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Sunny summer fun in Wascana Centre

29 June 2023
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The University of Regina is located on Treaty 4 Territory within Wascana Centre, one of the largest urban parks in North America. There’s no better time to take advantage of the U of R’s beautiful campus-within-a-park location and enjoy the beautiful weather this summer!

Beyond walking, running, biking and generally just hanging out in the park, here are some other things you can enjoy right here in Wascana Centre.

Thursdays in Wascana

Wascana Centre has various free and low-cost activities every Thursday evening from July 6 to August 24. Some of the activities include boat tours around Wascana Lake, lawn games, delicious food, and entertaining music. Watch the Facebook event page for updates on upcoming Thursdays in Wascana throughout the summer.

People attending an event near a lake
Thursdays in Wascana event. Photo credit: Provincial Capital Commission

MacKenzie Art Gallery

The MacKenzie has lots of events throughout the summer, including a free Artist Talk with Lucie Chan on July 13.

Bonus: All Faculty of Media, Art, and Performance students get free memberships. Just apply for your membership at the front desk once you arrive. A membership gets you free admission to the gallery, among other benefits. Otherwise, general admission is $12.

The MacKenzie Art Gallery lit up at night
The MacKenzie Art Gallery is located within Wascana Centre and is home to the Craft Services Café. Photo credit: MacKenzie Art Gallery’s Facebook

Guided walking tours and picnics

If you want to enjoy the fresh air, get some exercise, and learn about some of the attractions in Wascana Centre, you can book a free walking tour for you and your friends.

There is also going to be free picnics (bring your own lunch or purchase your lunch from an on-site food truck) on Willow Island on Sunday, July 16, July 23, August 13, and August 20. Watch for more information on Wascana Centre’s Facebook page.

A family having a picnic on a blanket
There are many different spots in Wascana Centre to enjoy a picnic. Photo credit: Provincial Capital Commission

Wascana Pool

The newest addition to Wascana Park is now open! The outdoor pool has two waterslides, a lazy river, hot tub, accessible and all-gender washrooms and change rooms, and much more. Single admission is $5.18 a young adult (19 to 24 years) and $6.76 for an adult (25 to 64 years). Visit the City of Regina’s website for more information on the pool schedule, admission fees, and amenities.

Find out more about Wascana Centre.

Aerial view of Wascana Pool
Wascana Pool is located near the U of R’s College Avenue Campus. Photo credit:

Visit the goats

Wascana Centre brings in goats throughout the summer to help manage the weeds. The goats are currently taking a well-deserved break but they will be back later in July. Watch for updates on Wascana Centre’s Facebook page to find out when the goats will be back and where you can find them.

Goats eating grass in the park
The goats will be returning to Wascana Centre later in July. Photo credit: University Advancement & Communications

 Banner photo credit: Housing Services

About the University of Regina

Set in the heart of the Canadian prairies we are a comprehensive, mid-sized university where the opportunities are as limitless as the horizon. Our campuses are on Treaty 4 and 6 - the territories of the nêhiyawak, Anihšināpēk, Dakota, Lakota, and Nakoda peoples, and the homeland of the Michif/Métis nation. It is our responsibility to strengthen relationships with Indigenous communities to build a more inclusive future for all. Our three federated colleges, 10 faculties, 25 academic departments, and 18 research centres foster innovative research with practical and theoretical applications. We are committed to cultivating the potential of our 16,000 students and supporting their health and well-being. We take learning beyond the classroom through work and volunteer experiences to develop career-ready graduates.

Let’s go far, together.