All Parks Canada facilities are temporarily closed, all visitor services and all motor vehicle access by visitors are suspended until further notice.

The health and safety of Canadians, visitors and Parks Canada team members is our top priority.

We are following the advice of public health experts and taking steps to support the Government of Canada’s efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 and reduce risks to visitors, employees, and other users of Parks Canada spaces.

Effective 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, Parks Canada is temporarily suspending all visitor services and motor vehicle access by visitors until further notice. We will limit activities to basic critical operations.

Parks Canada will re-evaluate the temporary closure on an ongoing basis and keep you updated as more information becomes available. Please check the Parks Canada national information portal dedicated to COVID-19 for updates.

The latest information you need to know about your visit to Prince Albert National Park

Parks Canada is temporarily suspending all visitor services and visitor motor vehicle access in national parks.

At Prince Albert National Park:

  • Access to highway #263 is closed from the South Gate to the Narrows road, including all the facilities along the highway.
  • The Northshore/Kingsmere Road and the Narrows Road is suspended and limited to local traffic only. All visitor facilities in those areas are closed.
  • All visitor facilities such as playgrounds, trails, trailheads, washrooms and shower facilities, Visitor Centre, campgrounds and day-use facilities are closed.

COVID-19: Questions and answers specific to Prince Albert National Park and Waskesiu Townsite

Is Prince Albert National Park open?

We are following the advice of public health experts and taking steps to support Canada’s efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 and reduce risks to visitors, employees, and other users of Parks Canada spaces. The situation is changing almost daily. Information will be updated as it becomes available.

Effective 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 all motor vehicle access by visitors to Prince Albert National Park is suspended. Highway 264 to the townsite of Waskesiu remains open. All visitor facilities such as playgrounds, trails, trailheads, washrooms and shower facilities, Visitor Centre, campgrounds and day-use facilities are closed.

Canadians are asked to follow the advice of public health experts and stay home. Parks Canada strongly recommends essential travel only.

Does Parks Canada advise against visiting? What about the health benefits of nature and reduced chance of virus transmission in outdoor spaces?

Parks Canada is asking Canadians to stay home. Anyone considering a visit to a Parks Canada location, including those in urban areas, should cancel their plans.

Parks Canada’s top priority is the health and safety of visitors and employees. The park is doing its part to contain COVID-19 and reduce risks to visitors and employees. We look forward to resuming normal operations, but for now we must all work together to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Why don’t you just increase cleaning for prevention instead of closing the Park?

The health and safety of Canadians, visitors, and Parks Canada team members is of the utmost importance. Parks Canada is following the advice of public health experts and implementing these measures to support the Government of Canada’s efforts to limit the spread of the COVID-19 and reduce risks to employees and visitors.

Canadians are asked to stay home and support the national effort to limit the spread of COVID-19. Anyone considering a visit to a Parks Canada location, including those in urban areas, should cancel their plans.

What facilities are closed in Prince Albert National Park?

  • Visitor Centre
  • Park Entrance Gate Kiosks
  • All washroom and shower facilities including outhouses at day-use areas
  • Playground at Waskesiu main beach
  • Trails, trailheads and day use areas
  • All enclosed kitchen shelters are closed: Waskesiu Main beach, Paignton Beach, Birch Bay, South End (Kingsmere), Crean day-use and Crean Kitchen.
  • Camping facilities, including backcountry camping, are closed until April 30, 2020.
  • Highway #263 from the South Gate to the Narrows Road, including all visitor facilities along the highway.
  • The Northshore/Kingsmere Road and the Narrows Road is suspended and limited to local traffic only. All visitor facilities in those areas are closed.
What about my camping reservation for this season?

You do not need to cancel this reservation. You are encouraged to check back closer to your arrival regarding cancellations. Parks Canada has stopped taking new reservations until further notice.

Can I get a refund for my park pass since visitor services are closed?

The sales of all annual passes has been temporarily suspended until further notice. Please check regularly for updates www.parkscanada.gc.ca/covid-19.

For current pass holders, Parks Canada will automatically extend the end date of Discovery Passes for the full duration of the suspension period. That means that for each month or part of a month that visitor services are not offered due to Parks Canada’s efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19, a full month will be added to the end date of the annual pass.

Can I buy an annual pass?

The sales of all passes has been temporarily suspended until further notice.

Can I take a scenic drive through the park?

Parks Canada is temporarily suspending all visitor services and visitor motor vehicle access in national parks.

  • Access to highway #263 is closed from the South Gate to the Narrows road, including all the facilities along the highway.
  • The Northshore/Kingsmere Road and the Narrows Road is suspended and limited to local traffic only. All visitor facilities in those areas are closed.

Residents, cabin/cottage owners, commercial business owners and contractors can access the park via Highway #264 through the East Gate (main park access)

Are cross-country ski trails being maintained?

Parks Canada is temporarily suspending all visitor services and motor vehicle access in national parks including trail maintenance. As a result, cross-country ski trails are not being maintained for the remainder of the season.

Can I come visit the park to bike or hike?

Canadians are asked to stay home and support the national effort to limit the spread of COVID-19. Anyone considering a visit to a Parks Canada location, including those in urban areas, should cancel their plans.

Can I fish in the park?

All motor vehicle access by visitors at Prince Albert National Park is suspended until further notice. All visitor facilities such as washrooms, outhouses, trails, parking lots and campgrounds are closed.

Canadians are asked to stay home and support the national effort to limit the spread of COVID-19. Anyone considering a visit to a Parks Canada location, including those in urban areas, should cancel their plans.

Is Waksesiu townsite open?

Parks Canada is strongly encouraging residents to follow government direction and stay home where possible. Parks Canada is asking that visitors support the Canada’s efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19. Please stay home and cancel any non-essential travel.

There is limited access to the Waskesiu townsite. Cottage and cabin owners are able to access and stay at their properties beginning April 1, 2020, as per their leases.

Will cabin and cottage owners have access to their properties on April 1, 2020?

Residents are strongly encouraged to follow government direction and stay home where possible. Cottage and cabin owners can access and stay in their properties beginning April 1, 2020. The roads will be plowed and chain barricades removed effective April 1. Parks Canada is asking that visitors support Canada’s efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19. Please stay home and cancel any non-essential travel.

Prior to April 1, 2020, the chain barricades remain in place for security purposes. The visitor centre is closed and a key is not available.

Will water service be available?

As in most years, water service is not available until early May, when weather and ground frost conditions permit.

Is potable water available in Waskesiu?

Potable water is available at:

  • a hose outside of the Administration building adjacent to the steps near the parking lot; and
  • a tap outside of the Spruce Ridge Trailer Park washroom.
Will there be a washroom and shower open for cabin/cottage owner use?

All washroom facilities throughout the park are closed. To prevent the potential spread of COVID-19, the Spruce Ridge Trailer Park washroom is unavailable at this time.

If I go to my residence in Waskesiu, can I go outside and get some exercise?

Canadians are asked to support the national effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 and stay home. Anyone considering a visit to Prince Albert National Park should cancel their plans.

All visitor facilities such as trails, day use areas and beaches are closed.

The benefits of nature are understood. However, motorized vehicle use to pursue recreational activities in the park is suspended. For those residing in Waskesiu, recreation activities accessible from their personal residences are permissible.

Are there businesses open in Prince Albert National Park?

Local services are limited at this time. Business operators are valued partners and provide important services to visitors. Individual businesses are making their own decisions regarding opening.

Parks Canada is strongly encouraging residents to follow government direction and stay home. We must all do our part to limit the spread of COVID-19 and reduce risks to visitors, employees, and all users of Parks Canada spaces.

Will commercial operators and their staff have access to businesses and seasonal staff accommodation this spring?

Commercial operators and their staff can access their leaseholds and staff accommodation that they operate on their leaseholds or that has been allocated by Parks Canada.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Spruce Ridge Trailer Park washroom is unavailable at this time. Potable water is available at a tap outside of the Spruce Ridge Trailer Park washroom.

Commercial operators should limit their staffing to employees who are critical to their operations.

I live near Waskesiu and pick up my mail from the post boxes in town. Can I still access the mail boxes?

Yes, the Canada Post mail boxes are accessible to mail box owners.

What other services are available?

A limited capacity for critical services is in place to ensure the provision of water, sewer and garbage services to the Waskesiu townsite. Snow plow operators are on standby to clear highways and roads as required. Playgrounds, trails and access to the general park facilities are closed to visitors.

What emergency services are active?

The RCMP, Parks Canada Law Enforcement, the Waskesiu Fire Department and Medical First Responder Services are all active. Please dial 911 in a life threatening emergency.

For safety, wildlife, or wildfire incidents call Parks Canada dispatch at 1-877-852-3100.

Can I still get a building permit, business licence or other paperwork related to my lease?

Townsite staff are monitoring telephone and e-mail messages from home. Leaseholders can expect some delays in obtaining permits or other documentation. All efforts are being made to complete these types of transactions in a timely manner. Please contact the following staff for:

Cabin area and Business Licence inquiries:
Paulette Hodgson (306) 663-4520
Cottage and Commercial development and all lease inquiries:
Coralee Foster (306) 663-4518
Townsite Manager:
Gregg Rutten (306) 663-4519

How do I make a payment for Parks Canada invoices?

Payment can be made:

  • Via credit card at (306) 663-4522; Monday to Friday - 8 am to 4 pm
  • By mail: Prince Albert National Park, Box 100, Waskesiu Lake, SK S0J 2Y0.
I have a leasehold in Waskesiu. Can my contractor come in to the park to carry out work?

Contractors are currently allowed access to carry out work in Waskesiu.

When does Parks Canada plan to reassess the closure?

Parks Canada is monitoring the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation closely and is working with the Public Health Agency of Canada, the federal government lead on the virus, and other partners to respond to COVID-19 and mitigate risks to employees and visitors. Parks Canada will re-evaluate this closure on an ongoing basis and will communicate regularly.

A complete list of Parks Canada closures and the parameters of the closures is available on the Parks Canada website. Please visit www.pc.gc.ca and Parks Canada’s social media channels for information and updates on the status of all Parks Canada places.

Stay informed

Parks Canada is working with provincial counterparts, local municipalities and communities to keep visitors informed and safe.

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