Elk Island National Park is less than an hour’s drive from Edmonton. A wilderness where herds of bison graze and deer and elk roam freely. This is the perfect spot to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. The park offers many kilometres of walking trails and with more than 250 bird species it is a paradise for bird watchers.
Elk Island National Park was founded in 1906 as a nature reserve to protect the decreasing population of elk. In 1907, a pair of the last Plains Bison in the world were introduced into the park to protect the species. Four years later the park was officially added to the Parks Canada family. Now it is one of the most popular nature areas in Edmonton, perfect for a day trip or a weekend getaway.