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Prince Albert National Park

Winter Trail and Facilities Condition Report

Visitors can enjoy several groomed ski trails this winter, thanks to volunteers of the Waskesiu Lake Ski Club Inc. The remaining trails are not groomed or cleared of fallen trees.

The Waskesiu Lake Ski Club makes an effort to track-set ski trails in Prince Albert National Park by Friday of each week. However, based on snow and weather conditions, these volunteers may be called upon to set trails during the evening and on weekends. Please visit the Waskesiu Ski Club website for the most up to date trail track-set reports.

For more information contact the park Visitor Centre.

Please respect volunteers and skiers by snowshoeing and walking on designated snowshoe trails only. Visitors are welcome to use snowshoe trails for walking and backcountry skiing.

  • Trail conditions fluctuate daily depending on the weather.
  • Trails are cleared of fallen trees periodically.
  • Vehicle access to Kingsmere Road north of the Hanging Heart Lakes closed until further notice.

January 12, 2017 

Trail Name   Conditions and Comments  

Townsite

Townsite of Waskesiu Streets plowed. Winter warm-up shelter open. Visitor Centre washrooms open 24 hours a day.
Wapiti
5.6 km loop
Semi-packed December 24th, no track.
Beaver Glen
5.8 km loop
Groomed and tracked December 23rd, fair.
Fisher
7.2 km loop
Insufficient snow; Trails have not been groomed.  

Red Deer Blue
5.2 km loop

Insufficient snow; Trails have not been groomed. 

Red Deer Red
8.1 km loop

Groomed and tracked December 24th, fair.
Red Deer Yellow
5.8 km loop
Groomed and tracked December 23rd, fair.
Beach Walk
5.6 km return
Minimal snow.

 Highway #264

Highway #264 Road plowed.
Boundary Bog
2.0 km loop
Winter Conditions.

 Kingsmere Road  

Kingsmere Road  Road plowed to Hanging Heart Lakes turnoff.
Crean
19.0 km return
Insufficient snow; Trails have not been groomed.
Waskesiu River
2.5 km loop
Minimal snow.
Narrows Peninsula
3.0 km loop
Closed.
Kingsmere River
1.5 km one-way
Winter Conditions.
Grey Owl
20.0 km one-way
Winter Conditions.

 Narrows Road

Narrows Road Road plowed.
Mud Creek Trail
3 km loop
Minimal snow.
Treebeard
1.2 km loop
Minimal snow.

 Scenic Route #263

Scenic Route #263 Road plowed.
Shady Lake
1.7 km loop
Winter Conditions.
Height-of-Land Tower
15 m tower
Winter Conditions.
Freight Tait Springs
2 km one way
Minimal snow.
Spruce River Highlands
8.5 km loop
Trail has been packed on the south side as of December 21st.
Elk Trail
16 km one way
Winter Conditions.

 Cookson Road

Cookson Road Road plowed.
Hunters Lake
12.0 km one-way
Winter Conditions. 

 West Side

West Side Boundary 
11.7 km one-way
Road plowed 0.5km to Valleyview day use area.
Valleyview Lookout Trail
200m one way
Winter Conditions.
Stoney Plain Meadow Loop
3 km loop
Winter Conditions.
Woodland Loop
7.8 km loop
Winter Conditions.
Jonassons Flats Route
11 km one way
Winter Conditions.
Amyot Lake Trail Spur
2 km one way
Winter Conditions.

*Winter Conditions

Trails are covered with snow. Icy sections may exist. Trails are not mechanically track set, groomed or cleared of fallen trees. Please exercise caution.

Indoor washrooms are available at the Visitor Centre in Waskesiu townsite. Outdoor privies are available at Boundary Bog trailhead on Highway 264 and Paignton Beach on the Narrows road.

Stop in at the Hawood hotel to register for keys to the public ice fishing shack on Waskesiu Lake.

Trail Descriptions:

Safety:

  • Emergency 911
  • Parks Canada Dispatch (24 Hours) 1-877-852-3100  
  • Trails are not patrolled, please ensure you are self-reliant.  
  • Watch for deadfall.
  • Use caution on boardwalk and stairs.
  • Do not rely on your cell/satellite phone to get you out of trouble. Coverage is variable throughout the Park. 
  • For more information and tips to ensure a safe experience visit the Prince Albert National Park Visitor Safety Page.

Information:

  • For more information contact the Prince Albert National Park Visitor Centre.
  • Park entry permits can be purchased at the Visitor Centre.
  • To maintain a high quality of service during your visits throughout the year, park entry fees are in place. Fees are invested back into facilities and services that for visitors to enjoy.    
  • Please register at the Visitor Centre for all overnight backcountry trips.
  • Check road conditions at 1-888-335-7623 or online.
  • Check weather conditions.