Big Day at Elk Island National Park

Travel Diary

While visiting our cousin and niece we took advantage of our parks pass again and took a trip to Elk Island National Park which was close by. We were not quite sure why it was called Elk Island since it doesn't look like an island at all. 

They had the famous Parks Canada red chairs so we made sure to get another picture sitting on them. We are trying to get pictures with as many of the chairs as possible on our trip across Canada. There is quite a few of them so we may not be able to get them all but we'll see.

These chairs were right near the Bison viewing area. There is a large herd of Bison in the park. A lot of the Bison in North America originate from Elk Island. Unfortunately, the Bison were nowhere to be seen.
We found a nice lake to walk along. Earlier we had tried walking on another trail but there were a large number of bugs attacking us. We decided it was best to find another trail and the one near the bigger lake was much better.
There was a boardwalk going out into the water which was a little wobbly but we managed.

The lake is called Astotin Lake.

The weather was excellent and perfect for walking around. Good thing we had our hats.
The lake had a golf course nearby that had a little restaurant. We stopped and got some lunch as we were all pretty hungry. They had some veggie wraps that were kinda expensive but did the trick.
There was another set of red chairs for our amusement. Two sets in one park! Alright!
We made sure to get a selfie of us all together at Elk Island National Park.
Walking around in the hot sun wore some of us out more than others. My niece and I fell asleep in the back of the truck. Here I am, caught sleeping in the back.
One thing we had looked forward to when visiting Elk Island was seeing the Bison herd. As we drove out of the park we looked over to a clearing on the side of the highway and saw a huge Bison herd. It happened so fast that we didn't get pictures of the Bison but at least we saw them.

Elk Island was fun and if you'd like to see more of our visits to National Parks then stay tuned as we travel across Canada. Canada 150 is the perfect year to explore the parks and see the sights across Canada.

Comments

  1. What a relaxing day you just had :) I could use a little sunshine at this moment. LOL. Btw, those red chairs are intriguing me! hahah.

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    1. The red chairs are all over Canada in the National Parks. They are really fun to find and take pictures with!

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  2. Seems like you had an amazing day, Elk island national park looks amazing. nicely written post

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    1. Thank you. We did have a lovely time. It was especially nice to enjoy the day with some family.

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  3. Love the pair of red chairs. Also in a nice spot overlooking the lake.

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    1. Canada National Parks place the red chairs in the BEST spot in the park. :)

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  4. Elk Island looks like a relaxing spot. It’s so green and lush. It would be fun to kayak in the lake. How cool was it to see while Bison!

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    1. Kayaking would have been great. The Bison took us by surprise, as we thought we missed them. They were really cool and there was so many of them. :O

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  5. Looks like you had a wonderful time. Parks Canada red chairs look really interesting. Elk island looks like a must visit destination

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  6. What a beautiful place! This would be great for early morning or late afternoon walks. Can we kayak across Astotin Lake?

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    1. I am not entirely sure how large the lake is. You can definitely Kayak on it though.

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  7. So glad you got to see the bison herd, if only for a brief moment! This looks like another great park for to spend the day exploring :)

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    1. We had a lovely day. We were happy to see the herd as it was the main reason we went to the park! We wanted the little one to see the bison.

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