Some areas in Waterton Lakes National Park are now open to the public after the Kenow Fire. Closures are still in effect for other areas due to safety hazards and infrastructure damage. Please see the up-to-date list of open and closed areas.

Interpretive programs in January 2018

What is Waterton Lakes National Park like in the winter? Bundle up, pack your hot chocolate and find out.

Join Parks Canada interpreter Anna at one of our picnic shelters to discover the magic of snow crystals. Learn about avalanches, winter safety and the amazing adaptations birds and mammals make to live in Waterton through winter.

Drop-in programs include activities, art projects, information and good conversation. Great for all ages!

  • Saturdays - January 6 and 20 (10 am to 2 pm) at Maskinonge day-use area picnic shelter
  • Sundays - January 7, 14, 21 and 28 (10 am to 2 pm) at Pass Creek picnic shelter
Guided interpretive winter walks - January 13 & 27 (10 am to 1 pm)

Which animals are active in winter? What are their strategies for survival? Our interpretive guide will help you to identify the tracks, scats and other signs the animals leave behind (snowshoes may be provided, if there is enough snow cover).

The cost is $22 per person and advance registration is required. Find out more by calling 403-859-5133 or email

Special group tours may be booked for groups of six or more on Mondays, Thursdays or Fridays.

Check back for more program updates in January.

2017 interpretive programs

In 2017, Parks Canada invited Canadians and visitors from around the world to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary at our national treasures from coast to coast to coast.

To mark this special year, we offered free admission to all Parks Canada locations.

In Waterton Lakes National Park, we invited people to participate in free interpretive programs such as guided hikes, evening theatre programs, family activities and roving staff.

Participants engaged in interactive learning experiences about wildlife, ecological restoration initiatives, the animal world and local history.

Here is what some of our visitors had to say about their experience:

Phenomenal! These shows are informative and it's fun watching the audience engagement. Outstanding rapport with children and adults alike.

Great! Just like how I remembered it as a kid.

Have been coming to Waterton Lakes National Park for 20-plus years and always enjoy these shows.

A highlight of our trip this summer. A wonderful blend of techniques to edutain (educate and entertain) all.

We love listening to the Blackfoot stories and beading. The presenters are kind, helpful and funny.