Edmonton is known as the city of festivals but we also have a beautiful National Park just a 30 minutes drive from us. In order to boost tourism, Elk Island National Park is excited to work with Parkbus to provide a free shuttle service from Edmonton to Elk Island National Park this summer.
IIt does come with some conditions though, warns Parkbus. Elk Island National Park is a remote part of the province. There are limited or no cellphone reception and no guides that are available on this trip. You alone are responsible for your safety in the park – many dangers exist, natural and man-made. Buffalo and other wild animals are dangerous and should not be approached – it is also illegal.
If you miss the return bus, you may become stranded in an area with no cellphone reception and will be responsible for arranging alternative transportation.
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The Bus will be operate every Saturday from June 8 to August 31, 2019 and Sundays on long weekends through the summer (June 30, August 4, September 1). The Bus will depart from the Brewery District Mountain Equipment Coop location at 8.30 am and the Royal Alberta Museum at 8.45 am for a half-day visit to Elk Island National Park.
The Bus will depart Elk Island National Park at 3.30 pm to return to Edmonton.
How to Book a ticket?
You can reserve a seat by registering online at Parkbus.ca. A $15 deposit is required and will be refunded to participants who arrive on time for their scheduled departure. Regular park entry fees apply and Parks Canada Discovery Passes are accepted for admission. Parks Canada Discovery Pass holders must bring their pass on the bus.
The bus will arrive at Elk Island National Park at the brand new Elk Island National Park Visitor Information Centre where you can learn about the history of the park, speak with Parks Canada staff, and browse local Indigenous artisan crafts and official Parks Canada merchandise. Following this stop, you have the opportunity to watch for wildlife as you will be transported 20 minutes north to the Astotin Lake Recreation Area.
You have approximately four hours to enjoy a range of self-directed activities in this area: join an interpretive program, enjoy a picnic on the beach, play on the brand new playground or watch birds and other wildlife from the Living Waters Boardwalk.