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Astotin Lake Campground: Reservations Begin March 18, 2015

Plan your trip ahead by reserving a campsite through the Parks Canada Campground Reservation Service (PCRS):
Site specific reservations are available for the Astotin Lake Campground for camping dates between May 8 and October 12, 2015. (Weather permitting)

Reservations can be requested beginning at 8:00am on March 18th, 2015.

To reserve a campsite, please visit or
dial toll free 1-877-737-3783 (1-877-RESERVE)
TTY: 1-866-787-6221.
Reservation Launch Date: March 18, 2015 8:00am M.S.T.
Campground Operating Season: May 8 to October 12 (weather permitting)
Campground Reservable Period: May 15 to September 6

Elk Island Bison Photo Gallery

A bull bison roars to warn off competitors during the rut in Elk Island National Park.
© Parks Canada

It is estimated that over 30 million bison lived in North America before Europeans arrived on the continent. However, the impacts of European settlement across the Great Plains had devastating effects on the bison and the land in which they lived. By the end of the 19th century bison were on the brink of extinction.

For over a century Parks Canada has been working in Elk Island National Park to reconnect bison with the land and people of their traditional range. Bison were reintroduced into Elk Island National Park in 1907 and since that time visitors have been coming to the park to experience these iconic animals.

Check out our new bison photo gallery! It features great photographs of bison taken right here in Elk Island National Park.

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