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Elk Island National Park, Edmonton

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#2 of 20 in Parks in 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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  • Elk Island National Park is a great place for a day outing. They have greatly upgraded the park in the last year with paved paths, paved the main parking lot, many picnic tables, etc. There is also a ...  more »
  • I've been here many times visiting here from Ontario. I've booked a total of 3 different times to do the kayaking at sunset and each time it's been cancelled and each time beautiful weather. So I'm ve...  more »
  • We stopped in at this park on our way from Edmonton to Lloydminster. It's a MUST. Not only did we see so many bison ambling around, both in the trees and right on the road, but my son caught (and rele...  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.
  • Great day out for the family! We. Loved picnicking at the beach although there was quite a bit of weeds in the water. Still a great getaway close to Edmonton!
  • Had a great hike there today. A little more hiking than we had intended, but so glad we did! Quite a beautiful area!
  • Close to Edmonton, but feels like you're in another world. Nice hiking, and lots of chances to see wildlife. Camping great too!
  • Great place to take the family. Lots to do. Nice day hikes but bring bug repellent. Wish there was a hike-in overnight tent campground other than Oster lake. Oster is beautiful, though.

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