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Wolves in Winter at Prince Albert National Park
A winter time opportunity to explore the edge of the largest forest region in Canada. In this vast boreal forest you will search for grey wolf, moose, elk, river otter, great grey owls and lesser known species that are part of this ecosystem. The daily guided excursions feature a combination of touring by car, snowshoeing, and if trail conditions allow, by dogsled in the Anglian Lake area adjacent and through Prince Albert National Park.
Interpretive guides share their love of nature and in-depth knowledge of the landscape with you during your travels through the woods, muskegs and lakes that are the boreal forest. They understand the patterns of wildlife and do their best to select the most likely routes and locations to find the boreal's wild inhabitants as well as their tracks and signs. It is impossible to guarantee sightings, however, this area is well-known for its wildlife populations. February through to early March is the mating season for wolves and they are particularly vocal at this time. Keep your ears open as well as your eyes!
The distances and durations of the travels on foot/snowshoe are generally within 1km of vehicle access. Remember, dressed in winter gear and given typical snow cover, every distance and duration of physical effort in this season must be considered as several times more strenuous than in summer.
February and March weather in our area is highly variable with temperatures ranging from -30C to +5C.
Fly from London to Saskatoon, pick up your 4x4 hire car and spend your first night at the Delta Bessborough in Saskatoon.
Drive to the Elk Ridge Resort and check into your cosy cabin. Enjoy dinner followed by an orientation session about the possibilities of sightings and excursions.
After breakfast you will venture out by car in search of wolves and wildlife. There will be an opportunity to do some snowshoeing and walking in search of the wildlife. Depending on the weather lunch will either be on the trail or at the resort. Dinner is included.
After breakfast you will travel to Prince Albert National Park in search of wolves and wildlife as well as visiting the otter habitat in the southern half of the park. Lunch will be on the trail or in the park village of Waskesiu. Enjoy dinner on your return to the hotel followed by an interpretive program on winter ecology and wildlife of the boreal forest including a comparison of the wild canids (fox, coyote and wolf with their domestic sled dog cousins).
After breakfast and given suitable late winter trail conditions you will set out to the eastern boundary of Prince Albert National Park by dogsled. If the trails are not suitable for dogsledding you will take a similar but shorter route on foot. You will have lunch on the trail or at the resort. Enjoy dinner which will be followed by a night hike - Owl Prowl and Wolf Howl.
March is the peak season in this forest for owl calling and courtship. There are Great Grey, Great Horned, Barred and Boreal owls in the area. You will spend some time on the forest trail and down by the lakeshore calling for both wolves and owls.
After breakfast travel back to the Prince Albert National Park and up to the boreal habitat of the central part of the park. Travel by car, snowshoes and foot in search of wildlife. Lunch on the trail. There will be time in the afternoon to relax or visit the local villages in the area. Enjoy dinner.
|Wednesday||After breakfast drive back to Saskatoon, drop off your hire car in time for your flight to London.|
|Dates||Mid February - 31 March|
|Prices From||£1740 per person|
Optional Extension: You can extend your stay by two nights for an overnight dogsled adventure. Meals are included. From £495.00 per person.
While this itinerary indicates sights and routes chosen our guides for the best opportunities for wildlife viewing, the exact locations may change in order to take advantage of the most recent wildlife sightings and information available.