Elk Island National Park of Canada

Visitor Safety

• Tell somebody where you are going, when you will be back and who to call if you do not return.
• Travel with a friend or group.
• Avoid thin ice or slippery paths.
• Dress in warm clothes and wear appropriate footwear.
• Cell phone reception is unreliable in the park.

Keep wildlife safe and healthy

 Bison and elk are wild animals. Even though they look docile they can be dangerous and unpredictable. Approaching wildlife is unlawful and puts you and others at risk. Enjoy a safe visit and ensure that future generations have the chance to see wildlife that is truly wild by following these simple safety tips:

• Keep at least 30 metres (100 ft) away from large animals. Stay in your vehicle, drive slowly. Do not approach wildlife on foot.
• Bulls can be aggressive during the mating season (the rut) (bison: July/August; and elk: September/October).
• Do not approach bison or elk while hiking. Make them aware of your presence, walk slowly around them at a safe distance, always keeping an eye on them. If necessary, return to the trail head.
• Never enter a herd of bison on foot or come between two animals, especially a cow and her calf.
• Bicycling is recommended only on the Parkway and other roadways. Bicycling is not recommended on trails to avoid unsafe encounters with large mammals.
• Drive at 60 km/hr on the Elk Island Parkway. Slow down when wildlife is near the roadside.
• Keep pets on leash for their safety and minimize unexpected wildlife encounters. Animals such as coyotes and porcupines can pose a risk to your pet.

Planning a safe visit to a national park