Less than one hour east of Edmonton you can discover Canada’s largest land animal, the bison. Originally created in 1906 to protect elk populations, Elk Island National Park has also been restoring Canada’s bison populations for over 100 years. There is something for everyone at Elk Island, including amazing wildlife viewing, birding, hiking, picnicking, camping and more.
Use technology to discover Elk Island!
Eight geocaches have been set in Elk Island! Caches range from quick grabs to challenging half day finds. Locate all eight, crack the code and receive a geocache collector coin. Visit http://www.geocaching.com for cache locations.
Never geocached before? No problem. During the summer months our park interpreters offer a geocaching program for beginners. Bring your own GPS device or borrow one of ours for this introductory lesson and small challenge that will have you geocaching in no time.
Pack Elk Island on Your Back!
Want to get the most out of your Elk Island visit? Borrow one of our activity packs. Whether you’ve visited us before or are brand new to Elk Island National Park- Pack Elk Island on Your Back promises you a great experience. Our backpacks are full of fun family activities, interesting trip ideas, binoculars for bird watching, an Elk Island field guide, a pond dipping kit, and information about other local attractions.
Whether you want to take it on a hike or just wander around the picnic areas Pack Elk Island on your Back has something for everyone.
Backpacks are available at the Astotin Lake Theatre from Victoria Day (May long weekend) to Labour Day (September long weekend).
Xplore Elk Island
Get your kids packed in the car and ready for fun. Drop in at our Visitor Centre or Astotin Lake Theatre and pick up the Xplorer booklet packed full of exciting activities, fun facts, and interesting ways to discover Elk Island. Geared towards kids aged 6-11 completion of the booklet offers participants an opportunity to earn a certificate and take home a cool souvenir.
Parks Canada’s Xplorers booklet will help your child get the most out of their visit, provide your family with a great experience, and give you the inside track on this amazing park. Elk Island is one of 40+ Parks Canada sites offering this new kids adventure program.