This was my first time hiking with Xiaoyan Yang. The weather was getting cold at this time in the year. 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.