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Elk Island National Park, Edmonton

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National Park · Nature / Park
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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  • Okay so I saw a few bison cross the road as I entered. Then none on the bison trail nor any other animals when on a trail. Spent 1 hour there and left. Was spoiled in Banff & Jasper I guess.  more »
  • Been going twenty years.. Love it used to be my hidden gem to escape too but now everybody and there dog knows about it humbug gotta share now  more »
  • It was wonderful to see the successful conservation efforts - saw many bison, a couple of black bears near the road as well a deer partially hidden in the trees. Also saw where beavers had built a...  more »
  • This national park is closest to Edmonton I believe. Its vast.The entrance fee is very reasonable. The staff here are very helpful and friendly. It's a great place for family and friends to visit . There are many activities to be enjoyed like going on the canoe, trekking, camping, barbecues, seeing the beaver dams etc. Its a very pleasant and peaceful place. It's very well maintained and clean. Its great for a day trip too. Canoes are offered on Rental basis. Most people come and barbecue, enjoy the man made beach etc. If you are lucky you can see the wild life like the Bison and Beaver . The park is close to the Ukrainian village on one side and The town of Lamont which is about 10 kilometers on the other side. It's a beautiful place to visit.
  • Great place for the whole family. The nature and scenery is beautiful, perfect to enjoy a barbecue or picnic. It's also a wonderful place to hike, camp, and savour delicious snacks from the nearby food trucks. Kids can discover a lot of things in the nature here, including the bison and other animals. It's also a great place to bring your pets. Elk Island is our go-to place whenever we need to spend some quality time together as a family. I would totally recommend it!
  • I just visited trail five and had no time for anything else. Was definitely worth visiting. As a tourist from the U.S, this is one of the most beautiful and enjoyable places to hike. It's easy to go just casually, but you should was some shoes you don't care about and bring mosquito repellent. The entire place has great opportunities to see many different animals and wildlife, you just have to make it early in the day and keep your eyes open.
  • We camped here two separate times this summer. It's a great place to see wildlife like bison and elk. There are nice trails to hike that are maintained. The campground is relatively small but nice. It's probably best to reserve a spot in advance in the summer. There is a nice large beach which was quite busy with locals on the weekends causing backups sometimes at the booth on the way in. Just a note, you need to drive a ways into the park to the beach area where there is an information building in the parking lot in order to check in to the campground. We didn't know that the first time. There is a booth to enter the national park on the road in, but there isn't a pay booth before you turn into the campground like usual. Overall, my husband and I really liked it here and will probably be back next year.
  • If you find this helpful, give it a thumbs up! Customer WiFi: no Washrooms: yes Parking: parking lots The Product(s)/Service: Very nice national park and is very well maintained. Went here once and we witnessed the staff walking the trail themselves with machetes and axes clearing the trails. The People: haven't had much interaction with the staff but when we do run into them they have all been fairly pleasant If you found this helpful, let me know by leaving a thumbs up!

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