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Elk Island National Park

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Address: via Highway 16 East, Edmonton, Alberta T8L 2N7, Canada
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+1 780-922-5790

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There are great parks both West and East of Edmonton

Most people, and who can blame them, go West from Edmonton to visit Banff and Jasper National Parks. However, if you have the time and can go East for an hour or so (much closer... read more

Reviewed 4 March 2017
Sean J
Edmonton, Canada
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Edmonton, Canada
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Reviewed 4 March 2017

Most people, and who can blame them, go West from Edmonton to visit Banff and Jasper National Parks. However, if you have the time and can go East for an hour or so (much closer), you'll come to this really beautiful and understated park. If you want a quiet walk through the hills and beside the beautiful lakes of Alberta,... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 26 February 2017

Went for a drive to see buffalo. Didn't see any but, enjoyed the drive through the peaceful park. Would like to visit in summer next time.

Thank Kim S
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57 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017

We've hike on to the other side of the highway and it was nice.. We've seen 2 buffaloes so far and tons of buffalo poop :) but anyways, the scenery is great it never changes but for a place like Edmonton this is one of the best activities to be at away from the busy life of city.

Thank fayblife
Sherwood Park
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10 reviews
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Reviewed 16 February 2017

My partner and i go hiking here every couple weeks and i must say it is absolutely beautiful. yes even in the dead of winter it is still stunningly calm and peaceful. The paths on the trails side are not cleared or packed down in the winter so be sure you are ready for the challenge, pack a lunch and... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017

I visited this place with my family and did not spend much time there during the visit. We basically drove through it but even in such short visited we got to see different wild animals including a few buffalos. (Note: I visited this place in Fall 2015. I put March 2016 because it would not give me the option to... More 

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Edmonton, Alberta
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

This park has great picnic areas, some playground equipment for the kids, some great nature watching paths ... biking is great out here too. Be sure to be aware of your surroundings, the buffalo really do wander around everywhere, and while they aren't generally aggressive (aside from mating season), you do not want to corner one unawares. A great park... More 

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

The park is not the most exciting ne in Alberta. The main attractions are the wild bisons which you have a good chance to see.

Thank rg397
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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2017

I visited close to dusk, upon the advice of the park rangers. I saw several bison, elk and many beavers. It is around a 20-30 minute drive from Edmonton, and in my opinion a must-see if you are in the area. How often can you see these animals in their natural habitat?

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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 7 February 2017

A great place to visit for hiking and camping. Though its named Elk Island, we did not see any Elks, but we saw quiet a few Bisons on our way there. Had camped there in the month of August. An insect repellent spray is needed at that time of the year.

Thank Sagar D
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47 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017

Great getaway for a family not wanting to travel far from the city, but still feel like you are a million miles away, wonderful

Thank Steve C

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