We are pleased to offer group tours for the general public and school groups, as well as overnight stays to high school and university students during our field season (May to October)! Visits can be adapted for a variety of audiences and aimed to inform everyone about this world-class facility, exposing students to a hands-on field experience and complementing school curricula. Tours are typically 3–4 hours in length (including lunch); the length of overnight stays is based on the school’s interest.
Students and the public can gain:
Visits can be tailored to meet your interest, but generally, tours include
Tour participants are required to bring a lunch and appropriate clothing for the season. Overnight visitors will be provided with a list of supplies needed.
IISD-ELA can accommodate various curriculum and course goals. Overnight stays can be geared toward students participating in field experience and/or completing independent projects (independent projects can meet the International Baccalaureate requirements for biology, chemistry, and physics).
Please contact us at [email protected] with questions or to organize a tour or overnight stay.
Sanela Suljanovic, high school student who participated in our ELSE program
Recreational use of the area in which IISD Experimental Lakes Area is situated (for hiking, swimming, canoeing, fishing, etc.), is definitely permitted, and the lakes feature in many popular canoe routes.
However, IISD-ELA does not administer or oversee this usage.
Public access to the area is allowed; however, motorized vehicles travelling on Pine Road beyond the bridge at Lower Stuart Lake are only permitted with a valid travel permit. Should you wish to access the area without a travel permit, you are permitted to park your vehicle(s) at one of three parking areas adjacent to the Lower Stuart Lake bridge. This is the parking spot where canoeists set off on canoe trips via the Lower Stuart Lake route. Recreational paddlers are advised not to park on the Pine Road.
There is a sign at the canoe put-in area advising paddlers about how they can prevent the transfer of aquatic invasive species (such as spiny waterflea) in the lakes near IISD Experimental Lakes Area.