Walk 6: A Place for Education
(Walks Through Wascana Centre -WCA Pamphlet 2001)
Wascana Centre Authority Pamphlet (2001)
Following the Wascana Creek Bike path, this walk travels alongside the northern section of the campus of the University of Regina.
There are also other areas of Wascana Centre, observable from this walk.
The University of Regina is a partner and one of the founding agencies of Wascana Centre Authority. The University provides 15% of the funding to Wascana Centre, also helping to fulfill one of the purposes of Wascana Centre Authority -the enlargement of educational opportunities.
1.38 km 20 minutes(approximate)
Starting at the corner of Lakeshore Drive and 23rd Avenue, you will see a graduated wooden slope following
the boardwalk. This shoreline is prone to soil erosion and the wooden slope was constructed to combat the problem.
2) In this area of Wascana Centre, the lake has been left in its natural state and reflects a prairie marsh. In 1913 the City of Regina declared it a Game Preserve. When Wascana Centre was developed in 1962, the lake and surrounding area was included as the Waterfowl Park.
3) The path runs along the north edge of the University of Regina campus. This University was initially established as the Regina campus of the University of Saskatchewan, but became an independent institution on July 1, 1974.
4) The building on the corner is the Classroom Building. This building houses lecture theatres, classrooms and Faculty offices.
5) Set back from the road is the Library Building which was designed to be the official entrance to the University of Regina.
6) The sculpture titled "Mind's Garden" was designed in 1994 by Regina artist Joe Fafard. This visually rich and thought provoking work is made of cast bronze and weighs approximately 3600 kilograms. "Mind's Garden" was erected in October 1999 and is on loan from the artist.
7) The brown building east of the Library is the Administration-Humanities building or the Ad-Hum as the students, alumni and faculty refer to it. This building is home to the administrative offices of the University which include the business office, the office of the Registrar and the office of the Dean. The Ad-Hum is where you will find the 'pit', a sunken area on the ground floor used for studying or meeting friends.
8) The next building to the east is the Language Institute. The Language Institute has the Bilingual Studies Centre and a Summer Centre for International Language students.
9) Across the parking lot is Campion College, Luther College is on the east corner. Luther has a student residence housing 217 people. Both of these colleges are affiliated with the University of Regina and accredited classes are offered through these colleges.
10) Along the shore on the north side of the lake, is the Waterfowl Park Nature Area. Open to the public year round, this facility is used by school groups for outdoor education on the upland habitat of a prairie marsh. Guided tours of this area are available throughout the summer, for more information call 347-1810.
North of the Waterfowl park nature area is
. It is approximately 18 metres high and is used for recreational
purposes such as tobogganing, cross-country skiing and mountain biking. The hill was constructed using soil from various
building excavation sites in Wascana Centre and Regina. Try out the trails! You might learn how to cross country ski
or mountain bike!
12) First Nations University of Canada is on the area to your right.
13) Across the lake on the north side is an interesting building, the Waterfowl Park Overwintering Structure (Wascana Winterhouse). This building is the winter home of the protected, injured and captive waterfowl of the Waterfowl Display Ponds . Harry J. Jedlic Architect Ltd. designed this facility in 1979, to house the birds entirely within an enclosed pool/pond structure. The south facing side is able to draw on the sun's rays, through the windows, during winter to help in heating the space. The north side is tucked under a layer of turf with the aim to minimize the obtrusion of the structure on the park.
14) To the east of the Overwintering Structure are the Wascana Centre Greenhouses. Throughout the year the Greenhouse provides:
a. Wascana Centre's requirements for annual bedding plants and perennial plants.
b. Tropical and flowering plants used in the permanent and temporay displays. These plants are supplied to Government of Saskatchewan departments and/or agencies, the City of Regina, University of Regina buildings and functions, as well as other tenants of Wascana Centre.
c. Floral services for agencies mentioned in number 2.
d. Storage and growing area for trees, shrubs, and ground covers for Wascana Centre's planting projects.
15) the double lane road ahead is a combination of the Trans-Canada Highway and the Regina Ring Road. The Ring Road directs the east and west bound routes of the Trans-Canada Highway through our city.
16) Across the highway is the former Plains Health Centre. The building has since become a campus of the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Sciences and Technology .