Experience firsthand the amazing variety of natural wonders that are waiting for you in Prince Albert National Park. Over 150km of hiking trails within the park provide you access to the incredible diversity of life found in this transition zone between fescue grasslands, aspen parkland and northern boreal forest.
The park features 19 trails varying in length and level of difficulty. While hiking in the park you can enjoy short walks, day hikes and overnight backcountry excursions. Although you will encounter steep hills on some trails there is little overall change in elevation throughout the park.
Dogs are welcome! Please keep them on a leash and pick up after them.
Before venturing out,
- Please read the brochure, ‘Bear Country'.
- BE PREPARED FOR ALL EMERGENCIES! Hikers in all seasons should be self-reliant and fully prepared to deal with any mishaps which may arise on their outings.
- Cellphone coverage is limited.
- Review the weather, trail conditions, and important bulletins before your trip and enjoy!
- Contact the Visitor Centre staff for up-to-date reports or to learn more about visitor safety
Beaver Glen Campground Closed
Parks Canada is making improvements in the Beaver Glen Campground. During the construction period the campground is closed to all vehicle and pedestrian traffic. This closure includes portions of the Red Deer Trail Blue Loop.
|1||Shady Lake trail
A 45m staircase leads down into the aspen forest surrounding Shady Lake.
|1.7km (loop)||45 minutes||Moderate|
15m tower overlooks the mixed wood forest surrounding Shady Lake and Bear Trap Creek.
|60 m (one way)||20 – 30 minutes||Easy|
|3||Spruce River Highlands
Traverse aspen covered hill tops overlooking the Spruce River.
|8.5km (loop)||3 hours||Difficult|
|4||Freight Tait Springs Trail
The old freight trail travels through a mixed aspen and white spruce forest leading to a natural fresh water spring.
|2km (one way)||60 – 90 minutes||Easy|
Rolling hills with mixed wood forest and tall grass meadows.
|53km (one way)||2 – 3 days||Moderate|
|6||Hunters Lake Trail
Steep rolling hills and mixed wood forest of jack pine and trembling aspen.
|12km (one way)||7 hours||Difficult|
|7||Valleyview Trail Network
Travel through the mixed wood aspen forest, sedge meadows and fescue grasslands frequented by bison.
|28.7km (network)||2 - 3 days||Moderate|
|a.||Valleyview Lookout Trail
This short wheelchair accessible hike takes you to the Valleyview picnic site. Enjoy beautiful views of the Sturgeon River Valley.
|200m wheelchair accessible (one way)||30 minutes||Easy|
|b.||Valleyview Easy Loop
This loop is great for a family outing; it offers a 200m handicapped accessible trail to the Valleyview picnic site.
|4.1km (loop) (one way)||1hour||Easy|
|c.||Stoney Plain Meadow Trail Spur
Follow a marked route through Stoney Plain Meadow, a rare fescue grassland.
|1km (one way)||30 minutes||Moderate|
|d.||Valleyview Moderate Loop
This trail is linked to the Valleyview Easy Loop. Enjoy travelling through an aspen forest and along the Sturgeon River Valley. Great random camping opportunities along the way.
|8km (loop) (one way)||2 – 3 hours||Moderate|
|e.||Valleyview Difficult Loop
Follows the entire length of the Valleyview Trail with many great lookouts over the Sturgeon River Valley. This trail goes through Jonassons Flats, a rare fescue grassland. This trail also provides access to Sturgeon Lookout.
|24.5km (loop) (one way)||8 – 10 hours||Difficult|
|8||Amyot Lake Trail
Aspen parkland and sedge meadows in this area are frequently visited by the free ranging Sturgeon River Plains Bison herd.
|9||Mud Creek Trail
This lakeside trail turns upstream to follow Mud Creek through an aspen forest. In the spring spawning fish attract black bears to the area.
|2km (loop)||45 – 60 minutes||Easy|
Ascend a steep, winding trail through a white spruce and balsam fir forest. The trees on this trail are some of the oldest in the park.
|1.2km (loop)||45 – 60 minutes||Moderate|
|11||Waskesiu River Trail
Follows alongside the Waskesiu River before the trail turns into the aspen and spruce covered hills of the river valley.
|2.5km (loop) 500m wheelchair accessible (one way)||45 – 60 minutes||Moderate|
|12||Narrows Peninsula Trail
This trail passes through a variety of habitats as it follows along the shore of Waskesiu Lake. Of particular interest is the large fern bed that peaks in early summer.
|3km (loop)||1 hour||Moderate|
|13||Kingsmere River Trail
Follow the Kingsmere River through a mixed wood of aspen and Spruce.
|1.5km (one way)||1 hour||Easy|
|14||Grey Owl Trail
Experience the diversity of the boreal forest as you follow the eastern shore around Kingsmere lake.
|20km (one way)||10-12 hours||Difficult|
|15||Boundary Bog Trail
Knob and Kettle topography leads through mixed spruce and tamarack, taking you to the heart of a boreal forest bog.
|2km (loop)||45 – 60 minutes||Easy|
|16||Red Deer Trail
The Red Deer Trail is a combination of Three loops in and around the Town of Waskesiu.
|19km (loop)||5 – 6 hours||Moderate|
|a.||Red Deer Trail, Red Loop
Red Loop takes you through a variety of habitats from town site to lakeshore and through the rolling hills South of Waskesiu.
|8.1km (loop)||2 – 3 hours||Moderate|
|b.||Red Deer Trail, Yellow Loop
The Yellow Loop travels through the Waskesiu community fuel break east of the town before turning back and following along the eastern shore of Waskesiu Lake.
|5.8km (loop)||2 hours||Easy|
|c.||Red Deer Trail, Blue Loop
The Blue Loop travels around the Beaver Glen Campground and into the rolling hills and mix wood forests North of Waskesiu before returning along the lakeshore.
|5.2km (loop)||1.5 – 2 hours||Moderate|
Located close to the town of Waskesiu this trail leads you through mixed wood stands of aspen and black spruce muskeg.