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.

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
3 days ago

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

mountain biking
10 days ago

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

trail running
24 days ago

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

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.

Did this in winter, pretty boring

In winter it’s
Not very scenic

backpacking
3 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
5 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
6 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
7 months ago

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

walking
7 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
8 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.

hiking
8 months 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
8 months 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
8 months 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
9 months ago

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

hiking
9 months ago

Good easy trail. Interesting route with plenty to see. However, we were unlucky and did not see any beavers! A park ranger was there breaking one of the dams that was flooding the tree line so that may have had something to do with the no show! We saw lots of elk tracks on the trail, but no elk! There were loads of mini frogs which were amazing and swarms of flys/mosquitos which were most definitely not. We both had bug spray on but on the loop part of the trail the flys were relentless :( bug spray is a must. This would not stop me doing the trail again however because it really was good overall.

hiking
9 months ago

easy, lots of sight seeing.

hiking
9 months ago

nice easy trail for a good outing.

hiking
9 months ago

lots of evidence of animals using this trail. would definitely do it again!

Sympa mais la majeure partie de la marche est dans la forêt, sans véritable point de vue sur les étangs

hiking
10 months ago

This hike is better than the Lake Shirley hike. More variety, with open spaces and more of a wilderness trail rather than a quad path through the woods. A herd of wood Buffalo were in the path at one open spot, so I had to wade through some tall prairie grass to get around them. That added some time making for about a 3 & 1/4 hour hike. Lots of raspberries on the trail, making me think I might see a bear. I did see a big black bear last week on the Lake Shirley hike.

hiking
10 months ago

The trail itself was pretty good. It's mostly flat (as expected in the prairies), and my friend and I were able to complete the entire trail in about 3 hours. We saw some wildlife (deer, woodpeckers, etc.) but didn't see wood bison as we had hoped. The sun was really hot and we ended up leaving at 11, so I would recommend doing the hike before it gets very hot out or taking plenty of sunscreen and water with you. Waterproof footwear recommended, as some regions were a bit muddy. There were a LOT of mosquitoes, so ensure that you have plenty of insect repellent as well.

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