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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  Hanging Heart Lakes is closed until further notice

Notice: Due to the barricade at the 4-way stop on Lakeview Drive, the trailhead has moved from the bottom of Lakeview Drive (near the Main Beach Kitchen Shelter) to Montreal Drive between the tennis courts and the Waskesiu Chamber of Commerce building.

February 24, 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
Groomed and tracked February 23rd, very good conditions on fairways, poor in bush.
Beaver Glen
5.8 km loop
Groomed and tracked February 23rd, very good conditions.
Fisher
7.2 km loop
As of February 23rd, good along south end of trail & power line, the north end of the trail is fresh snow over icy base (too little snow to track).

Red Deer Blue
5.2 km loop

Winter conditions.

Red Deer Red
8.1 km loop

Groomed and tracked February 23rd, very good conditions.
Red Deer Yellow
5.8 km loop

Groomed and tracked February 23rd, very good conditions.

*Notice, construction in the area has impacted a portion of the trail by the sewage lagoon.

Beach Walk
5.6 km return
Winter conditions.

 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
Groomed and tracked February 24th.
Waskesiu River
2.5 km loop
Winter Conditions.
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
Winter Conditions.
Treebeard
1.2 km loop
Winter Conditions.

 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
Winter Conditions.
Spruce River Highlands
8.5 km loop
Minimal snow.
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, Birch Bay on Highway 264 and Paignton Beach on the Narrows road.

Trail Descriptions:

Safety:

  • Emergency 9-1-1
  • 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
  • Canada 150 Free 2017 Discovery Passes can be picked up at the Visitor Centre or ordered online.
  • To maintain a high quality of service during your visits throughout the year, park 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