Thirty-five minutes east of Edmonton lies a wild oasis. The perfect place to day-hike, canoe, camp or spot some bison. Elk Island National Park is also a designated dark sky preserve and the cornerstone of Canada’s bison conservation. Join a park guide for a Bison Backstage Tour to see how the experts at Elk Island have helped bring this animal back from the brink of extinction. Come prepared to walk with closed toed shoes! On Saturdays and Sundays during the summer, a free 30-minute tour leaves on the hour from the Historic Barn near the Elk Island Visitor Centre, from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Elk Island is a wonderful place to explore both on land and on water. Haskin Canoe offers canoe, kayak and stand up paddleboard rentals at the Paddle Shack for your exploring pleasure at Astotin Lake. If you prefer to stay on the ground, you can go on a beautiful hike or walk.
Camping at Elk Island is a perfect summer activity. Plus, if you want to avoid the hassle of buying and setting up your own gear, Elk Island National Park offers you the luxury of calling one of their Tipis, Cabins, or oTENTiks home.
No car? No problem! The Parkbus TD Elk Island Express operates every Saturday from June until September (and Sundays on long weekends). The bus picks up passengers from two downtown locations for a half-day visit to the park and returns to the city late afternoon.