Ever wondered how fast a bison can run? Or how to catch one? You can find the answers to these questions at an Elk Island National Park interpretive program.
If you can’t catch one of our interpreters during a scheduled program, don’t worry. You’ll be able to find them walking through the Astotin Lake area with a beaver pelt, a moose antler and plenty of knowledge to answer your Elk Island questions! Or you can visit them at the Astotin Theatre.

Guided Interpretive Experiences

May 21, 2018 to June 29, 2018

Astotin Theatre
Open weekends from 10:30 am to 6:00 pm

June 30 to September 3, 2018

Astotin Theatre
Open seven days a week from 10:30 am to 6:00 pm

Weekday programs:

Weekday drop-in programs
Monday to Friday
1:00 to 3:00pm - Find us in the Astotin Lake Rec Area.
Just because it’s not the weekend doesn’t mean there isn’t anything fun going on!

Weekend programs:


Bison Backstage

Join a park guide for a one-hour 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!

Tours leave on the hour from the Visitor Centre area, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. On-site registration available on a first come, first served basis (max. 20 participants).

Pond Pals
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!
Drop-in from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at the Living Waters Boardwalk.

Dark Sky Campfire
The night sky has fascinated people all over the world for centuries. Bring your family and friends to hear stories of the night sky come to life in the heart of the Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve. Campfire will be followed by s’mores!
7:00 to 8:00 pm in the Astotin Lake Recreation Area


Join park interpreters around the fire to learn about and make the power bar of the prairies – pemmican!
Drop-in from 1:00 to 4:00pm at the tipi in the Astotin Lake Recreation Area.

Bison Tales Campfire
Gather around the fire and listen as park interpreters share a collections of stories about the rise and fall of bison.
4:00 to 5:00pm in the Astotin Lake Recreation Area.

Planets and Perseids
Visit the Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve on two special dates to learn about the dark sky!

Saturday, July 14
See Saturn, Jupiter, Mars and more!

Saturday, August 11
Experience the Perseid meteor shower!

1:00 to 4:00 pm: Arts and Crafts
7:00 to 8:00 pm: Dark Sky Campfire
10:00 pm to midnight: Stargazing