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Elk Island National Park

Camping Safety, Regulations and Etiquette


A clean campsite, free of animal attractants is the best way to prevent wildlife conflicts in campgrounds. An animal attractant is any item that has an odour or may be visually associated with food. Food items, personal hygiene products, dirty dishes, pet food, garbage, even an empty cooler are all examples of an animal attractant.

  • When not being used, these items should be stored in a secure location such as your RV, vehicle or designated storage facility provided by Parks Canada.
  • Never store wildlife attractants or prepare food in a soft sided shelter such as a tent.
  • Promptly dispose of all garbage and/or recycling into containers provided.

Ensuring you are familiar with your equipment and are prepared for changes in weather are additional ways to plan for a safe camping trip. For more information and tips to ensure a safe camping experience visit the Elk Island National Park Visitor Safety Page.

Campground Regulations and Etiquette

Please familiarise yourself with the camping regulations and proper campground etiquette to ensure that you and others enjoy the best possible camping experience. For additional information on campground regulations and etiquette please speak with the campground kiosk attendant or contact the Elk Island National Park Visitor Centre.  

  • The campground is patrolled.
  • Liquor is permitted only in registered campsites, with the exception of long weekends when liquor bans are in effect. Excessive consumption will not be tolerated.
  • Be considerate of your neighbours and keep noise to a minimum at all times. Enforced quiet hours are 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.
  • Generator operation hours are 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
  • Maximum Persons per Site: 6 persons (unless a family unit consisting of 2 adult(s) with dependent children).
  • Only registered campers are allowed in the campground after 11:00 p.m.
  • It is unlawful to harass, feed, or entice wildlife with food, or to remove or deface any natural feature. Please do not remove branches from trees or pick wildflowers or mushrooms. Do not affix anything to trees.
  • Keep vehicles and camp equipment within the designated campsite. The undergrowth in this campground cannot sustain heavy use, so please stay on footpaths and roadways.
  • Only one vehicle is permitted per site. Guests of registered campers and any additional vehicles should be parked in the main parking lot by beach.
  • Wild animals, even small ones, can be dangerous and are attracted by food smells. Care in handling and storing food is a good way to prevent unwelcome visitors. Avoid cooking inside tents or tent trailers, and always store food supplies (including coolers or food storage lockers) in the car trunk when they are not required to prepare or consume meals.
  • Place garbage in the receptacles provided. Do not keep garbage at your campsite overnight where wildlife will be attracted to it. Recycling bins are located by the washroom buildings.
  • Dispose of black water at the sani-station.
  • Washrooms are not to be used for laundry or dishes, or for sleeping.
  • Pets are permitted in campgrounds but must be under physical control at all times and never left unattended.
  • Check out and registration time is 11:00 a.m., check in is 2 p.m. The maximum length of stay in campgrounds is 21 days unless otherwise posted.
  • At the discretion of park personnel, a camping permit may be revoked when a camper or a member of the camping group is found in violation of the park regulations.


  • Dial 911 for emergencies.
  • Hospitals are located in Lamont (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.) and Fort Saskatchewan.
  • Cell phones can be used at the site and a pay telephone is located by washrooms in main parking lot by the beach.
  • 24-hour emergency number is 1-877-852-3100. Response time may be up to one hour.