Luckily Elk Island National Park is only about a 40-minute drive east of Edmonton so it is a quick drive and there is not much traffic there because we got to take a big loop that went around the city so we avoided the downtown area. Elk Island is one of four or five national parks in Alberta and we have hit all of them except Wood Buffalo National Park which is way up North.
We tried to get a picture with all of us but with the Cloudy weather it did not turn out so well LOL
Elk Island National Park is home to the world’s second-largest hooved animal population per square foot in the world!
Visitors center was small but cute.
The park itself is relatively small and only takes about 20 minutes to drive from the south end to the North End
Then we came to the big lake with a few beautiful islands in the middle of it…
I had to bribe her to take this picture… with chocolate
A quick selfie before continuing…
Holy crap! They have a playground!!!
The view looking North from playground…
There were lots of beautiful hiking trails and paths to take. Although there were lots of large mosquitoes they did not bother us too bad as we were enjoying the walks…
This is actually round lumps of grass. So thick it looks like you can walk in it…but you would fall in the lake.
Our only serious photo lol
This is my favorite picture because it looks like she is floating on the water even though she’s jumping.
We were kind of bummed because we had only seen one Buffalo but when we drove around Buffalo loop again we ran into the whole herd. Of course Annika was asleep for this!!!
So there is an entire Northside which is the larger part of the park and also home to the plains Buffalo. The south end of the park is smaller however not car accessible only on foot and that is where they house the Wood Buffalo which are the largest mammals in North America. We did get to see if you of those while driving and boy are they big!!
We ended up spending over 5 hours at the park which we were surprised because of the size of it but we had lots of fun and did lots of good exercise!