Spread a blanket and gaze at a starry sky undiluted by city light, or tour behind the scenes at a bison handling facility and learn how this magnificent animal was brought back from near extinction. Elk Island National Park is not only an important refuge for bison, elk and more than 250 bird species, but is also an oasis of calm for day picnickers and overnight campers alike.


  • ​Bison backstage tour

    Get a better understanding of bison and the expert staff who ensure their survival with your VIP backstage tour to the Elk Island National Park bison handling facility.

  • ​Bison traffic jam

    Smell the bison and listen to the soft grunts and lion-like roars of the rutting males, just metres away—all from the safety of your vehicle.

  • ​Festival fun

    Celebrate the iconic beast of the West at the Bison Festival, celebrate Canada Day in the park or devote a day to all things celestial at the annual Star Party.

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