We rarely head out for an outdoor adventure with the expectation that something will go wrong, and most times everything will go right. However, sometimes the unexpected happens and when it does, it’s important that you are well informed and well prepared to minimize the negative impact of unfortunate circumstances.

For general information on how to stay safe and a list of the essential items you should bring when enjoying the outdoors visit www.adventuresmart.ca.

Elk Island hosts an amazing concentration of ungulates like bison, elk and moose. Respect their space and see our wildlife safety page for tips on how to enjoy their company without endangering them, or yourself.

Remember, cellular telephone coverage varies by carrier and may not be available in all areas of Elk Island National Park

For important information about staying safe while enjoying Elk Island National Park, please explore the topics below:

Wildlife safety

Elk Island is rich in wild animals. Ensure your safety and theirs.

Safety on water

Even small lakes deserve respect. Ensure your safety when on the water.

Safety on land

Be prepared and be safe when exploring the roads and trails of Elk Island National Park.

Winter safety

Winter conditions are exhilarating but can add new risks to any adventure.


Be prepared and AdventureSmart in Elk Island National Park.

Be bison wise!

Elk Island National Park is bison country.

Safety is everyone’s responsibility. At Parks Canada, we do our part to make sure you can have a safe visit by assessing the risks, managing hazards, and making sure that safety information is freely available to everyone. You can do your part as visitors by making sure you seek out the information you need to stay safe and make well informed decisions while enjoying these special places. Visit our websites and stop at the visitor center to speak with our employees for the most up to date information. Make sure you are fully prepared for whatever activities you choose to participate in so you can have a safe, enjoyable and memorable visit.

Emergency contact information

Police, Structural Fire, Ambulance – 911
Wildlife issues, Campground disturbances, Wildfire, Poaching, Search & Rescue, etc. - 1-877-852-3100

In an emergency

  • Assistance can be obtained by contacting Parks Canada staff at any of our facilities.
  • Remember, cellular telephone coverage varies by carrier and may not be available in all areas of Elk Island National Park. Please check with your carrier for coverage in this area.
  • Devices such as "SPOT", "InReach" and satellite phones are often the only devices that can be relied upon to work in the backcountry. Be familiar with your device, know the difference between the SOS/Emergency and messaging functions and ensure your contact person knows how to contact Parks Canada personnel in case of an emergency.