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Prince Albert

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For other places with the same name, see Prince Albert (disambiguation).

Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, is a city on the North Saskatchewan River. It is the largest Northern Saskatchewan city, and third in population and size in the province after Regina and Saskatoon.

Prince Albert is a hub of multiculturalism, travellers, and naturists. There are numerous campgrounds nearby, especially in Prince Albert National Park, which is home to an exceptionally adventurous and scenic hike to Grey Owl's Cabin, and Waskesiu Lake, a particularly charming summer resort to visit as well.

Understand[edit]

Prince Albert skyline

Named after Queen Victoria's husband, is known as the "Gateway to the North". The local pulp and paper mill announced its closure after serving as the community's primary economic engine for 60-75 years. The good news is that Prince Albert is now poised to become a new hub for call centres.

Visitor information[edit]

Get in[edit]

Map of Prince Albert

By plane[edit]

There is an airport in Prince Albert (YPA IATA), but the majority of the traffic is non-commercial. Flights into nearby Saskatoon (YXE IATA) are frequent, and there are rental agencies at that airport. Air Canada and WestJet are the two biggest carriers in Saskatoon.

By car[edit]

Most people travelling to Prince Albert do so by car. Highway #11 runs from Prince Albert to Saskatoon (the closest "big city"), and is the primary highway into the city. The next two most important highways in the area are highway #3 (south of PA) and highway #2.

By bus[edit]

  • from Saskatoon. M 6AM and noon, W 6AM and 5PM, F noon. 5 buses a week, 1½ hr. All ages $35 taxes included.
  • from Regina. M W F 8AM. M and F arrives at 1:30PM, W arrives at 6:30PM with lay-over in Saskatoon. Adults $95, seniors/students $85 taxes included.

Get around[edit]

Most everyone drives in Prince Albert, even though there is a city bus service. Or you can walk. Taxis are also another option.

See[edit]

Prince Albert Historical Museum
Prince Albert Arts Centre

The Rawlinson Art Centre, Art Hauser Centre, and Saskatchewan Provincial Court House are attractive venues.

  • 1 The Historical Museum, 10 River Street East, +1 306-764-2992, e-mail: . Late May-Aug: Daily 9AM-5PM, Th until 9PM. At other times, by appointment. In the Central Fire Hall, a municipal heritage building built in 1912 on the North Saskatchewan River. The building served the city as its fire hall for 63 years until 1975. $2 for ages 12+; $1 for ages 6-12; under 6 free.
  • 2 Diefenbaker House Museum, 246 19th Street West, +1 306-953-4863 (summer), e-mail: . Late May-Aug: Daily 9AM-5PM; winter : Tu 11AM-4PM or by appointment (call +1 306-764-2992). This house was the residence of John Diefenbaker immediately prior to his becoming Prime Minister of Canada. The museum is furnished as it was in Diefenbaker's day. It holds artifacts, documents and photographs of Canada’s thirteenth Prime Minister and Member of Parliament for Prince Albert from 1953 to 1979.
  • 3 Prince Albert Raiders, Art Hauser Centre 690 32 St E. Western Hockey League team. Adult $22, student $14, child (6-12) $8, wheelchair seating $14, children 5 and under free.

Do[edit]

  • Prince Albert is the central hub for hunters and fishermen looking to go the various lakes, and vast wilderness of Northern Saskatchewan. The city offers places of taxidermy, guide services, and several outlets for transportation needs, accommodations, equipment and supplies.
  • The city is 30-45 minutes from Christopher Lake, Emma Lake, Candle Lake, and Prince Albert National Park; all of which offer camping and fishing on some of Saskatchewan's largest pristine lakes. Further north are Big River, Montreal Lake, McLean Lake, and Montreal River.
  • 1 Northern Lights Casino, +1 306 764-4777. Northern Lights Casino on Wikipedia Northern Lights Casino (Q17111163) on Wikidata
  • 2 Little Red River Park (a 5-minute drive out on the highway). Offers a wilderness of hiking trails and skiing. Little Red River Park

Buy[edit]

  • Gateway Mall, in downtown Prince Albert, offers many different places to shop, with various large chain stores, and small local businesses.
  • Cornerstone Shopping Centre, in the eastern part of Prince Albert, is a larger outdoor shopping centre with various large chain stores and restaurants, including Tim Hortons.
  • Downtown Prince Albert has many different food, entertainment, and shopping venues.

Eat[edit]

  • 1 The Spice Trail, 2901 2nd Ave W, Unit 1, +1 306-970-9442. M-Sa 11:30AM-2:30PM and 5PM-8PM. Indian, vegetarian friendly, vegan options. Dishes $12-17.
  • 2 The Rusty Owl, 21 River St W, +1 306-970-8022. M 10:30AM-7PM; Tu–Sa 10:30AM-9PM. Describes itself as a café and restaurant steeped in steampunk fantasy. Specialties include Mediterranean Pesto Pizza, the Margherita Pizza, and the Frutti Di Mare.
  • 3 Amy's On Second Restaurant, 2990 2nd Ave W, +1 306-763-1515. M-F 11AM-9PM, Sa 5-9PM. Restaurant, cappuccino, art gallery. Gluten-free options, vegetarian friendly. Lunches $11-15, dinner mains $15-33.

Drink[edit]

There's more than a few places to get a drink in Prince Albert, including the two Province-run liquor stores located in the city. For country music, Prince Albert has an abundance of country music bars. Belly Up is a nice place, albeit small inside (makes it feel cozy); just out of the downtown area. Kickers is south of the city, a particular local hotspot on the weekends. Six Shooters Saloon is another nice place. For those who don't like country, JT's Lounge is a great place, Thursday nights has a comedy night, with the occasional open-mic night thrown into the mix.

Sleep[edit]

Prince Albert has a number of hotels, including the Days Inn, Comfort Inn, Travel Lodge, Ramada Inn, Holiday Inn, Prince Albert Inn, and Super 8 motel.

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Go next[edit]

  • It's a 20-30 minute drive to St. Louis, through which the mighty South Saskatchewan River runs, and which is the premiere place for Metis culture and history in Saskatchewan.
  • It's another 30-minute drive to the Historic Batoche Settlement.
  • Prince Albert National Park - 90 km north of the city on Highway 2.
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