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Elk Island National Park, Edmonton

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Explore the natural setting of Elk Island National Park, home to the densest population of hoofed animals in Canada. Observe imposing wild bison roaming the fields among herds of elk, white-tailed deer, and moose. Many other types of animals inhabit the parkland including beavers, coyotes, shrews and more than 250 bird species. Spread out a blanket and have a picnic next to Astotin Lake, or camp overnight. Seek out the bison handling facility to learn how the creatures were stopped from extinction and how they are protected today. Use our Edmonton vacation planner to arrange your visit to Elk Island National Park and other attractions in Edmonton.
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TripAdvisor
  • Considering it's national park celebration in collaboration with Canada 150th Birthday I would have expected some serious investment in the park in advance thereof. We walked the board walk which was ...  more »
  • Elk Island park is a stone's throw from Edmonton and well worth visiting. It's a national park and they're doing great work on increasing the bison population (which was almost extinct) and relocating...  more »
  • I like how all of the walking routes are mapped out, and you can choose one to suit how far you want to walk. We did the 10.5km walk, I cannot remember the name. It was slightly muddy, but we hardly p...  more »
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  • Decent park with nice trails but unfortunately, after 4+ hours of hiking, the only wildlife we saw were mosquitoes, ducks, and beavers from afar. Upon leaving the park we saw a herd of Bison way off of the trail so there was no way for us to see them unless driving on the Yellowhead. We also saw a moose swimming in a lake after leaving the park. It's a beautiful park and well worth a visit! You will have to go at a good time of year if you want to see the bison and Elk, though.
  • Must see place, especially if you like kayaking or canoeing! Amazing views of pelicans and all sorts of wildlife. Go enjoy God's creation!
  • What a wonderful place to go to escape the bustle of city life. Great trails run throughout this park, and while it is not as picturesque as some other national parks; the animals and beautiful lakes and trails make it worth a visit
  • Beautiful. Clean. This is a national park. You can see some critters and some nature. Great place to take the family for a walk, picnic or to just enjoy the outdoors​.
  • Lots of easy trails to hike. Plenty of birds and animals to watch and listen too. Buffalo were definatley easy to spot from the road, but we saw none on the trails. It's a nice park, but the beauty pales in comparison to Jasper or Banff.