Explore the most popular Cross Country Skiing trails in Elk Island National Park Of Canada with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
snow
2 days ago

hiking
icy
muddy
10 days ago

We tried this route for the first time on Saturday. We usually walk the Tawayik Trail but wanted something shorter. It IS a relatively short route but we enjoyed it. It’s a bit muddy but most of the ground is frozen so it wasn’t too bad. Lots of beaver houses and beaver activity (but no beavers seen). We saw ZERO wildlife aside from one chickadee and a grouse/quail. A very nice and quiet trail that we will definitely explore again.

hiking
25 days ago

Very tight access to get fat tire bike through the gate. Nice trail, easy ride, but not the greatest scenery. Just bush trails.

hiking
27 days ago

Nice stroll through Aspen forest, 3km of rolling terrain with the chance of seeing various wildlife. At about halfway mark there is a glacial erratic at the side of the trail. Some sections can be muddy and some prone to flooding due to Beaver activity.

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

Nice little easy fall hike, saw a Beaver swimming with a few Chickadee’s in the tress. Lots of Beaver Lodges and a few cool Damns to look at along the trail.

I was on this trail 10 Oct just as the sun came up. It was cold but no mosquitoes. Lots of wildlife had to wait 10 minutes for a moose to move on to I could cross a bridge. Also saw a coyote and a elk very nice views with most of the leaves gone.

Arrived at the parking lot around 330pm. Temp was around 11 degrees Started our walk approx 4-5 Km To our campsite. When at our campsite we had two huge bisons in the camp they slowly moved out of the area on their own. Light rain. Got a fire going. Beautiful evening next morning packed up and made the rest of hike around the lake approx 6 km It was my first back packing trip with my son Father’s Day gift. Celebrated s a little late. Recommend as good learning trip

Nice trail! Cool spot for camp fires! My dog got tired so turned back half way! Nice walk just watch out for poo lol

Decent trail for mountain biking, good for walking. Trail is wide and clear of debris with a few mud holes to maneuver around. Some rooty sections and the Bison frequent the trail so their hoof prints make it bumpy and there’s the occasional Buffalo steamer to avoid. You spend about 90% of the time in the bush but there are 3 lakes along the way with viewpoints. Lots of coloured leaves in the fall and no bugs.

hiking
1 month ago

Very nice trail in the fall. Colours of the trees are quite nice. There’s a bench the overlooks the small lake, very pretty view.

hiking
1 month ago

nice walk, short and easy. beavers and birds can spot.

Nice walking area. spotted many animals such as bison, deer, squirrels. flat terrain to walk on.

hiking
1 month ago

nice walk, spotted bison, deer and coyotes. beautiful fall colors. Very varied. almost flat terrain.

hiking
1 month ago

Done this twice now, once in spring and once in fall (as of this past weekend) both in the morning around 10 am. Fall is glorious with the leaves all yellow, and no bugs either at both times of the year. I rate this a 5/5 because compared to other trails at EE, this is wide and gives you more of a 'strolling through a wooded lane' feeling rather than just a single-wide trail through heavy bush like other hikes that start feeling claustrophobic (Tawayik Lake, I'm looking at you). I can imagine that if you are a cross country skiier, this one would be great for you. Mostly flat! Lots of evidence of bison on the trail (a bit unnerving when you follow a trail of fresh poop but still don't see any bison in the woods!) and coyotes. I did this hike by myself both times and never ran into any trouble. Lots of chickadees at one point, and I saw woodpeckers (or similar bird) throughout. Saw a few grouse too. FYI - the trail markers start counting down distance once you start the loop, but don't include the initial trail out to the loop. And t here are a few points when it is prudent to watch for trail markers when a path leads off the trail and is more well defined than where you are supposed to be going. I read other reviews about people encountering quicksand, which really means they went OFF trail. I could see in the distance once a sign that must have indicated quick sand, but if you stay on trail, you will not encounter any marked areas like this. Overall, I'd do this hike again and again. It's a great little getaway to get the noise of the city off your ears and is a gem out of the hikes at Elk Island.

mountain biking
2 months ago

I biked about 4-5 Kms of this trail and I encountered the largest herd of buffalo I have ever seen. I had to turn around unfortunately because the trail was going right through where the buffalo was herding and there was no going around them. Lol!!!!

This was my first introduction to backpacking with my husband. We took the northern 7km to the Oster Lake group camp, spent the night, then returned via the shorter southern route the second day. Hubby didn't think it was necessarily the most beautiful of hikes compared to some he's done in the past, but a good trail nonetheless. Well marked but very muddy. I had waterproof hiking boots but my husband's feet were soaked by the time we were done. We surprisingly didn't have that much trouble with bugs thankfully, but on the second day we did run into, not one, but two bison that we had to manoeuvre around.

Lots of signs of bears being active in the area! Including some fresh prints so make sure you come prepared for that. Lots of muddy areas my foot even sunk in one area almost to the top of the boot! Overall a really good hike and well marked.

hiking
2 months ago

Trail through forest areas and open areas which is nice. Lots of footprints and poop on trail but did not see any animals besides tiny frogs.

hiking
bugs
muddy
2 months ago

Moderate hike, some muddy patches, bring bug spray

mountain biking
bugs
muddy
2 months ago

This was a frustrating trail this year. It has been on my list for awhile and I'm proud to say I rode it hard. But, almost every great hill is met with muskeg and mud at the bottom. Bit of deadfall. Hope parks takes initiative and builds more boardwalks or bridges, at km 10 I'm sure the whole park heard me cuss. What's over this hill? more f@#ing mud. Like multiple sad ruined orgasms. Otherwise, was terrific. A bit in grown on east Oster Lake road entrance but trail still clear.

hiking
muddy
3 months ago

This was a nice trail, not too challenging ( just a few hills) but super muddy and lot of bison patties to look out for. We saw a ton of wildlife, and even more mosquitos so be sure to pack lots of bug spray. If you venture off the main path a little there are some nice outlooks onto the lake. We would probably do it again in a summer where it wasn’t as wet.

Decent trail with lots of mosquitoes. Some parts of the trail are quite muddy and swampy. Lots of scatt but did not see any animals. A few nice views but mostly monotone. Not too dificult.

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