Province/Territory: Saskatchewan

Explore art, history and a lakefront oasis in one of North America's largest urban parks

  • 03 museums
  • 60 species of marsh and water birds
  • 930 hectares (2,300 acres) of park land

Wascana Centre, Regina’s massive 930-hectare (2,300-acre) urban park, is larger than New York City’s Central Park and Vancouver’s Stanley Park. This is where the city’s hallmarks of art, history and science meet forest-fresh air, wildlife conservation areas and year-round outdoor recreation, from sailing to cross-country skiing. The park is home to art galleries, museums, a science centre, university campus and the grand Saskatchewan Legislature Building. Wascana Centre is so large it contains its own protected waterfowl park, the visiting grounds of more than 60 species of marsh and water birds. Wander through wooded nature trails amid exotic trees like Siberian Larch and Japanese lilac along a shoreline that seems to go on forever—all right in the heart of downtown Regina. Smile at a canoeist paddling by on 300-acre Wascana Lake. Watch a yellow-rumped warbler ruffle its wings. Stroll the promenade and pretty lakeshore trails before visiting the domed Saskatchewan Legislature Building to see the interior gleaming with 34 types of marble. Take a keepsake photo of the historic Trafalgar Fountain transplanted from London, England.

Why you should visit
  • Pack up the family and hop aboard the ferry to man-made Willow Island for a summer barbecue on Wascana Lake. Afterwards, take the kids to see Megamunch, a half-size robotic Tyrannosaurus rex at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum in the park.
  • Rent a kayak or canoe to go for a downtown day paddle on Wascana Lake.
  • Experience the Western Canadian landscape through the eyes of Saskatchewan’s artists at the Mackenzie Art Gallery, home to 38,000 permanent works and an outdoor sculpture garden.
  • Tour the Diefenbaker Homestead, the one-storey log home of former Canadian prime minister John Diefenbaker.
  • Dine with a view of the lake on fresh, seasonal, ""micro-regional"" fare at The Willow on Wascana.

Weather

Visitor information
When to go
  • Visit the park in late March to early April to photograph the annual arrival of American White Pelicans.
  • Paddle and sail on Wascana Lake in July and August.
  • Ice skate on Wascana Lake, cross-country ski in open parkland and toboggan on Wascana Hill in the winter.
Need to know
  • Groomed park trails and tours of the Saskatchewan Legislative Building are wheelchair accessible.
  • Wear comfortable walking footwear and dress according to the conditions.
  • Dogs must be on a leash and cleaned up after.
  • Visitors are asked to respect wildlife.
Getting Here
  • Located on the south side of downtown Regina.
  • Access Regina public transit and paratransit service schedules.
  • Taxis are available to-and-from the park.
  • See the Wascana Centre map for on-site parking areas.