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Elk Island National Park of Canada

Park Programs


Elk Island visitors learn to make traditional indigenous crafts in a teepee.
© Parks Canada

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 1, 2015

Astotin Theatre
Open Daily from 12 to 6 pm

Keep an eye out for interpreters on the move in the Day Use Area, the Bison Loop, & the Visitor Centre!

FRIDAY

The Bison Campfire
7:00 PM - In the campground
Gather around the campfire and experience the story of Canada’s bison.

SATURDAY

A People’s Place
2:00 – 4:00 PM – In the Astotin Lake area
Learn how bison sustained the peoples of the prairies and learn how to make the Powerbar of the plains – pemmican!

Bison Backstage
1:00 and 3:00 PM – Visitor’s Centre Area
Experience Elk Island behind the scenes! This walking tour features hands-on activities and demonstrations that will connect you to Parks Canada’s on-going legacy in bison conservation.
Pre-Register at the Visitor Centre (max. 20 participants).
Come prepared: wear closed-toe footwear.

Sunday

Bison Backstage
1:00 and 3:00 PM – Visitor’s Centre Area
Experience Elk Island behind the scenes! This walking tour features hands-on activities and demonstrations that will connect you to Parks Canada’s on-going legacy in bison conservation.
Pre-Register at the Visitor Centre (max. 20 participants).
Come prepared: wear closed-toe footwear.

Parks Canada in the Field
2:00 - 4:00 PM – In the Astotin Lake area
Try your hand at some of the ways that our scientists keep Elk Island’s forests, wetlands and creatures healthy.

Starting August 22, 2015

SATURDAY

Star Party Campfire
(August 22, September 6, 12, 19, 26 and October 3, 2015)
7:00 PM – At the Pavilion
Starlight, star bright, Elk Island stars on stage tonight! Gather around the fire, gaze up at the sky, and learn about the wonders of our Dark Sky Preserve!

Learning Experiences