It’s summertime in the Queen City and arguably the most beloved time of year for Reginians to be out and about.
When I’m hanging around town, I always make a point of stopping in and spending time in Wascana Park (even in the winter). It’s one of the largest urban parks in North America - bigger than both Stanley Park in Vancouver and Central Park in New York, combined!
Here are a few recommendations on how to spend a weekend around Wascana Park in the summer.
1. Paddleboard Wascana Lake
People are used to walking or jogging around Wascana Lake - but did you know you can hang out on the lake too? Queen City Sup offers lessons, races, and classes (including Yoga on a paddleboard!) to those looking for an active afternoon on the water. Spending time on the lake gives a different perspective and appreciation for this great green space.
If you want a beginner’s guide on how to paddleboard the lake, check out all the details here.
2. Roll Around the Park on a Segway Tour
Regina Rolling Robots lets you zip around the park faster than walking or running. What are these robots? They’re self-balancing, electric transportation devices that let you roll around on two wheels - and it’s super easy to learn. The best part is the guided, ninety-minute tour is only $80. Plus you get to learn a lot of history and interesting facts about the city and the park. (Here are five facts about the park that might surprise you.)
3. Hit up a Festival
Wascana Park is home to several festivals throughout the summer.
Shake the Lake is a classic rocker lover's dream come true. With two days and 7 great bands that you loved back then, but still, listen to. It's a must-do end of summer event. It is from August 30 to 31. Tickets can be purchased here
Swamp Fest is an independent music and arts initiative helping promote the city’s alternative music and arts community. It’s at the end of summer from September 6 to 8. Tickets can be purchased here.
4. If it’s Raining - Stay Indoors!
There are numerous places around the park to stop indoors and learn a little more about the city. My favourite is the Saskatchewan Science Centre and the IMAX Theatre (you’re never too old to play like a kid). For ancient historical secrets, including the largest T-rex in the world, check out the Royal Saskatchewan Museum. For those that love politics, tours of one the province’s most iconic building happen seven days a week. The Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan offers free 30 minutes tours of the building from 8:00 a.m until 5:00 p.m. There’s also self-guided walking tour outside along the trails that share details on points of historical interest on the Leg grounds. (The Wascana Centre also has 8 self-guided walks you might want to check out as well).
Need a few more indoor suggestions? Stop in at the Mackenzie Art Gallery, take in a performance at the Conexus Arts Centre or dine at the Willow on Wascana Restaurant.
5. Picnic in the Park
If all you want to do is hang out with family and friends, pack a picnic basket and blanket and hang out in the park. There’s an open-air gazebo as well as numerous charcoal briquette BBQ sites in Lakeshore Park. While you’re there, make sure to check out one of only 12 totem poles in an urban area gifted by the Government of British Columbia in 1971.
How do you like to spend your weekends in Wascana Park?