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.

Keep the "wild" in wildlife.

Know how to prevent and handle encounters with them. For more information, visit Safety and Guidelines.

A plains bison in the grasslands in front of an aspen forest in the fall

Wildlife safety

Important information about staying safe while enjoying Elk Island National Park.

Mother and daughter try on bison hats with a Parks Canada interpreter at the Astotin Theatre in Elk Island National Park. Elk Island National Park

Tours and programs

Guided tours, programs, workshops, and learning experiences.

A person taking a selfie with a stuffed bison.

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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.


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

Camping and overnight accommodations

Types of accommodations, oTENTiks and nearby accommodations.

Be bison wise

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

Tours and programs

Guided tours, programs, workshops, and learning experiences.

Shop and reserve

Reservations for campsites, passes and Official merchandise

Safety and guidelines

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

Use of drones

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

About Elk Island National Park

Culture and history

History, culture, cultural landscape, designation information.

Stewardship and management

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

Nature and science

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

How to get here

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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