Bring your herd to tour a working bison handling facility and discover the secrets of how North American bison were brought back from near extinction!


May to September - Sunday to Thursday
October to April - Daily

Duration: Each tour lasts 1 hour with a 1 hour extension possible

Advance booking required

  • $7.36 per person. Taxes included
  • A national park entry pass is required
  • Contact us for school and non-profit group rates
  • Prices are subject to change; please confirm with booking
Details Within the span of a single human lifetime, bison populations in North America plummeted from an estimated thirty million bison to less than one thousand. Many have a vague awareness of the plight of bison in North America, but what caused this decline and what has happened since then? Are bison still endangered and what has been done to protect remaining herds?

Find out what happens after the story almost everyone knows as you follow a Parks Canada guide on and hour long walking tour through a functioning bison handling facility. Walk in the footsteps of the people responsible for Elk Island’s bison management and see the starting point for bison sent all around the globe.

Wanting more? Add a Parks Canada On-board tour to the Bison Backstage Tour for $73.60. A Parks Canada team member will hop on your bus and provide information and answer questions as you take a 45 minute drive though the park. Head through the bison loop for your chance to spot grazing Plains Bison and continue north to the Astotin Lake Recreation area where trails, firepits, canoe rentals (summer) and beautiful views await!

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Special Notes:

  1. Advance booking is required
  2. Minimum 10 participants; maximum 25 participants
  3. The tour will include approximate 1 km of walking over an hour with limited rest periods
  4. This is a working facility; closed toe walking shoes are strongly recommended
  5. This experience is outdoors, be prepared for changing weather conditions
  6. A national park entry pass is required
Travel trade
  • Suitable for groups (10 to 25 people)
  • Reservations required
  • Available in French upon advance request
  • Motorcoach parking available
  • Washrooms on site
  • Gift shop