What to know before you visit
Five projects are scheduled to begin fall 2019 in Prince Albert National Park. Three of these projects are part of Parks Canada’s $3 billion dollar investment to support infrastructure work within national parks, historic sites and marine conservation areas across Canada. This work will ensure the quality and reliability of our visitor facilities and continue 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Infrastructure Projects in Prince Albert National Park
- Front-country campground renewal
- Waskesiu beach house renewal
- Lakeview drive storm drain renewal
- Visitor Centre wheelchair ramp replacement
- Cultural Heritage Site kitchen shelter replacement
Front-country campground renewal
A multi-year campground improvement project for the Narrows, Beaver Glen and Sandy Lake campgrounds began in 2017. The Narrows Campground renewal was completed in 2017. The renewal in Beaver Glen Campground, took place in 2018 and 2019, this work is now complete.
Sandy Lake campground renewal
Sandy Lake Campground renewal begins September 4, 2019. The campground, day-use area and boat launch are closed during that 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 begins September 4, 2019. The beach house renewal project on Waskesiu’s main beach will include 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.
During the construction period the Waskesiu Main Beach House washroom facilities, adjoining boardwalk and a portion of the adjacent parking area will be closed.
Other washrooms facilities in the area will be open to visitors. This includes the two smaller beach washrooms and shower facilities to the north of the construction site, the Red Deere campground washrooms and shower facilities and the Parks Canada Visitor Centre washrooms.
Lakeview Drive storm drain renewal
Portions of the four-way intersection on Lakeview Drive in the town site of Waskesiu will be excavated to install new 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 fall of 2019. The project will begin in fall of 2019 and are expected to be completed by spring 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 in fall of 2019 and the ramp will be open for use in spring 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 fall of 2019.