Elk Island National Park of Canada

Picnicking


A family picnic at the Astotin Lake Playground
© Parks Canada

Picnic tables

Picnic tables are located at the:

  1. Astotin Lake Area
  2. Beaver Bay Picnic Area (along Shoreline Trail)
  3. Tawayik Lake Picnic Area
  4. Moss Lake trail head

Wood is provided at the wood boxes.
It is recommended that you bring your own axe or hatchet and fire starter.
Basic washroom facilities are also located nearby and potable water is available in the Astotin Lake Area and at the Visitor Centre (near the South Gate).

Picnic shelters

Enjoy a picnic at one of our picnic shelters all year long!

Picnic shelters are located within the Astotin Lake Area includes the Pavilion or at the Tawayik Lake Picnic Area.


A winter cookout at the Tawayik Lake picnic area
© Parks Canada

Warm up with a fire at the Tawayik Lake warming shelter which is outfitted to keep out the winter chill! Wood is provided in the wood boxes at Tawayik, and the Astotin Lake Day Use Area.

These non-reservable shelters are only available on a first-come, first-served basis. As picnic shelters are often in high demand, it is recommended that you come earlier in the day to obtain a spot.

Some of the picnic shelters offer covered tables, while others offer wood stoves for cooking. Wood is provided at the wood boxes.
It is recommended that you bring your own axe or hatchet and firestarter. Basic washroom facilities are also located nearby and potable water is available in the Astotin Lake Area and at the Visitor Centre (near the South Gate).

*Please Note: Picnic shelters can often be used for activities during Parks Canada special events. As such, Parks Canada reserves the right to close any building to the public for park purposes. Parks Canada staff will notify visitors of the building's reservation, via signage, a minimum of 3 days beforehand, and will close the building the night before the event.

If you intend to use these shelters, please note:

  • Hanging/affixing items to any Park building is not permitted;
  • Consuming alcohol in these day use areas is prohibited;
  • For the enjoyment of all visitors and the ecological integrity of the Park, quiet hours are between 11pm and 7am. Please keep noise levels to a minimum.

The Pavilion picnic shelter

A group campfire in the historic Pavilion picnic shelter at Astotin Lake
© Parks Canada

This rustic shelter is the perfect place to stop for a moment along Lakeview Trail while enjoying the views of Astotin Lake!

Built in the 1930's as a make-work project during the Great Depression, the Pavilion is the oldest picnic shelter with a chimney in the national parks system.

Over 70 years old, this open air structure is classified as a Federal Heritage building.

During the summer of 2010, the Pavilion's pillars and chimney were restored as part of our ongoing maintenance of the building, under Federal Heritage Building Review Office (FHBRO) regulations. Exterior painting of the shelter will occur in 2011.

Similar to our regular picnic shelters, the same Parks Canada regulations apply to the use of this historic structure as well.

  • Hanging/affixing items to any Park building is not permitted;
  • Consuming alcohol in these day use areas is prohibited;
  • For the enjoyment of all visitors and the ecological integrity of the Park, quiet hours are between 11pm and 7am. Please keep noise levels to a minimum.

A BARE Picnic - What does it mean?

Elk Island National Park is a picnicker's paradise!

With 4 different picnic areas and numerous picnic tables scattered throughout the Park, you are guaranteed a spectacular setting for your next gathering.

While enjoying your visit, please keep a "BARE" picnic site.

How to keep a "BARE" Picnic Site

Please store ALL FOOD and ANY OTHER ITEMS THAT ATTRACT WILDLIFE in a hard-sided vehicle when your picnic or cook shelter site is unattended for any length of time.

Feeding wildlife may create a health risk for humans and animals, cause animals to become a nuisance, and result in the animal being destroyed. For further wildlife safety information, contact park staff.

Feeding wildlife (which includes leaving garbage and other listed items unattended) is punishable under the Canada National Parks Act. Maximum penalty $5000.

Get into the habit of keeping a clean picnic site.

Your next picnic may be in bear, wolf, or cougar country!

Animal-proof your site!

ITEMS THAT ATTRACT WILDLIFE:

  • Coolers
  • Food
  • Garbage/Wrappings
  • Dishes/Pots
  • Pet Food/Bowls
  • Bottles/Cans
  • Toiletries/Suntan Lotion/Insect Spray
  • ANY item associated with food preparation or clean up
  • Grey Water Pails

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