Elk Island National Park, Edmonton

4.4
#2 of 24 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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  • This review is for two visits in Sept we saw tons of buffalo of all ages. They were by the first or second parking area on the road in after the check stop. They were so close to the cars that we coul...  more »
  • An easy 5/5. I took an evening drive out to the park - also a dark sky preserve - a few days ago as we neared winter solstice, just to be reminded that a night sky is full of majesty, for, being a cit...  more »
  • Nice fall weather...beautiful trees. Saw many buffalo but it's a hit and miss. They tend to come out more when the traffic is less. Lots of Migrating birds for those who like to bird watch. One of the...  more »
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  • Love this park. Ive done a few trails. I did the trail with the woods bison on the opposite side of the road. It took about 5 hours but it was easy enough terrain and offered some great views. I've also done some smaller hikes on the main side of the park with the plains bison. The park staff can show you the best trails for you in the visitor center. I have never failed to see bison at the park, but not always on the trails, sometimes you have to drive. Good snowshoe/xcountry skiing and hiking trails, and good spots for a swim and a picnic in the summer.
  • What a memorable experience! We went at Sunset. Absolutely stunning in Beauty, and bursting with nature. We went on a wonderful hike that took us deep into trails, and across fields. Picnic areas are reasonably well appointed, and rest rooms are accessible at nearly every turn.
  • A beautiful day. Blue sky and sunshine. The roads were clear and we'll maintained. We were able to see 2 mule deer and 2 buffalo.
  • This is an excellent federal park within driving distance from Edmonton. Lots of great memories made here. The boat/kayak rental is very useful for those without their own equipment to take full advantage of the beautiful lake.
  • Elk island is so close to Edmonton and a great get away from the city life. Well maintained and lots of parking unless there’s an event on. Then you have to make sure you are early!!
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