Pavlodar Province is a province of Kazakhstan. Its capital is the city of Pavlodar, which has a population of 300,200. The province itself has 744,860 people. Pavlodar borders Russia to the north, and also borders the following Kazakh provinces: Akmola (to the west),North Kazakhstan (to the north-west), and Karagandy (to the south). Many people, especially Ukrainians, immigrated to Pavlodar in Nikita Khrushchev's Virgin Lands Campaign. The Irtysh River flows from the Altay Mountains in the China to Russia through the province. Bayanaul National Park is located in the province within 100 km of Ekibastuz.