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Photographing wildlife in Saskatchewan’s Prince Albert National Park


Elk taking a bath in a lake in Prince Albert National Park
Elk in Prince Albert National Park - Credit: Tourism Saskatchewan & Debra Kuzbik Photography

Just 2.5 hours’ drive north of Saskatoon, Prince Albert National Park is a true natural gem and gateway to the wild and forested north of Saskatchewan – the province in Canada’s heartland. Covering an area of almost 4,000 square kilometres and being located right at the southern tip of Canada’s largest forest, the park features a mosaic of forests, tundra moss and lakes that make up the boreal forest and are hard to beat for beauty! The charming townsite of Waskesiu on the shores of Waskesiu Lake is the ideal starting point for activities of any kind. Beautiful vistas and wildlife await outdoor enthusiasts and make any photographer’s heart skip a beat.

 

Scenic drives


Finding wildlife to photograph in Prince Albert National Park can be as easy as touring one of the many scenic drives. Highway 263 is a paved route that explores the transitional area of boreal forest and aspen parkland. Narrows Road follows the southern edge of Waskesiu Lake and passes through several ecosystems. Take the northern passage around Waskesiu Lake on Kingsmere Road. The route leads to many trailheads in the park, including Grey Owl Trail.


Scenic drive while sunset. Biker in front of you.
Scenic drive in Prince Albert National Park - Credit: Tourism Saskatchewan

Beautiful trails


Setting out on foot through the forest is an enjoyable way to seek out wildlife experiences. The park has many trails that explore different areas of the park. Whatever your ambition or skill level, Prince Albert National Park has a trail to suit you.


A woman hiking on a trail through Prince Albert National Park
Hiking - Credit: Brayden Elliott Photography

Respect for wildlife


Remember to keep a safe distance – about 100 metres for larger animals, such as bears, bison or elk. Don’t risk your safety and use a telephoto lens instead.


Deer, foxes, wolves, otters and many other species of wildlife can also be seen in the park. All wild animals should be respected. This includes not feeding the animals or pursuing them into the woods.


Bisons from a safe distance in Prince Albert National Park
Bisons from a safe distance - Credit: Tourism Saskatchewan & Greg Huszar Photography

Perfect timing


Golden hour – when the sun hangs low on the horizon at sunset and sunrise – is typically an idyllic time to take photographs. These moments are even more ideal for wildlife photographers because many of the park’s wild residents emerge at dawn and dusk.


Any time of year is favourable for capturing wildlife photos in the park. Each season offers unique photographic opportunities. Foxes and other creatures have vibrant colours that stand out in snowy winter settings. New growth comes in spring and it’s calving season for bison. Summer is lush and active. The fall colours are amazing – larch trees are worth a trip alone.


Fox walking through Prince Albert's winter wonderland
Fox in Prince Albert's winter wonderland - Credit: Herry Himanshu

Elk everywhere


The park is well known for its elk population. They are most active in the fall season during their rut. The males are more aggressive during rut and can be seen battling with their antlers locked together. Keep an ear out for elk bugling.


Battling elk
Battling elk - Credit: Boreal Forest Photos

In perfect light


Prince Albert National Park is a stunning part of the province. Even if wildlife photography doesn’t interest you, there is still so much to capture.


Ein Paar sitzt bei Sonnenuntergang an einem See
Seaside romance in Prince Albert National Park - Credit: Tourism Saskatchewan & Greg Huszar Photography


Further information can be found at www.tourismsaskatchewan.com.

 

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