You don’t have many choices when it’s snowing all the way from Canmore to Jasper, and the avalanche ...more
danger is rated “High”. But I still wanted to go out and do a hike. So we ended up heading to Elk Island National Park again, and do the longest trail, Wood Bison Trail. Due to the recent heavy snowfall, the trail is covered in about 40cm snow, so I snowshoed up the whole 16.5km. Well, it’s not particularly slow, but it’s definitely more physically demanding. I guess snowshoeing uphill and downhill is easier than on flat ground. This trail is definitely your choice if you want to see bisons. We did manage to see 4 groups of bisons.
This was my first time hiking with Xiaoyan Yang. The weather was getting cold at this time in the ye ...more
ar. Instead of driving to Banff and bag another peak, we decided to do a day hike in Elk Island National Park, located just half an hour’s drive from Edmonton. This national park was established to protect wild life habitats. The largest animal in this area is bison, which is even larger than grizzly bear. Fortunately enough, we saw several groups of bisons when driving and hiking. Our first destination is Astotin Lake, the most famous place in Elk Island National Park. We hiked the “Living Waters”, followed by Lakeview Trail. Living Waters is just a 300m boardwalk, while Lakeview Trail is 3.5km long. The lake itself is huge. With the islands, the scenery is similar to the view from BC Ferry on Straight of Georgia near Victoria.
This trail is actually the major objective of the day. It’s a 16.5km flat loop. Since I’m a crazy mo ...more
untain guy, that is, I alway try to go up, I felt this trail is relatively boring. Tawayik Lake is not as big as Astotin Lake, and we got limited views of this lake, because the water level is so low at this time of the year. But on the good side, we did see lots of bisons on this loop, and we got exercise.