As part of his 1984 Canadian tour, Pope John Paul II visited Alberta, where he looked forward to seeing the majestic Rocky Mountains. When weather and other factors nixed that plan, his host, the then Archbishop of Edmonton, suggested a quiet trip out to Elk Island National Park. There he was photographed in what became one of the iconic images of the tour. This video recalls the visit to Elk Island through the eyes of Archbishop Emeritus Joseph MacNeil, who calls the park one of his favourite places. It is the third in a series of three videos produced by the Archdiocese of Edmonton in honour of the upcoming canonization of Blessed John Paul II on April 27.

First in the series: An Evening at St. Joseph's Basilica
Second in the series: The Man and the People

A Saint Among Us: A Walk in the Park from Archdiocese of Edmonton on Vimeo.