Camping can be quite a bit of fun, but there is a place near Edmonton where camping isn't quite as normal as you might think. The Elk Island Retreat is a great place for camping and you will find a very unique experience when you camp at here. This won't be your average camping experience.
You can come to Elk Island Retreat with an RV or a tent, but this isn't the best way to enjoy the camping experience. Instead, you can spend the night, weekend or week in a tipi or a trapper cabin. This will certainly make for something much more unique.
How it all Began
The Elk Island Retreat started by a husband and wife after a friend gave them the idea. They wanted to do something with the land that was unique and could serve the public. This led to the opening of the retreat.
Who's the Retreat Best For?
Visiting the retreat can be done by those of any age. Couples, families and groups often come to the retreat to enjoy an interesting experience. From scout troops to church groups, the Elk Island Retreat is perfect for anybody of any age.
The retreat provides 36 RV sties, a large number of tent sites, five tipis and two trapper cabins. The tipis and trapper cabins can be rented and come with a picnic shelter and propane grill. This makes the cabins and tipis perfect for groups.
Four of the tipis are larger and can sleep as many as 12 people, while the smaller one sleeps up to 6 people. Each cabin can sleep up to 12 people, too.
Since this is a place for camping, you won't find a ton of amenities. However, they do provide coin-operated showers and laundry, natural trails, washrooms and even firewood for sale.
They also provide the Aboriginal Cultural Program, which is run by Candy Morningway. This program provides a look at the crafts, stories and many other parts of the Aboriginal culture. The program must be pre-arranged.
If you want to enjoy a unique camping experience, head to the Elk Island Retreat and rent a trapper cabin or a tipi.
By Justin Havre