Some of the best beaches in Saskatchewan can be found in Prince Albert National Park.
The park attracts roughly 25,000 visitors annually and the main beach, which is located on the shores of the Waskesiu town site, is considered by most guests to be their number one highlight.
“The main beach is a real drawing beach for the visitors to come to and use when they are camping or using their cottage or cabin here at the lake,” said Terrence Schneider, town site manager of Prince Albert National Park. “I would have to say 90 per cent of the public will take the time to walk down to that location and take it in.”
“People like to take the day to go to the lake and go swimming, read a book and relax or play volleyball,” he added.
The main beach is the first thing most guests notice, but Prince Albert’s National Park has multiple beaches for visitors to enjoy. Other beaches in the park include Beaver Glen Beach, Point View, Birch Bay, South Bay/Mud Creek, Trippes Beach, and Paignton Beach. Most of these beaches are a bit further of a drive, however they do have a great picnic area and provide a bit more privacy. Majority of them can be found on the shores of Namekus, Sandy and Crean.
“These places have seen improvement to the camp kitchens, barbecues, picnic table availability and we have also been out there grooming and removing dead wood,” said Schneider.
Various improvements continue to be made at the beaches within in the park and the Waskesiu Foundation is always working on trying to make the Waskesiu experience a better one. A current project, which the foundation hopes to have completed for the summer of 2015, is the Waskesiu Foundation’s playground renewal project titled Bears on the Beach.
Schneider explained in conjunction with Parks Canada, the foundation is working to improve the playground located on the main beach. He said as part of the Bears on the Beach project they are replacing part of the current playground with a nature-themed scene playground. To learn more about the Waskesiu Foundation and the Bears on the Beach project click here.
The park’s main beach is walking distance from all the shops in the Waskesiu town site; there are camp kitchens available close by, plus volleyball nets and nine holes of disc golf. The main beach also serves as a great spot to watch the sunset.
To view a list of activities that take place throughout the summer within Waskesiu and Prince Albert National Park click here.
To learn more about Waskesiu and what it offers click here.
To learn more about Parks Canada and Prince Albert National Park click here.
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