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.
Material for blog posts is hard to come by when there are limitations on travel and most places are closed to the public. I looked to my neighbourhood and nearby places to find smile worthy sights. The residents of the home above must have been looking forward to a “Red Letter Day”.
This gate was a reminder that warm, sunny, summer days were just ahead.
This display was one of many I saw in during the season of Lent and Easter.
These leaves became a permanent part of the newly poured concrete walk. They looked almost like fossils.
The hares, always present in my neighbourhood, were in different stages of their colour change in April. Some were still snow white, while others were brown, and still others were a little bit of both.
What do you think this R & R stands for? Rest and Relaxation, Rock and Roll? I think it was probably painted on this cracked sidewalk by a city worker, meaning this section should be Removed and Replaced.
I was entertained by this squirrel as he was furiously digging nearby. What could he have been looking for?
The Trans Canada trail spans our country from coast to coast. Wikipedia describes it this way,
“The Trans Canada Trail, officially renamed The Great Trail in September 2016, is a cross-Canada system of greenways, waterways, and roadways that stretches from the Atlantic to the Pacific to the Arctic oceans. The trail extends over 24,000 kilometres (15,000 miles); it is now the longest recreational, multi-use trail network in the world. The idea for the trail began in 1992, shortly after the Canada 125 celebrations. Since then it has been supported by donations from individuals, corporations, foundations, and all levels of government.”
On a walk in early April, my husband and I walked a short part of the trail that goes through Regina.
Spring was coming to our city, and the melting ice patterns were looking very pretty.
The transition into the sunlight turns ice to running water.
We looked forward to the grass turning green, and the trees being in full leaf once more. I think we’ll have to visit this portion of the Trans Canada Trail again, in summer.
During this time of social distancing, I’m glad that we can still enjoy a walk outdoors on a sunny day. Here are a few sights that induced a smile during the last days of March.
Above, a photo of an outdoor tableau. The small windmill was no more than four feet tall. I’m sure this spot looks great in the summer, surrounded by plants and flowers.
Usually, these Christmas decorations are gone by the end of March. Was someone trying to spread a little cheer during these concerning times?
A cute Little Library. This one was tiny, but full!
It’s too early for this garden to be planted, but the gardener seems to be anticipating a good crop of weeds!