A new addition to Elk Island National Park could leave visitors feeling like they’re walking on water.
Finishing touches have wrapped up on the revamped 300 metre Living Waters boardwalk that opened this May. The improved trail leads park guests over the waters of Astotin Lake, giving them a chance to get a bit closer to some of the park’s waterfowl, beavers and other wildlife.
"For anyone that hasn't been to the Living Waters boardwalk this year, the big difference you'll notice is not only stability under your feet, but a real feeling of walking on water. There's a lot less obstacles,” said Janelle Lane, communications officer with the park.
Elk Island is using a 2016 Parks Canada $24.2 million infrastructure grant to complete a number of projects at the park, including road construction and trail upgrades. $6.5 million of the money was set aside for the boardwalk and other upgrades to the Astotin Lake visitors facility.
According to the park, the not-too-strenuous boardwalk route is perfect for families with small children. School kids have already taken advantage of the new trail.
“We had a whole bunch of students come out here in the spring and do pond dipping. So the new floating portion of the dock actually allows you to get a lot closer to the water level so it's safer to do these programs,” Lane said. “And it's a little bit more entertaining to do them because you can get right up close to wildlife and water fowl."