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

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

Check-in is anytime after 1:00 p.m. / Check-out is by 12:00 p.m.

Come check out our Tipis, Trapper Cabins, tenting area or RV Sites. It's a great little get-away with much to see and do in the area.

RESERVATION / CANCELLATION POLICY

Reservations are required. Please phone to confirm your reservation as a credit card number is required. For all RV site reservations a $10 non-refundable reservation confirmation fee is required per site.

A  one week cancellation notification is required for all RV and Tent site reservations or the dates reserved will be charged. Reservations that are made less than a week in advance of the stay dates must be paid in full at the time of booking.

For Tipi / Trapper Cabin rentals a 30% non-refundable deposit is required to confirm reservations.

(Tipis only: In the case of inclement weather the deposit may be applied to a future date within same camping season). 

REFUNDS:  No refunds after check in time with the exception of monthly and seasonal RV customers. Monthly and seasonal customer refunds for early departures will be calculated at the applicable rate based on length of stay. There is a $10 administration fee for all refunds.

See also our Camper Information & Regulations.

Our mission is to provide our visitors with a peaceful environment for rest, relaxation and reflection. Get out of town and come and enjoy the outdoors in this beautiful natural setting. 

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

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Upper 24 ft Tipi

TIPI CAMPING

The tipis at Elk Island Retreat 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.

One of our tipis is 24 ft in diameter and will sleep up to approximately 12 people. The other tipi is 18 ft in diameter and will sleep up to approximately 6 persons. The tipis have wooden floors.

Please click on READ MORE for more information about your stay in a tipi such as what to bring and what is included.

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

 

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TRAPPER CABINS

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: ie: cooking gear, axe, matches/lighter, fire starter/paper, lawn chairs, bug spray, etc.

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 per night is included in the rate. Birch firewood is also available for purchase. 

Pets are not allowed at the Trapper Cabin area.

 

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TENTING

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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FULL SERVICE RV SITES

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.

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WEDDINGS / REUNIONS / GROUP EVENTS

Are you looking for an outdoor natural setting for your wedding day, staff retreat or reunion? Our  secluded "upper" area is perfect for an intimate country wedding or group event. The maximum number of guests that we are able to accommodate is 130. There is a picnic shelter nearby with power, propane barbeque and picnic tables, one 24 foot tipi, and a ceremony / dance floor. Our tenting and RV sites or trapper cabins and tipis are nearby for guests wanting to spend the night. We are also able to arrange a pole tent rental for protection from the elements if necessary. Click on read more for additional information. Please contact us for pricing and other details.

DAY USE  

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 or group event. Sundays through Thursdays only. Please see our Day Use Rates. Reservations are required.

 

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Other campground information

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

WIFI AVAILABLE - RV sites only: Up to 6 day stay - Free WIFI, 7 Days: $10, 14 Days: $15, 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 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 a barbeque 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 are available for use at the office.

We are not equipped with a playground for children. Nature is your playground. Please respect the nature here by not breaking branches, picking wild flowers, or damaging any other flora or fauna.

There is a grassy open area near to where the volleyball net is where you can toss a frisbee, or play games or soccer.

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 protector against coyotes and other unwelcome predators.

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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