SASKATOON ISLAND PROVINCIAL PARK - Saskatoon Lake Alberta History, Location, Campsites. Northern Alberta.
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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. Power $34, No Services $27. Rates subject to change. Firewood included in fee. Reserve up to 90 days in advance 1-877-537-2757. Reservation fee $12.

(active May-Sept)

Campsite Map - Enlarge Map

South side of Lake:
Boat Launch - View Video>
Day Use- View Video>
Loop A - View Video>
Loop B - View Video>
Loop C- View Video>
Group Camping- View Video>


103 campsites including 55 with electrical hook-ups. Walk-in tent sites and group area. Camping from May 1 to October 9.

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.

Saskatoon Lake, AB
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SWAN FESTIVAL Saskatoon Lake
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The Swan Festival is no longer held in the spring of each year.

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.


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.

Anglican Church and Cemetery
Located at Saskatoon Lake.
Located on the west banks of Saskatoon Lake north of Highway 43 on Cemetery Road RR82.
The cemetery was established in 1911 and continued until 1921. The last service took place in 1962 and since then has been used for weddings and funerals. In 2011 a celebration took place to commemorate the Church's 100th Anniversary. (enlarge photo)

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 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.


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

May 2011: Water level did not rise much from the year before. 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. In 2014 or 2015, the situation has not improved.

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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.

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