From a short hike to a multi-day paddling excursion, Prince Albert National Park has something for every adventurer!
Stay at one of the 15 designated backcountry campgrounds and enjoy all the wonders of the backcountry with the benefits of a few simple comforts. Each campground is complete with picnic tables, pit toilets, firewood and bear caches. Some sites are now equipped with a newer “bear bar” style of cache requiring supplies to be strung up on a pole using rope.
Prince Albert National Park’s designated backcountry camping sites are located in four different wilderness areas. Backcountry permits are required for all overnight stays and registration is done at the Visitor Centre or South Gate before departure. Backcountry fees apply and sites are registered to campers on a “first come first served” basis.
* Review all camping safety, regulations and etiquette before departure.
Kingsmere Lake and Grey Owl Trail Campgrounds
Whether planning a pilgrimage to Grey Owl’s cabin or a short escape from modern life, the Kingsmere Lake Backcountry Campgrounds offers a lakeside camping experience to remember for a lifetime.
Bagwa Canoe Route Campgrounds
A place with no motor boats, a place of peace, a place for paddlers. The Bagwa Canoe Route Campgrounds offers a true backcountry experience.
Crean Lake Campgrounds
Accessible only by water, the Crean Lake Campgrounds are the perfect home base for an aquatic adventure in Prince Albert National Park.
Southern Area Campgrounds
Hiking or trail riding into the South Area Campgrounds in Prince Albert National Park will give a fresh perspective on this transition zone from aspen parkland to boreal forest.
Sandy Lake, Westwind and Northend are designated group camping sites and are available to educational groups. Call the Visitor Centre for more information and to make a reservation.
Random Backcountry Camping
With over 3,800 km² of protected, unspoiled wilderness, the Park offers all adventurers the opportunity to use their wilderness skills. Random backcountry camping is a great way to see the Park without the ‘crowds’. Just remember:
- Register at the Visitor Centre prior to each trip.
- Set up camp further than two kilometres from any public highway or designated campground in Prince Albert National Park*.
- Firewood may be gathered from fallen trees and deadfall on the ground. Do not cut or remove material from standing trees.
*With the exception of these lakes –Waskesiu, Kingsmere, Ajawaan, Bagwa, Lily, Clare, Lavallée, Crean and Lost, where camping is only permitted in a designated campground.