Great Canadian Parks / Saskatchewan

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The Parks / Saskatchewan / Prince Albert National Park



 

Inventories and excavations between 1971 and 1973 revealed many sites and resources that have served as the basis of park interpretation and cultural resource management programs. In 1997, thirty new sites were unearthed dating back some 4000 years to ancient First Nations occupations of early plains bison hunters. One site near Waskesiu Lake appears to represent an early pre-contact Palaeo-Indian occupation that may be more than 7500 years old. Many sites within the park represent habitation, fishing, hunting, tool and pottery making and burial activities. Fur trading began in the 1700’s and the Hudson’s Bay Company built a trading post on Lake Waskesiu in 1886. Timber harvesting began in the late 1800’s and continues today on lands bordering the park. Today the park attracts about 200 000 visitors annually.

 

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