The Wascana Habitat Conservation Area is a 23-acre natural site set aside for wildlife that is open to the public. Pets are not allowed in the habitat conservation area, and the area is not stroller or wheelchair friendly (see photos of entry). This space makes for a beautiful immersion in nature right in the city of Regina. You can do a self-guided tour using the marks on the site, or wander along the hidden pathways and expansive natural fields by the water. It's a special place!
Free parking (about a 2-minute walk away to the road)
How to find it: If you are driving, park in the small lot across from the large Douglas Park Hill (it has a large willow tree next to it), and walk across the street towards the sign that says "Habitat Conservation Area." Keep walking past that sign either over or around the small hill, and you will meet the gated entrance. Please see the photo of the entrance to the conservation area. It's tricky to get into and is not stroller or wheelchair accessible. Please note that no pets or bicycles are allowed inside the conservation area.
Regina and these playspaces are situated on Treaty 4 territory, the original lands of the Cree, Ojibwe, Saulteaux, Dakota, Nakota, Lakota, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation. Play is a significant part of culture and identity. Provided by the Government of Saskatchewan and offered by the University of Regina, there is a Cree language learning resource available under "Schools and play." Visitors are encouraged to visit the Anti-Racism and Play webpage.