Winter at Elk Island National Park

We took the dogs with us to explore Elk Island National Park and to see if we could find the wild plains bison that call the park home. Elk Island is a UNESCO designated biosphere. Located 35 minutes east of Edmonton off Highway 16, this is...
We took the dogs with us to explore Elk Island National Park and to see if we could find the wild plains bison that call the park home. Elk Island is a UNESCO designated biosphere. Located 35 minutes east of Edmonton off Highway 16, this is national park is easily accessible from the city.
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5 February 2023 at   Elk Island National Park, 54401 Range Rd 203, Fort Saskatchewan, AB T8L 0V3, Canada
The Parks Canada iconic red chairs a fun to find in national parks across the country. They are almost always located at a beautiful view.
6 February 2023 ·   1 year ago taken in   Elk Island National Park, 54401 Range Rd 203, Fort Saskatchewan, AB T8L 0V3, Canada
Bison conservation is over a century old at Elk Island National Park and is one of Parks Canada's greatest successes. The bison population at Elk Island has contributed to restoring bison populations all across North America.
5 February 2023 ·   1 year ago taken in   Elk Island National Park, 54401 Range Rd 203, Fort Saskatchewan, AB T8L 0V3, Canada
The Lakeview Trail with an extension to and around the island makes for a 5km hike and takes a little over an hour to complete.
5 February 2023 ·   1 year ago taken in   Astotin Lake, Improvement District No. 13, AB T0B, Canada
Astonin Lake is a popular year round destination as a day use park with picnic amenities and hiking trails. A portion of the lake is maintained throughout the winter for ice skating.
5 February 2023 ·   1 year ago taken in   Astotin Lake, Improvement District No. 13, AB T0B, Canada
Lakeview Trail is an easy 3.7km long trail with panoramic views of Astontin Lake and winds through aspen and black spruce bogs. The trail takes 1-2 hours.
5 February 2023 ·   1 year ago taken in   Elk Island National Park, 54401 Range Rd 203, Fort Saskatchewan, AB T8L 0V3, Canada
By the mid-1800's the fur trade eliminated beavers from this area. Beavers were re-introduced to the area by parks staff in the 1940's. The population appears to be doing well now.
5 February 2023 ·   1 year ago taken in   Elk Island National Park, 54401 Range Rd 203, Fort Saskatchewan, AB T8L 0V3, Canada
As beaver teeth never stop growing, they need to chew wood to keep prevent them from growing too long, perhaps this is why this tree still stands.
5 February 2023 ·   1 year ago taken in   Elk Island National Park, 54401 Range Rd 203, Fort Saskatchewan, AB T8L 0V3, Canada
Beaver Pond Trail is about 3.68km and takes a little under an hour to walk. Although there was evidence of wildlife and bison in the area we didn't encounter any on this trail.
5 February 2023 ·   1 year ago taken in   Elk Island National Park, 54401 Range Rd 203, Fort Saskatchewan, AB T8L 0V3, Canada
A park pass is required to enter Elk Island National Park. Passes can be purchased at the Visitor Information Centre.
5 February 2023 ·   1 year ago taken in   Elk Island National Park, 54401 Range Rd 203, Fort Saskatchewan, AB T8L 0V3, Canada
This Plains Bison is on display in the Visitor Information Centre near the park's south entrance off highway 16.
5 February 2023 ·   1 year ago taken in   Elk Island National Park, 54401 Range Rd 203, Fort Saskatchewan, AB T8L 0V3, Canada
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