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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. PutElk Island National Park into our Edmonton trip itinerary planning app and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Great place to visit and good value. Beautiful spaces to relax in and/or explore. Good amenities and very clean, including rest rooms etc. Didn’t see many animals other than bison (7 far away and 1... 
    Great place to visit and good value. Beautiful spaces to relax in and/or explore. Good amenities and very clean, including rest rooms etc. Didn’t see many animals other than bison (7 far away and 1...  more »
  • Amazing hikes through here. We drove around first and then stopped and did a couple of hiking trails. Best was seeing a bison on one of the trails and got some amazing footage. Also lots of canoes... 
    Amazing hikes through here. We drove around first and then stopped and did a couple of hiking trails. Best was seeing a bison on one of the trails and got some amazing footage. Also lots of canoes...  more »
  • It's a national park... The size of some of our Counties in the UK (okay, maybe a slight exaggeration, but it doesn't feel like it to me). There's bison there which was a wonderful sight, bears have.....  more
    It's a national park... The size of some of our Counties in the UK (okay, maybe a slight exaggeration, but it doesn't feel like it to me). There's bison there which was a wonderful sight, bears have.....  more »
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  • Beautiful park. This park has many great spots to sit and relax with your family or hike and paddle the day away. On most days the bison can be seen from Hwy 16 but if you are lucky there are many spots that they can be seen closer up in a natural setting. Keep your distance and respect them. They are not tame and do get protective. The lakes are fantastic for a paddle. Lots of information about the park and its history can be found everywhere from the visitor center just before the south gate, all the way to the floating boardwalk in the bay. Lots of picnic areas with bbq and fire pits. Great place.
  • It’s a beautiful place to rest and see bisons. We’ve met them on the edge of the road. The park has a great recreation area with comfortable tables, grills, trails, toilets and gazebo with sockets - it’s nice! The enter ticket is only 8.5 CAD. Better to travel in the car or at leas on bike.
  • One of my favorite spots to runaway to from the city to get some fresh air and take pictures. The hikes are nice and relaxing. The animals love coming out first thing in the morning and definitely not camera shy ☺️
  • This park is super clean and easy to spot wild life. Bison walking around freely, beavers everywhere and the odd moose. We camp in the back area and they supplied all the fire wood we needed. Great place to get out for a hike and some camping
  • Worth going to try and get a glimpse at bisons. The local parks employees were very nice, and the gift shop/museum was a pleasant little surprise. Clean bathrooms are also available at the visitors centre. Not the place with the most scenic hikes, but still worth seeing a different type of environment. Probably good for picnics too.

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