Elk Trail

Prince Albert National Park

Side by side on a trail that’s wide.
Meander through this open aspen forest with glimpses of Sandy Lake. Two kilometres from here is a branch to the right; turn left and later cross McKenzie Creek before skirting Sandy Lake. A few kilometres beyond is Kapesiwin Creek and then backcountry campsites at Fish Lake or Camp Lake. Gently rolling, Elk Trail may have fallen trees and wet spots.

In 1941 conscientious objectors to the war were put to work clearing trails. Using simple tools they carved out the Elk Trail.


  • To Fish Lake campground – 13km One way
  • To Camp Lake campground – 15km One way


  • 4 hours to Fish Lake Campground (one way).
  • 4.5 hours to Camp Lake (one way).

Level of Difficulty: Level of Difficulty:  Moderate Moderate, some steep sections.

Significant Features: The old freight trail travels through a mixed aspen and white spruce forest leading to a natural fresh water spring.

Overnight backcountry camping at the Fish Lake, Camp Lake and Hunters Lake campgrounds. Campers must register at the Visitor Centre prior to departure.

Trailhead: 40 km from the Visitor Centre on highway 263.

GPS Co-ordinates for Trailhead (in decimal degrees):
Lat.: 53.62162153 Long.: -106.05927932

* Review all backcountry travel safety before departure.


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