Regina, SK

Wascana Center and Lake Loops

Wikimedia Commons: Tintaggon

The Wascana Center, and its 10+ km of multi-use trails around a large lake, is the signature run in Regina. The Center is on 2,300 acres of traditional lands of Treaty 4 territory, the original lands of the Cree, Ojibwe, Saulteaux, Dakota, Nakota, Lakota, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation. There are 8.7 km of paved pathways and 5.6 km of natural paths around a 120-hectare lake. There park is home to numerous recreational opportunities from swimming to tennis, and some of Regina’s important museums and cultural attractions. Note: the main lake loop is cleared of snow in winter, as are some sections of the longer path.

We’ve mapped two running routes around the Wascana Center. The ‘short loop‘ around Wascana Lake, known as the Blue Trail, is 4 km. Starting at the Legislative Center near the Albert Bridge, the short loop goes around the lake, heading back north at Broad St./Lakeshore Dr. The long loop crosses Broad St. at the Willow Eatery (2 km mark), with the trail paralleling the north side of Lakeshore Dr. Pass Candy Cane Park (3 km), Boot Hill, the Canada Games Athletic Complex (4km), which includes a running track, the University of Regina (6 km), and Waterfowl Park (7.5 km), crossing Broad St. to complete the loop on the western side of the lake.

Essentials
  • Short Loop: 4 km (2.5 miles); Long Loop: 10 km (6.2 miles)
  • Short loop is 19m (62 feet); Long Loop is 48m (158 feet)
  • Legislative Building or anywhere convenient
  • Numerous access points and parking areas