What to know before you visit

Parks Canada will invest $3 billion over 5 years to support infrastructure improvements within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas across Canada.

This historic investment supports conservation while promoting visitor experience and making our infrastructure safer and more appealing to visitors.

When visiting or driving through Prince Albert National Park, you may encounter one or more construction zones or reduced services while we complete this important work. Please plan ahead before you travel to avoid inconvenience. Consult the following list of current infrastructure projects in Prince Albert National Park to see if any road or facility work might impact your trip.

Infrastructure Projects in Prince Albert National Park

Enhancing the Visitor Experience at Kingsmere Lake

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

Grey Owl’s cabin has recently been restored to conserve its heritage character. To further protect this federally recognized heritage building, hazardous trees were removed from the area to reduce the threat of wildfire.

Parks Canada is renewing treasured places across the country like Prince Albert National Park’s iconic Grey Owl Cabin and the Grey Owl Trail to ensure visitors have the best possible experiences while connecting with nature and park history.

Kingsmere Rail Cart Portage is closed effective September 4, 2018 to undergo rehabilitation to ensure ease of use and visitor safety. This project includes improvements to the rail track, boat ramps, docks, and winch structures. To ensure visitor safety during the construction period, the Kingsmere Rail Cart Portage, Kingsmere boat launch, Kingsmere River and Kingsmere River Trail from the Grey Owl Trail junction to Southend Campground is closed.

For more information contact the Prince Albert National Park Visitor Centre.

The Kingsmere road, parking lot and Grey Owl Trail are open for public access.

  • Be aware that trucks and equipment may be present on the Grey Owl Trail within the vicinity of the Kingsmere River service road, commonly known as “the wood road”.
  • Visitors wanting to boat or paddle in the backcountry are encouraged to enjoy similar experiences by choosing alternative destinations on Crean Lake.

The following project construction is ongoing:

  • Grey Owl Trail rehabilitation includes: rerouting the trail around chronic wet areas; improving water crossings; and restoring boardwalk where required. The Grey Owl Trail and campgrounds along the trail are expected to remain open throughout the construction period. Register for back country camping at the Visitor Centre.
  • Kingsmere parking area expansion will better accommodate day use and overnight backcountry users of the Kingsmere area.
  • New day use facilities installed near the Kingsmere River boat launch. Visitors are reminded to park only in designated parking areas.

Your patience and understanding during this construction period is appreciated. The improvements to the Grey Owl Trail and Kingsmere Lake area enhance the visitor experience, improve visitor safety and ensure Canadians have access to these places for many years to come.

Front-country campground renewal

Campground improvements began at the Narrows and Beaver Glen campgrounds in September 2017. The Narrows Campground renewal is completed and all sites are open for the season. At Beaver Glen Campground, a phased approach in 2018 is used to ensure construction does not significantly impact visitors throughout the construction period.

This construction project revitalizes campgrounds by:

  1. Expanding and resurfacing a number of campsites throughout the campgrounds;
  2. Resurfacing and widening roadways.

Construction in Beaver Glen Campground is planned for September 5, 2018. Following the winter season break, campground construction will resume April, 2019.

During the construction period;

  • Road workers, heavy trucks and equipment will be present in the campground. Visitors are asked to drive with care and respect posted area closures.
  • Some loops and trails in the campground will be closed to all vehicle and pedestrian traffic.
  • Portions of the Red Deer Trail – Blue Loop will be closed. 

For more information on camping in the park, please contact the Prince Albert National Park Visitor Centre.