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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

hiking
2 days ago

Great family trail. even our 3 year loves it!!!

hiking
4 days ago

Great trail well marked and well groomed. saw lots of wild life. Go early in the morning mosquitoes are bad but lots to see. I'm going to do this trail again.

hiking
12 days ago

Very pleasant, easy stroll. Enjoyed watching the very busy beavers in the pond near the beginning of the trail. There were also beautiful wetland flowers. I didn’t see any other animals (which is to be expected, as it was afternoon), but there were tracks/scat/fur from bison, elk, deer, and coyote, so if you went in the morning or evening you’d likely have a good chance.

A good walk through the woods; as it’s a longer trail, there wasn’t much traffic and it was wonderfully peaceful. There were definitely some muddy patches. There were bison along the way, and plenty of signs that there were many more nearby. Bug spray was a must; even being bathed in DEET, I still needed bug netting over my head for the last 4km or so.

hiking
12 days ago

A nice trail. Largely deciduous forest. There are a couple of short boardwalks- one with a meadow view, one by a beautiful wetland- where it was nice to take a water break and watch for creatures.

hiking
12 days ago

A lovely, short trail. I went two days in a row at sunset and was able to enjoy numerous beaver, muskrat, and waterfowl. This would be a great trail to bring the kids along.

Great easy trail. We went the last weekend in April so it was a little bit wet but still amazing! We will absolutely be back.

hiking
17 days ago

I enjoyed it from beginning to end. Not very challenging but if your looking for a relaxing stroll this is defiantly a great trail. There were a few wet spots that I'm sure will be dry within the week. Honestly I spent most of the hike imagining it come winter. Can't wait to shoe this next year.

Bring insect repellent, water, snacks/lunch. take out your ear buds. turn off your phone and put it in your pocket. pay attention to your surroundings (dont state at your feet). Very enjoyable hiking, lots of great views and wildlife.

It was alright. A lot of wood parts and mossy trail. Biked the trail and didn’t see any bisons :(

Biked this trail. Not to challenging but it wasn’t all smooth and had great trail maintenance Really enjoyed it!

nice views and a little bit of incline at some spots. some benches to sit on and a picnic table halfway. not too many muddy spots. overall good day!

mountain biking
30 days ago

24 degrees for the round trip, but didn’t see any buffalo today. Beautiful scenery!

mountain biking
1 month ago

Early season, lots of poop to navigate. not bad, not great. good for a relaxed ride.

trail running
1 month ago

Lots of water in early spring. Decent chance to see bison and moose.

walking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome hike. Have seen bison everytime on this trail. Right now its got lots of snow, puddles and slushy sections. Once it’s dried up a very good hike worth recommending.

snowshoeing
2 months ago

I’ve only done this trail on snow shoes. It’s a fun quick trail that has enough small ups and downs to not be too much of a stroll. Did it with the dog on a 15 foot lead. Has some nice viewing spots.

on Amisk Wuche Trail

hiking
2 months ago

I love this trail four seasons ... it’s challenging enough to give one a sense of accomplishment. Many nice spots for contemplation.

Did this in winter, pretty boring

In winter it’s
Not very scenic

backpacking
4 months ago

Easy, scenic trail. If you're staying overnight at the Oster Lake camp, however, be prepared for bison encounters as they tend to congregate here (as evidenced by the droppings you'll find). Give them lots of space, and get in your tent when it gets dark so you don't surprise them. We were kind of stuck in our tent as they were within 10 m of us for a large portion of the night. Cool, but a little nerve wracking. Beautiful stars too.

hiking
6 months ago

Nice trail. Icy sections that I would recommend
Micro spikes for. All in all a nice easy hike with woods, a large field and a lake. Easy signage to follow.

hiking
7 months ago

I would probably have called this a 3-star except for the encounters with wild bison which were quite exciting - had to drive a herd of them in front of us to stay on the trail. Flat plains and wooded scenery without pronounced features for most of the hike, only a few other hikers out there. Time a little under 4 hours, only minor elevation changes. As others have noted, there were a few boggy patches. I saw at least one brave soul tried it in the snow - would be pretty strenuous then?!

Close to home and decent views that you don’t need to work hard for.

Colourful hike
Easy Trails
Little muddy in parts

hiking
8 months ago

An easy loop with Bison encounters. We had to shoo two bison off the trail to complete the loop.

walking
8 months ago

Beautiful fall walk

walking
8 months ago

It was a relaxing trail to walk on. Not a challenging terrain. Very pretty in the fall with all the yellow leaves

hiking
9 months ago

this is a great beginner trail! my family and I went out last weekend and had a great time. this trail took us about an hour and our 3 yr old had no problem walking it herself. there are a few small incline and declines but generally well kept. I would recommend this trail to young families and the elderly alike.

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