Just 35 minutes east of Edmonton lies a year-round wonderland. Spread a blanket and gaze at a starry sky undiluted by city light or follow the footprints of a bison and learn how this magnificent animal was brought back from near extinction. Elk Island National Park is not only an important refuge for bison, elk and more than 250 bird species, but is also an oasis of calm for day picnickers and overnight campers alike.
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Hours of operation
Elk Island National Park is open daily all year round. Some services and facilities are open only during the summer season.
Full list of hours of operation
Free admission for youth in 2018. Other fees still apply.
Detailed fees list
Discover Parks Canada in 2018!
Parks Canada invites families to explore Canada’s most amazing destinations. Youth admission will be free starting January 2018.
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Banff National Park
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Fort Battleford National Historic Site
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