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 

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.

The following project construction on the Kingsmere Rail Cart Portage is complete:

  • The grade was elevated at the south end of the portage.
  • The rail line was repaired, realigned and cross-elevations were leveled.
  • The two dock and ramp structures were replaced.
  • The north winch tower was straightened and stabilized.
  • The section of the Kingsmere River Trail that follows the rail line was refurbished creating a more enjoyable walking and hiking experience.
  • There are some minor repairs still to take place however the portage is fully functional in its current condition and is open for public access.

The following project construction is ongoing:

  • Grey Owl Trail rehabilitation includes: rerouting the trail around chronic wet areas and improving water crossings. 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.

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.

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

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.

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