Interpretive programs

Develop a deeper connection just outside Alberta’s capital city. Parks Canada interpreters will help you create memories and inspire connections to Elk Island National Park through a variety of daily programming. We engage, entertain, and educate, while helping you experience all Elk Island has to offer.

  • Feel a fuzzy bison pelt
  • Travel back in time with archaeological activities that bring history to life
  • Discover a new world by peering into the underwater world off our living boardwalk or staring up in wonder at a starry night sky
  • Get hands on and experience Indigenous culture with Cree crafting workshops

Weekends starting May 21, 2022

Bison Backstage

Location: Heritage Barn near the Wahkotowin Visitor Information Centre
Times: 12:30 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:30 pm

Bison Backstage is the exclusive, behind the scenes look at bison conservation at Elk Island. Visitors will be led through the Plains Bison Handling Facility and along the way will learn about the history of bison, how they affect the prairie landscape around them, and how parks staff continue the ongoing role in bison conservation efforts. This is a 1-hour walking tour that covers approximately 1 kilometer over uneven ground.

Astotin Theatre

Location: Astotin Lake Recreation Area
Open hours: 10:30 am to 5:30 pm

Discover artifacts, talk to a Parks Canada interpreter, and watch movies on the big screen. Create your own memories and inspire a deeper connection in this interactive space.

Saturdays starting May 21, 2022

Bison Pies

Location: Astotin Lake Recreation Area
Times: 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Grasslands are amazing, mind-bending places that support an incredible diversity of life. Learn about bison and their role as a keystone species in creating healthy grasslands.

Sundays starting May 21, 2022

Meet the Choir: Astotin Lake’s Spring Chorus

Location: Astotin Lake Recreation Area
Times: 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Experience the tune of thousands of frogs and migrating birds at Astotin Lake in the spring. Explore the incredible animals that are found here with a Parks Canada interpreter. Hurry - the song won’t last all summer!


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

Teachers: Be sure to visit our School Programs page.