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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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  • Most people, and who can blame them, go West from Edmonton to visit Banff and Jasper National Parks. However, if you have the time and can go East for an hour or so (much closer), you'll come to this ...  more »
  • Went for a drive to see buffalo. Didn't see any but, enjoyed the drive through the peaceful park. Would like to visit in summer next time.  more »
  • We've hike on to the other side of the highway and it was nice.. We've seen 2 buffaloes so far and tons of buffalo poop :) but anyways, the scenery is great it never changes but for a place like Edmon...  more »
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  • I loved this place. Especially the lake. Very serene place. Had a great time. There are canoe rides at Lake as well. Saw a bison. Didn't see many elks inside this place but saw a bunch outside
  • The view of the bison is pretty incredible if you are able to see them. Don't forget to bring bug spray if you go during summer. They sell some but it's pricey and the bugs on some of the trails are pretty agressive
  • I stayed here as a kid with an outdoor education ass and i still have the memories of the Buffalo roaming around amongst us 20 years later. I'm headed there tomorrow for the first time since to take part in a sweat lodge ceremony with the aboriginal peoples. So excited! This place really Is amazing.
  • Absolute must if you're visiting the area. Very affordable camping in the summer. You can ride road on the highway in the park as well. Cross country skiing in the winter here is amazing with day access to the huts, stocked with wood for your fire to stay warm !!!
  • 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.