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Kootenay National Park

Learning Experiences


Evening Programs | Hands-on Activities | Guided Hikes and Walks | Ktunaxa First Nation

** All programs run from July 1st until August 30th, 2014.

Evening Programs

Epic Fossil Find
Redstreak Campground Theatre (map)
Tuesdays and Fridays, 8 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Scientists discovered a treasure trove of Burgess Shale fossils in Kootenay National Park. Learn how these fossils are helping paleontologists uncover the mysteries of Earth.

Fireside Tails
McLeod Meadows Campground (map)
Wednesdays, 8 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Hear stories of park wildlife and sing songs around the campfire.

Sunset Stroll
Redstreak Campground Theatre (map)
8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. in July
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in August

Learn about bighorns and bobcats on this hour and a half walk from the theatre to a panoramic viewpoint.

The Inside Track
Redstreak Campground Theatre (map)
Thursdays and Sundays, 8 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Hear inspiring true stories from the researchers who track Kootenay’s wildlife.

Hands-on Activities

Wild Art
Marble Canyon Day Use Area (map)
Mondays 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
Be inspired by the beauty of the burn and release your inner artist. Materials provided.

Burning for Bighorn
Redstreak Campground Theatre (map)
Tuesdays 10 a.m.- 12 p.m.
A geocaching adventure through Redstreak’s hottest habitat. GPS units provided.

Tigers and Dragons
Meet at the Radium Visitor Centre (map)
Thursdays, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. **July only
Catch and release the mini-monsters of a pond.

Into the Secret Canyon
Meet at the Radium Hot Springs Pools (map)
Thursdays, 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.** August only
Take a guided walk to a secret part of the Sinclair Canyon. Experience a sacred place of natural splendour as you walk along stepping stones along the creek’s edge on this easy family adventure.

Xplorers Program (for kids!)
Parks Canada’s Xplorers program provides fun activities for families to learn about national parks and national historic sites. By completing a collector’s booklet, children will receive an achievement certificate and souvenir. Visit the Kootenay National Park Visitor Centre in Radium, B.C. or speak to a park interpreter.

Guided Walks and Hikes

Marble Canyon to the Paint Pots
Marble Canyon Trailhead (map)
Wednesdays, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Discover colourful paint pots, a rushing glacial river and signs of wildlife on a 2-hour (one way) family-friendly hike.

Reservations recommended as spaces are limited.
For information and tickets, visit the Kootenay Visitor Centre, or bring exact change to the trailhead. Adults: $14.70, Children: $7.35, Seniors: $12.50 (prices include GST).

Stanley Glacier: Kootenay Fossils Revealed
Stanley Glacier Trailhead
Saturdays and Mondays, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Join a Parks Canada Heritage Interpreter for a guided hike to one of Kootenay National Park’s Burgess Shale fossil beds. Beginning in an expansive fire swept forest with lodgepole pines and a profusion of wildflowers, this 12 km return (7.5 mile) hike crosses a turquoise river, passes by waterfalls and gives close-up views of the Stanley Glacier. Hidden in the Stephen formation are trilobites, hyolithids, brachiopods, sponges and algaes. Hold a piece of earth’s history in your hand and make a fossil rubbing to take home. You’ll even learn about the “Stan animal,” a 505 million year old predator recently discovered here!

Reservations are required.
For more information about this full-day hike, visit online or call 1-877-737-3783

Information about self-guided interpretive trails  

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