Winter Adventures

Elk Island National Park

Winter is a fabulous time to enjoy the wilderness of Elk Island National Park. Wildlife viewing is at its best and the serenity of the winter landscape offers peace of mind and a quick getaway from city madness.

Snowshoe and ski the day away! Head out on a trail and experience the rolling snow covered landscape of the Beaver Hills. Feeling more adventurous? Spend the afternoon tobogganing, throwing snowballs and searching for animal tracks. End each day with a warm fire in one of the cook shelters.

Follow the links below for more information on winter activities:

Ice Skating

Add skating to your winter bucket list! Bundle up, pack a thermos and head out to the Astotin Lake Area in Elk Island National Park

Cross-country skiing

Cross-country skiing is a great way to experience Elk Island National Park.


Snowshoeing is a great way to discover Elk Island National Park in winter. Snowshoers are welcome to explore any trail in the park

Winter camping

Create unforgettable winter camping memories for those who conquer cool snowy conditions.

Winter Safety:

Safety is a shared responsibility. Parks Canada works to ensure visitors have a safe visit by assessing the risks, managing hazards, and ensuring that safety information is freely available. Visitors are encouraged to seek out the information needed to stay safe and to make well informed decisions when enjoying these special places. Fully prepare for each activity to have a safe, enjoyable and memorable visit.

Thin ice may exist anywhere on water bodies, at any time, in the winter season. Assess ice thickness and never go onto ice alone. Water vapour above the ice, or creaking and cracking noises, indicate weak ice. The Canadian Red Cross recommends an ice thickness of at least 15 cm for walking and skating safely; the thicker the ice, the better.

Winter safety
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