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Elk Island National Park

 
Visitors snowshoe on the Tawayik Lake Trail
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Trail Condition Report

  • Winter Conditions. Trails are covered with snow. Icy sections may exist.
  • Trails are not mechanically track set, groomed or cleared of fallen trees. Please exercise caution.
  • The Elk Island Parkway, Tawayik Lake and the Bison Loop road, the road to the Park Operations Area and parts of the Astotin Lake Area are ploughed.  
  • Trails are cleared of fallen trees periodically.  
  • For more information or to report trail blockages please contact Elk Island National Park Visitor Information.
  • Indoor washrooms are available at the Astotin Theatre and Visitor Centre 24 hours a day.
Trail Comments
Hayburger (10km loop) Snow Covered. Parking lot cleared. 
Shirley Lake (10.5 km loop) Snow Covered. Parking lot cleared. Outdoor toilet open.
Amisk Wuche Trail (2.5 km loop) Snow Covered. Parking lot cleared. Outdoor toilet open.
Beaver Pond Trail (3.5 km loop) Snow Covered. Parking lot cleared. Outdoor toilet open.
Wood Bison Trail (16 km loop ) Snow Covered. Parking lot cleared. Outdoor toilet open.
Simmons (3.5 km loop)  Snow Covered. Parking lot cleared. Outdoor toilet open.
Moss Lake Trail (13 km loop) Snow Covered. Parking lot cleared. Outdoor toilet open.
Lakeview Trail (3.5 km loop) Snow Covered. Several parking stalls cleared in Astotin Lake Area. Outdoor toilet open.
Tawayik Lake Trail (16.5 km loop) Snow Covered. Parking lot cleared. Warming shelter. Outdoor toilet open.

Park entry permits are required year round. Obtain your one-day pass from the permit kiosk at the south or north entries.

Safety

  • Use caution when skiing / snowshoeing on lakes or ponds. Areas of thin ice exist on water bodies throughout the park.
  • Weather patterns can change quickly, please be prepared.
  • Keep your distance from wildlife and make noise while on the trails.
  • Watch for deadfall and slippery or broken boardwalk.
  • Trails are not patrolled, please ensure you are self-reliant.
  • Protect your pet and park wildlife by keeping your dog on a leash.
  • Please respect area and trail closures.
  • Do not rely on your cell/satellite phone to get you out of trouble. Coverage is variable throughout the Park.
  • You are responsible for your own safety and proper trip planning.

More information:

  • Email Us at elk.island@pc.gc.ca
  • Telephone: 780.922.5790
  • Emergencies: RCMP/Fire/Ambulance: 911
  • 24-hour emergency line: 1-877-852-3100
  • Fort Saskatchewan RCMP: 780.992.6100

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