For the 2021 season, Elk Island National Park will offer limited camping services at Astotin Lake Campground. Visit Elk Island National Park COVID-19 page for updates on available park facilities and services.
For the 2021 season, Elk Island National Park will offer limited camping services at Astotin Lake Campground.
Visit Elk Island National Park COVID-19 page for updates on available park facilities and services.
Interested in camping but craving the comfort of a bed? Arrive to find camp already set-up at one of the five oTENTik tents in the Astotin Lake Campground. oTENTiks offer an easy and relaxing way to experience the great outdoors.
The oTENTik is an A-frame tent and cabin in one that offers a unique blend of homey comfort and a taste of outdoor adventure. It’s a unique concept for visitors to enjoy camping with the comfort of a bed and a campsite already set up and ready to go.
- Five oTENTik units available
- Reservations are recommended. Visit Parks Canada Reservation Service. When reserving online, oTENTiks can be found by selecting Parks Canada Accommodations.
- Maximum of six campers permitted per site
* Review all camping safety, regulations and etiquette before departure.
- Sleeping area for up to six people - one double bed, two singles, and a bunk bed
- A table and four chairs
- A battery-powered lantern
- An electric baseboard heater (takes the chill off, but does not provide full heat)
- A USB charging port
- Fire extinguisher, smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector.
- Broom and dustpan
*There is no plumbing or running water in the oTENTiks. Washrooms are located in the campground.
What’s at each campsite:
- A-Frame tent with front deck
- Fire pit
- Picnic table and four Adirondack chairs
- Propane BBQ
- Parking for a maximum of one vehicle
- Shared kitchen shelter
- Accessible washroom with showers
- Potable water taps
- Fire permits can be purchased at the Visitor Centre or campground kiosk. Keep all fires within the designated fire pits. Use firewood provided in wood boxes and do not bring firewood from outside the park.
What to bring:
- Sleeping bags, blankets and pillows (extra blankets and sleeping bags are recommended when temperature fall to -10° C in May and September)
- Food, drinks, and a water container
- Cooking equipment, dishes, eating utensils and a cooler (propane BBQs are provided)
- Slippers or indoor shoes
- Fire-making kit; waterproof matches / lighter
- This list is not exhaustive – visit adventuresmart.ca for a list of essential items to bring camping.
Visitors are expected to practice safe camping and picnicking practices, obey the camping and other national park’s regulations including keeping pets on a leash, and keeping food and garbage secure at all times. In addition to the Parks Canada’s camping regulations, oTENTik users must follow these additional regulations:
- Never prepare food, store food or drinks, or cook inside the oTENTik
- Keep oTENTik area clean at all times. Store ALL food, garbage and scented items in a vehicle or a bear proof storage container when not in use
- Never smoke or vape tobacco or cannabis within the oTENTik
- Keep pets out of the oTENTik, on leash and under control at all times
Reservations are recommended. Review the campground hours of operation for more information on the operating season dates.
Reserve by phone or online:
Call 1-877-RESERVE (1-877-737-3783). Available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. local park time
Outside of North America: (519) 826-5391
For more information call the Parks Canada national information line at 1-888-773-8888.
Camping with a group?
oTENTik sites #34 and #41 are ideal for larger groups. These site are side by side and separate from the rest of the campsites!
oTENTik site #9 is wheelchair accessible.
Campground check-in / check-out
- Check-in at the Astotin Lake Campground Kiosk upon arrival
- Check-in time is 2:00 p.m.
- Check-out time is 11:00 a.m.
If arriving after the campground kiosk is closed, please contact the Elk Island National Park Visitor Centre during regular business hours to make arrangements for late arrival.
- For incidents involving wildlife call Parks Canada Dispatch 1-877-852-3100. Response times may vary
- In case of an emergency dial 911
- Hospitals are located in Lamont, Sherwood Park and Fort Saskatchewan. The Lamont Hospital closes at 8:00 pm; after-hours emergencies must be taken to Fort Saskatchewan or Sherwood Park.
It is illegal to feed, entice or disturb any wildlife in a national park. Violators may be charged, be required to appear in court, and could pay fines up to $25 000.
To report offenses call Parks Canada Dispatch: 1-877-852-3100.