Welcome to Prince Albert
Prince Albert (PA) has a dilapidated yet evocative old brick downtown in a pretty location beside the North Saskatchewan River. Established in 1776 as a fur-trading post, PA was later named after Queen Victoria's husband, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, who died in 1861. Prince Albert became the capital of the District of Saskatchewan, a regional administrative division of what then constituted the Northwest Territories and there were hopes for a great future. This ended in 1905 when Saskatchewan became a full province and Regina became the new provincial capital. PA's plans for growth at the time were based on the hope that the Transcontinental Railway would pass through the city, but the Canadian Pacific Railway chose a more southerly route.