When visiting Elk Island National Park, we wanted to stay overnight nearby, so chose the Hampton Inn in Fort Saskatchewan. This is located between Edmonton and the park, to the east of the city.

As I am a Hilton Honors member, I had enough points to stay here for free, so took advantage and booked a king room. It was an easy 30-minute drive from the park and we checked in quickly and easily. We were on the top, 4th floor and the room was pretty decent.

Apart from the king bed, the room had a chair as well as a desk and chair, a fridge, microwave and a TV. The bathroom was a good size, with a walk-in shower (no bath) and large vanity.

The bed, although a king size, had stupidly small pillows. We’ve found this a lot with hotels. They have large beds, but only small pillows which need to be four wide to cover the width of the bed. Who decided this was a good idea? Obviously not someone who had actually tried sleeping with two pillows side by side where your head falls into the centre and you wake up with a headache!

Anyway, we decided to eat out as we were starving and found Montana’s close by. I had the baked chicken penne and Chris had fish & chips. Both were very nice.

We spend the evening back at the hotel deciding what to do tomorrow. We were planning on going back to Elk Island Park, but decided not to. Instead, we thought we would take the backroads back to Calgary and explore some of the provincial parks and other areas along the route.