2015 Event Calendar
June | July | August | September | October
Parks Canada wardens and RCMP leading the Waskesiu Canada Day parade. © Parks Canada
For details contact the visitor centre at 1.306.663.4522
Join us at the park for an annual line-up of special events that bring us together to celebrate and enjoy this very special place. Check this space for details or follow us on Twitter, @ParksCanada_SK.
For a diverse range of events and activities, you can also check the Waskesiu community website at waskesiulake.org/events.
June 18 – 21, 2015
Featuring nature films, photography, environmental expo, film talks and a retrospective of film maker Frédérick Back.
Festival and awards dinner, Saturday June 20.
For More information visit www.friendsofpark.ca
The Canada Day parade is a highlight of the Canada Day celebrations in the Town of Waskesiu.
© Parks Canada
Wednesday July 1, 2015
O Canada! Join us in Waskesiu and help us celebrate our nation’s 148th birthday. 2015 also marks the 50th birthday of the Canadian flag. For 50 years our distinctive and unique maple leaf flag has united Canadians and served as a symbol of our national identity to the world. Come and wave a Canadian flag in Waskesiu on Canada Day!
Park entry is free on Canada Day! Start the day at the pancake breakfast, watch our great parade, and join us for flag raising and some birthday cake.
Bike Decorating at the Chamber of Commerce from 4-7pm
8-11am - Pancake Breakfast at Community Hall
9-11am - Bike Decorating at the Chamber of Commerce
12:00 -1:15pm - Parade
1:30pm - Cake Cutting and Flag Raising Ceremony after the Parade near the Heritage Museum
For more information contact the Waskesiu Chamber of Commerce - 306-663-5410
Parka loves making new friends at the Waskesiu Children’s Festival
© Parks Canada
Saturday July 18th, 2015
10:00am - 3:00pm, Waskesiu Lake
Parks Day and the Waskesiu Chamber of Commerce and Recreation Association Children’s Festival is a fun filled day for the whole family. Face painting, crafts, balloon art, puppet shows, music tent, fire truck tours and Aboriginal games are just part of the excitement. Join us for this Waskesiu traditional favorite!
For more information contact the Waskesiu Chamber of Commerce, 306-663-5410
Saturday July 25, 2015
Join the Waskesiu Marina Adventure Center for a fun filled day of paddling and music at the Hanging Heart Lakes. Bring your paddle boards, kayaks, and canoes or reserve a boat ahead of time from the Waskesiu Marina Adventure Centre. Paddle to different destinations on the Hanging Heart Lakes to be eligible for terrific prizes. There are even prizes for best theme or costumes!
For more information Contact the Waskesiu Marina Adventure Centre - 306-663-1999
Community dances at the Terrace Gardens have been enjoyed by generations of Prince Albert National Park visitors.
© Parks Canada
Sunday August 1st, 2015
Waskesiu Chamber of Commerce and Recreation Association sponsored dance held at the Terrace Gardens (Assembly Hall). Dance the night away to the music of the 60's, 70's, and 80's! Dance at 9 pm with a midnight lunch.
For ticket information contact the Waskesiu Chamber of Commerce, 306-663-5410
Sunday August 2nd, 2015
Waskesiu Seasonal Residents Association 28th annual family dance, 8:00PM Community Hall. Everyone welcome, games, food, beverages, dancing, prizes, fun!
For ticket information contact The Waskesiu Seasonal Residents Association.
Sunday August 8th, 2015
The good old days of Waskesiu are brought to life at Heritage Days. Living in a shack tent, old fashion games like sack races and treats like grandma makes are all waiting for you at the Waskesiu Heritage Museum’s Heritage Days.
Family Activities - 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. at the Waskesiu Heritage Museum grounds. For more information contact the Waskesiu Heritage Museum.
For 34 years the Frank Dunn Triathlon has challenged participants in Prince Albert National Park.
© Parks Canada
Sunday August 9th, 2015
Triathletes compete by swimming 1.5 km in Waskesiu Lake; hitting the road for a 62 km bicycle ride, and then running 13 km run in and around the town site of Waskesiu. The morning starts with a pancake breakfast at the community hall.
Watch www.frankdunntriathlon.ca for further details or to participate.
Sunday August 16, 4:30 pm
Waskesiu Community Hall
The Friends of Prince Albert National Park has been supporting the park and community of Waskesiu for 32 years. This gala event honours the Waskesiu community with the 2015 community service awards. The event also features,
- An evening of Jazz with Theresa Sokurka and the Dave Anderson Quartet.
- A speaker series focusing on how we can support a sustainable lifestyle and community.
- A gala diner by Chef Jenni Willems sourced from boreal forest and prairie ingredients.
- Hoop Dancer Lawrence Roy Jr.
- The Friends of the Park 2015 community service awards.
For event tickets and more information visit the Friends of the Park website.
Friday August 21 to Sunday August 23, 2015
The community of Waskesiu comes alive with the first Waskesiu Lakeside Festival! The event brings together bands, buskers, and nature activities in a family-friendly gathering by the lake. With an outdoor stage showcasing prairie talent, interactive street performances, and paddling demonstrations you’ll experience a whole new side of Saskatchewan’s playground.
The Waskesiu Lakeside Festival promises to be unlike any other festival; it offers all the conveniences of a small community in the heart of the beautiful boreal forest. From the waterfront festival grounds you are within walking distance of restaurants, campgrounds, shops, trails, and a number of cabin or hotel rentals.
Access to The Waskesiu Lakeside Festival and all activities are free with paid park entry. Bring some sunscreen and enjoy music, food, and fun over this 3 day festival.
EVENT DETAILS 2015
FRIDAY, AUGUST 21
4:00 p.m. Street Theatre performance. Meet at Lakeview Drive across from Main Beach
7:30 p.m. Wolf Howl! Meet at Main Beach
Evening Buskers and musicians entertain on the streets of Waskesiu!
SATURDAY, AUGUST 22
Discovery Dome (all day)
10:00 a.m. Meeting place for programs and information. Hands-on activities to learn about aquatic life, geocaching, animals and more! Souvenirs, stickers, and tattoos for the kids.
Main Stage Performances
11:00 a.m. Sarah Beth Keeley
1:00 p.m. Kelsey Fitch
3:00 p.m. The Grain Report
5:00 p.m. Waking up the Neighbors
7:00 p.m. The Steadies
SUNDAY, AUGUST 23
9:00 a.m. Pancake Breakfast at Chamber of Commerce near tennis courts ($6.00)
10:00 a.m. Paddleboard Races at Main Beach. All ages welcome!
11:00 a.m. Bison Musical Show at Main Beach
Conservation Speaker Series at Terrace Gardens hall
10:00 a.m. Nature Saskatchewan presents their volunteer stewardship programs. Display and books for sale.
10:30 a.m. Meet the Artist! Canadian wildlife photographer, Jason Leo Bantle of All in the Wild Photography, tells about his photography adventures and is available for book and print signing.
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
Kayak, canoe and paddleboard demonstrations provided by Fresh Air Experience and Waskesiu Marina Adventure Centre. Learn about boats, equipment, paddling routes and more. Free for families and visitors to try out!
Food on site such as burgers, candies, snacks, and more.
FREE! Just national park entry fee applies.
Members of the local community come together to plant trees and support the healthy ecosystems in Prince Albert National Park.
© Parks Canada
Sunday September 6, 2015
The town of Waskesiu comes together to celebrate our trees and green spaces! The annual Arbour Day tree planting and community celebration event takes place every year during the Labor Day long weekend. Show your support by helping plant trees and creating habitat for the creatures that call Waskesiu home!
For more information or to volunteer please contact Prince Albert National Park.
Friday September 11 to Sunday September 13, 2015
A weekend of movie magic, Waskesiu style! Feature films, shorts and documentaries are screened at the Twin Pine Cinemas in the heart of Waskesiu. Social engagements are scheduled throughout the festival giving you the opportunity to discuss the films with other festival patrons.
Now entering its 11th year, the Reel Rave Film Festival is a fundraising endeavor for Prince Albert’s Mann Art Gallery. The festival is part of the Toronto International Film Festivals Film Circuit.
Watch www.mannartgallery.ca/reelrave for program details.
September 19, 2015
The MS Society Bike Tour is a fabulous one day tour with breathtaking scenery. This fundraising event supports the Canadian MS society and their work in overcoming Multiple Sclerosis. The 66KM tour route begins and ends at the Waskesiu Community Hall in Prince Albert National Park.
For More information or to register for the tour visit www.MSBike.ca.
September 26, 2015
At Elk Ridge Resort
Hit the trail and have a blast at the Outter Limits Fun Run! This off-road running event welcomes both hardcore runners and timid trail strollers. Sign up for the 10km run or the 5km walk / run category. On your own with a group you’re sure to have fun at this event. The running event is complimented with live musical entertainment, a silent auction, prizes and more…
To register for the Fun Run adventure at Elk Ridge Resort contact Outter Limits.