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Old 01-15-2016, 04:09 PM   #11
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Writing on Stone, and Elkwater Lake in Cypress Hills are two of my favourites in Alberta.
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Old 01-15-2016, 06:23 PM   #12
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This thread has my interest. I'm retiring in March and we are planning a trip east in May.
We want to do Alberta Saskatchewan to trace family roots.

A prime National park that I have been dreaming of spending time in is GRASSLANDS NATIONAL PARK in Saskatchewan If you want to see natural prairie grassland this looks like the place to go Have any Escapers been there? Bison ..... And dark sky for the night view of stars

Parks Canada - Grasslands National Park - Grasslands National Park
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Old 01-16-2016, 04:16 PM   #13
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Great suggestions, everyone! Much appreciated.

If you think of anything else, we'd love to hear it.
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Old 01-16-2016, 04:58 PM   #14
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In the Crowsnest, we always stop at Chinook Lake. It has private sites and a very pretty lake with a trail encircling it. There are also several kilometers of trails throughout the park, used for cross country skiing in the winter. The road into the park is gravel though, and can be a little "wash-boardy" at times.
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In the Crowsnest, we always stop at Chinook Lake.
Another great idea. We have stayed there a few times. A few nice spots at the lake, bit the rest are nice too. We usually go climb Crowsnest Mountain when staying there, a nice days scramble with just a wee bit of hands on. Magnificent views (except when you are in the clouds).
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Old 01-16-2016, 05:42 PM   #16
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There's a good app out called "Alberta Camping". It has lots of good info and campgrounds in Alberta.

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Old 01-16-2016, 06:18 PM   #18
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Campground recommendations: Alberta and Saskatchewan

Another good one is called "Parks Canada learn to camp"

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Old 01-18-2016, 08:44 PM   #19
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Grasslands NP is tremendous! I have not been there since we got our trailer (13' Boler; intend to upgrade to an escape) but we intend to go back soon. Boondocking is the way to go there!

Cypress Hills in the southwest is a gem. Pine Cree is a small regional park that gets lots of raves. We were going to go last August ... but a choice between 37 C or 27 C weather sent us to near Hinton instead.

Most provincial parks near Saskatchewan cities and large towns are setup for the mega-RV set. Sometimes good fishing but not much for scenery. Yawn.

My favourite location is McDougal Creek in the Narrow Hills Provincial Park. Two camp sites, a pit toilet, and a short walk to a creek with brookies. Nothing fancy except silence and isolation. A short distance away is Clarence - Steepbank provincial part - maybe 8 sites, fishing and not much else. Paradise

No mountains ... but they get in the way of the view anyway!
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Prince Albert N.P. in the fall

Thanks for the tips, FlatlandFlyFisher. It's great to have an SK resident weigh in. We are especially looking forward to visiting Grasslands and Cypress Hills.

How many nights would you recommend camping at Prince Albert N.P. at the end of September, mainly to hike?

Also, we know it's hard to predict, but by when would you suggest that we be west of the Rockies and headed home to avoid the first significant snow and ice conditions on the roads?
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