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Elk Island National Park

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If seeing a bison in person isn't on your bucket list, then it should be. Check it off at Elk Island National Park.
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Campground Reservations Open January 12

Visitors relax on the deck of their oTENTik campsite.
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Don’t miss out next summer on your camping experience. Reservations for Elk Island National Park camping options - including the new oTENTiks - open on January 12, 2017. With over 60 campsites, Equipped Camping and oTENTik options to choose from there is something for everyone.

Elk Island National Park along with National Parks, National Historic Sites and National Marine Conservation Sites welcome guests to celebrate Canada’s 150th with free entry. Campground fees will still apply. Reserve early to avoid disappointment.

To reserve a campsite, please visit or
dial toll free 1-877-737-3783 (1-877-RESERVE). 


A visitor skating on Astotin Lake in Elk Island National Park.
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Skating loop open January 2017*weather dependant
Ready for a unique way to soak in winter’s enchantment with your loved ones this winter? Add skating around an island to your winter bucket list! Bundle up, pack a thermos and head out to the Astotin Lake Area in Elk Island National Park. There you can access a skating track that leads you along the shoreline before whisking you out to and around Archer Island.

In the true Canadian spirit? Bring your friends out for a game of pond hockey as a rink is also maintained. Up for a little more adventure? Don your headlamps and go for skate under the starry skies of the Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve.

See you on the ice!

For more information, call 780-922-5790.

Snowshoe Rentals

Snowshoers race on Astotin Lake.
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Explore Elk Island National Park this winter by foot. Crunch crunch underfoot as you make your way through the forest. Watch for wildlife as you move through the crisp snow. Snowshoe rentals are available for rent 7 days a week, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm at the Visitor Centre. Group tours are available. Please call 780-922-5790 for more information.

Winter Camping

People sitting by fire at winter campsite.
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Experience winter under the stars in 2017! Winter camping is available this year at Astotin Lake walk-in camping. Pre-booking is required and can be made by calling 780-922-5790. As a true winter experience, running water is not available over the winter season.

Construction at Elk Island National Park

The Elk Island fence is key to ensuring that the bison herds remain safe and disease free.
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To ensure visitors have the best experiences connecting with nature and our history, Parks Canada is renewing structures like trails, fences and parkways in our treasured places across the country.

When visiting or driving through Elk Island National Park, you may encounter one or more construction zones or reduced services while we complete this important work. Please plan ahead before you travel to avoid inconvenience.

During the work period, single-lane alternating traffic detours or temporary road closures may be encountered. Road workers, heavy equipment and flag persons may also be present in the work area. Visitors are asked to drive with care and obey all traffic sings in and around the affected work areas.

Please call the visitor centre before planning your visit or follow us on Twitter for the latest updates.

Tel: 780- 922-5790