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Star lover
July 11th, 2018, 07:09 AM
In the 1880s, men of the Cree nation hunted bison on central Canada's vast plains and piled the bones in giant heaps at a location they called Oskana-ka-asateki, meaning "place where bones are piled." It was also called Wascana (Buffalo Bones).

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Taking their cue from the Cree, European settlers called the place Pile of Bones — vivid but not appealing. So, in 1882, the burgeoning city in Saskatchewan was renamed Regina, Latin for "queen," in honor of Queen Victoria.

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At 2,300 acres, Regina’s Wascana Centre park is bigger than Vancouver’s Stanley Park and Central Park in New York City combined. Plus, it’s home to the world’s largest Western Painted Turtle.

Her name is Olga, and in 2015 her hard shell was measured to be a record-setting 10.47 inches long. She is at least 30 years old and could be as old as 50!

And then there’s the Albert Street Memorial Bridge, on the western edge of the lake, said to be the longest bridge over the shortest span of water in the world. So there you go!

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Vonnie
July 11th, 2018, 08:07 AM
Thanks Anita! I love that turtle! Not so much the bone pile!