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Elk Island National Park

2016 Calendar of Events

A little girl joins First Nation dancers at the Bison Festival in Elk Island National Park.
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Elk Island National Park’s 2016 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 in 2016.

Please check back frequently for updates and new events or follow us on Twitter @ElkIslandNP.

Canada Day at Elk Island National Park

Friday July 1, 2016, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm 

The red chairs on Astotin Lake are a good place to take a break during Canada Day celebrations at Elk Island National Park.
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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!

Join us for a celebration of our nation’s birthday with live musical performances by Post Script, Canada Day birthday cake, canoe rentals and more!

Parks Day Celebration

Saturday July 16, 2016, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm 

A young visitor studies the intricacy of a dragonfly wing at Elk Island National Park.
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Get back to nature this Parks Day at Elk Island National Park. Sit back to enjoy musical performances by local artists. 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!

The Bison Festival

A celebration of conservation, culture and cuisine!

Saturday August 13, 2016, 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Bison Festival celebrates and cultivates an appreciation of all things bison at Elk Island National Park.
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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!

Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve Star Party

September 3rd and 4th, 2016 

Volunteer astronomers share the stars at the Beaver Hills Dark Sky Star Party.
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The Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve’s 11th 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. 3 and at Elk Island National Park on Sunday Sept 4, 2016.