WASKIMO® - Frequently Asked Questions!
1. Where is Waskimo® held?
Waskimo is an indoor/outdoor festival. The kids carnival is held indoors in the Conexus Arts Centre. On-ice activities like the outhouse races, fat bikes and snow cricket are held on a designated portion of the ice of East Wascana Lake. Public access points to the ice will be clearly marked. Use ONLY these entrances please!
East Wascana Lake is a federally regulated bird sanctuary, please please do not damage the shoreline in any way, and the islands are strictly off limits to the public.
2. What does it cost?
For the most part, Waskimo is all free to enjoy! Free access onto the ice, free access into the Conexus Arts Centre indoor kids carnival. Our generous corporate sponsors make this possible. Preferred parking - including accessibility parking, is available at the Conexus and costs $10 per vehicle (CASH OR CREDIT CARD ONLY, NO DEBIT), but come early as the parking lot will fill quickly.
Food and drink will also be available. Some items like hot chocolate and cookies can be found for free, but other food and drink items will come at your own cost.
3. Is this a dog-friendly event?
Absolutely. Dogs must be kept on leash at all times and are not allowed into the Conexus Arts Centre. Dress Up Your Dog! Take pictures, enter our Don's Photo Contest - hashtag your best photos to #waskimo10 and #donsphotocontest
4. Is the ice safe?
Public safety is our number one concern. Ice thickness is measured regularly by Wascana Centre engineers to ensure safety. We are restricted to using only the East Lake (east of the Broad St. bridge.) This portion of the lake was not dredged during the "Big Dig" and remains fairly shallow overall. Given the extreme weather in recent weeks, the ice is at least 20" thick across the East Lake.
5. What should I wear?
Dress for the weather, dress to stay warm. Use scarves, toques and mitts to protect exposed skin. Please wear warm boots with good support and treads to prevent slipping on snow and ice. Heated warm-up shelters will be provided on the ice.
6. Where do we park?
Preferred parking at the Conexus Arts Centre costs $10 per vehicle, but come early as the parking lot fills quickly. (CASH OR CREDIT CARD ONLY, NO DEBIT). Other parking is available free at the University of Regina campus in front of the new student residences (LOTS 13 and 14). A free shuttle bus will be operating between the U of R and the Conexus Arts Centre from 12:00 noon - 6:00 pm
PLEASE PARK ONLY IN DESIGNATED PARKING AREAS. DO NOT PARK ON THE GRASS ANYWHERE IN WASCANA CENTRE.
WE ARE EXPECTING LARGE CROWDS AGAIN THIS YEAR. TO AVOID LONG WAITS, PLEASE CARPOOL. HAVE SOMEONE DROP YOU OFF, TAKE PUBLIC TRANSIT OR PARK OFF-SITE AND WALK IN, WEATHER CONDITIONS PERMITTING.
7. Will there be warm-up shelters?
Yes. Depending on forecast weather conditions, we will be providing wind shelters and warm-up tents for the public. The primary location for warm-up will be inside the Conexus Arts Centre, where admission is free.
8. Will there be food and hot drinks?
There will be some food and drink stations outdoors, as well as food service inside the Conexus Arts Centre.
9. Is skating allowed?
Yes! The first public skating on Wascana Lake in 16 years! Bring your skates! There will be heated warm-up tents.
10. What happens if the weather is severely cold?
Indoor events at the Conexus will go on despite weather conditions. Outdoor activities may be curtailed or cancelled in the event of severe weather and/or windchill conditions. Please check our Waskimo social media pages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or listen to local radio stations the weekend of the event for updates.
11. Is the event wheelchair accessible?
Outdoors, we attempt to provide wheelchair access onto the ice, however weather conditions do apply. All activities inside the Conexus Arts Centre are wheelchair accessible.
12. Where will washrooms be available?
Washrooms are available inside the Conexus Arts Centre. Porta-potties will also be set up outdoors. Please refer to our map provided on this website.
13. Are strollers allowed inside the Conexus Arts Centre?
14. Where can we toboggan?
Family tobogganing is available on various sites in Wascana Park at your own risk. Please provide adult supervision at all times.
15. Is the East Lake an environmentally protected area?
Yes, East Wascana Lake is a federally-regulated bird sanctuary. Protection of the shoreline and the islands is critically important to us. The public is asked to please use ONLY the designated access points onto the ice, and avoid the shoreline at all times. The islands are strictly off limits as well.
PLEASE BE RESPECTFUL OF THE ENVIRONMENT. ANY DAMAGE COULD PREVENT US FROM USING THIS PROTECTED AREA IN THE FUTURE.
16. How can I find out more?
Visit our website at waskimo.com -- Follow us on social media: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter