Less than an hour’s drive from a capital a million strong is a secluded area where sparkling starry skies shine away from city lights. Young and old come to picnic and play in this place where Indigenous peoples, new Canadians and local and international visitors can meet. The Cree and Metis people have deep roots in this land—a restorative oasis offering the quietness of aspen woodlands and prairie meadows, the teeming life of bugling elk and wild birds, and the enchanting beauty of a rolling landscape dotted with wetlands.
Elk Island National Park is the cornerstone of Canada’s bison conservation efforts. Herds of bison thrive in Canada today because dedicated naturalists first brought them back here. When you visit this park, you can make contact with history and learn to appreciate and understand how important these iconic creatures are to the soul of this nation.
Elk Island National Park is a sanctuary, a refuge for both wildlife and people. Come here to find a connection with a natural space offering a host of new experiences. It’s the perfect spot to share intimate moments under majestic blues skies and surrounded by a thousand shades of green.
The visitor centre is open daily year-round from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 780-922-5790 or visit parkscanada.gc.ca/elkisland.