Did You Know?

  • That you can stand on main street in Big River, Saskatchewan, and cast your line into Cowan Lake? The town name comes from the Cree name of Oklemow Cee Pee, or big river.
  • The Lobstick Golf Course was designed in 1935 by legendary architect Stanley Thompson and is one of the oldest golf courses in western Canada. According to native legend the lobstick tree was used as a navigational marker.
  • The Prince Albert National Park was officially opened in 1928 by Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King. Many of the trails and roads in the park were built by workers of relief camps which were operated during the economic depression of the 1930s.
  • The name Waskesiu comes from the Plains Cree word for elk: wawaskisiw.
  • There is archeological evidence in the Prince Albert National Park which suggests that Aboriginal people first lived in the area more than 6,000 years ago.
  • The Ness Creek Music Festival started out as a small event called The Ecological Fair in 1989 and 1990. Featuring ecological workshops and a small evening stage, the event is four days with performances, drum and dance circles, an eco-village and draws about 2,700 attendees.
  • The Fairy Island biology station is the most northerly field station in Saskatchewan and was declared a game preserve in 1962.
  • The Prince Albert National park is home to pockets of Canada’s few remaining fescue grasslands, the only fully-protected white pelican nesting colony and the only free roaming herd of plains bison on its historic range.