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A dinner date is a fun time. We’re not knocking dinner dates. But a wilderness date trumps a dinner date every single time. Spending time with someone with no distractions while creating your own fun is all time and there may be no better place to do it than Prince Albert National Park in Saskatchewan.
Conveniently, Prince Albert National Park features a town within the park boundaries, Waskesiu Lake. With all necessary amenities and then some, the opportunities for a great day are endless. The town boasts tennis courts, bowling greens, beaches, picnic areas, a movie theatre, golf courses, bike and SUP rentals, and restaurants.
Most of the park is composed of dense boreal forest, incredibly scenic lakes, and meadows of untouched grassland. This diverse and unique ecological landscape provides great views and sustains plains bison, wolves, elk, and moose, among many other species.
Okay, Romeo. A great way to show that special someone the extent of the park’s wilderness is with a scenic drive into the park. The Narrows Road winds and rolls along Waskesiu Lake and is surrounded by Aspen Trees. Drive slow — there are plenty of wilderness viewing opportunities. Alternatively, Scenic Route 263 is exactly as the name implies, skirting Namekus, Shady, and Sandy lake.
Stop for a picnic at one of the many picnic sites in the park. Granted, you could set up a picnic pretty much anywhere you like, and that’s great, but picnic sites feature tables, views, fire pits, and some sweet swimming opportunities. Namekus Lake, Sandy Lake, The Narrows, Waskesiu River, and Kingsmere all have it going on.
If it’s raining or picnics aren’t your thing or you’d rather grab some food and cold ones at a restaurant, Copper at Elk Ridge, The Patio Cafe, and Pete’s Terrace are all great spots to sit down to a meal.
The Grey Owl Center in Waskesiu Lake rents bicycles, quadricycles, SUP boards and is a great spot to begin your adventure. Waskesiu Marinas rents boats, canoes and kayaks, they also offer tours if you need some more guidance exploring the park.
Camping is the name of the game in Prince Albert National Park. There are plenty of “front country” or car-camping sites such as Beaver Glen Campground, or you can access some backcountry camping on Kingsmere and Crean lakes. Bring a blanket to hang out on, if the skies are clear, because of the northern latitude, the northern lights are a pretty common sight in the park.
If you’re dealing with a rainy evening or less-than-ideal weather, Waskesiu Lake Lodge and Kapasiwin Bungalows are options that feature WI-FI. There is also a movie theatre in Waskesiu if the weather is holding you back from having a campfire or scoping the stars.
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