Interpretive theatre programs, guided hikes and family programs

Celebrate Canada's 150th birthday by participating in our new theatre programs, guided hikes and family activities. These programs are all free!

Programs begin June 25 and run until August 31 (unless otherwise stated).

Theatre programs

Join our interpreters for an entertaining evening theatre program

From purrrfect predators, wolves and crows to creatures of the night; from the depths of Waterton Lake to the high alpine; with battling plants and Waterton’s history, our interpreters celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday by sharing the latest research with fun stories and theatrics for kids and adults alike in our new 2017 theatre programs.

Join Parks Canada interpreters in the Falls Theatre (near Cameron Falls) or Crandell Theatre (in Crandell Campground) every evening at 8 p.m. for a 45-minute program.

Evening theatre schedule (8 p.m.)
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Falls Theatre Wild, Wild Waterton Wise Guys of the Skies Plant Wars Life on the Rocks Wolves in Waterton In Deep Lights Out!
Crandell Theatre Blackfoot Storyteller Plant Wars Wild, Wild Waterton Wolves in Waterton Wise Guys of the Skies Lights Out! In Deep

Guided hikes

Guided hikes are a great way to learn more about Waterton Lakes National Park

Forces of Nature - family friendly
Some things are out of our control, especially when it comes to the natural world. Experience the power nature holds and learn about how these forces have shaped the landscape around you on this guided hike to Bertha Falls.
When: Saturdays.
Time: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (3 hours return).
Distance: 5.2 km (3.2 miles) return.
Skill level: Moderate.
Where: Meet at Bertha Falls trailhead on Emerald Avenue.
Bring: Snack, water (minimum 1 litre), sturdy footwear, sun protection, camera and rain gear.

Friend, Food or Foe - family friendly
Join our guided hike to Bertha Falls for stories about wildlife interactions throughout Canadian history. Celebrate how we can all share this landscape with wildlife today. 
When: Wednesdays.
Time: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (3 hours return).
Distance: 5.2 km (3.2 miles) return.
Skill level: Moderate.
Where: Meet at Bertha Falls trailhead on Emerald Avenue.
Bring: Snack, water (minimum 1 litre), sturdy footwear, sun protection, camera and rain gear.

Nature’s Pantry - adults and older children
Have you ever wondered which plants are edible? What about which plants may save your life? Join our guided hike on the Horseshoe Basin trail to celebrate Waterton’s native plants and their traditional Blackfoot uses. 
Day: Mondays.
Time: 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (4.5 hours return).
Distance: 8 km (5 miles return).
Skill level: Moderate with challenging short uphill sections.
Where: Horseshoe Basin Trail, please meet at the gate to the trailhead. Drive to the end of the Bison Paddock road off of Highway 6 where there is a cul-de-sac and two port-a-potties. 
What to Bring: Lunch and snacks, water (at least 1 litre), proper footwear, sun protection, camera and rain gear.

A Plant’s Life - adults and older children
Celebrate the foothills parkland from a plant’s perspective. Let the species tell the story of how people have used the land and shaped it into what it is today... for better or for worse?
Day: Sundays.
Time: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (3 hours return).
Distance: 6.5 km / 4 miles return (half-day hike).
Skill level: Easy.
Where: Meet at Wishbone trailhead on Highway 6. 
What to Bring: Snacks, water (at least 1 litre), sturdy footwear, sun protection, camera and rain gear.

Rowe Lakes Hike - adults and older children
Canada is 150 years old but our endangered Whitebark Pine trees are much older! Join this guided hike to scenic subalpine Rowe Lakes and learn how Parks Canada is trying to save this keystone species. 
Day: Mondays.
Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (6 hours return).
Distance: 12.8 km (8 miles return).
Skill level: Moderate to difficult.
Where: Rowe Lakes trailhead along the Akamina Parkway.
What to Bring: Lunch and snacks, water (at least 2 litre), proper footwear, sun protection, camera, warm layers and rain gear.

Bison for Breakfast?! - adults and older children
Waterton’s fescue grasslands set the stunning stage for an 8000-year-old story on the deep roots between the bison and Blackfoot people. Throw an atlatl along a remnant bison drive lane and get “fired up” for a tasty treat of bison jerky at the end of this guided walk!
Day: Thursdays.
Time: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (3 hours return).
Skill level: Easy.
Distance: 6 km / 3.7 miles return (half day hike).
Where: Look for the park vehicle at the pullout with the “Bear” sign, about 3 km along the Red Rock Parkway. 
What to Bring: Snacks, water (at least 1 litre), sturdy footwear, sun protection, camera and rain gear.

Bears and Blooms - adults and older children
On this guided hike along Blakiston Creek, you will learn all about Grizzly and Black bears in Waterton! Identify various flowers and plants that bears eat, understand bear behaviour, and take home tips on how to hike smart in bear country.
Day: Tuesdays. 
Time: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. (3 hours return).
Skill level: Easy.
Distance: 6 km / 3.7 miles return (half-day hike).
Where: Look for the park vehicle at the pullout about 400 metres along the Red Rock Parkway.
What to Bring: Snacks, water (at least 1 litre), sturdy footwear, sun protection, camera and rain gear.

V.I.P. Wanted! – adults and older children
Waterton Lakes is a tiny park with big designations! Along this guided walk to a stunning mountain meadow view, you’ll discover what our biologists are doing “behind-the-scenes” and who they partner with to preserve this special meeting place. 
Day: Wednesdays.
Time: 9 am to 1:30 p.m. (4.5 hours return).
Distance: 8 km (5 miles return).
Skill level: Moderate with challenging short uphill sections.
Where: Horseshoe Basin Trail, please meet at the gate to the trailhead. Drive to the end of the Bison Paddock road off of Highway 6 where there is a cul-de-sac and two port-a-potties. 
What to Bring: Lunch and snacks, water (at least 1 litre), proper footwear, sun protection, camera and rain gear

Blakiston Falls Walk - family friendly
People have enjoyed this striking landscape for thousands of years! Millions of years before that, these red rocks were just beginning to form. Join us for a family-friendly walk through fragrant pine forests that lead to a magnificent waterfall, and be delighted by the stories revealed through interpreting this landscape. 
When: Fridays, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturdays 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Distance: 2 km (1.2 miles) return.
Skill level: Easy, family-friendly walk.
Where: Red Rock Day Use Area (end of the Red Rock Parkway).
Bring: Water, sturdy shoes, and sun protection.

International Peace Park Hike - adults and older children
Co-led by a Parks Canada interpreter and a U.S. National Parks Service ranger, this day-long hike is a tradition of over 30 years here in the world’s first International Peace Park.
Plan to hike 15 km (9.3 mi), which includes the distance from the boat dock to the trail head.
When: Tuesdays and Fridays. 
Time: 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Distance: 14 km (8.5 miles) one way.
Skill level: Moderately challenging, with some uphill sections.
Where: Meet at the Bertha trailhead on Emerald Avenue.
Bring: Water, lunch, snacks, sun protection, a hat, jacket, rain gear, insect repellant, a boat ticket and Passport with proper documentation for crossing the border.

Please pre-register at the Waterton Lakes National Park Visitor Centre or phone (403) 859 5133 for more information.

International Peace Park hike checklist (PDF, 2.6 MB).

Family programs

Check out our lineup of family activities

Celebrate Canada’s 150 birthday by participating in our new theatre programs, guided hikes and family activities - these entertaining programs are all free! Our team of Interpreters are here to delight you through authentic experiences, and to inspire you through revealing the meaning of Waterton’s natural environment and cultural heritage.

Nutcracker Sweeeet Sundays and Mondays, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
From the high alpine comes a love story like no other! Secrets are exposed and new relationships are discovered among four individuals. Will restoration and conservation be enough to allow this love story to prevail? Come find out! 
Location: green space near the lakeshore, beside Waterton Heritage Centre (117 Waterton Avenue).

Blackfoot Drums and Dance / Indigenous Drums and Dance Tuesdays, 1:30 p.m. to 2.30 p.m.
Take in the sights and sounds of traditional drums and dancing by local Indigenous people.
Location: On the green lawn beside the Waterton Heritage Centre (117 Wateron Avenue). 

Flat Hat Chat Mondays and Thursdays, 5 p.m to 5:30 p.m.
Surprised to see U.S. park rangers in Waterton? Come and find out why they are here, and explore the connections between Waterton and Glacier national parks.
Location: green space near the lakeshore, beside the Waterton Heritage Centre (117 Waterton Avenue).

Stories at the Belly River Fridays, 8 p.m.
Bring a chair and your mug to enjoy a sip of heritage hot chocolate as you listen to stories about the Belly River Valley - a place of significance to our wildlife, aquatic species and people.
Location: Belly River Campground.

Critter Litter Fridays, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Drop in to investigate the subtle signs left by wildlife, such as fur, antlers, tracks, scats and more! Kids can participate in evidence-based activities or make a craft.
Location: Community Kitchen Shelter on the lakeshore. Follow Waterton Avenue past the campground to the last building on the left. Look for a Parks Canada vehicle and interpreter in the parking lot.

The Hunt for Black Gold Sundays, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Many explorers tried and failed on the hunt for oil in Waterton Lakes National Park. Do you have what it takes to be successful? Come celebrate the 100th anniversary of Canadian National Historic Sites and learn about the significance of the First Oil Well in Western Canada NHS
Location: First Oil Well in Western Canada National Historic Site National Historic Site, located along the Akamina Parkway.

On Night’s Wing Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Bamboozled by bats? Fly by and explore Waterton’s 'night pilots'. Build a bat, fight a deadly foe, and be a researcher and discover whether Waterton is really home to vampires.
Location: Community Kitchen Shelter on the lakeshore. Follow Waterton Avenue past the campground to the last building on the left. Look for a Parks Canada vehicle and interpreter in the parking lot.

Becoming Grounded: Painting in the Park Mondays, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m
Relax, connect and engage your senses through a guided mindfulness exercise and painting with natural pigments. Become grounded and experience the natural wonders of Waterton while engaging your artistic spirit En Plein Air during this 2 hour outdoor program. 
Bring: A lawn chair or blanket to sit on, water, sun protection and rain gear.
Location: Maskinonge Overlook off Highway 6.

Blackfoot Crafts and Stories 
Join our Blackfoot interpreters! Sit on a bison rug, listen to traditional stories, and make a beaded craft to take home.
Join us in the townsite, at the Waterton Community Centre, on Thursday afternoons. The program starts promptly at 2 p.m. in the south classroom. 
Join us at Crandell teepee on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. The program starts promptly at 10 a.m. Please allow 2 hours. 

Eyes on the Skies Wednesday, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
It sure can be windy in Waterton! Take advantage of the prevailing weather patterns through flying kites. Pick up cloud watching guide with fun activities and engage in making your own cloud art or kite to take home.
Location: Community Kitchen Shelter on the lakeshore. Follow Waterton Avenue past the campground to the last building on the left. Look for a Parks Canada vehicle and interpreter in the parking lot.

Roving interpreters

Our roving interpreters are often out and about in the park

Heading out on the trails? Watch for roving interpreters.

Keep an eye out for roving interpreters while you're around town, out in the park and hiking on the trails this summer. They may have an elk antler or a wolf pelt for you to touch, or have stories of the deep lakes or the dark skies to share. They also know all kinds of things about the park, so if you have any questions, be sure to stop and say hello!