Interpretive theatre programs, guided hikes and family programs

Our team of interpreters are here to delight you through authentic experiences and inspire you by revealing the meaning of Waterton Lakes National Park's natural environment and cultural heritage.

We are excited to offer free programs for you to enjoy while connecting with the rich history and beauty of Waterton Lakes National Park in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday this year!

2017 spring interpretive program

Bison for Breakfast?
Guided walk along Bellevue Trail
Our 2017 team of interpreters
Our 2017 team of interpreters

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: Saturdays, May 13, 20 and June 3, 10, 17, 24 (no program May 27).
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 Parks Canada vehicle at the pullout with the “Bear” sign, about 3 km along the Red Rock Parkway. 
What to Bring: Snacks, water (at least 1 L), sturdy footwear, sun protection, camera and rain gear.

Spring Into Waterton!
Guided hike into Horseshoe Basin

Waterton Lakes National Park is a tiny park with big designations. Discover what our scientists are doing behind the scenes this spring; and who they partner with to manage this special meeting place. Experience park science with hands-on activities on this guided hike and enjoy eating your lunch in a stunning mountain meadow.

Day: Sundays, May 28 and June 4, 11 and 18.
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 L), sturdy footwear, sun screen, camera and rain gear.

Spring Blooms and Bears
Guided hike along Blakiston Creek

On this guided hike along Blakiston Creek, you will learn all about grizzly and black bears in Waterton Lakes National Park! Identify various flowers and plants that bears eat, understand bear behaviour and take home tips on how to hike smart in bear country.

Day: Sundays, June 4 and 11.
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 about 400 metres along the Red Rock Parkway.
What to Bring: Snacks, water (at least 1 L), sturdy footwear, sun protection, camera and rain gear.

Interpreter talks

New to nature or wanting to dig deeper into Waterton’s natural environment and cultural history? Drop by Cameron Falls to see what current stories and artefacts our park interpreters have to share.

Day: Saturdays - May 13 and 20; June 3, 10 and 17; Sundays - June 4 and 11.
Time: 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Where: Cameron Falls.