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 bugling 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.
Want to learn more about Bison? Take part in the Bison Backstage Tour where you'll get a VIP backstage pass to the Elk Island National Park bison handling facility. You'll learn about the techniques behind the successful conservation facilities with demonstrations, hands-on activities and a tour.
Come out for a day trip filled with hiking and canoeing or cross-country skiing and snowshoeing (rentals and tours available). 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 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 to book. 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.
Free Shuttle to Elk Island National Park
Parkbus offers a free shuttle from the downtown MEC to Elk Island National Park
Saturdays only, July 28 - September 15
Bus #1: 8:30 AM at MEC Edmonton Downtown (11904 104 Ave NW)
Bus #2: 10:30 AM at MEC Edmonton Downtown (if Bus #1 is full)
Bus #1 Park Departure at 15:30 PM
Bus #2 Park Departure at 18:30 PM (if Bus #1 is full)
*One-way travel time is approximately 1 hour