Just 50 minutes from downtown Edmonton, Elk Island National Park boasts incredible experiences that will remain with you long after you leave. Spread a blanket and gaze at a starry sky undiluted by city light, or tour behind the scenes at a bison handling facility and learn how this magnificent animal was brought back from near extinction. Elk Island National Park is not only an important refuge for bison, elk and more than 250 bird species, but is also an oasis of calm for day picnickers and overnight campers alike.
This easy trail starts at the D loop in Elkwater Campground and ends at Shoreline Trail. It goes up and behind the townsite through a mix of poplar and spruce forests. A popular trail for viewing birds and wildlife, it also passes through a FireSmart area south of the townsite.
It has two T-bars and a quad chair giving access to 563 vertical feet of runs! Great man-made snow and groomed conditions on 3 main runs with 34 runs in total. It offers full equipment rentals and lessons for the beginners and steep exiting slopes for the pros.
Make the most out of your time in Central Alberta by heading out for a snowshoe tour with an expert guide. Learn about the amazing natural and cultural history of the area. Catch some breathtaking scenery as you explore the quiet trails leading to dramatic landscapes, canyons and frozen waterfalls. Enjoy the comfort that comes with a guide who knows the area's trails, wildlife and terrain so that you can focus on snowshoeing, while the rest is taken care of.
Lens on Nature’s mission is to enable our guests the opportunity to immerse themselves and experience the remote beauty, history and culture of Fort Chipewyan, one of Alberta’s most isolated and northern communities. They offer carefully created, professionally guided three day adventures which include travelling a 280 km (174 mi) road made entirely of snow and ice to Fort Chipewyan, dog sledding, ice fishing, snowshoeing, historical tours and a chance of seeing aurora borealis. With each trip, guests receive a collection of inspiring images in a professionally designed hard cover book that captures the sense of authenticity of their adventure.
Whether you are looking for a workout or just want to enjoy a leisurely ride, our top of the line Rocky Mountain bikes or MSR Snowshoes Tours allow you to explore over 480 km of trails throughout the river valley. Our very popular guided walking tours offer an informative and entertaining amble through nature. Guided tours run all year long. Enjoy our blooming spring buds, breathtaking lush summer greenery, colourful autumn foliage or our winter wonderland.
Trek over snow and gaze into a star-filled sky. Following a short guided hike on snowshoes you'll enjoy snacks around a fire and learn about the night sky above. Register in advance and meet at the Astotin Lake Beach Parking Lot. Cost per person: $29.80.