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Saskatoon Island Provincial Park, Grande Prairie

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Saskatoon Island Provincial Park is a provincial park located in northern Alberta, Canada. It is located 20km west of Grande Prairie in the Peace River Country, on the southern shore of Saskatoon Lake.HistoryThe park takes its name form a large island that used to be in the middle of the lake, where Cree natives used to pick saskatoon berries to use in pemmican. The island merged to the adjacent plains when the water level dropped in 1919, and the lake was divided in two sections.A settlement was established on the north side of the lake. The community of Lake Saskatoon was incorporated as a village in 1912. It was eventually abandoned after 1924, when the Grande Prairie-Grande Cache Railway missed the settlement by 9km when it was constructed on a more southern route through Wembley instead.A provincial park was created on the spit of land dividing the two parts of the lake. It was established on November 21, 1932.The area was declared a Federal Migratory Bird Sanctuary in 1948.ConservationThe park is a federal migratory bird sanctuary as part of the Grande Prairie Important Bird Area, hosting the threatened trumpeter swan.
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  • Literally, the only reason I begged the Hubs and his family to drive out there was because on Google Maps it reminds me of Genie from Aladdin lol. However, upon arrival, it is a nice park, and can do ...  more »
  • We did a little drive out to Saskatoon lake provincial park park. It was still quite wet out but the kids enjoyed the trails and park in the day use area. Can't wait for summer as it's a nice campgrou...  more »
  • Scenic spot for a stroll or to look for the wildlife by/in the Lake. Facility includes picnic benches.  more »
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  • A good place to go for a walk. A number of trails to follow. Have a picnic in the main area of the park. Places to camp with trailer, tent or camper.
  • The camp sites are big enough and the main park is very big. Even has a biking trail!
  • There's paths for walking, picnic areas & camping spots. In late summer you can pick Saskatoons. Swans & geese live on the lake. It's just a short drive from the city.
  • Nice big play grounds for kid, volleyball net and nice bike trails.
  • Decent camp ground but a slew for a lake.