About Our Wilderness Areas

Prince Albert National Park

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Prince Albert National Park protects a slice of the ‘boreal’ forest. It is also a meeting place or transition zone between the parkland and the northern forest. The park protects rare fescue grasslands, home to the rare white pelican nesting colony and free-ranging plains bison. Evidence indicates Aboriginal peoples have lived on this land for over 7500 years. Established in 1927 as Canada’s 14th national park, Prince Albert National Park was a gift to the people of Saskatchewan from Prime Minister Mackenzie King.

Amid a system of 44 parks, Prince Albert National Park represents the transition from Aspen park to boreal forest. During the Great Depression of the 1930s, and World War II, relief camp and alternate service workers built many of the Park’s historic facilities, roads and trails.

The park features many outstanding natural wonders and cultural treasures, including the only fully protected white pelican nesting colony in Canada, the isolated, lakeside cabin of conservationist Grey Owl and a free-ranging herd of plains bison.

During a visit, enjoy special events and interpretive programs that help you make more connections with the patterns and processes of this ecosystem. The townsite of Waskesiu, located in the park, provides extensive services for visitors and groups alike. There are unique heritage venues, meeting spaces and group activities onsite.