Ever wondered how fast a bison can run? Or how to catch one? You can find the answers to these questions at an Elk Island National Park interpretive program.

Join our Bison Backstage walking tour to get a behind the scenes look at how Elk Island helps conserve bison both at home and abroad. If you can’t catch one of our interpreters during a scheduled program, don’t worry. You’ll be able to find them walking through the Astotin Lake area with a beaver pelt, a moose antler and plenty of knowledge to answer your Elk Island questions! Or you can visit them at the Astotin Theatre

Guided Interpretive Experiences

Starting July 2, 2016

Astotin Theatre
Open Weekdays from 12:00 – 6:00 pm
Open Weekends from 12:00 – 7:00 pm

Keep an eye out for roving interpreters around the Visitor Centre, Bison Loop & Day Use Area for more programs!

Bison Backstage

Saturdays & Sundays at 1:00 & 3:00 PM – Visitor’s Centre Area

Discover behind the scenes at Elk Island via a guided tour of the plans bison handling facility. This is a great opportunity to learn about Elk Island’s ongoing legacy of bison conservation and visits a unique location! Come prepared with closed toed shoes! Pre-register at the Visitor Centre (max. 20 participants)


Learn To Camp
2:00 – 4:00 PM – Astotin Lake Day Use Area
Are you prepared to go camping in one of Canada’s national parks? Visit the Astotin Lake Day Use Area and learn basic camping skills! Knowledgeable Parks Canada interpreters will guide you through tent-pitching and fire building!

7:00 PM – Astotin Beach
Join us at Astotin Becah in the Day Use Area as we gather round the fire to connect, share, and hear stories that make Elk Island National Park special!
Alternating themes each week: Dark Sky Campfire & Bison Campfire


A People’s Place
2:00 – 4:00 PM – In the Astotin Lake area
Visit the Astotin Lake Day Use Area and learn how to make the original food of the plains: Pemmican! Enjoy a historic snack and hear stories of how bison sustained the prairies people!

Learning Experiences