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Willow Island "...a sense of isolation in the middle of the city..."
The following is from a Wascana Centre Authority information sheet. Contact Wascana Centre Authority for booking availabilty.
Willow Island is a picnic island reached by ferry boat from the Willow Island Overlook (Corner of Broadway Avenue and Wascana Drive). To accommodate wheelchairs, arrangements can be made to have the ferry dock at the Marina Basin.
The Island will accommodate approximately 200 people and can be booked by two private parties. The southern part of the island will hold 40 people and the northern part will hold 150. The information guide taking the booking should designate the area of Willow Island to be used on the size of the group (ie. 25 people are given the south side; 65 people are placed on the north end). If a group wants to use the entire island they MUST have more than 150 people. If they insist on having exclusive use, the fee will be $400.00 (200 x $2.00).
The Island is open from the Victoria Day Weekend to Labour Day weekend. The hours of operation are:
**Due to darkness, the island closes at 8:00 p.m. after August 15.
**School groups booking in the month of June pay $1.00 per person and are permitted to book the island on weekdays from 12:00 - 4:00
Recommend that the group should arrive and depart together. It is left to the boat drivers discretion should the occasional person request to leave the island and return free of charge. However, should more than one person in the same group ask to leave and return free of charge, the answer is NO, unless they have made previous arrangements with the office.
If they do not arrive within 30 minutes of the specified on the agreement, the booking will be considered canceled. Wascana Centre Authority should be given 7 days notice for cancellations, unless it is inclement weather and then a minimum of 3 hours notice should be given.
Facilities on the north end of Willow Island include: 3 barbecues, 1 firepit, no less than 8 picnic tables and a shade awning. The south end has 1 barbecue, 1 firepit and 2 picnic tables. Washrooms and water fountain are located in the centre of the island.
When the firepit is to be used, Willow Island staff will be responsible for lighting the fire at the specified time. Wiener sticks and tongs are available for the public to use, but they MUST bring charcoal for the barbecues. Visitors may bring portable barbecues which must be set up on a hard surface (ie concrete bench, gravel, picnic table).
The land location of Willow Island ( people being married on the island require this information ) is as follows: North West Quarter, Section 18, Township 17, Range 19, West of the 2nd Meridian.
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