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Winter 2016 Interpretation Programs

Explore more and experience Jasper with a park interpreter.



NEW! Marmot Meadows Winter Hub

New! Marmot Meadows Winter Hub at Whistlers Campground

Join us at the Marmot Meadows Winter Hub at Whistlers Campground for winter fun, learning and adventure. You can skate, ski or snowshoe on your own then join an Interpreter around the fire for stories while trying your hand at new skills, like making a fire with flint and steel or cooking bannock on a stick.

Every weekend we will offer a Wildlife Camera Safari where you will do a bit of hiking or snowshoeing – depending on the conditions. Along the way you can practice wildlife tracking and learn how trail cameras are helping us better understand the park’s wildlife.

A traditional tipi welcomes you to the meadows and provides the setting for Aboriginal programs and cultural teachings.

Watch for special programs at Marmot Meadows Winter Hub including:

Wildlife Winter Adaptations

Do you embrace winter, hibernate indoors or fly south? Find out how different animals of the park adapt to winter. If conditions are right, the program will be a gentle snowshoe hike (snowshoes provided), if not we will adapt the program to the weather.

Fire Starting and Bannock Bake

Learn a few outdoor winter skills, like how to start a fire with flint and steel using natural materials, then cook your own bannock on a stick for a tasty treat.

Tracking: A Beginner Snowshoe Activity

For this program we’ll strap on snowshoes (provided) and explore the area around Marmot Meadows in search of animal tracks and other wildlife signs. During nasty weather we’ll host an activity inside the shelter or tipi.

Wahkootowin (We Are All Connected)

New Jasper National Park cultural winter experiences

The Medicine wheel is a guide to help teach us of how all things are connected. It is like a compass for Wahkootowin; navigating a way to understanding of how everything is related in our natural environment, families, communities, and within ourselves. Join us around the fire for interactive teaching for the whole family.

Kakasistipiskak (Dark Sky)

First Nations Dark Sky stories are observations that were shared through story and ceremony; interlinking the sky, the land, and the people with timeless understandings that foster traditional values, strengths, and wisdom. This interactive story telling program will take place around the fire with tea and bannock.

Dark Sky Snowshoe

Immerse yourself and experience the star rich dark skies or moonlit skies of Jasper National Park. A cloudy alternative will be snowshoeing with headlamps.

Wildlife Camera Safari 

Winter Wildlife Camera Safari

Take a peek into the world of wildlife research in JNP. You will use some of the equipment our experts use, visit a wildlife camera site and learn how these tools help the park better understand the wildlife populations.

Programs and activities will be offered every weekend from January 2 - March 27, 2016. Stop by the visitor Information Centre in town for more details.

Learn to Love Winter

Learn to Love Winter

February 12 - 15, 2016 

Visit Jasper National Park for Family Day long weekend and learn to love winter (even if you already do)! Embrace the season and warm up with many activities that we have to offer.

Parks Canada Interpretive staff will be on hand at Marmot Meadows every weekend with programs and a crackling fire with hot drinks to keep you warm. Learn to snowshoe, fat bike, cook bannock, start your own campfire, backcountry cook and get tons of tiips on outdoor winter fun. In the evening we will help you learn about the night skies, about nocturnal animal adaptations and take you on a guided starry snowshoe walk.

Check out our schedule of activities for Family Day weekend. Descriptions of each program can be found here.

Friday, February 12
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.: Wahkootowin (We Are All Connected)
8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.: Kakasistipiskak (Dark Sky)

Saturday, February 13
11:00 a.m. - Noon: Learn to Snowshoe
Noon - 3:00 p.m.: Learn to Fat Bike - an expert cyclist will show you how
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.: Learn to Start a Fire and Cook Bannock on a Stick
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.: Wildlife Camera Safari
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.: Wahkootowin (We Are All Connected)
8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.: Dark Sky Snowshoe

Sunday, February 14
11:00 a.m. – Noon: Learn to Snowshoe
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Learn to Cook in the Backcountry. We’ll get you involved with preparing a meal over the fire and another on modern camp stoves, best part – you can sample both.
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Wildlife Camera Safari
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.: Wahkootowin (We Are All Connected)
8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.: Dark Sky Snowshoe

Monday, February 15
11:00 a.m. – Noon: Learn to Snowshoe
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Learn to Start a Fire and Cook Bannock on a Stick

February Programs and Activities

February Programs and Activiities

All programs and activities are hosted at Marmot Meadows Winter Hub. Descriptions of each program can be found here.

Friday, February 5
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.: Wahkootowin (We Are All Connected)
8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.: Kakasistipiskak (Dark Sky)

Saturday, February 6
11:00 a.m. – Noon: Tracking: A Beginner Snowshoe Activity
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Fire Starting and Bannock Bake
8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.: Kakasistipiskak (Dark Sky)

Sunday, February 7

11:00 a.m. – Noon: Wildlife Winter Adaptations
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Fire Starting and Bannock Bake

Friday, February 12

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.: Wahkootowin (We Are All Connected)
8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.: Kakasistipiskak (Dark Sky)

Saturday, February 13
11:00 a.m. - Noon: Learn to Snowshoe
Noon – 3:00 p.m.: Learn to Fat Bike - an expert cyclist will show you how
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.: Learn to Start a Fire and Cook Bannock on a Stick
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Wildlife Camera Safari
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.: Wahkootowin (We Are All Connected)
8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.: Dark Sky Snowshoe

Sunday, February 14
11:00 a.m. – Noon: Learn to Snowshoe
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Gourmet Backcountry Skills (this special feature for Family Day weekend will get
you involved with preparing a meal over the fire and another on a modern camp stove, best part – you can sample both).
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Wildlife Camera Safari
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.: Wahkootowin (We Are All Connected)
8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.: Dark Sky Snowshoe

Monday, February 15
11:00 a.m. – Noon: Learn to Snowshoe
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Learn to Start a Fire and Cook Bannock on a Stick

Friday, February 19
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.: Wahkootowin (We Are All Connected)
8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.: Kakasistipiskak (Dark Sky)

Saturday, February 20
11:00 a.m. – Noon: Tracking: A Beginner Snowshoe Activity
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Fire Starting and Bannock Bake
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Wildlife Camera Safari
8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.: Dark Sky Snowshoe

Sunday, February 21
11:00 a.m. – Noon: Wildlife Winter Adaptations
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Fire Starting and Bannock Bake

Friday, February 26
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.: Wahkootowin (We Are All Connected)
8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.: Kakasistipiskak (Dark Sky)

Saturday, February 27
11:00 a.m. – Noon: Tracking: A Beginner Snowshoe Activity
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Fire Starting and Bannock Bake
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Wildlife Camera Safari
8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.: Dark Sky Snowshoe

Sunday, February 28
11:00 a.m. – Noon: Wildlife Winter Adaptations
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Fire Starting and Bannock Bake


All programming subject to change.
All programs are in English.