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Elk Island National Park

Adventure at its Best! Less than 35 minutes east of Edmonton lies a year-round oasis where bison roam freely, sun glistens off lakes and ponds, and stars light-up the night sky; Elk Island National Park. This gentle wilderness of aspen woodlands, prairie meadows and pockets of wetland is a wildlife-watchers paradise; free roaming bison, elk, deer, moose, and more than 250 bird species call this place home.

Photo: ©Parks Canada/Elk Island National Park

A short drive to Elk Island National Park rewards visitors with countless recreation opportunities; hike or bike over 80 km of trails, rent canoes and paddle around the islands on Astotin Lake, take in a free program, or borrow a geocaching kit and enjoy a nearly 200 square kilometre scavenger hunt. Fun doesn't end as the sun begins to set; stay warm by a fire and look into a sky filled with stars and dancing Northern Lights. Without the glow of city lights around you'll see more than you knew existed! With so much to do why not stay the night? Book a campsite and bring your tent or RV to the Astotin Lake Campground or pack a backpack and make the 6 km hike into Oster Lake Backcountry Campground. If you want the experience of camping but need a few more creature comforts oTENTik's are available at Elk Island! oTENTik’s are a cross between a tent and a rustic cabin; bring a sleeping bag and discover the joys of camping without any fuss.

2018 Special Events

Located 35 minutes east of Edmonton on Highway 16 Bison Fest June 2 780-922-5790 Canada Day July 1 Campground Reservations: Parks Day July 21 1-877-RESERVE (737-3783) Milky Way Days September 2 www.parkscanada.gc.ca/elkisland

oTENTik Camping Photo: ©Parks Canada/Elk Island National Park

Beaver Hills Dark Sky Preserve

Awesome Auroras!

©SteveRicketts.ca l Elk Island National Park

This 300 sq km (116 sq mi) dark sky preserve, just east of Edmonton, encompasses Elk Island National Park and neighbouring Cooking Lake-Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area. By reducing artificial light, the preserve increases the visibility of the night sky. Whether you stargaze around the campfire or attend the preserve's annual Milky Way Days in September, you'll find that the night sky shines brighter in the Beaver Hills Biosphere. See page 31 to learn more about the Biosphere.

(HOLIDAYS EXCLUDED)

www.goeastofedmonton.com/Elk-Island-National-Park

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2018 Go East of Edmonton Travel Guide  

Your Getaway Destination! Welcome to the most comprehensive regional tourism travel guide with over 1000 Things To See & Do. Complete Touris...