Bannock with Jam and Mint tea: $8.00 per person - Enjoy warm bannock with jam and a cup of Mint tea served right at your site.
Trails: Approximately 2 kms of nature trails to explore
Pond (Lake Slou-ise): Look for frogs and other water creatures. (Take the Lake Slou-ise trail to get to the pond)
We are not equipped with a playground for children. There is a volleyball net and horseshoe pits located on site. Otherwise, nature is your playground. Please respect the nature here. Do not damage it by breaking branches and picking wild flowers or any other flora and fauna.
Aboriginal Cultural Programs and Crafts: On a fee for service basis
As part of the tipi camping experience, we offer Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Programs. This is provided through a partnership with Aboriginal resource persons. Currently, Candy Morningway provides this service at the Retreat. Through games, music and crafts she creates a fun and interactive atmosphere for learning more about the Aboriginal culture. These programs are on a per request basis and must be pre-arranged in advance.
The trails here at the Retreat are a bird watcher's and nature enthusiast's paradise. In a forest of birch, poplar and spruce, the trails meander through a valley that runs through the property. You will cross two bridges that cross a creekbed. The "Lake Slou-ise" trail passes by a pond. Here you will most often see ducks and frogs and occasionally, beavers or muscrats. Watch for bat houses and bird houses along the trails. On these trails, campers have been witness to the very diverse wildlife of this area.
From the Retreat, there is access to many excellent destinations for outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy.
For the avid golfer, there are numerous golf courses in the area. The closest one is Elk Island National park. We are 3 kilometers from the west gate of the park. Other golf courses include: Legends Golf and Country Club, Fox Run Golf Course, Northern Bear Golf Club, Fort In View Golf Course, Fort Sask. Golf and Curling Club.
Kalyna Country is the worlds largest ecomuseum. It is a 15000 square kilometer area which encompasses and showcases the natural and cultural history of this region.
Within Kalyna Country are numerous interesting attractions that offer a further glimpse into the history and culture of the area. Shown here is the famous Easter Egg, located in the town of Vegreville.
Elk Island National Park is a great way to spend a day! Hiking, biking, canoeing and wildlife viewing are some of the many things to do and see. It is also a chance to see much wildlife, including Alberta's native bison. The park is only five minutes away from the Retreat.
The Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village is a living museum and it's a fun way to gain a deeper understanding of this regions history.
Cooking Lake-Blackfoot is ideal for day camping, picnics, hiking, canoeing and many other activities.
Beaverhill Lake is famous for its large population of Snow Geese.
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.