Elk Island National Park

Fall Activities

Fun in the Fall


A family plays in the fallen leaves during an autumn visit to Elk Island National Park.
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Only have one or two hours?

Start your visit off right with a scenic drive along the parkway! Take some time to drive the Bison Loop Road for some of the best bison viewing in the park, all from the comfort of your vehicle. Bring some binoculars; if the bison aren't around, the loop road is great for spying out hawks, ground squirrels and coyotes. Make your way up to the Astotin Lake Area and stretch your legs! Follow the path behind Astotin Theatre to the Living Waters boardwalk, take some time to read the interpretive panels along the way and learn Elk Island's legacy. View the stunning colours of Fall and get a glimpse of rare birds staging on the lake before they fly south for winter.

Experience a fresh, Fall morning!

See the sun rise without getting up early! As the days get shorter it's easy to witness Elk Island's spectacular sunrises. Get a front row seat on one of the road side pull-offs along the lake near the park operation buildings and see this view for yourself. Let the birds sing good morning to you. Travel back on the parkway and pick a trail to discover. Some great morning hikes include Beaver Pond (3.5 km) and Amisk Wuche (2.5 km). Watch for wildlife, tracks and brilliant fall colours when hiking these trails.
Finish the morning off with a cozy camp fire and picnic lunch in the Astotin Lake Area. Awe-inspiring!


Paddlers enjoy the bright autumn colours while canoeing the calm waters of Astotin Lake.
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Afternoon leisure

Bring your kids and start your autumn adventure off with a picnic lunch and a trip to the playground in the Astotin Lake Area. Brought your canoe or kayak? Launch your boat from the beach and paddle around Astotin's 21 islands. Keep your eyes peeled for trumpeter swans, Canada geese and pelicans. Feel like hiking instead? Try a longer trail like Shoreline Trail (6km) or Hayburger Trail (10km) for some inspiring scenery. Don't forget your camera!

Evening endeavour

Bring the family and create your dinner over an open fire! Hang out on Sandy Beach and watch the sun go down and the stars come. Build a camp fire to keep you cozy. Will you be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights or a falling star?