Free Interpretive Activities
May 16 to June 21, 2015 (weekends only)
Whether you are visiting Jasper National Park in the spring, summer, fall or winter, our Parks Canada Interpreters are available any time throughout the year to answer your questions and interpret the natural and cultural heritage of this amazing place. Interpreters love sharing their passion for the outdoors and want to ensure you and your family are able to make memories which help build that connection to nature. Through our wide variety of programming we will do our best to entertain, educate, and help you discover all that Jasper National Park has to offer.
This summer you will find us delivering campfire programs, performing street theatre in town, doing short guided walks at Miette Hot Springs and running around Whistlers campground with our adventurous young Xplorers. You can also find us at the Jasper Heritage Firehall (located behind the Information Centre) where we offer interactive displays, kids programs along with evening music and street theatre.
For the safety of our visitors, you may notice our Wildlife Guardians patrolling the roads of the park to help ensure safe wildlife viewing opportunities.
Saturdays in the Maligne Valley
10 a.m. – Noon at Maligne Canyon
The Bears of Jasper
Why do bears hang out next to the road? It’s all about food! Join a park interpreter to check out bear hides, skulls and claws and have your bear questions answered.
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Medicine Lake
Birds of Prey
Ever looked a Bald Eagle in the eye? Not a good idea! Lucky for you we’ve got a powerful telescope to give you an eagle’s eye view.
Sundays at Athabasca Falls
10 a.m. – Noon
Tooth and Claw
Predators are an important part of the ecosystem in Jasper National Park. Find out why and get the latest on research at our carnivore display.
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Elk and Co.
Don’t mess with momma! Elk and the rest of the cloven hooved crew are very protective of their newborns. Stop by our display to learn more on how to stay safe during the calving season.
National Aboriginal Day
June 20 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Jasper Information Centre Lawn
Jasper National Park is recognized as a significant cultural crossroads for a diversity of Aboriginal groups. Drink in the sights, sounds and colors of local and regional Aboriginal culture at its finest with samples of bannock and bush tea, dancers in colorful regalia and the beat of the drum.
Watch for Wildlife Guardians
Wildlife viewing is one of the most popular activities in Jasper National Park – and there are plenty of animals along the roadsides – from sheep, elk and deer to black and grizzly bear.
The Wildlife Guardians patrol Jasper’s roadways and try to ensure safe wildlife viewing and prevent “Wildlife Jams” that commonly form when too many vehicles stop next to roadside animals. Through interpretation and traffic management they allow visitors to photograph and connect with some of Jasper’s most intriguing animals, without having to risk a dangerous close encounter.
Are you planning a family vacation and wondering how to keep the kids busy and happy?
Xplorer booklets are for families to discover the park and do activities together. You can pick up a free Xplorer booklet at information centres, campground kiosks and at interpretive programs.
Once you have completed the required number of activities stop by the information centre to be awarded a certificate, a souvenir as tokens of your success.
Become and Xplorer, discover the park and have fun!
All programming subject to change.
Other Learning Experiences
Every once in a while a special opportunity presents itself that’s just too good to pass up. When it does we’ll add an extra program to the schedule and advertise it here.