There’s no better way to explore a city than running through its neighbourhoods. It’s my preferred mode of transportation when mixing sightseeing and getting the vibe of a new location.
As a Saskatonian, I love coming to Regina because I get to hit up running routes that are new to me. It’s also a great socially distant activity to enjoy solo or safely with a friend.
Here are some of the best trails and routes to run along in and around the Queen City.
Wascana Park is my easy go-to when running in the city. No matter the season, the paved pathways are well-tended and the different angles of the Legislature are always lovely. Keep it short and loop the Blue Trail which is about four kilometres long and if you want to add a bit of distance and cover the full loop, it’s 11 kilometres around the entire lake. As a bonus, there’s free parking and year-round washrooms.
Hill Workout: Douglas Park Hill
In otherwise flat Regina, tack on a hill workout to your run by visiting Douglas Park Hill. The gradual slope offers a different challenge depending on whether you’re walking, jogging or sprinting up it. The reward is at the top with some of the best views of the city skyline.
Full Marathon Route
Every autumn the city hosts its annual Queen City Marathon. The full marathon route loops through some of the most scenic areas of the city including downtown and several of Regina’s historic neighbourhoods. This year the race has turned into a virtual running festival throughout September. A PDF download of the course map can be found here while an interactive map can be found here. The race is also a qualifier for the Boston Marathon.
Wascana Creek Devonian Path
For a scenic run through the city, loop Wascana Creek east from the Albert Street bridge, into Kiwanis Park and to Pasqua Street. Return on the other side of the creek through Les Sherman Park and Kitchener Park. For those who enjoy a little sightseeing along the way, the Kiwanis waterfall is a great photo-stop as are the views over the pedestrian bridge connecting Cameron Street.
A.E. Wilson Park
A.E. Wilson Park in the Dieppe neighbourhood is also a great location to run along Wascana Creek. There are several bridges to cross over and a small island to run along. If you time it right in the early morning or evening, you might even spot a beaver or muskrat in the water.
Tip: You can connect the Devonian Path and A.E. Wilson Park routes together and finishes in Fairways West for an epic 21-kilometre half-marathon route, return.
Trail Run the Wascana Trails
If trail running is more your thing, head 10 kilometres northwest of the city to the Wascana Valley Nature Recreation Site in the Qu’Appelle Valley. There are 15 kilometres of trails frequented by hikers, bikers, runners and birders (and skiers in winter) - so you’ll be in good company. There are three loops to choose from that range in difficulty along the valley hills including the Creekside Loop, the Screaming Mosquito and the Disc-o-Tech.
Read More: Solo Hiking the Wascana Trails
Trail Run Buffalo Pound
Buffalo Pound is a popular provincial park only an hour northwest of Regina. It’s well known for some of the best mountain biking and trail running routes in the province. Each year, Regina’s North Face store hosts the Prairie Summit Run-It Trail Race and raises funds for Balgonie’s Greenall Outdoor School program. The race offers 5, 10 or 20-kilometre distances but you can run these routes anytime. The trails up and down the hills are no joke and will leave you feeling jelly-legged but accomplished. You can also run The Great Trail (4.5 km) which crosses through the park as well as several hiking trails that lead to the Nicholle Flats Homestead and Nature Area (3 km) and the Bison View Interpretive Trail (2.9 km)