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June 27, 2024

External link: Know before you go – Parks Canada

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Know before you go – Parks Canada

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Road closures

The north Spruce River bridge on Highway 263 is closed after sustaining damage due to high water levels from record rainfall in June 2024.

The closure is in effect between Spruce River Highlands Trailhead from the north, and Sandy (Halkett) Lake parking lot from the south.

There is a similar closure for the Sturgeon River Bridge and Westside Trail Access.

Prince Albert National Park remains open and is accessible via Highway 264 and Highway 2. Updates are available on social media (Facebook and X).

Freight Tait Springs Trailhead and parking lot are closed to public access.

  • To access the Sandy (Halkett) Lake campground, Elk trail, Paspiwin and Hunters trail, enter the south of the park through the south gate on Highway 263.
  • All other trails, campgrounds and amenities are accessible via Highway 264 and Highway 2. Some backcountry bridges may have experienced damage from flooding and may be impassable. Be vigilant on the trail and be prepared to turn around.

Spending the weekend in Prince Albert National Park? Here are 5 things to know before you go!

Whether you are a hiker, cyclist or beach lover (or all three!), there is always something fun to do in Prince Albert National Park. A great trip starts with being informed and prepared. Follow these 5 tips for a safe and enjoyable trip:

Tip #1: Plan ahead

Be prepared for wherever adventure takes you. Pack essential items, share a trip plan with family or friends, know how to use your equipment and check the weather before you leave. Not sure what to include in a trip plan? Use the AdventureSmart trip planning app to get started.

Visit the Prince Albert National Park website and follow us on social media for park updates (Facebook and X), trail conditions and trip inspiration.

Tip #2: Arrive early

When the lake calls, Saskatchewanians answer! Prince Albert National Park’s entry gates and campground kiosks can be busy on summer weekends. Avoid the lines and arrive Friday morning, or the night before, to beat the rush.

Note: Waskesiu is especially busy on Canada Day. If you are attending the parade on July 1, arrive before 10:00 am to avoid lineups at the gates and find a parking spot.

Tip #3: Protect park waters

Parks Canada needs your help to protect park waterways from aquatic invasive species! Make it a habit to Clean Drain Dry your watercrafts and water-related equipment before and after each visit to Prince Albert National Park. Yes, that includes life jackets, floaties and stand-up paddleboards! For boat users, remember to pull the plug every time you move your watercraft between waterbodies.

Tip #4: Be safe on the water

Planning to be on the water this weekend? Prepare for the unexpected! Safety on the water for you and your guests is your responsibility. Visitors should be self-reliant when visiting Prince Albert National Park, including on the water. Take the following steps to keep every lake adventure a safe one:

  • Wear certified life jackets or personal flotation devices (PFD) when on water.
  • In the event of any life-threatening (emergency) situation on the water, call Parks Canada Dispatch at 1-877-852-3100. Response times may vary.
  • Keep recommended survival items and required safety equipment on board in case help cannot get to you immediately.
  • Check the weather before and during your trip – watercraft operators are often stranded by storms, wind or waves.
  • If your watercraft is motorized, always be sure it is full of fuel and has been properly serviced.

Tip #5: Be wild smart

Seeing wildlife in their natural habitat is a privilege that comes with responsibility. Help keep wildlife wild:

  • Give them space! Wild animals can react if threatened, surprised or to protect their young. Stay alert and know what to do to avoid an encounter.
  • Slow down, but do not stop. Wildlife that are comfortable around people and roadsides are at greater risk of being hit by cars. Be careful driving in the park and watch for wildlife crossing the road, especially at night.
  • Keep pets on leash and under physical control at all times. This keeps you, your pet and wildlife safe. Off-leash pets can provoke wildlife, which could injure you, your pet, other visitors or wildlife.
  • Do not feed wildlife. It is illegal to feed or disturb wildlife in national parks. This is for your safety and theirs.
  • Keep picnic and campsites clean. Never leave scented items or food alone, even for a minute. Scented items include food (including pet food), toiletries, dirty dishes, garbage and even empty coolers. All these must be secured when not in use, in something like a vehicle, hard-sided trailer, bear-proof food locker, bear-resistant canister or elevated food cache.

Report wildlife encounters or dead animals to Parks Canada Dispatch 24-hours a day: 1-877-852-3100.

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