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Regina in Sherwood No. 159, Saskatchewan — The Prairie Region

Regina's Lake 1883–1960

Regina's Lake 1883–1960 Marker image. Click for full size.
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1. Regina's Lake 1883–1960 Marker
Inscription.  Originally, settlers in and around Regina thought of Wascana Creek in practical terms. The creek was first dammed in 1883, creating the reservoir now known as Wascana Lake. The reservoir provided the settlement with the only substantial body of water for 40 miles, and was used primarily for watering stock and domestic household uses. In the late 1890s the CPR laid one of the first pipe lines connecting the reservoir to its yards to provide water for its steam engines. In 1914 Wascana Lake was put to a new use. The city built a power plant on the north shore of the lake (east of Broad Street) and used the water for cooling the turbines which produced power and light for the citizens of Regina.

It was not long after the reservoir was created that people began to realize the economic opportunities it afforded. Very early water began to be hauled to Regina and sold for domestic use at the price of fifty cents a barrel. In 1906 James Grassick started the Capital Ice Company. It cut and sold an average of 10,000 tons of ice each year until 1950.

Not all uses of the lake were practical or economical. On May 24, 1884, one year after
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the reservoir was created boat races were held to celebrate the Queen's birthday. During the summers to follow swimming, boating, and canoeing became popular recreational outings, while the grounds along the shore line became pleasant picnic sites. The Regina Boat Club was established on the lake in 1907, and added a great deal to social the life of the city. When the cold wind blew in and the lake froze, snowshoeing, skiing, tobogganing, and skating took over the recreational scene.

… Alderman Robert Sinton drew attention of city council to the practice of “Young men bathing in the reservoir wearing nothing but a smile.” August 19, 1905

Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceParks & Recreational AreasWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1883.
Location. 50° 26.161′ N, 104° 37.052′ W. Marker is in Regina, Saskatchewan, in Sherwood No. 159. Marker can be reached from Walter Scott Way when traveling north. Marker is in the Albert Street Promenade in Wascana Park. It can be reached via the pedestrian walkway along Wascana Lake. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Regina SK S4P 2V9, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Evolution of a Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Military Nurses of Canada / Les infirmières militaires du Canada
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(approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Regina Land Titles Building (approx. 1.3 kilometers away); Hon. Walter Scott (approx. 1.3 kilometers away); Creation of the Province of Saskatchewan (approx. 1.3 kilometers away); Connaught Library (approx. 1.4 kilometers away); Saskatchewan Revenue Building (approx. 1.5 kilometers away); Albert Library (approx. 2.3 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Regina.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 30, 2022. It was originally submitted on April 30, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 87 times since then and 21 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on April 30, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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