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Waskesiu Lake, SK  S0J 2Y0
Prince Albert National Park Location: 90 km N of Prince Albert, access from Hwys 2, 263 and 264.
Cycling Trails
Cycling Trails
Hiking Trails
Hiking Trails
Riding Horses
Limited Wheelchair Access
Cross-country Ski Trails
Hiking in Prince Albert National Park is generally over gently rolling, forested hills or along lakeshores and water courses. Many of the short walking trails are accessible from the road and interpreted through signs and/or brochures, and some are both wheelchair and stroller accessible. All trails through Prince Albert National Park offer breathtakingly scenic views, wildlife, lush vegetation and many points of interest such as Grey Owl's Cabin.

The Scenic Route Hwy 263 trails accommodate hiking, biking, and the Elk Trail also accommodates horseback riding. The trails are mainly easy to moderate terrain, with the exception of the Spruce River Highlands Trail, which boasts an 8.5 km loop of strenuous, rolling terrain and a viewing tower.

Travel west of the South Gate along the Cookson Road to arrive at the Hunters Lake Trail. This moderate trail is 12 km and offers a challenging experience with terrain that includes steep hills and exposed rock. This is an unpaved trail and is accessible for hiking, biking or horseback riding. Continue down the Cookson Road and follow the Parks Canada directional signs to discover the Valleyview Trail Network on Prince Albert National Park's west side. With four exploring options, these interconnected trails are also great for hiking, biking or horseback riding and are an easy to moderate terrain. Upon arrival, check out the Valleyview Lookout Trail for a scenic wheelchair and stroller accessible hike, which features a picnic area and beautiful views of the Sturgeon River valley.

The Narrows Road trails are easy to moderate terrain and are fairly short hikes, with the longest being the Mud Creek Trail featuring a 2-km loop accessible by hiking. This particular trail boasts an active beaver lodge and spawning fish attracting black bears to the area in the spring, so caution is recommended during these times. Pit toilets are available.

Kingsmere Road trails range from easy to moderate terrain, and the Waskesiu River Trail is wheelchair and stroller accessible for the first 0.5 km. The remainder of the trail is accessible by hiking. The Narrows Peninsula Trail follows the shores of Waskesiu Lake and features a spectacular fern bed, and an 1880s fur trade post site that was set up by an independent trader. Both the Waskesiu River Trail and the Grey Owl Trail have pit toilets.

Hwy 264 trails are easy to moderate terrain. The Boundary Bog Trail is a 2-km loop of easy terrain and features many black spruce bogs. This trail has pit toilets. The Red Deer Trail boasts three loops of varied terrain totalling 19 km, and takes you through the townsite, rolling hills and the shores of Waskesiu Lake.

Experience Prince Albert National Park in the winter! Snowshoe, cross-country ski, random backcountry camp and ice fish on Waskesiu Lake. Look for wildlife on scenic drives then warm up by the fire at the enclosed picnic shelter in Waskesiu. Snowshoe and cross-country ski equipment are available to borrow from the Hawood Inn in Waskesiu.

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Open Year Round

Nearby Attractions

Boat rentals, kayak/canoe rentals, golf course, bike rentals, nearby dog sledding and riding stables. Year-round accommodations and dining.

Trail Stats

  • Length : 130 km
  • Difficulty : Beginner to advanced
  • Surface : Boardwalk, natural terrain; groomed cross-country ski trails
  • Environment : Boreal Transition Ecoregion - gentle rolling hills, boreal forest of black spruce, tamarack, white spruce, balsam fir, aspen; riverbank views

Trail Activities

  • Hiking
  • Walking
  • Jogging
  • Trail running
  • Cycling
  • Mountain biking
  • Birdwatching
  • Geocaching
  • Horseback riding trails
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Snowshoeing

Additional Trail Information

  • Backcountry
  • Limited wheelchair access
  • Entry fees apply
  • Pit toilet
  • Picnic area
  • Trail markers
  • Interpretive signs at trailhead
  • Interpretive signs enroute
  • Self-guided nature trail
  • Viewing platform(s)
  • Canoeing
  • Accommodation near trailhead
  • Camping near trailhead
  • Multi-day hiking