Prince Albert National Park of Canada
Day Hikes & Backpacking
Backpacking routes take hikers through well-drained aspen and jackpine stands and wetter stretches of trail in black spruce forests. Trail to remote Tibiska Lake.© Parks Canada/Brad Muir/PANP CD0838-88
Distance: 13 km loop
Time: 3-4 hours
Scenic lakeside vistas, interesting forest types and a variety of animals signs make the Kingfisher Trail a rewarding hike.You'll cross several mineral licks, good spots for congregating elk and deer. Red Wing Lake near the trail's start and Waskesiu Lake itself are good waters for white pelicans, common loon and great blue herons to name just a few birds. Pack a lunch and make this a short day trip.
Grey Owl Trail
Distance: 20 km one way
Time: 6 hours one way
In the summer of 1936, Grey Owl (Archibald Belaney) the famous conservationist, received over 700 visitors to his cabin on Ajawaan Lake. Today, the trip to Ajawaan is still a popular trek with visitors making the journey by boat, canoe and on foot. The trail begins near the southern end of the Kingsmere River, passes several backcountry campsites and concludes at the front door of Grey Owl's cabin.
Camping is not allowed at the cabin site but the nearest campground is only 3 km distant, enroute to the cabin. As for all overnight trips, visitors must obtain a backcountry use permit in advance.Routes to Grey Owl's Cabin
Distance: 27 km one way with shorter options from various spur trails
In the late 1800s, horses, wagons and sleighs hauled furs and supplies along this trail between Prince Albert and Waskesiu. Today, wilderness travellers can still capture glimpses of freighting and logging days gone by.
You can choose from many other trails such as Kinowa, Elk, Fish, Hunters and Spruce River Highlands for day trips or longer walks ranging in length from 8 to 40 km.
Some of the trails in the southern part of the park are also suited for all terrain cycling and horseback use. Check with the park for details on these and to obtain backcountry use permits.
More details on these and other trails can be obtained from the park office or by purchasing the Friends of the Park - Prince Albert National Park Trail Guide.