Elk Island National Park
Bison and moose, campfires and trail hikes, spectacular scenery and starry skies. Elk Island provides some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities in North America. Visitors can expect a truly unique Canadian experience only 25 minutes east of Edmonton.
Elk Island National Park is Canada's first wildlife sanctuary, established in 1906 by five local residents concerned that the region's elk population was declining. In 1913, under its original name, Elk Park was the sixth park to become a part of Canada's Dominion Parks System; one of our earliest National Parks.
Today, Elk Island is world-renowned for its conservation legacy. The survival of both plains and wood bison are a result of the work of Elk Island National Park. Through careful management of this species, Elk Island provides bison that are disease-free and free of cattle genes to conservation projects throughout the world.
Visit Elk Island this summer and take in a round of golf at the 9-hole course; camp at the Astotin Lake Campground; locate all 8 geocaches and collect a geocoin; canoe around Astotin Lake; or sit back and enjoy a fun-filled interpretive program. Trails ranging from 300 meters to 16.5 kilometres can be used for bird and wildlife watching, hiking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. Don't forget your camera!
Special Events: Plan to attend the park's summer events! See www.pc.gc.ca/elkisland-events for details
Canada Day Celebrations – July 1
Canada's Parks Day – July 16, 2016
The Bison Festival: Conservation, culture, cuisine. - August 13, 2016
Star Party - September 3 & 4, 2016
Purchase your park pass:
-Automated Pass Machine
For more information:
Campground Reservations: 1-877-737-3783
This is an approximate location. Please contact the owner for exact directions.