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Banff National Park

Hands-on Interpretive Activities 2016

Catch one of the programs below and watch for roving interpreters at park hot-spots! We are ready to answer your questions and help you discover the area.


Subalpine Stories on Sulphur
Sundays and Mondays June 26th - September 4th
Sulphur Mountain Boardwalk Trail
Time: 11:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m
Meet Parks Canada interpreters on top of Sulphur Mountain to hear stories of the life and times of this subalpine summit.

Tech Free Tuesday
Tuesdays June 28-August 30
Banff Avenue Square (Town of Banff)
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Unplug from technology and reconnect with nature by joining a Parks Canada interpreter for a hands on experience.

Woonerf Wednesdays
Wednesdays June 29 - August 31
Bear Street (Town of Banff)
Time: 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Join us on the Bear Street Woonerf to discover how you can help keep the wild in wildlife.

Go Bug Wild!
Thursdays June 23rd - September 1st
Johnson Lake Day-use Area (Lake Minnewanka Road)
Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Join this interactive bug-hunting adventure and discover the weird and wild creatures that live beneath the waves of Two Jack Lake. Adult supervision required.

Gadgets and Grizzlies
Fridays June 24 - September 2
Lake Minnewanka Day-use Area
Time: 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Saturdays June 25- September 3
Fenland Day –use Area
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Join the Wildlife Guardians and gain hands on experience with the latest technology and techniques used to understand the lives of grizzly bears in Banff National Park.

Wildflowers of Sunshine Meadows
Saturdays July 23, August 6, August 13
Sunshine Meadows
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Join a Parks Canada interpreter to find out more about unique flowers and revel in the wonder of spectacular mountain scenery.

Wildlife Crossing Structures Participatory Exhibit
Check it out! Our new participatory interpretive exhibit is located westbound on the Trans-Canada Highway, 25 km west of the Town of Banff at the pull-out near Castle Junction. Come and experience how wildlife safely cross this major highway. Exhibit is open 7 days per week. Parks Canada interpreters will be there Sundays and Mondays from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. during July and August.

Interpreters at popular spots!
Look for Parks Canada’s interpreters at popular picnic and day-use areas in and around the Town of Banff and along the Bow Valley Parkway (Hwy 1A). We are looking forward to welcoming you to Banff National Park and sharing some fun facts and stories.

Parks Day
Saturday July 16
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Guided Walk: There’s no place like Vermillion Lakes
Maximum group size: 24 per walk
What makes the Vermillion Lakes wetland area an oasis of life in Banff National Park? Find answers to that question while immersing yourselves in the nature and culture of this area during a 1.5 hour guided walk along the Fenland trail and the road beside Vermillion Lakes. The walk will cover approximately 2 km and is not overly strenuous. Register in advance at Parks Canada’s Visitor Centre.

Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Join the Wildlife Guardians on the Bear Street Woonerf as they share exciting stories of local wildlife.

Lake Louise

Activities with Interpreters
Lake Louise Lakeshore
Wednesdays, July and August from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Watch for interpreters at park hot spots for activities, animal pelts and more!

Learn-to Camp
Lake Louise Lakeshore
Saturdays, July and August from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
Learn how you can spend safe and enjoyable nights camping in the mountains with your family! Develop the skills you need to appreciate the joys of this truly Canadian experience.

Canada Day
Lake Louise
Friday July 1 from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
Watch for fun, hands-on activities at the Canada Day celebrations in Lake Louise.

Parks Day
Moraine Lake
Saturday, July 16 from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Meet an aquatic biologist at Moraine Lake and check out the fish.