Prince Albert National Park Reservations
Prince Albert National Park encompasses 3,874 square kilometres (1,496 sq mi) in central Saskatchewan, Canada and is located 200 kilometres (120 mi) north of Saskatoon. Though declared a national park March 24, 1927, official opening ceremonies weren't performed by Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King until August 10, 1928. This park is open all year but the most visited period is from May to September. Although named for the city of Prince Albert, the park's main entrance is actually 80 km (50 mi) north of that city via Highways 2 and 263, which enters the park at its southeast corner. Two additional secondary highways enter the park, Highway 264, which branches off Highway 2 just east of the Waskesiu townsite, and Highway 240, which enters the park from the south and links with 263 just outside the entry fee-collection gates. Prince Albert National Park is not located within any rural municipality, and is politically separate from the adjacent Northern Saskatchewan Administration District (NSAD). Until the establishment of Grasslands National Park in 1981, it was the province's only national park.
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Would you like to explore the wilderness of a national park without missing any of the comforts of home? The town of Waskesiu offers visitors a variety of commercial accommodations. For more information visit the Waskesiu Chamber of Commerce.
A transitional landscape from aspen parkland to boreal forest with pockets of grasslands, Prince Albert National Park is a breathtaking and unique place to vacation. Learn about nature at this expansive 3,875 sq. km. of protected park through interpretive programs, guided hikes and interactive exhibits at the Nature Centre. Partake in countless year-round and seasonal recreational opportunities such as canoeing, kayaking, fishing, cycling, hiking, camping, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and more. The park features numerous multi-use trails for all skill levels. Amenities and accommodation are available in the Waskesiu Lake townsite all year round. Campground reservations accepted for Beaver Glen and Red Deer Campgrounds starting March 28, 2023, at 8 a.m. CST. Reservations can be made using the Parks Canada Reservation System.
Parks Canada reservations for 2023 are set to launch for camping at national parks and historic sites. Depending on the province, bookings are available for the upcoming camping season starting on March 13. Reservable periods vary from park to park and, as with other national, state, and provincial parks in North America, campsite spots are expected to go quickly.
Parks Canada is using a new system for 2023 reservations, so there are some new guidelines to follow. Starting on March 3, campers can create an account in the new system, which will be needed to make reservations; reservations will start to open for parks on March 13. You can access your past reservations in the old system until February 26.
Here in Saskatchewan's heart lies a million-acre park, where vast prairies meet parkland and boreal forest, and free-roaming plains bison mingle among a diverse collection of wildlife, including timber wolves and 195 species of birds. No wonder this is the most popular of Canada's 54 national parks. Outdoor lovers flock here in summer to sample its ample lakes and hike backcountry trails, but off-season visitors have the place to themselves to see the aspens turn color in fall, horseback ride, or cross-country ski. A year-round, full-service resort town within the park's borders, Waskesiu, provides creature comforts.
What to Read Before You Go: Portraits of the Bison: An Illustrated Guide to Bison Society (University of Alberta Press, 2005), a detailed look at the history, social structure, and life cycle of the bison by Canadian national park warden and bison rancher Wes Olson and his photographer wife, Johane Janelle.
The 400,000-hectare (988,422-acre) wilderness area of Prince Albert National Park, 240km (149 miles) north of Saskatoon and 91km (57 miles) north of the town of Prince Albert, is one of the jewels of Canada's national park system. Its terrain is astoundingly varied, since it lies at the point where the great Canadian prairie grasslands give way to the pristine boreal forests of the north. Here, you'll find clear, cold lakes, ponds, and streams created thousands of years ago as glaciers receded. It's a hilly landscape, forested with spruce, poplar, and birch.
More than 30% of the park's surface is water, making a canoe or kayak a great way to navigate and explore this nearly road-less area. Canoeing routes wind through much of the park through a system of interconnected lakes and rivers. Canoes can be rented at three lakes, including Lake Waskesiu, where you can easily get a feel for the watery environment in an hour or so. For experienced paddlers, the two major overnight canoe trips are the Bagwa and Bladebone routes. CanoeSki Discovery Company (tel. 306/653-5693; www.canoeski.com) offers a selection of multiday canoe adventures into the heart of the park. The trips, some especially for families and birders, are led by naturalists and certified canoeing guides. Canoe packages include a 4-day, 3-night trip for C$850 per person. There's also terrific fishing in the park, but anglers must have a national-park fishing license, available for sale at the Visitor Centre.
In the village of Waskesiu Lake, Red Deer Campground has 152 sites with full services and Beaver Glen Campground has 213 sites, many with power. Facilities at both include showers and toilets, kitchen shelters, and sewage-disposal stations. Rates range from C$26 to C$35 for a site. Both are operated by Parks Canada. Advance reservations (tel. 877/737-3783 or 450/505-8302; www.pccamping.ca) are strongly recommended. Scattered through the park are four smaller campgrounds with limited services.
Parks Canada is officially opening summer camping spots at some national parks in BC on Friday, while reservations for other national parks throughout the country become available throughout the rest of January.
People looking to enjoy a day in nature during the pandemic, are advised to stay out of the national parks, marine conservation areas and historic sites in Canada. Parks Canada has closed all of its sites to the public due to concerns over the transmission of COVID-19. 041b061a72