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    North Cooking Lake Trail

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    Very Easy
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    2.3 km
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    26 m
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    Directions to Trailhead

    The out-and-back trip on the North Cooking Lake features a quaint lake that is located just outside of Elk Island National Park. If you are passing through the area, this is a great option to stop for some fresh air. The trail is easy to follow and manageable for all abilities.

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    Route Description for North Cooking Lake Trail

    North Cooking Lake trail is a great hiking trail located in the North Cooking Lake Natural Area. It is a popular spot for bird watching and other wildlife sightings. The simple trail leads southbound from the parking area through varied terrain to the lake. Turn back at the lake to head back to where you started.

    Getting to the North Cooking Lake Trail Trailhead

    From Elk Island National Park, make your way to North Cooking Lake trail by travelling westbound on AB-16 from the park. Turn left onto Range Road 210, and right onto Wye Road. Continue here until you find signs for a turnoff to North Cooking Lake on the left.

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      Out and back

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