Elk Island National Park, Edmonton

4.3
#3 of 20 in Parks in Edmonton
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. Put Elk 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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  • October 4, 2017
    Nice place to animal's life of and take pictures of animals Thank you very much for a good park in edmonton alberta  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    Spent the day at this National Park. Has lots of parking,, we seen hundreds of Bison they just roam where ever they want and it was such a beautiful sunny day. We hiked some of the trails and it was w...  more »
  • September 27, 2017
    After visiting the Rockies for weeks we diverted over to Elk Island. This place is much better suited for a day visit out of Edmonton than for a trip destination. We did enjoy the bison which are easy...  more »
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  • June 11, 2017
    Decent park with nice trails but unfortunately, after 4+ hours of hiking, the only wildlife we saw were mosquitoes, ducks, and beavers from afar. Upon leaving the park we saw a herd of Bison way off of the trail so there was no way for us to see them unless driving on the Yellowhead. We also saw a moose swimming in a lake after leaving the park. It's a beautiful park and well worth a visit! You will have to go at a good time of year if you want to see the bison and Elk, though.
  • June 30, 2017
    Great day out for the family! We. Loved picnicking at the beach although there was quite a bit of weeds in the water. Still a great getaway close to Edmonton!
  • June 26, 2017
    Had a great hike there today. A little more hiking than we had intended, but so glad we did! Quite a beautiful area!
  • July 7, 2017
    Close to Edmonton, but feels like you're in another world. Nice hiking, and lots of chances to see wildlife. Camping great too!
  • June 29, 2017
    Great place to take the family. Lots to do. Nice day hikes but bring bug repellent. Wish there was a hike-in overnight tent campground other than Oster lake. Oster is beautiful, though.

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Where to stay in Edmonton

For access to the best entertainment options and proximity to the North Saskatchewan River and the parks surrounding it, you can't beat Downtown's accommodations. Look near the intersection of Jasper Avenue and 100 Street NW--you'll be right next to Central metro station and just a few minutes' walk from the riverside park. If you're after nightlife and cafe culture, look south of the river in Strathcona, or in the neighboring student hub of Garneau. You can also choose from a large selection of accommodations farther out in West Edmonton.
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