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Winter is here!

Building a snowman is just one of many fun winter activities
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Celebrating 150 years of Confederation

2017 is a very important year for Canada as we celebrate 150 years of Canadian Confederation! 
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To celebrate Canada 150, the Government of Canada is inviting Canadians to experience nature and learn about our history by offering free admission for all visitors to Parks Canada places across the country. This includes all national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas!

Order your free Canada 150 Discovery Pass online or pick one up during your next visit to Prince Albert National Park!

Prince Albert National Park campground reservations begin January 13, 2017

A couple enjoys the convenience of Red Deer Campground in Waskesiu.
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In 2017, Canada celebrates 150 years of Confederation. As a special Canada 150 birthday gift, entry into Parks Canada places from coast to coast to coast is free in 2017. It’s going to be a busy year so start planning your next camping trip now!

Please note: Entry into Prince Albert National Park is free in 2017; however, regular camping fees apply.  

To make it easier to plan your experiences, campground reservations for Prince Albert National Park is available beginning at 08:00 on January 13, 2016.

For more information please visit Parks Canada’s reservation service webpage.

Ski or snowshoe Spruce River Highlands Trail

Wax up your skis and hit the trail in Prince Albert National Park this winter
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Explore more park this winter: Ski or snowshoe the Spruce River Highlands Trail

Through a partnership with Saskatchewan Parks, visitors can now ski or snowshoe between Prince Albert National Park and Great Blue Heron Provincial Park.

The Spruce River Highlands Trail in Prince Albert National Park is packed for use and connects to over 18km of groomed ski trails in Great Blue Heron Provincial Park. This trail network winds along rolling hills through spruce pine and offers great views of Anglin Lake. Skiers can enjoy two enclosed warm-up shelters along these trails; firewood is provided, bring your matches.

Be sure to pick up your free Canada 150 Discovery Pass and a winter activity guide at the Prince Albert National Park Visitor Centre!

Hibernating is for the bears - Enjoy Prince Albert National Park this winter!

Embrace winter with a joyful and picturesque trip to Prince Albert National Park
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Summer has always been a favourite time to enjoy Prince Albert National Park. Did you know there are a number of activities and events you can enjoy throughout each of the four seasons? Take a break from the bustle of the city with a winter get-away to Prince Albert National Park.

Go on an adventure and explore the numerous groomed ski trails, snowshoe routes, and an indoor skating rink. Skis and snowshoes are available for lend from the Hawood Inn. Travelling with young kids? You can even pick up a winter Chariot with ski attachments so the whole family can join in. Be sure to stop by the Visitor Centre for the latest trail updates. While you’re there dress up in animal costumes, check out interactive wildlife displays, and pick up an Xplorer or Club Parka booklet for kids to fill in as they wander the park.

Feel more like relaxing? Roam the townsite of Waskesiu and keep your eye out for the abundant wildlife that calls Prince Albert National Park home. Elk, deer, fox, and a variety of bird species, are often seen right in Waskesiu. For a chance to see otters playing in the snow, take the 25-kilometre-drive to the Narrows.

Whether you’ve spent the day relaxing or adventuring you can start a fire in one of the enclosed camp kitchens to enjoy a tasty winter treat; smores taste even better in the winter! As the night sky falls be sure to look up; thousands of stars are visible on clear nights and beautiful Northern Lights often dance across the sky. 

Park management plan review

On behalf of all Canadians, a dedicated team of Parks Canada staff works to protect and present Prince Albert National Park.
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2017 is not only an important year for all Canadians as we celebrate 150 years of Confederation, this year also marks the review of Prince Albert National Park’s 10-year management plan.

Park management plans are important documents that guide the future of a park. These plans outline the key strategies for maintaining and improving the ecological integrity of parks, facilitating high-quality visitor experience opportunities and conducting effective public outreach education programs.

The Prince Albert National Park management plan page provides information about the management planning process as well as opportunities to review and provide feedback on proposed content.

Protecting Waskesiu and Elk Ridge from wildfire

Prince Albert National Park’s fire crew reduces the risk of wildfire by removing excess fuel in the community fuel break.
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Expanding Waskesiu Community Fuel Break and creating a fire guard near Elk Ridge Resort

In 2001 and 2002, the first phase of the Waskesiu Community Fuel Break (CFB) was created to provide the town with a line of defence against wildfire. The project involved selective thinning of approximately 300 hectares of forest.

To further protect the community, expansion of the CFB by approximately 350 hectares, and creation of a 75-hectare fuel break along the east boundary of Prince Albert National Park, adjacent to Elk Ridge Resort, is underway in winter 2016-2017.

A CFB reduces the amount of forest fuels and replaces more flammable trees like spruce with less flammable trees like aspen. Fuel breaks also increase the likelihood that wildland fire crews could manage a fire by reducing forest fuels and thereby reducing the intensity of a wildfire advancing towards either Waskesiu or Elk Ridge. 

Map of the Waskesiu community fuel break expansion.
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Project Schedule

November 2016 - Timber Cruise. Volunteer students from Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Integrated Resource Management program have assessed and reported on the forest stands to be harvested.

November 2016 to March 2017 - Thinning. Removal of coniferous (pine needle) trees is accomplished by hand with chainsaws and brush saws in areas deemed visually sensitive and/or environmentally sensitive. Slash piles are burned.

December 2016 to February 2017 - Harvesting. Mechanical harvesting is used to remove the forest canopy in both fuel break areas.

Late winter and early spring 2017 - Reclamation. Any road and landing areas built during the harvesting operation are rehabilitated. 

Restoring Beaver Lodge: Grey Owl’s cabin in the woods

Parks Canada restoration specialists are working to preserve Grey Owl’s cabin in Prince Albert National Park.
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Archie Belaney was an Englishman, a celebrated author who wrote about conservation, and a complex individual who lived most of his adult life pretending to be an indigenous person called Grey Owl. In 1931, the National Park’s Service (known today as Parks Canada) built a cabin for him that would become known as Beaver Lodge. Thousands of visitors have journeyed to the remote shores of Ajawaan Lake in Prince Albert National Park, SK. to see it.

Beaver Lodge is now a federally protected heritage building with two very unique features. It is the place where Grey Owl authored many of his internationally acclaimed books and his pet beavers Jelly Roll and Rawhide built part of their lodge right inside the cabin. The lodge and gnaw marks on Grey Owl’s bed frame can still be seen!

In September 2016, Parks Canada restoration specialists spent two weeks camping on Kingsmere Lake. Each day they paddled in to Beaver Lodge to replace the roof, porch and deck, window frames and sections of log that had rotted out. The carpenters use traditional techniques required to replicate how the log cabin was originally built. This ensures that Beaver Lodge retains its heritage value and provides visitors an authentic sense of the pristine isolation and calm that Grey Owl wrote about.

“On all sides from the cabin where I write extends an uninterrupted wilderness… Here from any eminence a man may gaze on unnumbered leagues of forests that will never feed the hungry maw of commerce.” – Grey Owl

Please note: Restoration of Beaver Lodge is scheduled to continue in spring of 2017. The cabin’s interior remains closed until the restoration is complete. For more information on this and other construction projects in Prince Albert National park please visit the Important Bulletins page