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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
10 days 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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12 days ago

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13 days ago

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14 days 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
18 days 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
23 days 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
24 days 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.

hiking
24 days ago

on Simmons Trail

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26 days ago

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28 days ago

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29 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

This was my first time going to Elk Island, I really enjoyed this trail! It is long but with very little elevation. The weather was very hot that day so I started the hike around 8 am, in hopes that the cooler morning temperature would have some of the Bison/wildlife on the move. Turns out that was the right way to go, just driving to the trail head there were a lot of bison walking along the fence that borders the highway, I stopped and got some great pictures there. Later on the trail I came face to face with some more bison! The bogs/marsh areas were mostly dry so it was easy to get around them, and the bugs were also at a minimum. It was a great day!

the trail markings leave something to be desired because a few of them are somewhat confusing at the trails junctions but that was a minor issue. It was a good trail for walking the dog, came across several large buffalo on the trail so be ready for an encounter with large wildlife. Back off down the trail and make some noise, they will quietly sneak off into the woods. Completed the hike in 3 hours with a couple stops to take pictures by the lake.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike, long but not too challenging. We saw a few wild buffalo and deer which was super exciting!

hiking
1 month ago