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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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Big area, animals free running.

Watch out for those free running animals ( not fierce). Winding thru the park on the road is a long trip, but can find lots of places to drop off at.

Reviewed 17 August 2016
Barry T
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Reviewed 17 August 2016

Watch out for those free running animals ( not fierce). Winding thru the park on the road is a long trip, but can find lots of places to drop off at.

Thank Barry T
London, Canada
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Reviewed 12 August 2016

For our first visit we saw many bison herds - impressive! I later found out we were lucky to see so many as they are not always around. Since there were quite a few herds, we had no problems taking pictures and videos. This is a great sanctuary for animals and the views are spectacular. You can easily take pictures... More 

Thank SheltieOwner
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Reviewed 12 August 2016

Come on now, for a mere 20 dollars you get into one of the smaller national parks. It is fenced off to keep the bison in - the lakes are lovely and the walks very nice (just take insect repellent!). Lots of toilets - very well done - come on - - 20 dollars (and that is Canadian!) - bargain.

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Perth, Australia
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35 reviews
16 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 12 August 2016

First time to Elk Island, saw bison, the scenery was good and the camping areas where outstanding especially around the lake,spent a few hours there, but you have to work to hard to see anything else!!!

Thank Jackie S
Jackson, Mississippi
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56 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 August 2016

We didn't get to see any bison but we had a great time picnicking at the lake area and walking the trails. Great place to take the family for the day.

Thank Caroline D
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 August 2016

Love biking through the park from Cooking lake to Lamont and back. The views and the wildlife are wonderful to gaze at and if you're lucky you have Bison walking across your path. (Also pretty scary when you see them up close!)

Thank believeinbee
Edmonton, Canada
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92 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 August 2016

I was surprise to discover this site close to Edmonton. It took us maybe 30 minutes to reach the park and then see thousand of bison. We do the ''trip'' driving the car. There is a lake where you can rent canoe and kayak, there is a camping, a lots of walking trail, toilet everywhere, a gift shop. We didn't... More 

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Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

Best I can say about this it was a nice day. We travelled up from Edmonton for the day and drove through the park and hike around a couple of lakes. The s total of what we saw was one Bison and a small field mouse..not worth the effort in going there. We also left the park and drove around... More 

Thank Ray A
Vegreville, Canada
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22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
Reviewed 3 August 2016

out for the day!you see beautiful country some wildlife,so relaxing even on a rainy day.not over crowded.such a great experience we had.

Thank prinsassy69
Sydney, Australia
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23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 August 2016

This is a huge place and need a car to drive around. There are plenty of bisson and deer to see as you are driving along. This is a unique experience and would recommend it.

Thank George Susie N

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