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A taste of home: Elk Island National Park

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Sometimes the best travel spots are right in our backyard, only we are so accustomed to them, we forget how fantastic they are.

I grew up in Alberta, Canada and frequently felt the call of other destinations. That said, one of the things I could never get my fill of was that nature was our backyard. The landscape opens up to a vast blue sky, the air is clean, and in all my travels, I’ve yet to see a sunset that takes my breath away like those we get in my hometown of Edmonton.

If you’re ever in the area, some of the obvious places to go to are Banff, Kananaskis, and Jasper. These are fabulous destinations that you should definitely not miss out on. But if you want to go back in time, and get a small taste of what the plains must have been like before our cities grew and became more established, visit Elk Island National Park. It’s a national park reserve for wild bison, elk and other native animals in the area. Whenever I go, I feel so small in comparison to these grand, regal creatures.

And, if you’re able to stay till dusk – and can find a spot along the lake – the sunsets are still the best I’ve seen.

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