Prince Albert National Park of Canada
Waterways in the park are ice-free from early May to November but even during the summer, larger lakes can be cool. Most canoeists choose from the end of May to September to ply the waters of the park.
On Kingsmere River.© Parks Canada/D Anions/PANP G2823
On a Prince Albert National Park canoe trip you can find yourself paddling small, calm lakes like Amiskowan, Shady or the Heart lakes or large expanses like Kingsmere and Waskesiu. Or dip your paddle in gentle, winding rivers such as the Spruce River. For here, waters flow slowly, cutting their way through glacial till. This is in contrast to the rapid waters and deep lakes found just 150 km further north on the rocky Canadian Shield.
There are two major, designated canoe routes in the park, both adjacent Kingsmere Lake.
Paddlers will also find almost endless the tiny ponds, lakes and creeks to explore slowly, through the summer days. You may have to drag over a beaver dam or line through shallows but that's simply the variety that canoeing on these waters provides.
Canoes can be rented by contacting the Waskesiu Lake Marina at 663-1999.
Bagwa Canoe Route
The Bagwa Canoe Route is a day's paddle through a series of small gem-like lakes connected by short portages. Many people linger overnight at one of the designated campgrounds. It is almost impossible to canoe the route and not sight red-necked grebe, white pelican, common loon, bald eagle and osprey.
Bagwa Canoe Route
Twilight float on Shady Lake.© Parks Canada/Brad Muir/PANP E1355
Bladebone Canoe Route
The Bladebone Canoe Route is a rigorous four-or five-day trip with some long, steep portages. If you're seeking nearly perfect solitude this is the route to try. Of the more than half a dozen small lakes that make up the route, each has its own subtle character and inviting bends and coves. The effort of this trip is well worth it when you find yourself alone one evening with the springtime wails and yodels of dozens of loons echoing about your shoreside campsite.
Canoeing To Grey Owl's Cabin