From snow-capped mountains in the west to frozen lakes in the east, Canadian winters often bring cooler temperatures and plenty of snow. Besides creating picturesque scenery, the conditions also make the perfect playground for those looking to partake in winter activities outdoors. 

Whether you are in Regina, the capital of Saskatchewan, or somewhere nearby, you may be happy to learn that this prairie area becomes a winter wonderland in the cooler months. From skiing to fat-biking, and everything in-between, there is something for all winter thrill-seekers. 

Go for a Glide – Iceville at Mosaic Stadium

Mosaic Stadium, home to the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League, is also the largest in Saskatchewan. As of the winter 2021 season, it can now claim the title of Saskatchewan’s biggest skating rink. In December of 2020, work began to build out the new 10,000-square-meter rink, which required more than 350,000 gallons of water to complete. 

The finished product is known as Iceville. It has quickly become one of the most sought-after attractions in Regina. Interested individuals can sign-up for a free 45-minute time slot, but you will have to be quick! Since current restrictions only allow for a 30-person limit on the ice, the lucrative timeslots are usually snapped up in a flash by those eager to glide on one of Saskatchewan’s newest, and largest sheet of ice. Iceville will operate until the end of February and is canceled on days when temperatures dip to ‑20 degrees Celsius or lower. It may be only a matter of time until Iceville becomes synonymous with winter in Regina. 

Approximate distance to Regina: within city limits

Take Picturesque Hike Along the Wascana Trails

Perhaps your definition of ideal winter activity includes something a little more tranquil. Hiking the Wascana Trails is both peaceful and scenic, making it one of the best winter activities near Regina.

Walking isn’t the only way to enjoy some or all of this 15-kilometer trail. Visitors can increase the intensity of their experience by choosing to snowshoe, cross-country ski, downhill toboggan, or fat bike along the way. There are three trail loops here, all of which vary in difficulty: 

  • Easy: Creekside Loop 

  • Intermediate: Screaming Mosquito 

  • Advanced: Disc-O-Tech

Approximate distance from Regina: 28 KM

Skate the Park at Echo Valley Provincial Park

Located west of the Town of Fort Qu’Appelle and on the edge of the Qu’Appelle Valley between Echo Lake and Pasqua Lake is Echo Valley Provincial Park. A must-visit for winter-enthusiasts, the park is home to many activities including, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and hiking. Winter-themed activity packages are also available for purchase at the park. 

One of the most popular attractions at Echo Valley Provincial Park is its figure-eight skating trail. It is so popular, that the parks department decided to double its size for the 2021 winter skating season. Now 2‑kilometers long, those looking to hit the ice can meander through more of the park’s beautiful aspen campground. Current rules only allow for one-way skating, while the trail is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays for regular maintenance.

Approximate distance to Regina: 72 KM

Hit the Slopes at Mission Ridge Winter Park

The Qu’Appelle Valley is home to Katepwa, Mission, Echo, and Pasqua, together known as The Calling Lakes. These lakes are fed by the Qu’Appelle River, which makes up a beautiful section of the valley that runs 400-kilometers west, from the border of Manitoba into southern Saskatchewan. While you travel along its beautiful path, you will encounter the scenic town of Fort Qu’Appelle, an area with a rich history, established in 1864 as a Hudson’s Bay Company trading post. 

Today, the town of Fort Qu’Appelle is home to Mission Ridge Winter Park, one of Saskatchewan’s premier skiing, snowboarding, and tubing facilities. It is a highlight to any Qu’Appelle Valley tourism winter itinerary. Once inside, winter sports enthusiasts can take their pick of 14 marked runs, with the longest measuring at 800 meters. This winter wonderland also features two terrain parks, three conveyor lifts, and a brand-new tubing park. 

Once your day at Mission Ridge comes to an end, head over to Bubba’s an on-site restaurant with a menu filled with delicious items to satisfy your hunger. Grab a juicy burger, an overstuffed calzone, or a famous Bubba’s pizza, all enjoyed while keeping warm by the wood-burning fireplace.

Approximate distance from Regina: 75 KM

A Complete Winter Activity Experience – Buffalo Pound Provincial Park

Located in Southern Saskatchewan and centered around a prairie lake formed by glacial activity almost 10,000 years ago, Buffalo Pound Provincial Park is one of the best places to visit near Regina.

Though summer offers plenty to do, winter sports enthusiasts will have their choice at a seemingly endless number of activities here. Fat-biking, snowshoeing near the Lower Chalet campground, and tobogganing are visitor favorites. The park is also home to 7‑kilometers of ungroomed cross-country ski trails that offer an ideal challenge for those of most ages and skill levels. For those that prefer to be out on the lake, ice-fishing is also possible. So, grab your rods and fish for pike and walleye. No matter what you decide to do, keep an eye out for the majestic wildlife that often tour the park.

Approximate distance from Regina: 85 KM

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Special thanks to the staff at the Sleep Inn Regina East for their suggestions.

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