The journey from Saskatoon to Waskesiu Lake in Prince Albert National Park appears to be one of those road trips that seem like a means to an end but embodies so many magical elements along the way.
It’s Friday afternoon, you have just finished work for the weekend, and you’re ready to hit the road to Waskesiu Lake for the weekend. The starting point, Saskatoon, SK doesn’t seem like much of a starting point – but it’s a reminder that this is ‘home’ as you depart. Winding through the prairie fields that house wheat, barley or canola, you can smell the freshness in the air.
The first climb takes us passed Duck Lake, SK where you notice your first change in elevation. The density in the forest begins to change, and you start to feel like you’re really entering a new territory… because, well, you are. Rolling farmlands, and prairie fields make way for the boreal forest to stretch all the way up to the Northwest Territories.
Next stop, Prince Albert – which is the true starting point for explorations of the North. Whether you’re interested in word-class fishing, white-water rafting, canoeing, or luxury golf resorts, northern Saskatchewan has it all for you to discover.
Follow the long road through Prince Albert to take you back to the other side of mystique and whimsy. Cue the Apple CarPlay for a musical interlude as you pass through the buildings and gas stations.
Now begins the ever so slight climb to Waskesiu Lake, passing landmarks such as Christopher Lake and Anglin Lake, which is your cue to start slowing down and watch for the big sign showing Waskesiu Lake THIS WAY. A quick turn off Highway 2 and you’re 15km away to your very own provincial oasis.
Nature’s breath-taking beauty is our reward, but the view is constantly humbling as you drive through Elkridge seeing (hopefully) a few elk or deer in the ditches enjoying every morsel of grass they find along the way.
But, more importantly…
You’ve made it.
In your Land Rover Defender.