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Elk Island National Park

2015 Calendar of Events

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Elk Island National Park’s 2015 special events will feature a variety of activities for visitors of all ages. Musical entertainment, cultural performances, guest speakers, outdoor programs, culinary delights and more await you at Elk Island National Park this summer.

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Learn to Camp participants enjoy a morning coffee after a relaxing night of camping.
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Learn to Camp

Saturday June 13 and Sunday June 14

Have you ever wanted to try camping but aren’t sure where to start? Why not join Elk Island National Park and Mountain Equipment Co-op for Learn to Camp!

The Learn to Camp program is a great introduction to one of Canada's favourite pastimes, camping. This program is intended for people who want to experience the pleasure of camping overnight but just need a helping hand. Learn to Camp helps you to plan and enjoy safe and successful camping trips. The event features workshops on camping related skills like how to set up a tent or cook in the outdoors. Participants have the opportunity to enjoy fun interpretive programs and other Parks Canada activities, like canoeing.

Come and enjoy the experience of camping at Elk Island National Park!

Learn to Camp Registration Begins May 1, 2015

To learn more or to register for Elk Island National Park's Learn to Camp program please visit the Parks Canada Learn to Camp page or call the Parks Canada national information service at 1-888-773-8888.

Stand up paddle boarding is one of many water craft clinics featured at Paddlefest.
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Mountain Equipment Co-op's Paddlefest

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Paddlefest is an urban celebration of kayaking, canoeing, and stand up paddle boarding. The festival will feature learning opportunities on water and on land. Paddlers of all skill levels are welcome.
For information, to volunteer, or to become a presenter please contact Mountain Equipment Co-op Edmonton at or call 780.488.6614.

Live music is one of the many things to enjoy on Canada Day at Elk Island National Park.
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Canada Day at Elk Island National Park

Wednesday July 1, 2015

On Canada Day, enjoy free entry to all of Canada's National Parks, National Historic Sites and National Marine Conservation Areas. There's no better way to celebrate our heritage as Canadians than visiting your nearest national park: Elk Island!

Canada Day Flag Raising and Cake Service
12:00 pm

Live Music

Misery Mountain Boys take the stage
12:30 & 2:30 pm
Founded on the shores of the Mighty Peace River in 2011, the Misery Mountain Boys combine solid musicianship with good, honest music that stems from a simpler time. With steady rhythms, hot breaks, and tight harmonies, the group stays true to old time tradition, however often takes their bluegrass instrumentation to more creative places, and unexpected genres.

"Bison Will Rise Again" Musical
1:30 pm
Canada's Bison Musical! Come and see Bibi Bison's debut as songstress and star of the plains as Queen of the Herd! Join Parks Canada interpreters for a live performance celebrating how Elk Island National Park contributed to the survival of plains bison.

Programs and Activities

Parks Canada Air Brush Tattoos
1 to 3:30 pm

"Learn to Canoe" Available at Astotin Lake
1 to 3:30 pm

"Learn to Camp" drop-in demonstration
1 to 3:30 pm

Resource Conservation Tent drop-in demonstration
12 to 3:30 pm

Bison Backstage Facility Tour at Visitor Centre
1:00 & 3 pm

Visitor enjoy paddling in a voyageur canoe on Parks Day in Elk Island National Park.
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Parks Day Celebration

Saturday July 18, 2015
12:00 – 4:00 pm
Astotin Lake Recreation Area

Get back to nature this Parks Day at Elk Island National Park. With musical performances by Juno award winner Peter Puffin, children and adults alike will experience nature like never before. Try your hand at “Learn To” activities including fire building and canoeing! Come out to Elk Island National Park and experience the great Canadian tradition of a day at the park with your friends and family!

LIVE MUSIC: Peter Puffin

12:15 pm & 2:45 pm


1:30 pm

Programs & Activities

Bannock Making
12-4 pm

Learn to Build a Fire
12, 1, 2 & 3 pm; max 30 participants

Voyageur Canoes
12-3:30 pm

Airbrush Tattoos
1-3 pm


1:00 pm & 3:00 pm *at the Visitor Centre

For more information, call the visitor centre: 780.922.5790

Chefs create culinary delights featuring bison at The Bison Festival.
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The Bison Festival

A celebration of conservation, culture and cuisine!

Astotin Lake Recreation Area
Saturday August 15, 2015
12:00 to 8:00 pm

Bison were nearly lost from North America! But by the early 20th century, bison purchased from Montana and brought to Elk Island National Park began to slowly re-build their numbers. Today nearly every plains bison you see in southern Canada, whether in conservation or domestic herds, had an ancestor in Elk Island National Park. We think that’s something to celebrate! Join us for our annual Bison Festival celebrating all things bison!


The Iron Head Dancers
12:30, 2:15 & 4:30 pm


The Wardens
1:15, 3:15 & 5:15 pm


The Musical
1:00, 2:15 & 4:00 pm


12:00 – 6:00 pm
Bison Leather Goods - Fine Art - Bird & Bat Houses - Barbwire and Metal Artwork - Stuffed Toys - Carving - Jewelry - Photography - Post Cards - Bison Products


Culinary demonstration with local chefs
Chef Shane Chartrand - Sage Restaurant
1:00 pm
Chef Kathryn Joel - Get Cooking
2:30 pm
Chef David Omar - Zink
4:00 pm


12:00 – 6:00 pm

  • Airbrush Tattoos
  • Green-screen Photo-booth
  • Bison Hide Tanning Demonstration
  • Pemmican Making Demonstration
  • Bison Displays and Exhibits
  • Voyageur Canoe Tours (12 - 4 pm)


Shuttle from event site at 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm & 4 pm;


5:00 – 8:00 PM
Wolves and Bison - Lu Carbyn
Evolution of Bison - Wes Olson
Buffalo Park Foundation - Nichole Leitheiser
American Prairie Reserve - Damien Austin
Canadian Bison Association - Terry Kremeniuk
Elk Island’s Bison - Stephen Flemming

For more information contact the Elk Island National Park visitor center.

Volunteer astronomers share the stars at the Beaver Hills Dark Sky Star Party.
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Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve Star Party

Milky Way Days

Saturday Sept. 5, 2015 - Miquelon Lake Provincial Park
Sunday Sept. 6, 2015 – Elk Island National Parks Canada Agency
2:00 – 11:00 pm

The Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve’s 10th annual Star Party will be bigger and better than ever before. Taking place over two days at two different locations the Beaver Hills Star Party will feature volunteer astronomers to help show you the stars with both solar and night sky viewing. Guest speakers, presenters, displays and activities will keep the whole family entertained at this 2 day celebration

The star party will be at Miquelon Lake Provincial Park on Saturday Sept. 5 and at Elk Island National Park on Sunday Sept 6, 2015.

For more information visit the Edmonton Chapter of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.