Hike Amisk Wuche Trail, Elk Island National Park

Rate this Adventure 1.7 miles 170.6 ft gain  - Loop Trail

Added by Tracey Sawatzky

A year-round family friendly 2.7km hike among lush forest and across boardwalks over beaver ponds.

35 minutes east of Edmonton (or one hour from the Edmonton International airport) is Elk Island National Park, a diverse northern prairie ecosystem with grassland, aspen and boreal forest that is home to a variety of mammals and over 250 bird species.

The Amisk Wuche (Cree for “Beaver Hills”) Trail showcases the diversity of the park winding through aspen, birch and spruce forests, marsh and takes you across small kettle lakes and beaver ponds with floating boardwalks. It is an easy-moderate, looped trail (that has a few small, hilly sections) at just 2.7 kilometers in length taking about an hour to hike.

During the summer, the trail is full of lush greenery and flowers. The marshes and ponds are home to frogs, beavers, muskrat and amphibian, aquatic and avian life. Don’t forget to bring bug spray in the summer months, there are a lot of mosquitos.

Getting there: Coming from Edmonton on Highway 16 turn into Elk Island National Park (the south end of the park, heading north), drive approximately 14 km past the park gate. The Amisk Wuche trailhead and parking lot is on the east side of the road just past Astotin Lake. It’s GPS coordinates are: Lat.: 53.678683 Long.: -112.822728

Read More


Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly


Have you done this adventure? Be the first to leave a review!

Nearby Adventures

  • Bike Elk Island's Moss Lake Trail

    The Moss Lake Trail is a 13km loop over moderately hilly terrain that can be completed in about 1.5-2 hours by mountain bike. The trail itself consists mostly of short, low cut grass, which is quite a different experience from riding on a dirt pat...

    8.1 miles

  • Hike Clifford E. Lee Nature Sanctuary

    Just 33 km southwest of Edmonton is Clifford E Lee Nature Sanctuary. A 348 acre protected area in Parkland County that attracts a diversity of animals, and bird species. The area has about 5 km of multiple connected trails through the diverse land...

    3.1 miles

  • Hike Coliseum Mountain, Alberta

    From highway 11, turn onto Range Rd. 152A (Shunda Creek Rd.) almost straight across from the exit into Nordegg. Follow the signs to Coliseum Hike which are very clear and easy to follow, and in approximately five minutes you'll be in the parking ...

    8.1 miles 2250 ft gain

  • Camp at Preachers Point

    Turn off of the David Thompson Highway at Preachers Point Staging Area, approximately 60km south west of Nordegg. Beside Abraham lake, enjoy a perfect camp spot with beautiful views of the Canadian Rockies in every direction. With no cell service ...