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Elk Island National Park, Edmonton

Categories: National Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.3/5 based on 300+ reviews on the web
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 is a step back in time to pre-settlement days. Enjoy the lakes and forests as they were before farms took over. You might also see some animals. Great for just a couple hours or the whole d...  read more »
  • Beautiful well maintained trails however BEWARE very poorly marked. We ended up trekking for 12.5 Kms (trail 3) thinking we were doing number 2. That was fine as 2 and 3 start out the same. At one poi...  read more »
  • It was a beautiful sunny day today to visit the park where you can find lots of Bisons. There are lots of spots to park and admire the scenery. You can have a fire and relax by the lakes. 
  • We camped here for one night early august and it was a lot of fun. The camp ground was clean, bathrooms were nicd. Lots of dry fire wood available and drinking water available. The things that were not so nice were the mosquitos. Over a period of 24 hours I got bit over 50 times. I had sprayed bug spray on myself multiple times. They bit me through my clothes. Also if you want to see wildlife you won't see them on the campground. You have to drive or hike through the rest of the park early morning or late evening. Overall it's a fun place and I would go again.
  • Just a quick 30 minutes east of Edmonton or 15 minutes from Fort Saskatchewan this park offers great walking trails, camping and lots of wildlife. Trails are easy with varying lengths from a bit less than hour to two day trecks. *local tip* access park off Hwy 15 and RR 205, (east of Fort Saskatchewan), and go through west gate ...scenery of farmland is stunning.
  • I found that the best time to hike is in the late winter/early spring when there is still a little bit of snow packed on the trails, covering the dung.. great little bison loop to drive around too. Sometimes the bison are there, sometimes not.
  • Awesome park just an hour outside of Edmonton. Great for day trips. Lots of wildlife. Many activity to do any season. Great hiking trails with a chance of bisons. Very good staffs too if you run into any of the park rangers. Don't forget to slowdown as there can be lots of wildlife in on the road.
  • Signs at the trails were very clear. Well maintainded paths. Kind staff. I suspect the staff somehow hiding all elks, mooses and bears because we didn't see any :) but we did see the bisons! More luck Next time!
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