On September 17, 1984, Saint John Paul II visited Elk Island National Park to reflect and rest during his visit to Canada. Working in close collaboration, Parks Canada and five local councils of the Knights of Columbus have undertaken to re-commemorate this memorable visit. A replica bench and five interpretive panels are being erected at the Tawayik Day Use Area, where His Holiness walked and prayed. 

The official unveiling and celebration will happen at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 17, the anniversary of his visit. All are invited to attend and experience this place as the Pope did, thoughtfully contemplating the beauty of the world around him. Regular park entry fees apply; get there early for parking directions. For details, visit the park website at http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/ab/elkisland/ne.aspx#f2  or call 780-992-2977.