Prince Albert National Park located in Saskatchewan was created to serve as a recreational playground. The park spans a zone between the northern boreal forest and the southern aspen parkland. With rolling hills of spruce, pine, aspen and birch it shelters pockets of fescue and sedge meadows. Prince Albert is a precious preserve.
Facts on the Park
- The park is a haven for bison that roam along the southwestern border. It is the only free-range herd of wild plains bison in Canada that still occupies ancestral territory.
- Canada’s largest land mammal, a bull which weighs nearly a ton is a much threatened species. The animals sometimes stray off parklands much to the consternation of neighboring land owners.
- After the park was established, its occupants the Crees, who had settled in the mid 19th century, were obliged to move to east Montreal Lake.
- The park is also known for scandal; renowned conservationist writer Grey Owl purported to be a member of the First Nations, however he was in fact an Englishman names Archibald Belaney. After his death and his true identity became known it created an international scandal.
How To Get There
Visitors to the park may arrive by automobile via provincial Highway 2 and Highway 264, which the quickest way to the main gate and the village of Waskesui. Highway 263 is a winding and scenic way that passes through the South Gate.
When To Go
It is best to visit the park on Victoria Day and Labor Day.