Our team has just completed the re-design of the Elk Island National Park Visitor Centre for Parks Canada in Alberta! Just 35 minutes east of Edmonton lies a natural wonderland open all year long! Spread a blanket and gaze at a starry sky free from city lights or follow the footprints of a bison and learn how this magnificent animal was brought back from near extinction. In addition to being an important refuge for bison, elk and more than 250 bird species, Elk Island National Park is also an oasis of calm for day picnickers and overnight campers alike.
Elk Island National Park is a national park in Canada that played an important part in the conservation of the American bison. It is Canada's 8th smallest in area but largest fully enclosed national park, with an area of 194 square kilometres (75 sq mi). The park is representative of the northern prairies plateau ecosystem and as such, the knob and kettle landscape is a mix of native fescue grassland, aspen parkland and boreal forest. As well, Elk Island plays host to both the largest and the smallest terrestrial mammals in North America, the wood bison and pygmy shrew respectively.
Elk Island National Park (EINP) of Canada is located 45km east of Edmonton, Alberta. It is the sixth oldest of Canada’s forty-six national parks. EINP was initially created as a wildlife sanctuary for Elk in 1906, however, the park is now recognized, world-wide, for its conservation efforts for plains and wood bison. Parks Canada desired a turn-key, creative solution for its interior exhibit which included content development, conceptual design, writing, detailed design, fabrication and installation.
To optimizing visitor flow and the overall visitor experience, we assisted Parks Canada with the placement of all project elements, including exhibits, orientation information, retail and a children’s area. Sperry Design also recommended various exhibit types, technologies, materials and platforms to best enhance and promote EINP’s overall storyline, interpretive themes and key messages. The delivery of the overall interpretive storyline was also aided through the use of striking images and design layouts. All project elements were geared toward EINP’s key markets and potential emerging markets. The new VIC enhances and improves the visitor experience at EINP, is interactive and immersive, family-oriented and safe, relevant to key markets and accessible to all visitors. The final exhibit compliments the uinique landscape and viewplanes at EINP. Click here to view the project.