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Prince Albert, Saskatchewan

Prince Albert, Saskatchewan

The York Boat, Saskatchewan's First Freemasons Lodge & Gateway to the North

  • Author: Angie, Head Prairie Traveler
  • Date Posted: Jul 26, 2013
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  • Address: Prince Albert, SK, Canada

Prince Albert, Saskatchewan

As Saskatchewan’s third largest city, Prince Albert brings a bit of urban jungle to the province’s untamed outdoors. It has everything you could want in a city, but it also lays along the North Saskatchewan River and a short drive from Prince Albert National Park. In fact, it’s the last major city you’ll see on your way into the untamed north.

History of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan

Like many Saskatchewan urban centers, Prince Albert was originally a trading post as far back as 1776. Eventually, employees of the Hudson’s Bay Company moved here in 1862 and the area was known as Isbister’s Settlement. Eventually, Reverend James Nisbet of the Canada Presbyterian Church would found Prince Albert in 1866 as a mission for the local Cree Nations.

Eventually, the city would play a vital role in the famous Riel Rebellion, life of the railway and even play a part in the province’s love affair with coal power. And while it was one of Saskatchewan’s fastest growing communities for many years, it was also one of the wildest ones. (Gary William David Abrams wrote a fantastic, detailed account of the city’s history. If you’d like to know more, the City of Prince Albert has released it as a free PDF download.)

Interesting Facts About Prince Albert

  • Home to the first Freemasons lodge in Saskatchewan known as Kinistino Lodge No. 1, which still exists.
  • The first stagecoach robbery in Saskatchewan occurred just outside the city in 1886.
  • Members of Canada’s Royal Family have visited the city four times, but Prince Consort Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha wasn’t one of them. He died in 1861 — five years before Reverend Nesbit named the city after him.
  • Prince Albert was once represented by three of Canada’s prime ministers including Sir Wilfrid Laurier, William Mackenzie King and John Diefenbaker.

Prince Albert Amenities

While Prince Albert may only have a little over 34K people, it has a full list of things to do, places to eat and sights to see no matter what your age or interests.

Arts & Culture

  • Prince Albert Arts Centre
  • John V. Hicks Gallery
  • Mann Art Gallery
  • Olive and John G. Diefenbaker Theatre
  • Diefenbaker House
  • Prince Albert Historical Museum
  • Prince Albert Evolution of Education
  • The Rotary Museum of Police and Corrections

Events

  • Street Fair and the Mascot Olympics
  • Prince Albert Winter Festival
  • Farmers Markets
  • Prince Albert Summer Fair
  • Living Waters Gospel Jambouree
  • Northern Lights Bluegrass & Old Tyme Music Festival

Historic Sites

  • Wilcox/Zuk/Chovin Law Office
  • Kresge Building
  • Hesje Cabinets
  • St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church
  • Court House
  • McDonald Residence

Activities

  • Arts and Culture Scene Tours
  • Northern Lights Casino
  • York Boat
  • Boating and Canoeing
  • Skiing and snowboarding
  • Fishing

Restaurants & Bars

  • Asian Le
  • Lotus Cafe
  • Bison Cafe
  • Carlton Bakery & Coffee Shop
  • Venice House
  • Bell Up Bar Pub & Grill
  • Suzy Cues Pub and Billiards

Accommodations

  • Super 8 Motel
  • Ramada Prince Albert
  • Keyhole Castle Bed and Breakfast
  • Hilcrest Inn B&B
  • Serenity Spa Bed & Breakfast

(Image courtesy of Wikimedia)