All tinder and no spark? Connect with like-minded adults in Elk Island National Park’s Sparks in the Park programs. 4 unique experiences will spark connections with new friends and with Elk Island National Park.

Beaver Hills Beginnings

From the ice age to Edmonton, come walk the hills that gave us life. A short guided hike around Elk Island's Lakeview Trail has you basking in the sounds of new life like frog song, bird song, and beaver slaps as we gently explore amiskwaciy, the Beaver Hills. Connect with each other and with the land that has supported life since time immemorial to present day.

Thank you to everyone who participated in Beaver Hills Beginnings! The program has wrapped up for this season but check back for more opportunities to attend next year! 

Buffalo Through Binoculars

Come see where the buffalo roam at Elk Island National Park! Guided by a park interpreter, venture beyond the bison handling facility that has helped bring the iconic buffalo back from the brink of extinction. We'll follow in their footsteps, walk through wallows and step over scat as we seek to find North America's largest land mammal. Join us on an adventure as we connect with each other and this mighty species.

Registration is required, payment is required at the time of registration. Spaces are limited.

Dates: June 24, July 1, and July 8
Time: 7 to 8:30 pm
Cost: See prices
To register: Email interp.elkisland@pc.gc.ca or call 780-992-2965

Cree Crafting

Framed by Elk Island's historic barn, join us for a creative evening of Indigenous crafting. The mother-daughter duo of Marge and Cassandra of Cree-Ative Designs will guide you through the crafting process, share indigenous teachings, and you will be able to take home your creation (either a medicine wheel, mini drum, or a dream-catcher). Connect with each other and with a living culture that traces its way back to time immemorial.

Registration is required, payment is required at the time of registration. Spaces are limited.

Dates: July 15, July 22, and July 29
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Cost: See prices
To register: Email interp.elkisland@pc.gc.ca or call 780-992-2965

Sunset Paddle

Come out for a guided paddle on the gorgeous Astotin Lake, led by Haskin Canoe and a park interpreter. Together on a large voyageur canoe, we’ll share about wildlife from cackling grebes to busy beavers and more, exploring the oldest part of Elk Island National Park. Come for an adventure with us under the setting sun.

Registration is required, payment is required at the time of registration. Spaces are limited.

Dates: August 5, August 19, and August 26
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Cost: See prices
To register: Email interp.elkisland@pc.gc.ca or call 780-992-2965