Parks / Saskatchewan
Albert National Park
The topography in the park
is a blend of uplands and lowlands that range
in altitude from 488 to 732 metres above sea
level. Glaciation has modified the landscape,
leaving rolling moraines on the uplands and
fine-grained lacustrine deposits in the lowland
areas “ eskers, the narrow sinuous ridges of
gravel and sand, and drumlins, smooth egg-shaped
hills created when the glacier moved up and
over deposits of debris smoothing and shaping
them. The entire area was under as much as 1600
metres of glacial ice during the three main
periods of ice advance, which dug out the beds
of some of the major lakes such as Waskesiu,
Crean and Kingsmere.
The cutting action of the
glacial meltwater is evident in the meandering
channel of the Spruce River, carved out by glaciers.
Blocks of ice that build up in large lakes and
are pushed onto land by high winds actually
push up some of the lake bed to form a low ridge
on the shore. The parkÆs Ice Push Ridge is a
good example of this present-day land shaping.
Nutrient-rich marshes form in poorly drained
areas where glaciers scooped out millions of
bowls that collect and hold meltwater and run-off.