WASKESIU — Continue a family tradition, or start a new one, while protecting Waskesiu from potential wildfires for the 7th annual Christmas Tree Harvest.
Bring a handsaw, sled and a thermos of hot chocolate to keep you warm while you search for the perfect Christmas tree. Christmas tree harvest permits are available free of charge from the Visitor Centre where park passes can also be purchased. A valid park pass is required to access the park at all times of the year.
Embrace the new season and spend quality time outside at Prince Albert National Park. Appreciate the tranquillity of nature as the snowfall brings more peace and quiet to the park.
Visit this special place close to home and enjoy our recommended experiences this time of year:
· Explore the wilderness of the park by snowshoe amongst the snow-capped trees! The park offers a range of designated snowshoe and hiking routes close to Waskesiu or ploughed roads. Remember to check the trail conditions before you head out.
· Glide through the snow with cross-country skis on the many cross-country ski trails this winter (packed and groomed beginning in early/mid December). There are both skate and classic ski trails with varying degrees of difficulty. Cross-country ski trail information and trail conditions are available to help visitors plan ahead and come prepared!
· Enjoy a warm meal in an enclosed kitchen shelter this winter. There are five enclosed kitchen shelters throughout the park during the winter, complete with wood stoves and firewood, making them the perfect sanctuary for a winter picnic with your family or friends.
· Stay overnight and go stargazing! On a cloudless night, look up to see the abundance of stars sparkling across the night sky. You may even be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the aurora borealis. Enjoy designated winter campgrounds with access to firewood, pit toilets and enclosed shelters. Register with the Visitor Centre before any overnight excursion in the park. Camping fees apply.
· Take a scenic drive or bring your camera while you ski. Winter in the park is a stunning time of year for photography and wildlife viewing. With fewer visitors around, the opportunity to see elk, wolves, deer, and foxes from the safety of your vehicle is more likely. For the safety of people and wildlife alike, remain aware of your surroundings and give wildlife lots of space to roam.
— Submitted by Parks Canada