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Elk Island National Park of Canada

Park Programs


Visitors explore pond life with a Parks Canada Interpreter
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June 28 – July 31

All interpretive programs take place in the Astotin Lake Recreation area unless otherwise stated in the program description.

Thursday

13:00
From the Earth
It’s a one-stop-shop in the back yard! Discover medicinal & edible plants and how Indigenous peoples use them! (1 hr drop-in)

Visitors enjoy the Xplorers activity book.
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Friday

13:00
Parks Canada Xplorers
Do you love to Xplore? Come and talk to our interpreters and get an activity book and a GPS for geocaching. Get a prize for completing the activities! (1 hr drop-in)

15:00
Indigenous crafts
I bet your boots would look better beaded! Try your hand at Aboriginal crafts. All materials provided. (1 hr drop-in)

Saturday

12:00
Learn-to-Camp
Get out into the wilderness, build fires, and challenge yourself. Get some serious survival skills while having fun at Learn to Camp. (1 hr drop-in)

13:00
Bison Backstage
Tour begins at the visitor centre (pre-register - max. 20 participants)
Your behind-the-scenes VIP access to bison conservation at Elk Island National Park! Experience a tour of the Plains Bison Handling Facility featuring hands-on activities and demonstrations.

Bibi the bison plays her guitar.
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14:00
Bison will Rise Again
Canada's Bison Musical! Come and see Bibi Bison's debut as songstress and star of the plains as Queen of the Herd! Join park interpreters this summer for a live performance celebrating how Elk Island National Park contributed to the survival of plains bison.

15:00
Bison Backstage
Tour begins at the visitor centre (pre-register - max. 20 participants)
Your behind-the-scenes VIP access to bison conservation at Elk Island National Park! Experience a tour of the Plains Bison Handling Facility featuring hands-on activities and demonstrations.

16:00
Bison Survivin'
Catch us if you can! The bison-sized food, water, and shelter game of tag!

Sunday

12:00
Winter is Coming
Winter is Coming... To the prairies! Help us get ready for winter while playing fun games! Hurry, before summer is over! (1 hr drop-in)

Visitors enjoy an interactive tour of the plains bison handling facility.
© Parks Canada

13:00
Bison Backstage
Tour begins at the visitor centre (pre-register - max. 20 participants)
Your behind-the-scenes VIP access to bison conservation at Elk Island National Park! Experience a tour of the Plains Bison Handling Facility featuring hands-on activities and demonstrations.

14:00
Build a bison
One of our bison looks like he's fallen to pieces! Help us put together the greatest puzzle on the great plains.

15:00
Bison Backstage
Tour begins at the visitor centre (pre-register - max. 20 participants)
Your behind-the-scenes VIP access to bison conservation at Elk Island National Park! Experience a tour of the Plains Bison Handling Facility featuring hands-on activities and demonstrations.

16:00
Ecodoctors
The doctors are in! Parks Canada's scientists are on the move with their fingers on the pulse of the park.

Interpreters on the move: watch for our staff in the day-use area, the bison-loop, and the Visitor’s centre!

Astotin Theatre

Theatre opens 12:00 – 16:00 daily.


Visitors learn about animals in the Astotin Theatre at Elk Island National Park.
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Available in the theatre: hourly programming, costumes, puppet station, and games.

Elk Island National Park Orientation
Is Elk Island looking like a big blob on the map? Let us give you a run-down of the park, our animals, and our programs we can offer you!

Who's Who?
Is that an owl? Just kidding! Meet the animal stars of Elk Island and find out how we're keeping track of them.

While you are at the theatre, try one of our self-guided kits to create your own Elk Island adventure:

  • Geocache kits; Borrow a GPS and start your adventure!
  • Pond-dipping kits: Explore the underwater life of Astotin Lake!
  • Parks Canada Xplorers: an activity book for ages 6-11

Education Programs

Elk Island National Park offers exciting opportunities for visitors and students to learn about ecological processes, the Family of Parks Canada, and the significance of Elk Island National Park. Onsite summer interpretation programs, school group environmental education programs, exhibits, self-guided trails, special events and the Information Centre all offer learning opportunities for visitors of all ages.

Learning Experiences