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Banff National Park

Events Calendar 2014

Cave and Basin Events | Interpretive Programs | Mountain WIT

July 19th - Parks Day


First celebrated in 1990, Canada’s Parks Day is an opportunity for Canadians to participate in unique and fun events taking place in Canada’s first national park.

Lake Louise

All day
Grab your hiking boots and explore the beautiful Lake Louise area on foot to celebrate Parks Day. Pick up your copy of the Bioblitz Challenge at the Lake Louise Visitor Centre.

Lake Louise Guided Walk
Main lakeshore viewpoint 
10 a.m. to 12 noon

Investigate the stories of wildlife, people and glaciers in this spectacular area. An easy 2-hour walk (one way) along the shoreline trail. Reservations recommended as spaces are limited. For information and tickets, visit the Lake Louise Visitor Centre, or bring exact change to the trailhead.
Adults: $14.70, Children: $7.35, Seniors: $12.50 (prices include GST).

Glaciers Up Close and Personal
Lake Louise Campground Theatre
8 to 9 p.m.
Tap into what makes glaciers really “cool.”

On the Right Track
Corral Creek picnic area
1 to 3 p.m.

Test your tracking skills and discover how Parks Canada keeps an eye on our local wildlife.

Banff Avenue Square

Alpine Discovery Hub
11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Get a taste of classic alpine experiences in Banff National Park! Picture yourself on a suspension bridge on your way to a mountain summit, horseback riding in the backcountry, or camping on a peaceful mountain lake. Enjoy a selection of classic family friendly board games including checkers and chess with a wildlife twist. Free.

Meet the Wildlife Guardians 
3 to 5 p.m.

Learn to Camp Day
2 to 6 p.m.
Curious about camping? Want to talk to an expert? Together with Mountain Equipment Coop, Parks Canada will set up a model campsite in the heart of the Banff Townsite. Stop by to explore the site, learn about equipment and safety, and chat with one of our knowledgeable representatives. It’s an opportunity for the whole family to discover the joys of camping.

Cave and Basin National Historic Site

Cave Lantern Tours
7 p.m. and 8 p.m.
It’s after hours at the Cave and Basin, but we’re letting you in. All your senses awaken as the light from your lantern casts shadows on ancient grotto walls. Mysterious sounds and voices are a reminder that others, like you, have journeyed to these thermal waters for centuries. We’ll supply the lanterns; you supply the imagination.
A family-friendly 30 minute tour. $7.30 per person. Registration required. Please call 403- 845-3524 to reserve.

Parks Day Teddy Bear Picnic (B.Y.O.B. – Bring Your Own Bear, that is!)
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Bring a picnic lunch to the Cave and Basin NHS, roll out your blanket and show off your favourite teddy bear at the annual Teddy Bear Picnic. The whole family can enjoy live interpretive events, the awe inspiring interactive story hall that takes you on a journey through Parks Canada’s national treasures from sea to sea to sea, and the quiet tranquility of the bubbling thermal waters of the iconic Cave and Basin – the place where it all began. Site entry fee applies.


Where’s the Wildlife?
Waterfowl Lakes Campground Theatre
8 to 9 p.m.

Find out how habitat is your key to spotting animals in the Rockies.

Art Trading Cards
Two Jack Lakeside Campground
3:30 to 4:30 p.m. and 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Celebrate Canada’s National Parks! Register at the campground kiosk and join local artist June Hills to create a series of cards to trade with friends and fellow artists.

Smarter than the Average Mama Bear
Johnston Canyon Campground Theatre
7:30 p.m.

Join the Wildlife Guardians as they share the journey of one of Banff’s most celebrated and long-lived grizzly bears, Bear 64.

From Rejected to Protected: The Story of Wolves in Banff National Park
Tunnel Mountain Village I – Raven’s Nest Theatre
7:30 p.m.

Experience life through a wolf’s eyes and uncover the challenging past and present of these top predators. Bring the whole pack for a howling good time!

Sherlock Roams and the Curious Case of the Corridor
Tunnel Mountain Village II – Wolf’s Den Theatre
7:30 p.m.

Navigating busy Banff is no easy feat for animals, but Sherlock Roams is on the case! This moving story about wildlife corridors will transport you to where the wild things walk.

Beyond the Canyon: Gems of the Bow Valley Parkway
Two Jack Lakeside Campground
7:30 p.m.

Why not take the road less travelled? See how the Bow Valley Parkway can excite your senses with stunning nature, elusive wildlife and intriguing cultural history.  

September 6 - 28 - Lake Louise Fall Festival

Feast your eyes on the changing colours of the forest and enjoy unique activities, events, programs and outdoor recreation to celebrate the changing of the season.