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Elk Island National Park

2014 Calendar of Events

Children dance while enjoying live musical entertainment at Elk Island National Park.
© Parks Canada

Save the date!

Elk Island National Park’s 2014 special events will feature a variety of activities for visitors of all ages. Musical entertainment, cultural performances, guest speakers, outdoor programs, activities, culinary delights and more await you at Elk Island National Park this summer.

Please check back frequently for updates and new events or follow us on Twitter @ElkIslandNP.

Canada Day at Elk Island National Park

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

On Canada Day, enjoy free entry to all of Canada's National Parks, National Historic Sites and National Marine Conservation Areas. There's no better way to celebrate our heritage as Canadians than visiting your nearest national park: Elk Island!

Join us for a multicultural celebration of our nation’s birthday!

Flag-raising, O Canada and Cake Cutting
12 p.m.

Bouncy Castle, Cotton Candy & more!
12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The Command Sisters  
12:15 p.m & 3:00 p.m.

Bollywood Beats  
1:15 p.m.

BISON WILL RISE AGAIN The Musical (NEW this summer)
Join park interpreters this summer for a live performance celebrating how Elk Island National Park contributed to the survival of plains bison. The program will be scheduled frequently throughout the summer and launched on Canada Day: don’t miss it!
Program Launch
2:15 p.m.

Mountain World Heritage Interpretation Theatre
© Parks Canada

 Mountain W.I.T.

July 12 (16:00) and July 13 (14:00)
In the Astotin Lake Recreation Area

Mountain W.I.T. (Mountain World Heritage Interpretation Theatre) from Banff National Park is coming to Elk Island! Be sure to catch both of their shows!

Parks Day Celebration

Saturday July 19, 2014

Parks Day activities highlight the important role that parks play in maintaining healthy and resilient ecosystems, protecting critical habitat for wildlife and contributing to human health and well-being.

12:00 – 16:00

  • Bouncy Castle, face-painting & more!
  • Voyageur Canoe tours
  • Drop-in bannock making

Fire building and Shelter making
12:00, 1, 2 & 3PM (max 30 participants)

Trevor Tchir
12:10 PM, 1:15PM & 3PM


Winter is Coming
12 PM (1 hr drop-in)

Bison Will Rise Again
The Musical


Bison Backstage
1 PM & 3 PM (Meets at the visitor’s centre. Pre-register, max. 20 participants)

Bison Survivin’

Come out to Elk Island National Park and experience the great Canadian tradition of a day at the park with your friends and family!

The Bison Festival
A celebration of conservation, culture and cuisine!

Saturday August 9, 2014

Bison were nearly lost from North America! But by the early 20th century, bison purchased from Montana and brought to Elk Island National Park began to slowly re-build their numbers. Today nearly every plains bison you see in southern Canada, whether in conservation or domestic herds, had an ancestor in Elk Island National Park. We think that’s something to celebrate! Join us for a rip-snorting good time at Elk Island National Park’s first Bison Festival, celebrating all things bison!

Watch this page for details, coming soon.

Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve Anniversary

Sunday August 31, 2014

Sunday, August 31st marks the 8th anniversary of the creation of the Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve. Join us for a celestial celebration of culture, community and conservation!

The Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve anniversary will also feature special astronomy presentations and public stargazing with Royal Astronomical Society of Canada volunteers. Watch this page for a schedule of events and guest speakers.