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Located less than an hour away from Edmonton, Elk Island National Park of Canada protects the wilderness of the aspen parkland, one of the most endangered habitats in Canada. This beautiful oasis is home to herds of free roaming plains bison, wood bison, moose, deer, and elk. Also boasting over 250 species of birds, the park is a bird watcher's paradise. Be it for wildlife viewing, hiking, cross-country skiing, picnicking or overnight camping, there is something for everyone at Elk Island National Park. Elk Park was first established in 1906 as a federal game preserve to protect the declining elk populations of the Beaver Hills. Some of the last Plains Bison in the world were reintroduced to Elk Park in 1907. In 1913 Elk Park joined the Parks Canada family. Since that time Elk Island National Park has been Canada

trail running
2 days ago

a bit muddy at the back and missed trail split on plains section but very beautiful.

Nice trail, not too busy. I don't think many people do the full thing so it's only about the first couple km or so thy seem more trafficked. I can't stress enough WATERPROOF BOOTS, doesn't seem that bad at first but as soon as you're coming out of that first stretch of meadow it's very wet. Other parts in the forest very wet and muddy too.

hiking
3 days ago

This trail is good if you're looking for a short, easy walk. The area is heavily wooded and there aren't many lookout points. For those who are not familiar with reading trail maps, you have to start at the trail #3 marker which connects with #2 (Simmons).

hiking
3 days ago

This is an excellent hike with interesting with scenary changing at various points throughout. Challenging because of distance and rolling hills. Be careful if you're doing this hike in the spring or after a heavy rain. The lower parts of the trail flood. You can't be afraid to get your feet wet!

hiking
12 days ago

walking
16 days ago

walked it in the evening. spent a good half hour watching the beavers at work.

mountain biking
17 days ago

This trail was an adventure!!! Not for beginners and be ready to get off and walk a lot.

Easy hike through bush, great views of beaver dams. Use mosquito repellent in the summer months.

Nice hike, lots of shade on a hot day. Took about 2 hrs with small kids.

mountain biking
1 month ago

This trail was a bit difficult and definitely not for beginners. It was really wet and muddy in a lot of places so make sure to wear shoes you're not worried about getting dirty. That said the views were beautiful and definitely worth the trek! Saw some bison about halfway through and a beaver in the last little lake you pass.