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  • 5/5 ada e. 3 years ago on Google • 36 reviews
    Love this amazing Astotin lake in Elk Island National Park ..amazing place to relax and refresh close to city of Edmonton
    2 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 4/5 Fran C. 1 year ago on Google • 26 reviews
    Was a great experience minus the no swimming cause of the leeches at the beach.. a warning would have been nice lol but the bison sightings were plentiful, and the facilities were amazing 👏🏼 n very clean. Also, it was cool to see charging ports for the electric vehicles. lol, man, everything is getting modernized
    2 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 The Green Thumb E. 3 years ago on Google • 118 reviews
    Nice place for a family picnic. Not too many people coz we came early. We walk around and the breeze was cool. We catch up on the nice weather on that day.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Dal C. 3 years ago on Google
    Was a great day. Lake was frozen, trails were in good condition. Firepits were a must as the wind picked up.
    2 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 4/5 Raul H. 2 years ago on Google • 106 reviews
    Located inside Elk National Island, this is the largest lake (in terms of area)inside the park. From the Visitor Center, it would take about 15 minutes' drive to reach the park (this is located in the northernmost part of the park). This lake is also popular with visitors who loves boating a, kayaking and even star-gazing! When we visited the park we can smell the green algae that was growing in the periphery of the lake but the visitors just did not mind - they still were enjoying their picnics (with some even doing barbecues). We were able to hike thru the Living Waters Boardwalk - a short 30 minutes' walk from where we had our picnic lunch. Climbing thru a short wooden stairway, we were then treated to an above view of the lake (complete with 2 red Adirondack chairs). Then going further, we saw how green algae interacts with the animals living in the lake such as ducks.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 4/5 Dima M. 9 months ago on Google • 33 reviews
    Perfect for picnics and camping, but weekends can be crowded, so arrive early. Enjoy great biking and walking trails, though swimming in the algae-filled lake isn't recommended. Kayaking is a popular choice here. It's a refreshing city-close retreat.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 mahima a. 10 months ago on Google • 28 reviews
    Perfect place for family outing. They have kayaks, Canoe for rentals if you don’t want to bring your own. There is ample amount of parking. Park also has benches for seating and eating or you can also bring your own as well. The trails are also serene and not difficult.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Celina Fournell (Wedding P. 3 years ago on Google
    Love paddle boarding here. Especially in the morning before it’s really busy on the beach!
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 4/5 Allan N. 9 months ago on Google • 72 reviews
    A beaver eats the tree bark and cuts down the tree to form a dam and lodge. We can see beavers at Elk Island National Park.

  • 1/5 Miracle W. 9 months ago on Google • 52 reviews
    Went kayaking for the first time here, I find there’s a lot of algae, and here are was tons of leeches in the water. I don’t think I will go again

  • 5/5 Navi K. 3 years ago on Google • 48 reviews
    Most visited site of Elk Island. It is a beautiful lake with lower costs to enjoy a sunny picnic. They will charge you an entry fee per person or family but it's not that much. The lake is actually quite big even to walk around but I see most people just surrounded by the parking lot side.

  • 5/5 Fong V. 2 years ago on Google
    Great place for family road trip not too far. A lots of things to see and do with family with young kids.

  • 5/5 Arif N. 2 years ago on Google
    A good place to outdoor recreation

  • 4/5 Michelle R. 2 years ago on Google
    We went in the winter and were able to walk across the entire lake. Dogs loved it!

  • 4/5 Kristine A. 2 years ago on Google
    Short drive from Edmonton. Paid $16 for a family of 5. Too bad the water is contaminated with blue algae when we visited. Otherwise, it’s a good place for paddlers.

  • 4/5 Finni V. 1 year ago on Google
    Beautiful lake front to sit back and relax. Lovely trails and astounding views

  • 4/5 rem r. 3 years ago on Google • 21 reviews
    Love this place. Sunset looks amazing here. Be careful if planing to go into the water, can see lots of leeches on the shallow water by the shore (they look like little fish but they’re not). I enjoy the wildlife this area has to offer

  • 5/5 Suheyla T. 1 year ago on Google
    nice view

  • 5/5 B B. 3 years ago on Google
    One of my favourite places to kayak that’s close to the city. Great views, all around beautiful!

  • 5/5 Nadia O. 11 months ago on Google
    My fav spot in Elk Island.


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