Recently designated in 2013, Great Blue Heron Provincial Park is located next to Prince Albert National Park. This Saskatchewan park is home to a myriad of recreation activities and is a year-round destination for those seeking to enjoy the outdoors.
Home to two main lakes, Anglin and Emma, Great Blue Heron Provincial Park is a great choice for those who enjoy water activities. Known for impressive kayak and canoe opportunities, the lakes are also popular fishing spots. Hiking is also a favorite activity at the park, with multiple trails that you can explore during your visit. If you are visiting the park during the winter months, you will still find recreation opportunities that will allow you to take in the park’s beautiful scenery, as Great Blue Heron Provincial Park is known as one of Saskatchewan’s best destinations for winter fun. It is also easy to just relax in the park, with picnic areas, beach and camping. You can even choose to stay in a yurt!
Regardless of the time of year, a trip to Great Blue Heron Provincial Park is sure to deliver a great time and lasting memories.
To get to Great Blue Heron Provincial Park from Prince Albert, take SK-2 N towards SK-263 W for 37.8 km (23.48 miles). Follow SK-263 W for 15.4 km (9.56 miles) until you arrive at the park.
Parking is available throughout the park.
Public transportation is not available to Great Blue Heron Provincial Park.
With 130 campsites, Murray Point Campground is located on Emma Lake in Great Blue Heron Provincial Park. The campground offers a number of amenities, including restrooms with showers, running water and playgrounds. Accessible sites are available in the campground and all sites include a picnic table and a barbecue. The campground can accommodate RV’s and trailers of different sizes, up to 40 feet long. Electric hookups are available at the campground and each site can accommodate up to six individuals. Staying at Murray Point Campground will give you easy access to Emma Lake and its beach area.
North Murray Point Campground is a smaller campground with 33 sites near Emma Lake. Electric hook-ups are available at the park and RV’s and trailers of up to 40 feet in length are able to be accommodated. Sites include a barbecue and a picnic table and the campground includes restrooms and running water. A short walk from the campground is a store, ensuring you can easily pick up any items that you need. There is also a restaurant nearby, should you want a night off from camp cooking. Enjoy more peace and quiet at this campground will still having easy access to Emma Lake.
Located on Anglin Lake, Anderson Point Campground offers 60 campsites, with advance reservations accepted. Sites at the campground are able to accommodate RV’s and trailers of various sizes, up to 40 feet in length. Electric hookups are available and each site offers a picnic table and a barbecue. Running water is available at Anderson Point Campground, along with restrooms and a playground. With its easy access to Anglin Lake, Anderson Point Campground makes an excellent home base for those planning to spend time in or on the water during their visit to the park.
When looking to camp with a big group of people, Great Blue Heron Provincial Park has several options to accommodate you. North Anglin, for example, is a group campground located near Anglin Lake. The campground is unserviced and includes seven campsites, a picnic shelter, firewood and outdoor toilets. The group site offers easy access to the lake, including a small dock where you can unload your kayak or canoe. Another option for group camping is Spruce River Campground. Also near Anglin Lake, the site is located among the pine trees and includes nine non-electric sites. Spruce River offers easy access to the lake, including a small dock for your kayak or canoe.
Great Blue Heron Provincial Park offers excellent hiking opportunities. There are multiple trails at Anglin Lake, some of which connect to Spruce River Highlands Trail in Prince Albert National Park. Trailheads can be found at Jacobson Bay boat launch or the Anglin bridge. A hike of 6 km (3.72 miles) roundtrip can take you to Tower Cabin, where you can enjoy phenomenal views. Biking is also an option on the park’s trails. You will find hiking or biking a great way to not only get a good workout, but to explore the park and all it has to offer!
With two main lakes in the park (Anglin and Emma), Great Blue Heron Provincial Park offers plenty of water recreation. Anglin Lake is known for its kayak and canoeing opportunities and a boat launch makes it easy to get your vessel into the water. While paddling, enjoy excellent views from the lake along with the chance to take a breath and enjoy the solitude of the park. If you get too hot while on the water, it is easy enough to take a quick dip to cool off. There are four beaches within the park and should you choose to spend time on one or more of them, you can take a swim in one of the lakes as you desire. When it comes to water, you will find plenty of opportunity at the park to enjoy it!
When visiting Great Blue Heron Provincial Park, consider spending some time fishing. Both Anglin Lake and Emma Lake offer excellent fishing opportunities and the day use areas at Jacobsen Bay and Murray Point offer fish-filleting areas so you may clean and prepare your catch for a meal. Fish from shore or by boat and enjoy the beauty and solitude of the park while you wait for a bite on your line. Fishing in the park is a great way to relax and take in the scenery!
Snow on the ground does not mean the end of recreation within the park; in fact, it is the beginning of additional fun to be had! There are 21 km (13.04 miles) of groomed trails for cross-country skiing within Great Blue Heron Provincial Park, offering plenty of opportunity to explore the park while on skis. Warm up shelters can be found at Anglin Lake, so you can take a break and relax during your time on the trails. Bring a warm drink to enjoy during your break as you take in the park’s winter scenery. Dress in layers; you will warm up as you exert yourself!
A fun way to explore Great Blue Heron Provincial Park during the winter is by going snowmobiling. There are 50 km (31.06 miles) of snowmobile trails in the area that you can navigate around the lakes (including Emma and Anglin Lakes). Get your adrenaline pumping as you work your way through the park. Warm-up shelters and fuel stations are available, so you can both warm-up and fill-up during your time on the trails. Dress warm for the activity; at higher speeds you will likely get chilly!
Those 21 km (13.04 miles) of groomed trails that are great for cross country skiing are also perfect to go snowshoeing on. Strap on your snowshoes and be ready to explore the park at your own pace. As you work your way along the trails, keep your eyes out to take in your surroundings. You might even catch a glimpse of some wildlife that resides in the park! Dress in layers as you will likely warm up with exertion. Shelters are available should you want to rest or just enjoy some quiet time in the park.