaque design by Jeannie Straub; fired on ceramic by Jeannie Mah; and installed using sculptural hardware created by Gerry Ruecker.

Find out how your home or business can receive one of these beautiful plaques and a spot on the online tour. Contact rhubick@gmail.com







LOOKING BACK

2016 was our 25th Birthday!

The Cathedral Village Arts Festival is a major Saskatchewan festival with humble neighbourhood roots.  In 1992, Ken Mitchell, a Cathedral Area Community Association board member, suggested the CACA host an Arts Festival to celebrate the many artists working in a variety of disciplines living in the Cathedral area.  A group of people came together and brought that idea to fruition that year. The first festival was a weekend event and the second year it expanded to a six-day format.

The little festival proved to be a big hit and began to grow – and grow. Today the festival hosts some 115 events in 14 venues, featuring over 120 artists/performers and 330 vendors, and attracting some 40,000 of visitors throughout the week.

NEIGHBOURHOOD HISTORY

Welcome to Cathedral Village.

This land was once part of a vast hunting range used by Plains Cree, Dene, Lakota, Dakota, Nakota, Saulteaux and other First Nations. Following the signing of Treaty 4, it became part of the settlement of Regina, accommodating a pre-First World War population boom. We acknowledge the neigbourhood's existence is in thanks to First Nations and the signing of the Treaty, and that it is on Treaty land.

The installment of a 13th Avenue streetcar line in 1911, along with the establishment of schools and churches, gave birth to a new commercial and residential neighbourhood that remains largely intact to this day. Preservation of the historic streetscape has been key to neighbourhood revitalization, providing residents with a walkable, sustainable, liveable community. Cathedral Village has the city's highest concentration of heritage properties, with 90 buildings named on the heritage holding bylaw list. Please explore!

 In 1913, Holy Rosary Cathedral was built on 13th Avenue, and this is where the area got its name. The city introduced its first Holy Rosary Cathedral, 1913. Photo courtesy of Saskatchewan Archives Board.zoning bylaw in 1927, and this set patterns for land use which continue in the area today. 

As time passed, additions to zoning bylaws allowed for higher density housing to be built in certain areas of the neighbourhood. Apartments and parking lots began to replace the older housing stock throughout the area, particularly nearer to Albert Street.

By the 1970s, the area suffered from typical inner city neighbourhood problems such as declining population, decreasing quality and quantity of housing stock, increasing crime and social problems, more car traffic and less parking space.

A group of Cathedral Area neighbours got together in 1975, just planning to organize a few local recreation programs. Soon they began to realize the potential of people within the neighbourhood to effect change and help to improve conditions. In March 1976, at a public meeting in Westminster United Church, they officially incorporated as the Cathedral Area Community Association.

Founding members of the association foresaw the need for CACA to play a leadership role in planning and development issues, advocacy, information dissemination and the provision of high quality community and social services. The founders rolled up their sleeves and went to work building bridges between various government agencies and Cathedral residents.

It wasn't long before conditions began to improve. Joint municipal, provincial, and federal programs such as RRAP (Residential Rehabilitation Program), Infill Housing, and Neighbourhood Improvement Area helped shape the residential neighbourhood and independent businesses that define our socially and economically diverse neighbourhood today.

Wander Our Streets

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We are a walkable community. It's a rare day when a resident in our neighbourhood doesn't visit 13th Avenue. It's the hub of a lot of neighbourhood activity.
 
We close 13th Avenue down during the Cathedral Village Arts Festival to hold our Craft Fair. People from all over the province come by the tens of thousands to walk the street and purchase the wares of over 200 craftspeople. Hundreds of volunteers from all over the neighbourhood have a lot of fun making it all happen.

https://izi.travel/en/50db-village-voices/en
Take an Audio Tour of the Village!

If the Cathedral Village could talk, what stories would it tell?

Listen to a love story that began at a shoe store on 13th Avenue in the 60’s; meet Olga, locally famous for her pie; get to know the artists behind the Brandee's mural….To hear these stories and many more, click here for the map and download the audio tour app at https://izi.travel/en.




Neighbourhood Amenities

Parks
  • Leslie Park
  • Les Sherman Park
  • Lucy Ely Park
  • Holy Rosary Park
Public Facilities
  • Cathedral Neighbourhood Centre
  • Neil Balkwill Civic Arts Centre
  • Regina Public Library Connaught Branch
Schools
  • Holy Rosary Community School
  • Ecole Connaught Community School
  • Davin School
  • Prairie Sky School
Sports
  • Leslie Park outdoor hockey rink
  • Les Sherman Park - soccer fields, ball diamonds, bike path
  • Lawson Aquatic Centre (North Central)
  • Wascana Outdoor Pool (Transition Area)
  • Fieldhouse (North Central)