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Banff National Park

Xplorers Program for Kids



Are you aged 6-11? Do you like to hike or bike, complete a quiz or crossword puzzle, or use your GPS to find a mystery location? Then the Xplorers program is just the right adventure for you!

Xplorer kids and their family discover cool facts about Canada’s first national park by completing activities from the Xplorers Booklet while visiting Banff and Lake Louise. 

Where do I get information and pick up the Xplorers Booklet?

Visit one of the following locations or speak to a park interpreter to pick up an Xplorers booklet and learn about other activities and programs for kids in Banff National Park.

  • Banff Visitor Centre, 224 Banff Avenue
  • Cave & Basin National Historic Site, 91 Banff Avenue
  • Lake Louise Visitor Centre, 201 Village Road
  • Parks Canada Campground Kiosks

What happens when I have completed some of the activities in my Xplorers booklet?

Kids and their families should head to one of the following locations to receive an Xplorers certificate and souvenir. You can choose to participate in an informal Xplorers ceremony acknowledging your achievements.

  • Banff Visitor Centre, 224 Banff Avenue
  • Cave & Basin National Historic Site, 91 Banff Avenue
  • Lake Louise Visitor Centre, 201 Village Road
  • Parks Canada Evening Interpretive Programs (summer only)

Can I participate in the Xplorers Club Program if I’m not visiting Banff National Park?

The Xplorers Club is best experienced while in a national park.

There are also Xplorers booklets for: Yoho National Park, Kootenay National Park, the Icefields Parkway, and the Cave and Basin National Historic Site. Do them all!

Club Parka Program for Preschool Kids

Hey parents!

Parka Parka

This busy little beaver is ready to welcome you and your family to Canada’s national parks, national historic sites and marine conservation areas. There is so much for preschoolers to see and do.

Parka encourages kids to explore the world around them, whether on a hike along wilderness trails or a step back in history at a site or fort. Spending time in nature has many benefits for young children – including increased fitness levels, powers of concentration, creativity, sociability and empathy – and visits to historic sites cultivate an appreciation for Canada's past and of those who have come before us.

Parka is eagerly waiting to introduce your child to the wonders of Parks Canada places.

Find out more about Club Parka and ask a park interpreter or at any Visitor Centre for a copy of the new Club Parka activity booklet!