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Prince Albert National Park

What's New

Spring is in the air!

Spring brings the warm weather and baby animals, like this young fawn, to Prince Albert National Park.
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New Northern Prairies Field Unit Superintendent

Superintendent David Britton enjoys a moment on Sunblood Mountain in Nahanni National Park Reserve.
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On February 29, 2016, the Northern Prairies Field Unit, made up of Prince Albert and Elk Island national parks, officially welcomed our new Superintendent, David Britton.

David began working with Parks Canada in 1998 as legislative assistant in the Office of the Secretary of State (Parks). He subsequently held policy positions with Agriculture Canada, Canadian Heritage and the Privy Council Office before returning to Parks Canada in 2007. Since then, he has held various positions in the Heritage Conservation and Commemoration Directorate, including Senior Advisor to the Vice President. In 2011, he completed a year-long assignment as Site Superintendent for Wapusk National Park and Prince of Wales Fort and York Factory national historic sites, based out of Churchill, Manitoba. Since 2013, David has been the Site Superintendent of Nahanni National Park Reserve, based out of Fort Simpson in the North West Territories.

Please join us in welcoming David and wishing him every success in his new duties.

Federal infrastructure investment projects

Work crews completed resurfacing Lakeview Drive in Waskesiu in the fall of 2015.
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In July of 2015, the federal government announced several infrastructure investment projects intended to revitalize some of the aging infrastructure in Prince Albert National Park. Shortly after the announcement was made, work began on some of these projects including the rehabilitation of Highway #263, the Waskesiu Lake Marina and the Grey Owl trail / Kingsmere Lake access. Thanks to mild weather conditions, work on these projects lasted well into early winter prior to shutting down for the season.

With the arrival of spring we welcome the opportunity to continue these important projects. Weather permitting, we anticipate many of these infrastructure projects could begin in early May. To learn more about how these projects may impact your visit, please go to the Prince Albert National Park Infrastructure Program web page.

Front country campground revitalization 

A park employee removes a hazardous tree with a chain saw from the Beaver Glen campground.
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Beaver Glen, The NarrowsNamekus and Sandy Lake campgrounds have been providing park visitors with memorable camping experiences for generations. Over the years, the forest in and around our campgrounds has aged and deadfall has started to buildup in the areas between campsites. Dead trees are a natural part of the forest life cycle and play an important role in how the boreal forest regenerates. Throughout the winter, park staff continued working to ensure that the campgrounds offer visitors a ‘fire smart’ and safe camping experience by removing these dead and hazardous trees.

Did you know!
The oldest tree sampled in Beaver Glen Campground this past winter was a 158-year-old white spruce!

Most of the hazardous trees removed from Beaver Glen and other areas will go back to the campgrounds as fire wood.
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New bridge on the Waskesiu River trail

The new pedestrian bridge over the Waskesiu River.
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In October 2015, a new pedestrian bridge was installed at the trailhead of the Waskesiu River Trail. After providing a crossing over the Waskesiu River for decades, the old pedestrian bridge at the Waskesiu River was in need of a replacement. With a steel superstructure and concrete foundation, the new bridge will be enjoyed by park visitors for generations to come.