Oster Lake and Tawayik Lake Loop Trail is a 12.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Improvement District No. 13 , AB that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
cross country skiing
Approximately 20 km as opposed to 24 miles like All Trails suggested, I assure you, it's no where near 24 miles.
Rolling, hills, knob and kettle terrain, opportunities to see Bison, waterfowl and beaver. Birch and aspen forests open meadows and marshes makes this an interesting hike. Expect to see Plains Bison between the two Tawayik Lakes in the meadows ( and anywhere else in EIP for that matter). Give them a wide birth especially during the rut. If there is substantial rain fall it may be tricky getting past the narrows between Tawayik Lake and Little Tawayik Lake.
Park at the Tawayik Lake picnic site. Start with trail 2 (Simmons Trail) which intersects with trail 3 (Shirley Lake Trail) at the north end. Take the Shirley Lake trail right around Oster Lake where there is a picnic site and a few outhouses which makes a good rest stop. Continue on the Shirley Lake trail for a few hundred meters and turn south (right) at the junction onto the Tawayik Lake Trail. Approximately 3 km later there is a picnic table on top of a hill which is a good lunch spot for a small group.
Nothing spectacular but a really good jaunt with opportunities to see some wildlife, wild flowers as well as to escape from the city. This is one of my favourite local hikes in the Edmonton area