What to know before you visit

Four projects began in the fall of 2019 in Prince Albert National Park. This work ensures the quality and reliability of our visitor facilities and continues to allow Canadians to connect with nature.

Each project is outlined below. Project work will continue throughout the winter and is anticipated to be completed by spring 2020, unless otherwise indicated. Parks Canada will make every effort to minimize disruptions to visitors due to this work. Visitors are asked to respect posted area closures to ensure their safety during construction.

For more information on construction projects please contact Parks Canada Visitor Services at 306-663-4522 or email: pc.princealbertinfo.pc@canada.ca.

Infrastructure Projects in Prince Albert National Park

Sandy Lake campground renewal

Sandy Lake Campground renewal began September 4, 2019. The campground, day-use area and boat launch are closed during this time.

This construction project revitalizes campgrounds by:

  • Expanding and resurfacing a number of campsites throughout the campgrounds
  • Resurfacing and widening roadways
  • Improving the Sandy Lake boat launch parking area

Visitors are asked to respect posted area closures.

Waskesiu beach house renewal

The Beach House Renewal project began September 4, 2019. The beach house renewal project on Waskesiu’s main beach includes the removal of the current washrooms, shower facilities, and adjoining boardwalk, and the construction of two new beach houses on the site. These new buildings will have several improved design features making them accessible to all visitors year-round.  

Lakeview Drive storm drain renewal

Portions of the four-way intersection on Lakeview Drive in the townsite of Waskesiu will be excavated to install a new storm drain system. The current storm drain system is above the frost-line. The new system will be deeper and will alleviate mid-winter flooding that occurs at the site.

The 4 way stop will remain open during the construction period, however visitors may experience minor traffic delays and / or temporary detours during the construction period.

Upgrades to the storm drain system are scheduled to begin in the spring of 2020.

Visitor Centre wheelchair ramp replacement

A new wheelchair accessible ramp will be built to replace the current one at the main entrance to the Visitor Centre and Administration Building. It will be wider and able to accommodate motorized scooters.

The visitor centre and gift shop will remain open during construction and may be accessed using the North entrance of the building. The south (parking lot) entrance to the Visitor Centre will be closed. Wheelchair and scooter access to the building will be limited. Visitors should contact the visitor centre at 306-663-4522 to arrange wheelchair access.

Construction is scheduled to begin and be completed in spring of 2020.

Paspiwin Cultural Heritage Site

A large camp kitchen will be constructed to replace a structure that was removed after sustaining significant damage during a wind event in 2014. The new kitchen shelter will have a concrete foundation, wood walls, a wood stove and will house six picnic tables. Two additional pit toilet washrooms with septic tanks will also be constructed at the site. The new facilities at the Paspiwin Cultural Heritage Site are better suited to meet the needs of those attending events and ceremonies and create a place where all visitors can experience the transition from prairie grassland to Aspen parkland and learn how Canada’s Indigenous people are connected to this special place.

This project is expected to be completed in the spring of 2020.