Learn about the many Indigenous cultures of this region through stories and exhibits outlining the complex and long history of the fur trade throughout the Canadian prairies. Feel the power of history and remember history as you see herds of bison and other creatures in the beauty and gentle wilderness of Elk Island National Park’s boreal forest.
May - October
Edmonton: Elk Island National Park Tour Itinerary
The Sawridge Edmonton South is at the center of it all; close to the airport, downtown and for shoppers, it is only a short hop to the famous West Edmonton Mall, Southgate Centre and the eclectic Old Strathcona District. The hotel features spacious guest rooms, an inviting lobby and warm dining atmosphere. Plus, with its pet friendly rooms, the hotel also welcomes the four-legged members of your family.Website: www.Sawridge.com
Join us as we experience beautiful boreal forest and wetlands hiking, bird and bison-watching and local storytelling. The protective environment of Elk Island Park has an abundance of species including Plains and Wood Buffalo, over 250 species of birds and of course: Elk! To top off the day, there will be a one-hour lake canoeing adventure!Website: www.TalkingRockTours.com
Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site is one of Canada’s fine examples of how the fur trade helped shape the nation. Enjoy exhibits, walk through archaeological remains of the four forts, get hands-on experience from local Métis people as they teach you about the fur trade. Stay awhile and camp in trapper’s tents and tipis with members of Metis Local and the Indian & Metis Friendship Centre of Rocky Mountain House.Website: www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/ab/rockymountain
Authentic Indigenous Experiences
Authentic indigenous experiences are delivered by indigenous tourism businesses located from across Canada and many are members of the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC).
Indigenous Tourism can be defined as all tourism businesses majority owned, operated and/or controlled by First Nations, Metis, or Inuit Peoples that can demonstrate a connection and responsibility to the local indigenous community and traditional territory where the operation resides.x
This package includes experiences with the following authentic Indigenous tourism businesses:
- Talking Rock Tours, owned by Keith Diakiw (Metis)
- Indian & Metis Friendship Centre of Rocky Mountain House
- 2 nights deluxe accommodations
- Canoe discovery tour
- National historic site tour
* Package price is the suggested starting price per person based on a double occupancy and does not include taxes.
** Flight option not included in package price. Transportation may vary to customer request and availability.
Edmonton: Elk Island National Park Tour Image Gallery
Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site
Sawridge Inn - Edmonton South
Elk Island Park and Canoe Discovery Tour