Prince Albert – Outdoors Gateway To Northern Saskatchewan

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Trappers Prince Albert Winter Festival

Trappers Prince Albert Winter Festival
Source: Saskatchewan Tourism
By: Prince Albert Tourism & Bob Kenyon

Prince Albert is the 3rd largest city in Saskatchewan, with a population of about 40,000 people and growing. The city is located in the broad valley of the the North Saskatchewan River near the geographical center of the province where the agricultural prairie of the South and the rich forest belt of the North meet. Much of Prince Albert is built on the sloping south bank of the the North Saskatchewan River while the North bank provides a spectacular view of mixed forest, typical of the area.

Settled first by the Aboriginal peoples and followed by the fur traders, and the pioneers, the spirited history of the city does not lie forgotten. During 1691-92, explorer Henry Kelsey visited the area that was to become Prince Albert. It was more than a century later when the man honored as being the founder of the city arrived. Reverend James Nisbet landed at the foot of what is now Central Avenue on July 26, 1866 along the south bank of the North Saskatchewan River. Nisbet then proclaimed that the settlement would be named after Prince Albert, the Prince Consort to Queen Victoria, of the British Empire.

Being the northern end of Saskatchewan’s Louis Riel Highway, three Saskatchewan tourism regions meet at Prince Albert; the Northern Region, West-Central Region and the East-Central Region. Each of which offers a very unique Saskatchewan experience, providing a variety of activities for everyone. Visitors can explore almost everything the province of Saskatchewan has to offer by staying in Prince Albert.

There are several Hotels, Motels, Inns and Bed & Breakfasts to choose from, ranging from your basic, clean comfortable rooms to executive suites, honeymoon suites and even theme rooms. If camping is your desire, there is a large RV park within city limits where you can find a full camping experience then walk a block to find all the city conveniences. Within 10 minutes of the city limits there are three beautiful campgrounds nestled amongst the trees.

Prince Albert is a four-season destination. For the summer months, there is the Kinsmen Water Slide Park, several hiking trails, biking trails, fishing, camping, boating, touring and a choice of sixteen 18-hole and 9-hole golf courses, all within an hour of the city.

For the winter months, we have groomed cross-country ski trails, down-hill skiing, fishing, and more. The City is also home to the Canadian Challenge Sled Dog Races, an international event starting downtown Prince Albert to La Ronge and back, a 530 km race with a purse of over $30,000.00.

There is the Prince Albert Winter Festival, a two week mid-winter celebration, Fine Arts festivals, Theatre Productions from the many local performing arts companies, huge craft and trade shows, children’s festivals, Metis Fall Festival, Dance Festivals, Canadian 9-ball Championships, Canadian National fast-ball and soft-ball tournaments.

These are only some of the events held in Prince Albert. There have been home to numerous National and International sporting events and conferences, with more booked in for the coming years.

The Prince Albert Tourism, Visitor Information Centre is located at 3600 2nd Avenue West Prince Albert SK S6W 1A2. They are open year round, Monday to Friday, from 8:30am to 5:00pm, with extended summer hours to cover weekends and evenings from the May Long weekend to Labour Day. The Visitor Centre may be reached by calling (306) 953-4386, 877.868.7470 or by e-mailing patourism@sasktel.net.

A one hour drive northwest of the city, takes travelers to one of the best northern Saskatchewan adventure tourism advantages. Prince Albert National Park, represents a fine example of the preservation of Canada’s northern boreal forest. The town of Waskesiu Lake is located within the park and provides excellent opportunities for hiking, horse trail riding, water sports as well lazing around it’s excellent beach.

Grey Owl's Cabin

Grey Owl’s Cabin
Saskatchewan Tourism

From Waskesiu, you can hike to Archibald Stansfield Belaney’s (better known as Grey Owl) cabin. Grey Owl, was the Englishman who posed as an aboriginal first nations guide, in the early twentieth century.

During the summer months sites in campgrounds in the National Park are at a premium and it is suggested that campers should use Parks Canada’s online Campground Reservation Service. Travelers using hotels, motels, hostels and bed and breakfast are also encouraged to make reservations.

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