Blogs from Prince Albert National Park, Saskatchewan, Canada, North America

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I have made a plan with my dear friend Jacquie to go up to her cabin and ski. The weather has cooperated. I left Foam Lake with -14 and the promise of even softer temperatures. In Saskatoon, I immersed myself in the world of school, meeting with Laurie and Chris to discuss all that I was missing. We are a team that laughs and finishes each others sentences. There is nothing during this year that has filled that niche. It was a welcome visit that reset a large part of how I think of myself. The next day, we were off to the lake. The sky was an intense blue and the air felt soft. Jacquie and I start talking and hours later we come to ourselves to realize that we have barely come up for ... read more


We started the day at Brian and Irene's in Brandon where we headed to breakfast at Tim Horton's! This is the most popular fast food eatery in Canada. More popular than McDonalds. They are most known for coffee and donuts. The food was great! We tried blueberry fritters, cinnamon rolls, apple fritters, and a Boston creme. From there we headed off across the prairie to the Province of Saskatchewan. We have learned so much about farming and prairie life here. The crops are being harvested, we watched combines separating grain from straw all along our journey today. We stopped and ate with friends in Regina. We have eaten amazing food. One example was Gopher Hill Cake; Yummy! We toured the training facility for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Really neat place, packed with history. We then ... read more
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Lunch Outback
Lake Waskesiu


The day we left Thompson was a nice one, it had rained. One of the first rains we got on this trip. The hotel we stayed at was run by a First Nations group. They are Cree. It was awesome. We took a different route and totally bypassed The Pas because it was a short trip lol for us. It was hrs to The Pas. So we went on to Prince Albert, Sask. We got into PA late lol (I'm not going to say it ) lol We sneak in on Claudia lol she was not expecting us until the next night LOL And I didn't text her lol I wrote on my status on Facebook that we were in PA lol she called us sneakers LOL So they came over in the morning and lead ... read more
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We hiked several trails today, starting early in the day to see as much as we could. We started with Shady Lake trail, billed as a “moderate terrain 1.7 km loop”. Then there is a 1 km spur trail taking you to a lookout tower called Height of the Land. Sounded easy. Boy was I wrong! I walk every day, and this walk just about did me in! It took us almost 2 hours from start to finish (you couldn’t walk any faster, due to the grade and condition of the trail.) The trail went down a long way using stairs, and then it turned into a narrow, muddy, uneven trail full of big tree roots that had us climbing up steep grades, then down, then up again till our legs and lungs burned. If you ... read more
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04 Shady Lake Trail... going up


I have a week off of work, and the weather is supposed to be cool and rainy all week, so we decided to get in the car and go somewhere where it is sunny. It seems counterintuitive, but the forecast says it will be nice and sunny in the north. So, we have decided to head north. Waskesui Lake, in Prince Albert National Park is a favorite summer vacation spot for lots of Saskatchewan folks. Neither of us has ever been there, so that is our destination. As soon as we get out of town and start heading north, the land turns into rolling hills dotted with hay bales and farms, both old and new. Just off of highway #2 we find an old abandoned farm. You can see that it was once someone’s home. A ... read more
Abandoned Farm 2
Etter's Beach
Field of Flax

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Vroeg op gestaan om snel onze verdere trip aan te vatten, we trokken vandaag weg uit riding mountain om richting westen te trekken. We trokken uit het park via het noorden van het park, zo hadden we toch 3 van de 4 kanten gezien en hadden we misschien het geluk om nog iets te spotten. Na 30km was het zover, we geloofden onze ogen niet maar er zat daar een Eland rustig langs de weg te drinken uit een plas water. We stopten onze wagen, het dier keek even op, maar deed daarna ongehinderd verder. Dit bracht voor ons natuurlijk prachtige foto's op. Kort na vertrek in Westelijke richting kruisten we de grens tussen de staatsgrenzen Manitoba en Saskatchewan. Saskatchewan staat vooral bekend om zijn prairies. Aanvankelijk zouden we naar Saskatoon trekken, wat ze hier het ... read more
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Day 25. 9688Km. Half way to Christmas. Somewhere along the way the street lights went horizontal again. I stayed off the Trans Canada Highway again today. No particular reason. I went North to Canora, across to Watson, up to Melford and across to Prince Albert. It was actually flatter in lower Manitoba around Winnipeg than anything I've seen since. Many towns and some country intersections have the stereotypical grain elevators we have all seen in pictures. Some have town names on them, others the farm. The rail line runs along the road or more likely the other way around and in some places the empty bulk cars are there waiting. What else would the rail companies do with them this time of year. I got settled early today so I had time to relax a bit ... read more
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