SASKATOON ISLAND PROVINCIAL PARK - Saskatoon Lake Alberta History, Location, Campsites, Watersports. Northern Alberta.
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SASKATOON ISLAND PROVINCIAL PARK
ALBERTA, CANADA


Welcome to Saskatoon Island Provincial Park, Alberta located in northern Alberta. Also known as just Saskatoon Lake.



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Park Information: 780-538-5350. 2014 rates: Power $30, No Services $24. Rates subject to change. Firewood included in fee. Reserve up to 90 days in advance 1-877-537-2757.

NEW FEATURE
CAMPGROUND REPORT
(active May-Sept)


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Camping:
103 campsites including 55 with electrical hook-ups. Walk-in tent sites and group area. Camping from May 1 to October 16.

Includes lots of day-use areas. Baseball diamond, tennis and badminton, volleyball and 6.5 km of hiking trails.


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A Mountain Bike Park was recently added to Saskatoon Island Provincial Park.

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VIDEO - SPECIAL EVENTS
SWAN FESTIVAL
Saskatoon Lake, AB
April 2013
PLAY > 4:43min
SWAN FESTIVAL Saskatoon Lake
(April 2010)
PLAY > -1:30 min


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In late April, the park hosts the Swan Festival. Visitors are invited to view and learn more about the Trumpeter Swan.

Designated as a Migratory Bird Sanctuary since 1948 to protect the Trumpeter Swan and Native Plants. Follow the paved trails to the bird viewing stand on Little Lake. The self-guided interpretive tour will be of interest. Canada Geese and Northern Harriers also nest hear.

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SASKATOON ISLAND PROVINCIAL PARK

Located 25 km west of Grande Prairie, Alberta, on Highway 43 is Saskatoon Island Provincial Park, Alberta's 2nd oldest Provincial Park.

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Highway to Lake, Campsite, The Lake, Caution Sign, Boat Launch not in service, Swans on lake, Cattails.

Saskatoon Island Provincial Park was established in 1932 and covers an area over 100 hectares.

Many years ago, the Cree First Nations people picked saskatoon berries that grew on the small island and mixed them with other berries to make pemmican. The Cree described the many flowers as Saskwatoomia or saskatoon.

In 1919, the lake level dropped and Saskatoon Island became part of the mainland.

In 1899 Alex Monkman, one the the 1st settlers of the area, built a cabin north of the park and a trading post. The Hudson's Bay Company moved its Trading Post nearby. Roman Catholic Priests soon built a mission house on the south side of the lake, and later Anglican and Methodist Churches built a mission house.

In 1912 Lake Saskatoon became a village and about that time the telegraph line came to the area.


The first school in the area was built in 1913 known as Cutbank Lake School. An old mill near the shores of Lake Saskatoon was turned into a school in those early years. In 1929 a two-room school was built on the north side of the lake for grades 1-6 and 7-11 and continued to operate until 1955 when the students were transferred to Wembley.

The community of Lake Saskatoon continued to grow until 1924 when the railway by-passed it by 3 miles to the present location of Wembley. Most businesses moved to the new townsite and the Village of Lake Saskatoon eventually died.

Early spring at Saskatoon Island Park can provide some beautiful photo shots.

Winter fun: NOW POSTED 2014 Events of the Peace Country
In the winter you can take advantage of the 6 kilometers of groomed cross-country ski trails , snowshoeing and skating on the skating rink near the boat launch.

Saskatoon Island Provincial Park is home to weasels, snowshoe hares, woodchucks, beavers, muskrats, coyotes, moose and deer.






SASKATOON ISLAND PROVINCIAL PARK


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With the low levels of water in recent years, conditions have not been suitable for boating or swimming.

UPDATE:
May 2011: Water level did not rise much from last year. There are no streams feeding this lake and there was little spring run off. The lake actually starts 7-8 feet past the end of the cement boat launch thus making the boat launch inoperable. Unless there are heavy rains all summer, these conditions won't change. There are no plans to extend the boat launch as most boats would hit bottom in the shallow water once on the lake.


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The day-use area provides plenty of room for groups.


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Many picnic tables and firepits are located in day-use area.








SASKATOON ISLAND PROVINCIAL PARK

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