In 1936, a few hundred people trekked through the Prince Albert wilderness to meet conservationist Archibald Stansfeld Belaney, a one-time British trapper better known by his chosen name, Grey Owl. Today, the route to Grey Owl’s cabin – accessible on foot and by canoe – is among the park’s most popular excursions.

The 20-kilometre (one-way) hiking trail begins at the Kingsmere day use area. The trail follows the eastern shore of Kingsmere lake through forest, bogs and meadows, passing through three backcountry campgrounds, before culminating at weathered but well-preserved Beaver Lodge, as Grey Owl dubbed his cabin.

Two young women portage a white canoe through the woods using a wheeled cart on rail tracks.

Paddlers generally launch along the Kingsmere River and head for Kingsmere Lake, using a unique rail cart portage to bypass a set of rapids. From there, it’s a 16-kilometre paddle across the lake and a final portage to Ajawaan Lake and the famous cabin.

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