Candle Lake Provincial Park
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Introduction

Offering sandy beaches, clear water and wooded areas, Candle Lake Provincial Park is a perfect place to steer your RV for a camping adventure. The park is located in Saskatchewan, northeast of Prince Albert, about two and a half hours by car from Saskatoon.

Candle Lake Provincial Park is on the shore of Candle Lake, and within the park’s borders are many smaller creeks, rivers and lakes just waiting to be explored. There are plenty of ways to explore all that the park has to offer; you can choose to go for a hike, for example, along the boardwalks to the Minowukaw Sand Dunes. During warmer months, choose to spend time on the water swimming, fishing for walleye, pike, perch, burbot and whitefish, or go boating in the summer. During the winter months, you can engage in cross-country skiing and snowmobiling among other activities.

The park is next to the resort village of Candle Lake, which makes it easy to access any services and amenities that you may want or need. With so much for visitors to see and do, it is not surprising that the park is a popular destination. So start packing and get ready for a memorable RV vacation at Candle Lake Provincial Park.

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Transportation in Candle Lake Provincial Park

Driving

To get to Candle Lake Provincial Park from Prince Albert, take 11 street E to SK-2 N/SK-3 W. Then, follow SK-55 E and SK-120 N to Paddockwood No. 520; Proceed for 88.8 km (55.17 miles). Then, make a right onto SK-2N/SK-3 W and head 500 m (1,640 feet), staying in the right lane in order to take the SK-55 E ramp to Nipawin. After 200 m (656 feet), merge onto SK-3 W and drive for 260 meters (853 feet), continuing onto SK-55 E, where you will drive for 41.2 km (25.6 km) and follow the signs for Nipawin. Then, make a left onto SK-120 N and proceed for 46.6 km (28.95 miles).

Parking

Parking is available throughout the park.

Public Transport

Public transportation is not available to Candle Lake Provincial Park.

Campgrounds and parking in Candle Lake Provincial Park

Campsites in Candle Lake Provincial Park

Reservations camping

Sandy Bay Campground

Sandy Bay Campground offers Sandy Bay A and Sandy Bay B, along with a group site. Sandy Bay A offers electric hook-ups and can accommodate RV’s and trailers of different sizes depending on the site. Running water and toilets are available within Sandy Bay A, with each site having a barbecue and picnic table. Sandy Bay B can accommodate RV’s and trailers up to 40 feet in length and provides electric hook-ups. The campground offers running water and toilets for campers to utilize. As with Sandy Bay A, sites at Sandy Bay B include a picnic table and barbecue. Sandy Bay Campground also has a group site that can accommodate 12 individuals and offers electric as well as a flush toilet.

Minowukaw Campground

The Minowukaw Campground offers Minowukaw A, Minowukaw B and the Minowukaw Group Site. Campsites within Minowukaw A can accommodate RV’s and trailers that are up to 32 feet in length and the campground offers running water and toilets. Electical hookups are available. Campsites at Minowukaw B can accommodate trailers and RV’s of a variety of lengths up to 32 feet. Electric hookups are available and the campground includes water and toilets. Picnic tables and barbecues are available at each campsite with Minowukaw A and B. The Minoukaw Group Site can accommodate up to 20 people and offers flush toilets, while hookups are not available.

First-come first-served

Alternate camping

Seasonal activities in Candle Lake Provincial Park

In-Season

Take a Hike

With 15 km (9.32 miles) of hiking trails, hiking is a great way to explore Candle Lake Provincial Park. Check out the Candle Lake Elk Pens trail, for example. The 2.5 km (1.55 mile) trail is considered easy and provides the opportunity to hike to the historic elk pens at Candle Lake. In the past, the pens were used to round up herds of elk so that the elk could be moved to other parts of the province. Regardless of the trail that you choose, you will be treated to excellent views, opportunities to see wildlife and the chance to enjoy fresh air when hiking in Candle Lake Provincial Park.

Go Fishing

You will find excellent fishing during your visit to Candle Lake Provincial Park. Candle Lake is well-known for walleye and northern pike, and the park also includes Musker Pond, which is a stocked trout pond. Musker Pond is sheltered and its hard-packed walkways and piers ensure that the pond is wheelchair accessible. Another option for fishing in the park is Fisher Creek, which connects Candle and Torch Lakes. Fishing is a great way to relax and soak in the solitude of nature when visiting the park, and you just might catch your next meal!

Go for a Swim

Swimming is a popular activity at Candle Lake Provincial Park, which offers three different swimming areas for visitors. Located in the Sandy Bay Campground is Sandy Bay Beach. The Waskateena Beach, which is located at the south end of the lake, is known for beautiful sand and shallow water, making it an ideal place to swim when visiting with young children. Minowukaw Beach can be found in Minowukaw Campground and has a long sandy beach that is next to sand dunes. Taking a dip is a great way to cool off and relax while visiting the park.

Off-Season

Try Curling

When visiting Candle Lake Provincial Park during the winter months, you can explore the Resort Village of Candle Lake. One unique activity to engage in during your visit is curling. The area’s curling club was developed in order to promote healthy living among those living in the area and has built an indoor facility that offers three natural ice rinks. Check out the facility during your visit to learn more about curling and to participate in the activity. This is an excellent opportunity to learn something new without straying far from your destination.

Go Snowmobiling

If you are looking for a place you can explore by snowmobile, look no further than Candle Lake Provincial Park. With more than 300 km (186.41 miles) of groomed snowmobile trails, there is plenty of opportunity to cruise around the park, taking in its landscape while enjoying the feeling of the wind blowing through your hair. Utilizing the trails, you can check out much of the park at your own pace. When snowmobiling, the maximum speed on the trails is 80 km/hour (49.7 miles/hour), unless reduced as a result of the law or adverse conditions. Snowmobilers must have a valid registration and rentals are available.

Cross Country Skiing

Just because there is snow on the ground does not mean that you can’t explore Candle Lake Provincial Park. In fact, the cooler months of the year offer the opportunity to cross country ski and see the park blanketed in white. During your visit, check out the Hilltop Cross-Country Ski Trail, which is located on the east side of the lake, a bit north of the Minowukaw Lodge. As you ski along the trail, you will follow the shoreline and climb to Old Baldy Lookout, where you will be treated to amazing views of the lake and its surroundings. While you ski, you can revel in the beautiful scenery and the winter solitude.

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