Elk Island National Park boasts some of North America’s best wildlife viewing. Come here in the spring and you’ll hear a chorus of birdsong in our forests from dozens of different species, along with little red bison calves speckling the grassy meadows. To improve your chances of catching a glimpse of bison, elk, birds, or other amazing animals in the park:

Plan your visit around dawn and dusk, times of day that may provide a better chance of sighting wildlife. Many animals shelter in the trees during the warmest parts of the day;

  • Drive slowly on the parkway, or better yet, go for a hike. Opportunities to view wildlife improve if you’re moving more slowly;
  • You can better spot elk and moose in the winter, after the leaves have fallen off the trees and shrubs. You can also take advantage of rainy days in summer because wildlife, like moose and waterfowl, don’t mind the wet weather;
  • Appreciate the little things! Elk Island is home to small mammals, birds, frogs and butterflies in summer. Keep a lookout for these spectacular creatures, too;
  • When you spot larger wildlife such as bison, remember to view them safely from 100 metres (330 ft) away. Give them space and keep the animal’s line of travel or escape route clear;
Be Bison Wise

Bison are wild animals. Even though they look docile they are dangerous, unpredictable, and may charge without warning. Approaching bison is unlawful and puts yourself and others at risk. Please view bison safely and follow these simple tips.

For more information about the animals in Elk Island
Visitor Safety