Introducing Prince Albert National Park
This national park is a jewel in the wild. Just when you thought the vast prairie would never end, the trees rise up from the earth signaling the beginning of the boreal forest. This park puts the wild back into wilderness with expanses of untracked land, lakes and rivers. There is a multitude of potential adventures to be had here, from hikes to canoe trips to even chilling out on a beach. It's one of those special places you will never forget, whether it be Grey Owl's cabin (a 20km hike) or simply the feeling that you are truly on the edge of the known world.
Waskesiu is a quaint outpost and your base for exploration within the park. With a few small streets, a couple of shops and some rustic cafes, it's the perfect lakeside wilderness town. The Chamber of Commerce can help with accommodations. Also useful is the park visitor center.
Waskesiu Marina rents canoes, kayaks and motor boats. Canoeski Discovery offers multiday paddling trips, many with themes, such as 'loon magic.'
There are many park campgrounds. The wooded Beaver Glen, in Waskesiu, accommodates RVs and fills up quickly. If you're tenting it, there are myriad options and you are sure to find some seclusion.
Among the lodges up here, Sturgeon River Ranch, just outside the western border of the park, is well regarded for its nature focus. Guests enjoy horseback rides deep into the wilderness. Rides are also available in the east for people staying in Waskesiu (from $100).
Note that the park's natural expanse is hard to access without a car.