3-day getaway from Edmonton

Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site and Elk Island National Park: 545 km itinerary

Map

Map with Elk Island and Rocky Mountain House and locating Edmonton.

Day 1

Rocky Mountain House — 230 km from Edmonton

Immerse yourself in the lifestyle of the fur trade. Stop by the visitor centre for a 3D virtual reality experience, and journey back to when the site was a bustling trade post for the North West Company and the Hudson Bay Company.

Try your hand at finger weaving, Métis jigging and other Indigenous arts and crafts.

Grab your Fur Trade Camp Kit and sleep on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River.

A group of friends enjoy a feast while camping at the Métis Trapper Tents, using pots and dishes from the Fur Trade Camp kit.
Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site

 Métis trapper’s tent, Heritage Camping

Day 2

Elk Island — Fort Saskatchewan, 270 km from Rocky Mountain House

Enjoy the waters of Astotin Lake and rent a canoe, kayak or even try a stand up paddle board! Bask in the sun as you enjoy a picnic on the beach.

End your day by admiring the sunset, and spend the night counting the stars from the comfort of your campground. Keep an eye out for seasonal meteor showers and the northern lights!

Two visitors stand on the dock and watch the sunset over Astotin Lake.
Astotin Lake in Elk Island National Park

 Camping, Astotin Lake campground

Day 3

Hit the Beaver Pond Trail in the morning and perhaps even catch a glimpse of bison. Did you know that the the fur trade had completely eliminated beavers from this region by the mid-1800s? But thanks to their reintroduction in the 1940s, you’re sure to spot plenty of beaver activity along the trail if you keep your eyes open

Return to Edmonton, 45 km

Des cyclistes prennent un moment pour profiter du paysage sur le sentier de l’Étang-des-castors.
Beaver Pond Trail in Elk Island National Park