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Rick and Pat welcome you to Elk Island Retreat...a place to enjoy nature, culture and quiet.                                                                                

Our season is from March 17th to November 11th.

Check-in / Check-out is 1:00 p.m.

See Camper Information & Regulations for more information.

Our mission is to provide our visitors with a peaceful environment for rest, relaxation and reflection. We want our visitors to enjoy the outdoors in this beautiful natural setting while experiencing Canada's Aboriginal culture.

Whether you're simply looking for a unique camping experience with family and friends or for a taste of our country's native history you will find it here at Elk Island Retreat.

Elk Island Retreat is a private campground situated in the Heartland of Strathcona County. The land at the Retreat has been assessed by Strathcona County as being in a High Priority Wildlife Habitant Unit.

We are only 3 km from the West gate of Elk Island National Park. We encourage our visitors to take in the Park during their stay here at the Retreat.

Elk Island Retreat Brochure



Elk Island Retreat has 4 tipis that are situated in secluded areas on this beautiful wooded property.  Whether it's with your family,  friends, special group or organization  this makes for a unique camping experience.

Please click on READ MORE for more information about staying in a tipi and what is included.

Pets are not allowed in the tipi / trapper cabin / tenting areas.


Aboriginal Resource persons provide Aboriginal Cultural programs here at the Retreat. Enhance your tipi camping experience by learning more about the Aboriginal Culture through programs and crafts provided right at your site. These programs are on a per request basis only and must be pre-arranged.



Situated in the valley that runs through the property are two 14x24 ft. trapper cabins. These rustic cabins are constructed of a log frame and fitted with a custom made canvas covering. Each cabin has 12 wooden built-in bunks, a wooden floor and a wood burning stove, providing warmth and comfort even in cooler weather.

There is no electricity or running water at the trapper cabins. We do provide a jug of potable water at your site.

Be sure to bring a foamie / mattress and sufficient bedding.

All other regular camping gear is required for your stay.

Next to each of the cabins is a picnic shelter with a propane barbeque (with side burner) and picnic tables. Use of propane barbeque is included in the rate.

A Firepit is located near each cabin. 1 free bundle of birch firewood is included in the rate. Birch firewood is available for purchase. 

Pets are not allowed at the Trapper Cabin area.



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Our tenting sites are treed giving you the seclusion you desire for your camping experience. Outhouses are close by and there is potable water available at the shower building. There is no electricity in the tenting area.

We want our visitors to enjoy the nature and quiet here at Elk Island Retreat. Therefore, partying or offensive behavior is not allowed.  After 11:00 pm no music or noise is allowed. Because we are a quiet campground at no time should the music or noise be at a level that disturbs the peace and quiet of other campers.

Firewood is available for purchase at the campground office.

Pets are not allowed in the tenting area.


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We have 36 fully serviced RV sites with city water, sewer and 30 amp power. Nine of the sites are pull-through sites. Each site has a firepit and picnic table.  Daily, weekly, monthly, and seasonal rates are available. 


WIFI available (incl. GST): 24 Hours: $2.50, 7 Days: $12, 14 Days: $20, 30 Days: $25

A Coin-operated shower and laundry facility is on site. (loonies only)

Firewood is available for purchase at the campground office.

If you are looking for peace and quiet you will find it here at the Retreat.

Pets welcome on a leash in RV site area only, but no more than 20 lbs. 

There are a number of golf courses in the area, Elk Island National Park being the closest one.

Ceremony / Dance platform
Ceremony / Dance platform


Do you have a need to get out of town to breathe in some fresh country air and be surrounded by nature without having an overnight adventure? Come visit us and walk the trails or enjoy a campfire. Bring a picnic lunch or enjoy our Bannock & Mint tea. Or, rent a tipi. This makes for a unique birthday party idea. Please see our Day Use Rates. Reservations are required.


Are you looking for a natural setting for your wedding day? Our  secluded "upper" area is perfect for an intimate country wedding or group event. There is a picnic shelter with power, one 24 foot tipi, a ceremony / dance floor and our tenting and RV sites are nearby for guests wanting to spend the night. Please contact us for rates and more information.


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Other campground information

...to make your stay at Elk Island Retreat even more enjoyable.

WIFI AVAILABLE - RV sites only: 24 Hours: $2.50, 7 Days: $12, 14 Days: $20, 30 Days: $25

Located near the entrance of the campground is a shower and laundry facility. The showers and laundry machines are coin-operated. (Showers: $1 - five minutes) (Laundry machines - $2 each - loonies only)

 A washroom/changeroom facility is located in the valley where two of the tipis and the trapper cabins are located. All outhouses have lino flooring and are equipped with hand sanitizer dispensers.

Picnic shelters are provided near the tipis and cabins for cooking purposes and for protection against unfavourable weather conditions. Under the shelter you'll find barbeques and picnic tables.

*Note: The use of barbeques are for Tipi and Cabin rentals and Day Use bookings only.

Nature trails meander through the wooded valley and are a delight to bird watchers and nature enthusiasts alike.

There is a volleyball net in the clearing just east of the RV sites. This area may also be used for games, team work-outs, or just tossing a frisbee or football.

There are also two sets of horseshoe pits in the upper area, near the upper tipi. Horseshoes available for use at the office.

 We want our visitors to enjoy the nature and quiet here at Elk Island Retreat. Therefore, partying or offensive behavior is not allowed.  After 11:00 pm no music or noise is allowed. At all times music or noise should not be at a level that disturbs the quiet for other campers.

Our friendly camp dog, Kobi, may greet you on arrival or elsewhere on site. Kobi is our property watchdog, guarding the property against coyotes and other unwelcome visitors.

Pets welcome on a leash in the RV area, but no more than 20 lbs. They are not allowed in the Tipi /  Cabin / Tenting areas so that our visitors may enjoy the peace and quiet offered here. 

There are a number of golf courses in the area. The closest one is at Elk Island National park. (See Actvities - Off Site for list of Golf courses)

 For your shopping needs and other amenites, Bruderheim is 10 minutes north of Elk Island Retreat and the City of Fort Saskatchewan  is only 20 minutes west. If you can't find what you need there, Sherwood Park and Edmonton are approximately 35 minutes away and are sure to have what you're looking for.


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