Toboggan Slide, c. 1933
Wascana Lake has always been a gathering spot for Regina residents, in summer and in winter. Residents have always loved engaging in winter sports on Wascana Lake and nice winter afternoons would often find skaters out in full force on the lake.
One of Regina’s best-known winter-sports clubs stood on the banks of Wascana Lake. The Wascana Badminton Club or Wascana Winter Club, as it was also known, stood at Albert Street and 19th Avenue. The club was started in 1930 as the Badminton Club, but by 1934 it expanded to include figure-skating facilities. The club allowed non-members in to skate, but only full members could enjoy all of the club’s amenities.
The Winter Club was the training site for many skaters who went on to national or international prominence, including Dick Salter, Barry Green, Joan and Margie Penfold and the DeWitt twins, Joan and Jean, who skated with both Barbara Ann Scott and with Sonja Henie’s Hollywood Ice Review. The roof of the Winter Club’s curling and skating section collapsed due to heavy snow in 1974.
The Badminton Club continued to use the facilities until the remainder of the building, which was originally designed by prominent local architects Storey and Van Egmond, burned down in 1977.
In more recent times, Wascana Lake has been host to the Waskimo Winter Festival, an annual event that features fun winter activities such as hockey, snow pitch and skating.