After an early lunch we headed out to see what we could see. Elk Island is actually know for the Buffalo, I think there are Wood Buffalo on one side of the main highway that bisects the park and Plains Bison on the other. When you have traveled in the N.W.T. and had to sit and wait for herds of Wood Buffalo to amble off the road, their backs level with your truck window, or you've watched a herd magically appear out on the Great Salt Plains.....well seeing these guys just doesn't hold that much of a thrill. We drove to a site that offered viewing possibilities and found a large, well maintained picnic site and parking lot, with trail. There was a viewing platform but the lake was so low that the water was so far off, it was impossible to see anything. Fortunately there was a trail that seemed to take you down the side of what I guess was a lake.
We met a young fellow in the parking lot and got talking, he was working as a surveyor of some sort and was traveling all over northern Alberta and doing some bird watching at the same time, he told us about a place he had stayed at where there were more Avocet than he had ever seen and the birds in the campground were incredible, the name of the place was Gooseberry Lake Provincial Park - stay tuned!
Back to the campground. I went for a walk down to the main lake, there is a big picnic area and beach between the campground and the lake, all very civilized (too civilized for my liking). As you can see the weather was a bit 'iffy'.