Happy 100th Anniversary Elk Island National Park!
Elk Island begins its 100th year as a national park by sending 30 wood bison to the Sakha Republic, Russia.
Wood bison in Republic of Sakha
©Andrey Mukhoplev, Sakha
In 1913, Elk Park became Elk Island National Park, Canada’s 6th member of the Dominion Park System, which evolved into Parks Canada. Since that time Elk Island has played a key role in the recovery of bison by providing disease-free animals to numerous conservation projects around the world.
What better way to celebrate our anniversary than to continue this legacy of species recovery? On Thursday March 21, 2013 Elk Island National Park said farewell to 30 young wood bison as they travelled to Russia to join 60 of their kin from two previous transfers in 2006 and 2011. Those 90 bison plus the offspring from the first Russian transfers, create a herd of over 120 wood bison in Lenskie Stolby Nature Park.
Click here to read the official press release.
Current Job Opportunities at Elk Island National Park New!
- Mail: Elk Island National Park, Site 4, R.R.#1, Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta T8L 2N7
- Fax: (866) 521-1063
- Email: elk.island @pc.gc.ca
- Early bird form is available here. (DOC file, 300kb)
Xplore Elk Island
Available at the Elk Island Visitor Centre or Astotin Lake Theatre, the Xplorer booklet is packed full of exciting activities, fun facts, and interesting ways to discover the park. Geared towards kids aged 6-11; completion of the booklet offers participants an opportunity to earn a certificate and take home a souvenir. Elk Island will be one of 60+ Parks Canada sites offering this new kids adventure program across the nation.
For more information, contact 780.992.2950 or email us.