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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

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

Colourful hike
Easy Trails
Little muddy in parts

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

mountain biking
6 days ago

hiking
16 days ago

Beautiful fall walk

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

hiking
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Nice and refreshing! Lots of animal poop and we sadly saw nothing but a coyote and we left since we have small dogs.

hiking
1 month ago

16km of woods... the odd opening. I didn't see any wildlife other than birds. I found the hike very boring. It's mostly flat however, but I suggest you wear pants as parts of the trail are grown and there's lots of thorns.

hiking
1 month ago

Paved path for about 1km. Then a dirt road. Great for a quick family bike ride or family hike. Easy, dry with limited views of the lake.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice easy trail. Not much of a lake view once you go off the paved trail. Some ponds, but mostly in the bush. Muddy in some spots. Didn't see any wildlife, but did hear the snorting in the bush and saw the bison tracks on the trail.