Location: Prince Albert National Park, Fort Battleford and Batoche National Historic Sites
Distance: 830 km round trip from Saskatoon

Take the family on this week-long trip to uncover north and central Saskatchewan! Meet characters of the past and learn about the North West Rebellion. Make Prince Albert National Park your base camp for hiking, biking, canoeing and campfires. Adventure awaits!


Day 1


Location: Fort Battleford National Historic Site, Battleford
Distance: 145 km from Saskatoon

Uncover the central but little-known role Fort Battleford played in the Conflict of 1885. Discover the stories of the North-West Mounted Police, First Nations, Métis and settlers in these difficult times.


Day 2


Location: Batoche National Historic Site
Distance: 195 km from Battleford

Journey back in time to talk with a 19th century Métis settler about life on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River at Batoche National Historic Site. Paddle through History! Rent a canoe and paddle the scenic South Saskatchewan River, or hop aboard the Batoche Shuttle and discover the East Village, where Louis Riel’s provisional government of Saskatchewan was headquartered. Chat with characters from the past and imagine what it must have been like during the Northwest Resistance of 1885.


Day 3


Location: Prince Albert National Park, Waskesiu
Distance: 160 km from Batoche

Make Prince Albert National Park your base camp for the next few days. Grab your bikes and leisurely cycle through the Waskesiu townsite and into the rolling hills and mixed woods along the Red Deer Trail. Experience the modern exhibits and hands-on learning at the Nature Centre. Borrow a GPS unit to explore the natural and cultural heritage of the park.


Recommended accommodation: Camping, Beaver Glen campground


Day 4


Location: Prince Albert National Park

Explore the Boreal Forest and Aspen Parkland. Borrow an Aquatic or Forest kit from the Nature Centre and head to the Boundary Bog trail. Investigate the critters and plant life that call the black spruce bog home.

Take a drive down the scenic Highway 263 and have your camera ready to capture a bear, fox, or deer along the roadside! Climb the Height-of-Land tower as the sun sets over the mixed forest canopy.


Recommended accommodation: Camping, Beaver Glen campground


Day 5


Location: Prince Albert National Park

Spend a day by the water! The white sands and the small peninsula make Paignton Beach one of the most beautiful beaches in Saskatchewan. Have a paddling adventure in a canoe, kayak or on a stand-up paddleboard.


Recommended accommodation: Camping, Beaver Glen campground


Day 6


Location: Prince Albert National Park, Kingsmere Lake
Distance: 35 km from Waskesiu

Enjoy a family-fun morning at the “Bears on the Beach” playground before your day of discovery begins!

Pack up the tent and get ready for a short backcountry camping experience. As you follow the trail to the Southend campground, cross the bridge and lookout over the Kingsmere River, walk along the historic rail cart portage and follow the path through the spruce forest.


Recommended accommodation: Camping, Southend campground


Day 7


Location: Prince Albert National Park, west side
Distance: 165 km from Southend campground

Stop for a picnic at the Valleyview Lookout and enjoy beautiful views of the Sturgeon River Valley.

Perk your ears and listen for the thundering hooves of the plains bison as you hike, bike, or horseback ride along the expanded Valleyview Trail Network.


Distance: Return to Saskatoon, 210 km