There is a huge network of cross country ski trails that can also be used for mountain biking and hiking. During the winter, the park is the location of the Canadian Birkebeiner Ski Festival, which is a huge cross country ski festival. Trails range from short to much longer, and various trails can easily be connected to suit the amount of time you have available. The park web site, http://gateway.cd.gov.ab.ca/siteinformation.aspx?id=23 has seasonal maps of the trails and the park.
The trails are mostly flat, with nothing too scary. There are TONS of bugs during the summer, due to the low lying and marshy land. There are also fire pits at each of the trailheads... a great way to finish the day.
There are 3 different trail heads, each accessible off the Yellowhead Highway east of Edmonton. Turn south off the highway, directly opposite the entrance to Elk Island Park (Elk Island is north of the highway) about 40 km's east of Edmonton. Be sure to check the seasonal maps so you know what access you are allowed on each trail.
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Posted By: Park2
- Sun Dec 26 21:39:13 UTC 2010
UpsideFantastic network of XC ski trails, great scenery, well maintained. Did 17km and that was only 10% of the trails there. DownsideWe didn't see a downside. CommentSaw a porcupine in a tree (see pics).
Posted By: rexvirtue
- Wed Apr 29 04:17:38 UTC 2009
Upsidenot too busy. not too hard. Downsidenot too hard. too many bugs. Commentwe did the 15km lost lake trail starting at the Islet Lake trail head. it was a good rip.