Interpretive programs

Develop a deeper connection just outside Alberta’s capital city. Parks Canada interpreters will help you create memories and inspire connections to Elk Island National Park through a variety of daily programming. We engage, entertain, and educate, while helping you experience all Elk Island has to offer.

  • Feel a fuzzy bison pelt
  • Travel back in time with archaeological activities that bring history to life
  • Discover a new world by peering into the underwater world off our living boardwalk or staring up in wonder at a starry night sky
  • Get hands on and experience Indigenous culture with Cree crafting workshops

Check out our Calendar of Events

Elk Island National Park is the perfect place to experience the stars and planets above. Join us to experience the wonders of the night sky!

Winter programs

Snowshoeing Demonstration

Dates: Saturdays, December 4, 2021 to February 19, 2022
Time: 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

Location: Astotin Lake Recreation Area, near the Astotin Lake Campground Kiosk

Start your winter adventure with a park interpreter at the Astotin Lake Recreation Area for drop-in snowshoeing demonstrations. Don’t have your own snowshoes? Snowshoes are available to rent from the Astotin Campground Kiosk! After getting comfortable on snowshoes, join in the winter adventure on a free guided snowshoe hike.

Guided snowshoe hike: Who’s Hibernating?

Dates: Saturdays, December 4, 2021 to February 19, 2022
Time: 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Location: Starting location is at the Astotin Lake Campground Kiosk

Bison don’t hibernate and neither should you! Join a park interpreter for a free guided snowshoe hike to discover some of the critters that call Elk Island home and how they not only survive but thrive through the winter. All snowshoeing experience levels are welcome to attend.

What to bring:

  • Appropriate winter clothing; be prepared for a few hours outside in winter conditions
    • Winter boots
    • Snow/ski pants
    • Adequate layering and outerwear for the weather

Snowshoes are available to rent from the Astotin Lake Campground kiosk, or bring your own!

Private programming

Interested in bringing your employees, youth group, or even conference members out to explore Elk Island? Parks Canada interpreters are enthusiastic and knowledgeable and have a number of paid programs ready for groups!

Contact Elk Island’s Interpretation Team for more information.

Teachers: Be sure to visit our School Programs page.