Twenty minutes west of Grand Prairie, Alberta, lies the beautiful Saskatoon Island Provincial Park. I decided to take a drive out there to have a look around. The weather was quite clear and cool, and the sound of geese, ducks, and bush birds made for an excellent soundtrack to explore this preserve. Being a Saturday, I was surprised to find only a few other people walking around.
Wild Rose grows abundantly throughout the park. In winter, the bright red Rose Hips remain on the plant, adding a splash of cheerful vibrance to an otherwise brown and yellow terrain.
Groves of Birch trees break up the rolling fields of the island.
Wide, grass paths run throughout the interior of the island providing an easy terrain to walk between points of interest.
There was an abundance of Bohemian Waxwings all throughout the park. They kept busy searching for berries to eat.
A light breeze across the lake generates a rush of sound from the long grasses growing along the shoreline.
As the day wore on, it got colder and the wind picked up. I decided to head back inland to warm up a bit.
While walking back to my car, I came across a stand of Spruce trees. I paused there a moment to grab a quick photo of these pretty pine cones.
While I was fiddling about with my camera, a very loud, disapproving sound suddenly blurted out from within the tree. I carefully walked around the tree to locate what was making the noise. What I found, made me chuckle to myself: I was being cussed out by a very territorial squirrel.
This little guy was not happy that I was lingering around his trees. Apparently, they’re all his trees. A few minutes of scolding had me convinced I should just move along.
What a neat day! I really enjoyed my visit to this park; not crowded, quiet, plenty of wildlife, and conveniently close to town. Talking with some locals, I’m surprised to learn that many of them have never bothered to pay a visit to the lake. If you live in Grand Prairie or are just passing through, I highly recommend a visit to Saskatoon Island Provincial Park