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Elk Island National Park, Edmonton
(4.4/5 based on 320+ 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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  • Our server at the Courtyard Downtown in Edmonton recommended paying a trip to Elk Island National Park while in the area. The park is right off highway 16 a little east of town. There are paved roads ...  more »
  • Elk Island National Park, a short drive from Edmonton, is great place to escape the city to see wildlife, to do a little low-impact hiking and to enjoy Prairie lakes. 
  • Hubby and I decided to go for a drive in the country. We got to elk island park and we were going to just drive through looking at the scenery BUT!..... you have to Pay to drive through... no other pr...  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.