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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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Elk Island Adventure Triathlon

Race participants ride through Elk Island’s rolling landscape in the bike component of the Elk Island Adventure Triathlon.
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Saturday, September 10, 2016, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join InPursuit Multisport at Elk Island National Park for the 2nd annual Elk Island adventure triathlon! Experience the usual three sport format but with a twist: paddling will replace the traditional swim component. Use your old canoe or your trusty kayak to get your race started, then hop on your mountain bike and pedal your way over some great offroad trails. The final leg of the event will take you over some scenic terrain around the Astotin Recreation Area. Whether you compete individually or as a team, the course is designed with all skill levels in mind, so gather your family and friends for an adventurous day in the park!

Canoe and kayak rentals will be available.

For more information or to register, visit

Remembering Saint John Paul II's Visit to Elk Island National Park

A blessing and re-commemoration of the site he visited.

Saint Pope John Paul II reflects near Tawayik Lake in Elk Island National Park.
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On September 17th, 1984, Saint John Paul II visited Elk Island National Park to reflect and rest during his visit to Canada. Working in close collaboration, Parks Canada and five local councils of the Knights of Columbus have undertaken to re-commemorate this memorable visit. A replica bench and five interpretive panels are being erected at the Tawayik Day Use Area, where His Holiness walked and prayed.

The official unveiling and celebration will happen on September 17, the anniversary of his visit. Members of the public are invited to attend and experience this place as the Pope did, thoughtfully contemplating the beauty of the world around him. The site is at the Tawayik Day Use Area in Elk Island National Park, on the edge of Tawayik Lake. A map is available here.

Regular park entry fees apply.

The ceremony will begin at 11:00am.

Shuttle buses from the Astotin Lake Area will be available between 10:00am and 3:00pm, as attendance is expected to exceed the parking capacity at the Tawayik area. Parking at Tawayik will only be available for visitors with impaired mobility.

Refreshments will follow the ceremony.

Call 780-992-2977 for more details.

Dark Sky Campfires

Some want five stars… we prefer many, many more.

A visitor observes the stars on Astotin Lake.
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Leave behind the city lights and visit Elk Island National Park for an evening of night sky splendour. Located in the Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve, Elk Island is the perfect place to gaze up in wonder at the stars. Join a Parks Canada interpreter around a campfire for an evening of storytelling as you savour a hot drink and the mystery of the prairie landscape at dusk. Search for stars or the awe-inspiring Northern Lights while taking in the grandeur of the stretching universe. Discover all that you can see and do under dark skies.

*Program is subject to change to suit weather conditions.

This experience can be booked for Friday, September 16, 23 & 30, and October 7 & 14, from 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM.

Cost: $19.16 per person

Call 780-922-5790 to book your adventure!

oTENTiks have arrived at Elk Island National Park

A family discovers the joy of camping in a Parks Canada oTENTik
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Five oTENTik structures have been installed in the Astotin Lake Campground. A cross between a tent and a rustic cabin, this type of accommodation is the perfect way for families, friends and couples of all ages to discover the joys of camping without all the muss and fuss.

Enjoy a true wilderness experience less than 45 minutes east of downtown Edmonton! Overlooking a picturesque wetland, Astotin Lake is a spectacular place to watch sunsets and starry skies. The campground is close to the beach, playground, golf course and theatre.

oTENTiks are waiting for your reservation! They are available to book on weekends August long to September long. Please call the Visitor Centre to book.

Tel: 780- 922-5790

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