PRINCE ALBERT NATONAL PARK
Grey Owl called it one of Canada’s greatest wilderness playgrounds. Saskatchewan’s largest protected area is almost smack in the centre of the province, preserving a transition zone from southern aspen parkland and fescue grasslands to northern boreal forest. Almost a third of the park is water, with huge lakes, small ponds, rivers and streams and wildlife-rich wetlands galore. Canoeing and other watersports are especially popular. Tiny Ajawaan Lake is where Canada’s famous conservationist, Grey Owl, lived, worked, wrote his bestselling books and was finally buried. The hike or canoe trip to his cabin is a pilgrimage to the home of a Canadian icon (www.parkscanada.gc.ca/princealbert).