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A Million Acres to Explore on Horseback in the Prince Albert National Park

September 05, 20233 min read

If you're looking for an unforgettable adventure, there's nothing quite like exploring the Prince Albert National Park on horseback. With a million acres of wilderness to explore, the park offers some of the best horseback riding in Canada. And if you're staying at Sturgeon River Ranch you're in the perfect location to take advantage of this incredible opportunity. And it’s not too late to book a backcountry trip with us too! The flies and mosquitos are minimal, the days are cooler, evening fires are more magical, and the local wildlife is energetic as they engage in their various fall activities and make preparations for winter. September might actually be the best time to do a backcountry trip in Saskatchewan.

The Prince Albert National Park is massive, covering an area of 3,874 km², and is located in north-central Saskatchewan. It's home to a wide range of wildlife, including bison, elk, moose, wolves, and bears, as well as hundreds of bird species. The most populated and well trafficked part of the park is the Waskesiu Lake area on the far east side, with Elk Ridge Resort close by, just outside of the park. Whereas Sturgeon River Ranch is on the wild west side, just outside of the park’s borders.

• Horseback Riding in the Park

Horseback riding is one of the best ways to explore the park and experience its natural beauty up close. The park offers a variety of horseback riding trails, ranging from easy to challenging, that will take you through forests, meadows, and along the shores of pristine lakes and rivers. You'll have the opportunity to spot wildlife, enjoy stunning views, and immerse yourself in the tranquility of the wilderness.

Sturgeon River Ranch offers guided horseback rides into the park, so you can explore the wilderness in a safe and fun way. The ranch has experienced guides who will take you on a ride that is tailored to your skill level and interests. You can choose from a variety of rides, ranging from short one-hour rides to full-day and immersive overnight adventures.

The ranch is also home to a stable of well-trained horses that are perfect for riders of all levels. Whether you're an experienced rider or a first-time visitor, the ranch has the right horse for you.

• Other Activities

In addition to horseback riding, the Prince Albert National Park offers a wide range of outdoor activities. You can go hiking, fishing, canoeing, or kayaking, or simply relax and enjoy the natural beauty of the park. The park also has several campgrounds, including the Waskesiu Lake Campground, where you can pitch a tent or park your RV and enjoy the great outdoors.

Sturgeon River Ranch is the perfect base for your park adventure. The ranch is located just outside of the park, so you can enjoy the tranquility of the wilderness without any worry of crowds. And if you’re looking for a slightly more urban scene, the village of Waskesiu isn’t too far away, offering restaurants, shops, activities, swimming, public beach and a variety of amenities.

• Conclusion

The Prince Albert National Park is a treasure trove of natural beauty and wildlife, and exploring it on horseback is an unforgettable experience. Whether you're an experienced rider or a first-time visitor, there's no better way to connect with nature and experience the wilderness than on a horse. And if you're staying at Sturgeon River Ranch, you're in the perfect location to take advantage of this incredible opportunity. So pack your bags, grab your boots, and head up to the Prince Albert national Park for an adventure you'll never forget.

See you on the wild side!

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