I was happy to discover another beautiful park within my city’s limits. A.E. Wilson Park has it all: trails, a playground, bridges, a water park, wildlife, and meandering through it, a creek. Come explore with me.
Some areas here are quite rustic and natural, others have expansive, scrupulously maintained grassy areas. Along the trails are many benches for those who want to rest and breathe in the fresh air while enjoying the scenery.
Birds are by far, the most prevalent type of wildlife. I saw several Goose families as I walked one of the winding trails.
Some kayaks drifted lazily around the little islets within the park.
Because of Covid-19, the playground was eerily quiet. The date had not been set for the reopening of play parks as of May 28, when I last visited here.
All around were blooming shrubs and trees. Their scents filled the air.
I will come walk here again. There are more trails to walk, and sights to discover.
Part of the Trans-Canada, or Great Trail, as it’s now called, runs through a the Migratory Bird Sanctuary within the city of Regina, Saskatchewan, where I live. On a cool, windy early April day, I went walking there. These ducks were happily swimming around in a puddle, rather than taking advantage of the lake on the other side of the hill.
The Goose Island Overlook gave me a good view of the city’s university campus.
Another view from the Overlook was Goose Island, and in the background is the city centre.
If you look closely at this picture, you can see the flock of geese to the right, and to the left, of this little strip of land.
Near the Sanctuary is a playground, deserted during the Covid-19 ban on public parks.
And in keeping with the Goose Island theme, is this triple slide. Looks like fun!
Many examples of wall art can be found when driving around Regina, where I live.
The entire brick surface of the Ukrainian Co-op is covered with beautiful floral images.
Several examples of indigenous art can be found as well.
I’m sure some of these walls tell a story, but I’m not sure how to interpret all of them.
Below, are images from the Legion building, recognizing the contribution by our Indigenous population in the military.
And another example…
This wall was painted by another Indigenous artist.
I’m amazed at the diversity of street art, and the expression of ethnic pride they communicate.
I spent some time in the park during July. There was a lot of activity to grab my attention. The picture above shows a goose with, count them, twelve goslings! The family parade was making its way up from the lake.
Some park employees were busy arranging the venue for the Dragon Boat Festival and Races. The race lanes, for the 48 foot long boats, were marked with white buoys. This event has been part of Regina’s summer activities for 28 years, attracting 200 teams, consisting of over 2000 racers, and 20,000 spectators.
Much of the bird population was cooling off in the water. These twin ducks paddled happily along the shore. A lone pelican was too far away to get a good shot as it swam in circles mid-lake.
Apparently the “love locks” tradition is alive and well in this park. You can read about what love locks are, here. Every so often the park maintenance crew removes the locks, but eventually the fence is visited by more couples, and more locks are displayed there.