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We have both visited the Mountain National Parks (Banff, Jasper) many years ago, but other than that, have not visited Canadian National Parks. Prince Albert National Park is the equivalent of the American Parks, minus the shuttle busses, big gift shops, rental motorhomes, and lots of tourists. It was Amazing! It also helps we visited in the slow season.

Hello P.A!

Hello P.A!

Sandy Lake, south end of the park

Sandy Lake, south end of the park

After leaving Sandy Lake, we headed north. Just before the town site of Waskasiu, you drive beside Waskasiu Lake. Tyler could see something was on the ice, so we pulled over and pulled out the binoculars. Turned out it was two Wolves!  It was interesting to sit and watch them for awhile, a Park Ranger showed up later and confirmed they were wolves. Sorry we can’t afford a $10,000 Camera lens to zoom that far to get a picture.

Can you see the Wolves?

Can you see the Wolves?

Wolf Watching

Wolf Watching

The Park Ranger also pointed out an Elk that has fallen thru the ice during the Winter and perished nearby. The massive sheet of ice still covering most of the Lake has about one week left. This lake will be loaded with Swimmers come July.

A drowned Elk

A drowned Elk

The small town of Waskesiu has a few services. Most were still closed for Winter, but we found a bakery that was open!

The small town of Waskesiu has a few services. Most were still closed for Winter, but we found a bakery that was open!

ohhh delicious

ohhh delicious

We then had to burn off that Baking, we chose the Waskesiu River trail as apparently bears were fishing here yesterday. Although we did not see any bears, it was a beautiful area.

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But the beauty is in the walking — we are betrayed by destinations.  -Gwyn Thomas

We found an Elk near the Marina.

We found an Elk near the Marina.

The view from the Marina was beautiful.

The view from the Marina was beautiful.

Although Prince Albert Nat. Park is visually stunning, most people only see the lake, from a boat in the Summer. The area is very popular with locals for water sports. There are two marina’s we found, each capable of holding over 100 boats.

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The ice makes it look so cold. The evenings were cold, but the days were pleasant. Anyone for a swim?

The day was getting older, and we started our search for a place to sleep. We initially dismissed spending $30 / night for a site in the Park Campsite. But after we re assessed how far away from everything we were, we decided it was worth it. We visited the two campgrounds and found out they were both closed.

The campsite is occupied, and actually closed.

The campsite is occupied, and actually closed.

So back to the Visitor Centre to find out if we can camp anywhere. We were told that sadly all of the campsites are still closed for the season. But…… if we wanted to camp at a usually daytime only picnic area, we could. The cost was $4.90 / night, and it was right on the Lake. The unlimited free firewood was also a big plus.

We filled our shower with hot water at the Visitor Center before leaving.

We filled our shower with hot water at the Visitor Center before leaving.

The beach looked spectacular, and the thought of going for a swim was very appealing. As long as you don’t swim out to the ice, it should be fine? right?  And there is a hot shower waiting.

I could not resist, it was so refreshing, and cold!

I could not resist, it was so refreshing, and cold!

I would imagine we were the only people for a 2 kilometer radius.

Beach front Camping. I would imagine we were the only people for a few kilometers in each direction.

You can set up your RV in the parking lot, tenter's could set up right by the beach.

You can set up your RV in the parking lot, tenter’s could set up right by the beach.

Free wood is unheard of in the World of Camping. Good Job Parks Canada for keeping this going.

Free firewood is unheard of in the World of Camping. Good Job Parks Canada for keeping this going.

For those that think Saskatchewan is just grass and hay, these next four photo’s might change your mind.

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Saskatchewan’s Licence plate slogan is “Land of Living Skies”

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I told you the beach was beautiful.

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Next morning, we checked out another trail- Mud Creek. Well it was too muddy for us, and we decided to leave with dry feet.

The view from the start of the trail was nice.

The view from the start of the trail was nice.

Until next time, Ciao

Until the next post, Ciao