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Elk Island National Park

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via Highway 16 East, Edmonton, Alberta T8L 2N7, Canada
+1 780-922-5790
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Small park, saw bison

We were surprised by how small the park is. It is very clean. Astotin Lake is very nice, we kayaked... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Brooke B
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Vancouver, Canada
Day out

Great fun. Saw bison roaming about. Saw a bear and several coyotes. Didn’t want to leave. Please... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
jude8655
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Sherborne, United Kingdom
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  • Very good32%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
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“bison” (219 reviews)
“hiking trails” (27 reviews)
“loop road” (6 reviews)
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via Highway 16 East, Edmonton, Alberta T8L 2N7, Canada
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+1 780-922-5790
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We were surprised by how small the park is. It is very clean. Astotin Lake is very nice, we kayaked and walked on the boardwalk. There were lots of mosquitos on the trails. I wish there were more 1 hour or less hikes, it seems...More

Thank Brooke B
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Great fun. Saw bison roaming about. Saw a bear and several coyotes. Didn’t want to leave. Please visit, it’s wonderful.

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Our visit with kids from 7 to 18 was great. Close up views of bison in natural habitat. Great park, safe for animals and humans. Lovely natural setting and opposite of a zoo. Well marked signage and great trails for family hiking. Parks Canada now...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

I will never understand government operations and this park is the perfect example! I wonder when they think tourist season begins since they are doing something with the visitor information center and it is scheduled to open in the Fall!? At least the restrooms were...More

Thank Joe W
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We tried our luck to search for the elks, and bisons. At first, we couldn’t see any. Later on, we were lucky to see one coming out to look for food on the way heading to the lake. We drove several rounds around the bison...More

Thank Amy P
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A great place to spent a day with family or friends. Take a picnic/BBQ and check out the wildlife from a distance. Also an interesting place in the winter months.

Thank Aussie1fan
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Elk Island National Park is surprisingly close to Edmonton. Likely 45 min drive from any where in the city. It offered a great excursion for the day for my wife and I. Busy on the May Long as the wait to get in 30 minutes...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

been coming here 20 years.. it's one of the best (used to be local secrets) close to city of Edmonton.. Alberta nature to experience 4 seasons a year. See actual bison and several other wildlife. The Elk don't come out till evening.. dozens of hiking...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

If you think driving from one end to the other end you are going to see animals in the dead heat of the day, think again, this place is amazing, you have to get out of your car to enjoy the fullness of the park....More

Thank pekeapug
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Reviewed 12 May 2018

Recently visited this park and was pleasantly surprised at the number of Bison that are roaming free in the park. It was very cool to see the large herds up close and personal. They seem to not even notice you because they will just walk...More

Thank p w
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mlpoppe
9 March 2018|
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Response from chris r | Reviewed this property |
Generally, December to March is the best time. Good luck. If you haven’t seen one in person, you must. Magic.
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Rabbiya A
9 February 2018|
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Response from Laura I | Reviewed this property |
definitely! pack a snack or lunch with a thermos of a hot beverage. shorter trails take about an hour to walk. the lake has places for camp fires also.
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samtaha2017
15 July 2017|
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Response from cgy_mission | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Parks Canada provides fire wood in areas where campfires are permitted. It's up to visitors to bring an axe to split wood and chop kindling, however.
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