Spread a blanket and gaze at a starry sky undiluted by city light, or tour behind the scenes at a bison handling facility and learn how this magnificent animal was brought back from near extinction. Elk Island National Park is not only an important refuge for bison, elk and more than 250 bird species, but is also an oasis of calm for day picnickers and overnight campers alike.

Featured things to do

Bison backstage tour

Get a better understanding of bison and the expert staff who ensure their survival with your VIP backstage tour to the Elk Island National Park bison handling facility.

Bison traffic jam

Smell the bison and listen to the soft grunts and lion-like roars of the rutting males, just metres away—all from the safety of your vehicle.

Festival fun

Celebrate the iconic beast of the West at the Bison Festival, celebrate Canada Day in the park or devote a day to all things celestial at the annual Star Party.

A family of cyclists and a heritage lighthouse

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    Banff National Park

    Founded in 1885, Banff is Canada’s first national park and part of the first national park system in the world. With its soaring peaks, azure lakes and abundant wildlife, this Rocky Mountain park attracts millions of visitors every year.

  • Fort Battleford National Historic Site

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Hours of operation

Elk Island National Park is open daily all year round. Some services and facilities are open only during the summer season.
Full list of hours of operation

Fees

Free admission in 2017. Other fees still apply.
Detailed fees list

Contact us

Telephone: 780-922-5790
Toll-free: 1-888-773-8888
Email: elk.island@pc.gc.ca