Five ways U of R students can enjoy Wascana Centre this summer

By University Advancement and Communications Posted: July 15, 2022 10:00 a.m.

The U of R is located within the stunning Wascana Centre, one of the largest urban parks in Canada.
The U of R is located within the stunning Wascana Centre, one of the largest urban parks in Canada. Photo: U of R Photography

Saturday, July 16 is Canada’s Parks Day, so we thought it would be a great time to highlight the beautiful Wascana Centre, one of Canada’s largest urban parks and home to the U of R!

We chatted with the folks at Wascana Centre to learn about all the fun things to do around the park.

In addition to all the great events planned throughout the summer, here’s some more ways you can enjoy the park!

Cruise the paths

Wascana Centre has nearly 15 kilometres of paved and natural pathways that make exploring the park easy and accessible for all.

Whether you’re strolling around West Lake’s Blue Loop or taking on the full loop around East Lake, exploring the pathways are the perfect way to escape the stresses of studying and get connected with nature.

The paths are easily accessible from the north side of campus and the full Wascana Centre map has a complete list of sites, attractions, and paths to help you get started on your adventure.

Have a BBQ with friends

There are plenty of areas throughout the park outfitted with picnic tables and charcoal briquette BBQ units for anyone to enjoy.

Candy Cane Park and Lakeshore Park have plenty of shaded and secluded areas that are perfect for a peaceful afternoon get-together with your pals. Remember to bring a frisbee!

People sitting and eating outside.
Bar Willow Eatery is the biggest deck in town!
Photo: Tourism Saskatchewan.

Grab a bite (or drink)

If a BBQ sounds like too much work (we get it), treat yourself to the ultimate Wascana Centre food and drink tour.

Start with brunch at Skye Café & Bistro, then grab an afternoon coffee at Craft Services Café in the Mackenzie Art Gallery, and finish the day by hitting happy hour at the nicest patio in town at Bar Willow Eatery.

Goats eating grass

The greatest goats of all time. Photo: Wascana Centre.

Hang out with the goats

No, it’s not Tom Brady and Michael Jordan hanging out around Wascana Centre, but actual goats – and they’re here to work!

Each summer, you can watch goats grazing within fenced areas around Wascana Centre to help control growth of certain shrubs and grasses in an eco-friendly way.

The goats will be back in August, so keep an eye on the Wascana Centre events calendar and social media channels to see where they’ll be grazing next.

Boat on Wascana Lake
There’s lots of great ways to tour Wascana Centre and learn more about our city’s amazing park. Photo: Wascana Centre.

Take a tour

Wascana Centre provides plenty of free guided or self-guided tours of the park for anyone who wants to learn about the history of park while taking in its beauty.

Private ferry boat tours are also available ($75 for up to 8 passengers) if you want a relaxing journey around the lake while learning about the history of Wascana Lake and its many landmarks.

Happy exploring!