Gain an appreciation of the vital role of this iconic beast in Indigenous culture and prairie ecosystems, and find entertainment for the whole family at the Elk Island National Park Bison Festival.

Local chefs offer live culinary demonstrations and tastings, while park naturalists deliver presentations celebrating more than a century of bison conservation. Music, dance and drama presentations bring bison culture to life, while guided tours and children’s activities ensure an entertaining day for all.

About 16 people in life jackets sit and wave in a large canoe.

If you can’t make it to the Bison Festival, plan your vacation around other events at Elk Island National Park. Celebrate Canada Day in the park with a host of activities for adults and kids alike, or celebrate the wonders of the night sky at the Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve Annual Star Party.

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