The trail is located in the northern block of Prince Albert National Park, in Northern Saskatchewan. Northern Saskatchewan, by the way, is very rugged Canadian shield that is all very different that the prairies most people think of in Southern Sask.
The trail rolls along the east side of Kingsmere Lake, passing through depressions in the dense boreal forest settings, and running along the lake itself. The hike is moderate, with rolling hills and sandy beaches. A backcountry pass is required, and can be obtained at the Parks Canada Admininstration Office in Waskesiu.
The hike is 20km long from the trailhead to the northend campground. It says it takes 6 hours, but can be done in 4 with proper preparation. Be sure to grab a map, to plan where you will be camping each night, since most of the campsites are reserved for groups!
Located at the end of the Kingsmere Forest Service Road, north of the Waskesiu townsite, and approx. 2 hours north of Prince Albert, SK.
From the parking lot, head down to the canoe launch. From there you will see a sign that directs you to the trail.
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Posted By: drunknsnoshu
- Fri Oct 21 06:18:43 UTC 2016
UpsideNice hike through northern forest with occasional views of Kingsmere Lake and a few ponds, not much climbing, fantastic destination, Ajawaan Lake is beautiful. Campground at Northside is good. DownsideHike can get a bit boring, trail had a few spots in need of maintenence, very busy tall. Northern SK is notorious for mosquitoes and black flies so this may ruin a summer outing. CommentI went right when melt was on, perfect as it was warm but no bugs at all and not terribly busy. I would highly recommend going just after the lakes melt off, keeping an eye on the temperature forecast.
Posted By: JRSTIN
- Tue Mar 05 00:26:32 UTC 2013
QuestionWe were thinking of taking the Grey Owl trail in mid June, however I just read down below that that's not a good idea. How bad is it truly? What month would be best in your opinion?ANSWERS are in this forum: Time of year.
Posted By: jph434
- Mon Feb 15 05:33:55 UTC 2010
UpsideThe historical aspect of the hike is really cool. There are lots of well maintained camping sites. You can actually go inside the cabin. DownsideI went in July and the bugs were absolutely awful. They would not stop buzzing and I thought I would go insane. The trail is not well maintained as there were lots of spots that required our group to put down logs to use as a bridge. CommentThis is a great hike if done at the right time of the year, early or in fall. In the middle of summer I suggest only canoeing it.