visit Elk Island National Park a personal vehicle or tour service
is recommended; there is no convenient public transportation
to and from the Park.
fees apply in all National Parks in Canada.
Canada does not offer personal wildlife viewing tours in Elk
Wildlife Tours Group is pleased
to offer guided services to introduce you to the 8th best wildlife
viewing area in the world, as rated by National Geographic.
Elk Island National
Park is located 45 minutes east of Alberta's capital city, Edmonton;
The Park is bordered by Strathcona County and the County of
of the original Beaver Hills landscape, Elk Island is adjacent
to and north of the Cooking Lake - Blackfoot Grazing, Wildlife
and Provincial Recreation Area, also known as Blackfoot,
Canada's first forest reserve, established in 1899.
founded in 1906 as a wildlife refuge for preservation of the
elk herds in the area, Elk Island National Park has grown to
be a wildlife sanctuary for bison, moose, elk, white tail and
mule deer, beaver, porcupine, Canadian lynx and other small
animals. It is home and migratory stopover to 250 species of
birds, including pelicans, great blue herons, a large assortment
of ducks, and birds of prey … bald eagles, great horned owls
National Park has been the most influential organization in
re-establishing bison in not only Western Canada and the United
States, but has contributed to growing bison herds all over
has also been instrumental in the protection of and growth of
an endangered species, the Trumpeter Swan. Since 1987, Canadian
biologists have attempted with some success to re-introduce
trumpeters to their former breeding area in Elk Island National
Park. They take family groups from around Grande Prairie, then
mark and release them in the park. The adults will return to
Grande Prairie the following year while the young will return
to the park, where they learned to fly.
After the African
Serengeti, Elk Island has the 2nd highest population density
of grazing animals in the world.
celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2006.