Winter programming at Elk Island National Park


Snowshoe and Stargaze:

Come take part in two unique experiences at Elk Island National Park: snowshoeing and stargazing!
Begin your experience with a short guided hike on snowshoes around the shore of Astotin Lake. Roam atop the snow like a snowshoe hare while stars twinkle overhead. As you march along, the welcoming crackling of a campfire eclipses the soft sounds of nature surrounding you.

Grab some refreshments and gather around the fire. Gaze up and stare into the night sky full of stars. With a park interpreter as your guide, navigate the sky of the Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve; without the glow of city lights around you’ll see more than you knew existed.

After learning about the constellations above, strap your snowshoes back on for the short hike back to the Astotin Lake Recreation Area. As you walk along, listen for the crunch of snow underfoot, trees blowing in the breeze, or the call of an owl overhead.

Dates: Select Saturdays - December to March:
December 9 and 23 || January 13 and 27 || February 10 and 24 || March 10

Time: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Cost: $29.80 per person


  • Parks Canada guide
  • Use of snowshoes
  • Warm snacks and refreshments

Register: 780-922-5790
* Registration is required; max of 20 participants

What to bring:
  • Headlamp or flashlight with a red light or red filter
  • Snow/ski pants
  • Appropriate winter clothing; be prepared for two hours outside in cool evening conditions.
A few reminders:

Programs may be rescheduled or cancelled due to extreme weather conditions. Please ensure that the contact information given upon registration is accurate. You will be notified of cancelled or rescheduled programs. Refunds will not be issued if programs run

Learn more about safety in Elk Island National Park

Drop-In Activities

Saturday & Sunday
December through March

Join a friendly park interpreter around a glowing fire at the Astotin Lake Recreation Area in the afternoon for drop-in programs. Activities vary every weekend and may include:

  • Animal tracking
  • Building winter shelters
  • Winter survival
  • Wildlife displays
  • Ice skating
  • Snowshoeing
  • Roasting winter treats

Dress in layers and bring your skates!

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 for more information.

Teachers: Be sure to visit our School Programs page.

Learning experiences