Ever wondered how fast a bison can run? Or how to catch one? Find the answers to these questions at an Elk Island National Park interpretive program.

Missed a scheduled program, don’t worry. Find interpreters walking through the Astotin Lake area with a beaver pelt, a moose antler and plenty of knowledge to answer every Elk Island questions! Or visit the Astotin Theatre.

New in 2019, celebrate Indigenous culture with workshops at Elk Island National Park! Register today.

Elk Island National Park is the perfect place to experience the stars and planets above. Join us on four different nights to experience the wonders of the night sky!

Guided Interpretive Experiences

Summer Experiences, June 29 to September 1, 2019

Astotin Theatre:

Open seven days a week from 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

A mother and daughter laugh as they put on bison hats with a Parks Canada interpreter.

Daily Discoveries

Monday to Friday under the Discovery Dome in the Astotin Lake Rec Area from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Just because it’s not the weekend doesn’t mean there isn’t anything fun going on! Visit the blue Discovery Dome to see what is offered that day.

Two Parks Canada Interpreters share a heritage program.

Travel back in time

Saturdays and Sundays at the Historic Barn near the Visitor Centre, from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Explore Elk Island’s historical barn to discover the history of the bison, the park and the Beaver Hills. Take a peek inside the federally protected heritage barn and pretend to be an archaeologist while searching for artifacts in a mock archaeological dig.

Bison Backstage

Saturdays and Sundays, tours leave on the hour from the Historic Barn near the Visitor Centre, from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Join a park guide for a 30-minute tour of the bison handling facility to see how the experts at Elk Island have helped bring this animal back from the brink of extinction. Come prepared to walk with closed toed shoes!

Pond Pals

Saturdays on the Living Waters Boardwalk, drop-in between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Discover the cool critters both above and below the surface of Astotin Lake. Basins, nets, binoculars, and park interpreters await you and your pals on the Living Waters Boardwalk!

Bison Tales Campfire

Saturdays in the Astotin Lake Rec Area, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Gather around the fire and listen as park interpreters share a collection of stories about the rise and fall of bison. Campfire will be followed by s’mores!

*visit us during our Planets and Perseids nights for our Dark Sky Stories Campfire!


Sundays near the Astotin Lake playground, drop-in between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Join park interpreters around the fire to learn about and make the power bar of the prairies – pemmican!

Private programming

Interested in bringing your employees, youth group, or even conference members out to explore Elk Island? Parks Canada interpreters are enthusiastic and knowledgeable and have a number of paid programs ready for groups!

Contact Elk Island’s Interpretation Team for more information.

Teachers: Be sure to visit our School Programs page.