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Visitors prepare to hit the trail and cross country ski at Elk Island National Park.
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Winter Sports Celebration

Sunday March 1, 2015 – 10:00am – 2:00pm

Join Elk Island National Park and The Alberta Triathlon Association as we celebrate the very best of winter!

Bring the family, bring your friends, bring your competitive edge and experience the thrill of winter triathlon. 3km of snowshoeing, 1km of ice skating and 4km of groomed cross country skiing all in Elk Island National Park’s Astotin Lake area. You can try one of the activities or you can challenge yourself and try the full winter triathlon.

With warm up fires, tents and a free lunch at the Elk Island Golf Course club house, even spectators will enjoy the festive atmosphere of this winter celebration.

Want to participate? You can pre-register with the Alberta Triathlon Association or simply join us in the Astotin Lake Area. There are no participation fees and the event is open to all Elk Island visitors with a valid park entry permit.

Elk Island Bison Photo Gallery

A bull bison roars to warn off competitors during the rut in Elk Island National Park.
© Parks Canada

It is estimated that over 30 million bison lived in North America before Europeans arrived on the continent. However, the impacts of European settlement across the Great Plains had devastating effects on the bison and the land in which they lived. By the end of the 19th century bison were on the brink of extinction.

For over a century Parks Canada has been working in Elk Island National Park to reconnect bison with the land and people of their traditional range. Bison were reintroduced into Elk Island National Park in 1907 and since that time visitors have been coming to the park to experience these iconic animals.

Check out our new bison photo gallery! It features great photographs of bison taken right here in Elk Island National Park.

Have you taken a great photograph in Elk Island National Park?
Why not share it with us on twitter @ElkISlandNP

Early Bird Annual Pass!

Purchase your early bird annual pass and save 20% off Local Annual Entry Fees. Early Bird Passes are available for purchase from December 1, 2014 until March 31, 2015.

National park fees, collected year round, are reinvested into the quality services and facilities you enjoy, such as, picnic tables, hibachis, and viewing towers.

Purchase your annual pass at the Administration Office.

Early bird form available here. (pdf, 412kb)

Contact Us
Elk Island National Park
Site 4, R.R.#1
Fort Saskatchewan, AB
T8L 2N7

Tel (Information): 780- 922-5790
Fax: 780-992-2951

Winter Bucket List

Winter is part of being Canadian and Elk Island National Park is a great place to discover some of the best things our Canadian winters have to offer! Check out the “Winter Bucket List” for a few great ways to enjoy winter fun at Elk Island National Park.

Download the Elk Island National Park “ Winter Bucket List ." (pdf, 455 kb)