As of June 1, Elk Island National Park began a gradual reopening of some outdoor areas, facilities and services. Please check our website regularly for the current status of this location and others.

Best Times to visit Elk Island National Park

The park is experiencing high visitation. Parking lots fill up early each day. To avoid disappointment, plan in advance and consider visiting during a less busy time.

Parking lots fill up early each day. Once parking lots are full, additional vehicles will not be permitted into the park.

Important information about your visit to Elk Island National Park

Elk Island National Park is experiencing high visitation in 2021, including weekends in the fall. Once parking lots are full, additional vehicles will not be permitted into the park.

To avoid disappointment, plan in advance and consider visiting at less busy times.

What is the best time to visit?

Consider visiting the park during the week, in the early spring or during late fall. During these times visitors can still enjoy the park while avoiding the larger crowds. If you are planning a weekend trip, enjoy popular areas early in the day or in the evening.

Elk Island National Park is a great place to have an afternoon picnic, enjoy an evening campfire or see the Aurora Borealis in the dark of the night. Open and accessible to visitors 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, Elk Island is a must-see for anyone visiting the Edmonton area.

Although the park is open around the clock, some services and facilities are only open in the summer season during typical business hours.

Visitor Information Centre and Gift Shop

Elk Island National Park is open year-round. Located off Highway 16, the Wahkotowin Visitor Information Centre offers curb-side pickup.

September 19, 2021 to March 31, 2022
Monday to Sunday 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

December 25, 2021 and January 1, 2022
Closed

Hours subject to change. Please contact us for more information.

Phone number: 780-922-5790
Email address: pc.pnelkisland-elkislandnp.pc@pc.gc.ca

Astotin Theatre Interpretive Centre

Temporarily closed

Astotin Lake Campground Kiosk

Located in the Astotin Lake Recreation area

September 1 to October 31, 2021
Monday to Friday 10:30 am to 5:30 pm
Saturday to Sunday 9:30 am to 6:30 pm

November 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022
Monday to Sunday 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

December 25, 2021 and January 1, 2022
Closed

Administration Office
Temporarily closed