Elk Island National Park

Experience the rolling hills, glassy lakes, and star-filled skies of Elk Island National Park, a UNESCO designated Biosphere Reserve just 35 minutes east of Edmonton. Look for herds of bison, elk or one of more than 250 bird species that call this special place home.


Enjoy a hike on a park trail!

Wildlife viewing

Elk Island boasts some of North America’s best wildlife viewing.

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Visiting Elk Island National Park

Activities and experiences

Things to do, trails, tours, programs, volunteering, camping, wildlife watching and more

Plan your visit

How to get here, local attractions, hours of operation, museum, facilities and services.

Camping and overnight accommodations

Types of accommodations, oTENTiks and nearby accommodations.

Tours and programs

Guided tours, programs, workshops, and learning experiences.

Shop and reserve

Reservations for campsites, passes and Official merchandise


Daily visitor fees, camping and program fees, and more. Free admission for youth.

Safety and guidelines

Important bulletins, trail conditions, weather, seasonal safety, and park regulations.

Be bison wise

Follow these tips to enjoy each bison encounter safely at Elk Island National Park

Use of drones

All Parks Canada places are ‘no drone zones’ for recreational use

About Elk Island National Park

Nature and science

Conservation and science, animals, plants, the environment, and research

Culture and history

History, culture, cultural landscape, designation information.

Stewardship and management

Jobs, partners, permits and licenses, public consultations, plans, and policies.

Contact Elk Island National Park

General inquiries:

1-780- 922-5790
1-888-773-8888 (toll free)


For emergencies within the park:


Hours of operation

Elk Island National Park is open daily all year round. Some services and facilities are open only during the summer season.
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