Where the deer and the…bison roam? Yes! Even in winter, Elk Island National Park is ready to welcome you with lots of different ways to spend the day and create lasting memories.
It’s the best excuse to stay up past your bedtime. Part of the Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve, Elk Island cuts down on light pollution so you have the best view of the stars. And there’s no better time to bundle up and watch for the northern lights dancing across the sky.
Cross Country Skiing
It’s a great way to explore – nothing but the sound of your skis and poles flying across the fresh snow. Hit the hiking trails and discover the beauty the park has to offer in the winter.
No leaves on the trees mean there’s less to block your view of all the wildlife that calls the park home. Keep an eye out to spot deer, elk, moose, or bison roaming the grounds. Don’t forget the camera!
Bison Traffic Jam
This traffic jam is nothing like you’ll get in the city… Drive carefully through the park, as you may come across a herd of bison blocking the road. Come face-to-face with the huge animals who move at their own pace – what a reason to be running late!
Grab the GPS and follow the clues to find five hidden geocache sites within the park boundaries. Sign your name in the log and grab a selfie to prove your skills at the treasure hunt.
Who says camping is only a warm-weather activity? The RV and tenting sites stay open year long, so bundle up and grab the gear for an unique winter experience that will have you experiencing the park in a whole new way. Winter camping is available from early October to late April.
Discover the park the same way as explorers of long ago! Strap on a pair of snowshoes (available to rent at the Astonin Theatre Interpretive Centre) and make your way out into nature.
You can also join for guided snowshoeing trips.
You’ve got a seat reserved with Parks Canada! They’ve set up five pairs of iconic red Adirondack chairs in the park. They’re the perfect place to sit and watch the best views of the park.
When’s the last time you skated around an island? The rink on Astonin Lake leads you around Archer Island, so lace up. Or, grab the gang for shinny hockey in a national park – oh, so Canadian.
What better way to end the day than with s’mores and hot dogs around a blazing campfire? Picnic shelters stay open year round, so you can grab a bite before heading out.
PLAN YOUR TRIP
Adult: $ 7.80
Senior: $ 6.80
Family/Group: $ 15.70
Address: Elk Island National Park
54401 Range Rd 203, Fort Saskatchewan, AB T8L 0V3
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