Less than an hour’s drive from a capital city a million strong is a place of quietness, where pristine starry skies shine next to city lights. This is where Cree and Métis have lived and hunted, and generations of families have chosen to picnic and play. Elk Island National Park is the cornerstone of Canada’s bison conservation story; without this place and the dedication of its people, herds of plains and woods bison would not thrive in Canada today. Connections are made here; it is where you can become a steward of these iconic creatures, and discover their importance to the heart and soul of this nation.
This is gentle wilderness, a place of aspen woodlands and prairie meadows, of towering elk and howling coyotes; of rolling landscapes dotted with quiet lakes and wetlands. This is where people come to escape the noise, looking to reconnect – with themselves, the wild blue skies, and a thousand shades of green. Elk Island National Park is a sanctuary, a refuge for wildlife and people.
The park is also part of the Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve, meaning it’s a stellar location for stargazing. Give glamping a try and check out the incredible new Geo Domes at Elk Island Retreat. Gaze up at the starry sky where you’ll see star clusters, nebulae and galaxies. Winter is also the perfect time to spot the pulsating chorus of lights known as Aurora Borealis. Come out for a day trip filled with hiking and canoeing or cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. No matter what the season, a perfect wilderness experience is awaiting you and your family at Elk Island National Park.
Easy Camping at Elk Island National Park
Equipped campsites at Elk Island National Park provide you with the opportunity to go camping without the hassle of having to bring your own equipment. It's perfect for a visitor looking to travel light. What is supplied? Tent, sleeping pads, dining shelter, camping chairs, propane stove, lantern and cooking gear.
oTENTiks - a cross between a tent and a rustic cabin - are now available too. It's the perfect way for families, friends and couples of all ages to discover the joys of camping without all the muss and fuss. The A-frame structure can accommodate up to six people with one double bed, two singles, and a bunk bed. They also include a heater, BBQ, table and chairs, and outdoor shelter and campfire seats, lighting and solar power electricity.
Pro tip: visit Elk Island during the week to avoid the crowds!