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Summer fun at Elk Island National Park!


If seeing a bison in person isn't on your bucket list, then it should be. Check it off at Elk Island National Park this summer
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Bison’s Eye View – A Canadian Legacy


Visitors watching bison in the distance.
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Live the legacy of conservation success as you explore and reconnect with Elk Island National Park’s gentle wilderness. Join us for an insider’s glimpse of Elk Island and its legacy from the perspective of the bison themselves during this innovative experience.

Learn to see the prairie landscape with new eyes on a guided field hike. Observe first-hand how bison have shaped and continue to support the ecosystems around them.
Explore the Bison Management Facility’s unique design from a bison’s point of view. Follow in the footsteps of these impressive creatures as you learn about the careful handling process that contributes to their conservation, both in Elk Island National Park and around the world. Experience concludes with storytelling around a campfire while enjoying light snacks and beverages. A take home souvenir is also included!

Tours can be booked for August 12 & 26 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Cost: $58.80 per person

Call 780-922-5790 to book your adventure!

Dark Sky Campfires

Some want five stars… we prefer many, many more.


A visitor observes the stars on Astotin Lake.
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Leave behind the city lights and visit Elk Island National Park for an evening of night sky splendour. Located in the Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve, Elk Island is the perfect place to gaze up in wonder at the stars. Join a Parks Canada interpreter around a campfire for an evening of storytelling as you savour a hot drink and the mystery of the prairie landscape at dusk. Search for stars or the awe-inspiring Northern Lights while taking in the grandeur of the stretching universe. Discover all that you can see and do under dark skies.

*Program is subject to change to suit weather conditions.

This experience can be booked for Friday, September 9, 16, 23 & 30, and October 7 & 14, from 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM.

Cost: $19.16 per person

Call 780-922-5790 to book your adventure!

Hoof Beats and Homesteads


L: A visitor observes a herd of bison
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R: A visitor makes perogies with an interpreter.
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Create your own day-trip to Elk Island National Park and the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village! Spend a summer day exploring Alberta’s natural and cultural history with Elk Island National Park and the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village!

Start your morning with a tranquil canoe trip or a guided hike in the gentle wilderness of Elk Island National Park. Learn about Elk Island’s conservation legacy and perhaps even see some wildlife! For lunch, enjoy an authentic Ukrainian meal just 5 minutes down Highway 16 from Elk Island at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village. After lunch, spend the remainder of your afternoon learning how to make pyrohy (perogies) or challenging yourself in the ‘It’s an Amazing Race’ program, an adventure inspired by the experiences of Alberta’s Ukrainian settlers.

Tours can be booked for Thursday, August 4th, 11th & 18th, 2016.

Contact the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village to reserve your perfect day-trip!
Bookings must be made at least a week in advance.
Tel (Information): (780) 662-3640

oTENTiks have arrived at Elk Island National Park


A family discovers the joy of camping in a Parks Canada oTENTik
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Five oTENTik structures have been installed in the Astotin Lake Campground. A cross between a tent and a rustic cabin, this type of accommodation is the perfect way for families, friends and couples of all ages to discover the joys of camping without all the muss and fuss.

Enjoy a true wilderness experience less than 45 minutes east of downtown Edmonton! Overlooking a picturesque wetland, Astotin Lake is a spectacular place to watch sunsets and starry skies. The campground is close to the beach, playground, golf course and theatre.

oTENTiks are waiting for your reservation! They are available to book on weekends August long to September long. Please call the Visitor Centre to book.

Tel: 780- 922-5790
Email: elk.island@pc.gc.ca

Construction at Elk Island National Park


The Elk Island fence is key to ensuring that the bison herds remain safe and disease free.
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To ensure visitors have the best experiences connecting with nature and our history, Parks Canada is renewing structures like trails, fences and parkways in our treasured places across the country.

When visiting or driving through Elk Island National Park, you may encounter one or more construction zones or reduced services while we complete this important work. Please plan ahead before you travel to avoid inconvenience.

During the work period, single-lane alternating traffic detours or temporary road closures may be encountered. Road workers, heavy equipment and flag persons may also be present in the work area. Visitors are asked to drive with care and obey all traffic sings in and around the affected work areas.

Please call the visitor centre before planning your visit or follow us on Twitter for the latest updates.

Tel: 780- 922-5790
Email: elk.island@pc.gc.ca

It's breeding season!


See a lifted tail? You’ve officially popped a bison’s personal space bubble. Keep your distance for the perfect photo!
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It may sound like a pack of lions, but that’s actually the bison mating call. Hear it for yourself at Elk Island National Park! During the mating season (rut) bulls are more aggressive and may pose increased danger. Please view bison safely and follow these simple tips.