Walk 4: A Place For Government
(Walks Through Wascana Centre -WCA Pamphlet 2005 *#3 & #8 information altered from original text )
Wascana Centre Authority Pamphlet (2005)
Trees, grass, water and islands are all features of a natural environment. Regina was chosen as the site for the new territorial capital in 1882, but the natural environment of this area featured nothing but a small winding creek bordered by flat prairie. When asked in 1886 by a Reginian about the prospect of the city, Sir John A.MacDonald replied, "If you had a little more wood, and a little more water, here and there a hill, I think the prospect would be improved. "The Government of Saskatchewan is a partner and one of the three founding agencies of Wascana Centre Authority. The Government provides 55% of the funding for Wascana Centre, also fulfilling one of the purposes - the development of the seat of government.
1.73 kilometres 25 Minutes
This walk begins at
Trafalgar Fountain. It is one of a pair of fountains designed by Sir Charles Barry. The two
originally stood in Trafalgar Square in London, England from 1845 to 1939. Its twin is now located in Ottawa. This one
has been dedicated to the 1882 founding of the North West Mounted Police Headquarters in Regina.
2) Across the lake to your right is Trafalgar Overlook and Pond, so named because of the view of Trafalgar Fountain. The overlooksite design received a citation for outstanding achievement from the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects in 1989.
3) As you walk along the lakeshore you will come to a monument just north of Trafalgar Fountain dedicated to the late Ross Thatcher, a former provincial premier and leader of the Liberal party of Saskatchewan.
3b) A little further west is the United Empire Loyalists Cairn.This cairn is built of fieldstones gathered from Saskatchewan Homesteads and yards of decendants of United Empire Loyalists who settled here prior to and shortly after 1905, included is one stone from Eastern Ontario where many of the Loyalists settleed after 1783.
3c) Located at the Legislative boat landing is the 10th Field Regiment Plaque.This is the position where the 10th Field Regiment does the ceremonial artillery salutes
4) Willow Island can be seen across the lake from this point. It is a picnic island which is open to the public on weekday afternoons. Group reservations are available evenings and weekends by contacting Wascana Centre main office. It is another place in Wascana Centre to plan a barbecue or outdoor activity for family and friends.
5) Across the lake you can see the white Bandstand. Free performances are given Sundays from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and select Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 pm starting on Victoria Day weekend and concluding on Labour Day weekend.
6) The Queen Elizabeth II Gardens highlight an impressive view of the Saskatchewan Legislative Building. This fabulous structure was designed by E.and W.S. Maxwell from Montreal and was completed in 1912. The exterior of the building is constructed of Manitoba Tyndall Stone. The impressive black dome reaches 56 metres up to the sky and can be seen from nearly any point in the city. The intricate carvings on the building's exterior were carved by the Bromsgrove Guild of England. Gargoyles, lion's heads and chains of interwoven grains and fruits adorn the building. Visitors on tour of the Legislative Building interior are impressed by the thirty-four types of marble brought from around the world to build the interior pillars and floor. Display galleries exhibit portraits of former Premiers, Speakers, Lieutenant Governors, members of the Legislative assembly and Saskatchewan aboriginal people. Designed in the shape of a cross the Legislative Building is approximately 165 metres in length and 84 metres in width occupying 67 hectares of land. The early legislators, when selecting the site for the new government building, were insistent that it be located on the south side of the then Wascana Creek because of its elevation and the close access to water which would help beautify the grounds. Their vision and foresight can truly be appreciated today on a walk around the Legislative grounds. Building tours are offered daily.
7) The lake deepening project in 2004 generated a major change in the footprint of the lake alongside Albert Street. The development of a pedestrian bridge has helped to re-direct foot traffic away from the road onto a safer, quieter walkway. The 16 pedestals set along the walkway provide interpretive information spanning more than 100 years from the first settlers to arrive in the area to the lake deepening project. The shore line in this area was refurbished using pre-cast concrete. The distance of this path is 352 metres from shore to shore.
Across the road and to the west of the Legislative Building is the
War Memorial . Several monuments are in this section.
original memorial was built in 1926 by the 28th Battalion Association. The section containing the names was
finished in 1995.
In 1986 a plaque honouring the members of the
1st Battalion, Regina Rifle Regiment who fell in
Second World War was added.
In 2005 the
Second World War / Korean War/ Peacetime Operations Memorial was completed.
There is also the
War Brides Monument which was added in 2004.
9) Directly south of the War Memorial is the Woodrow S. Lloyd Memorial which was dedicated in 1973 to the former provincial premier and leader of the C.C.F. party of Saskatchewan.10. To your left is the Walter Scott building which is named after Saskatchewan's first Premier. The purpose of the Walter Scott building is to house various government agencies and departments.
10) To your left is the Walter Scott building which is named after Saskatchewan's first Premier. The purpose of the Walter Scott building is to house various government agencies and departments.
11) The Lloyd Place,(formerly known as the Provincial Office building), also to your left, was built in two sections. The Lab building in the back was built in 1958 and conducts medical, dairy and water testing as well as vaccine production. The front section was built in 1959 and houses government agencies and departments.
12) The red brick building across the lawn to the left is the Wascana Rehabilitation Centre. This is a specialty hospital that focuses on the rehabilitation of the physically disabled and treatment of chronic conditions.
13) One of the original plans for the MacKenzie Art Gallery was the development of an outdoor space for the permanent display of selected sculptures. Located to the left is the MacKenzie Sculpture Garden which was unveiled on Canada Day, July 1, 1999. The centrepiece of the Sculpture Garden is the Bronze Mother and Child II by the Lithuanian born sculptor, Jacques Lipchitz. The six other works included in the Sculpture Garden are by Don Foulds, Doug Bentham and John Nugent from Saskatchewan; Peter Hide from Edmonton, Alberta and British sculptor Tim Scott. Two of these works are on long-term loan to the MacKenzie from the Saskatchewan Arts Board, the offices of which are also located in the T.C. Douglas Building.
14) Just over the rise is the half life-sized sculptures of a bull, cow and calf that were created by Joe Fafard and donated to the MacKenzie Art Gallery by Claire Kramer. The bull is named Potter after the well-known 17th century Dutch animal painter Paulus Potter; the grazing cow is named Valadon after the French post Impressionist painter Susanne Valadon. The calf was named Teevo after a contest was held to name the smallest member of this trio.
15) The white tyndall stone building to your left was designed by Arnott MacPhail Johnstone and is named after a former Premier of Saskatchewan, T.C. (Tommy) Douglas. Completed in 1978, this building houses both government departments and agencies as well as the MacKenzie Art Gallery. The gallery features an expansive display of both modern and traditional paintings and sculptures. Please feel free to visit! They are open daily.