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Jasper National Park

Winter 2016 - 2017 Interpretation Programs

Marmot Meadows Winter Hub at Whistlers Campground

Explore more and experience Jasper with a park interpreter. Interpreters will be offering free programs at our Marmot Meadows Winter Hub this winter. Click on the dates that you are visiting the park to see exactly what will be offered during your stay.

Marmot Meadows

Join us at the Marmot Meadows Winter Hub at Whistlers Campground for winter fun, learning and adventure. You can 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.

Programs and activities will be offered every weekend from December 27, 2016 to February 19, 2017. Stop by the Jasper Information Centre in town for details.

*Winter conditions can vary drastically in the valley bottoms, therefore our winter program offer may be cut short. Look here for details as the winter progresses.

Jasper in January: January 12 to 29

Learn to winter camp

All programs are free and offered at Marmot Meadows Winter Hub.

Dark Sky Stories

Time of program: 7 pm to 8 pm 
Dates: Fridays, January 13 and 27 and Saturday, January 21

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 inside our tipi with bannock and tea.

Learn to Winter Camp

Time of program: 1 pm to 3 pm  
Date: Saturday, January 14

Feeling adventurous this winter? Park interpreters will be sharing their knowledge of winter camping in both the frontcountry and backcountry campgrounds in the park, as well winter camping safety, what gear to bring, how to layer properly, what food to bring and various tools you may need along the way. We will also be building a traditional winter Quinzhee shelter. If the thought of winter camping has left you “freezing” in the past, drop by and talk to us. Don’t worry, we have tea and hot chocolate on hand to keep you warm.

Learn to Snowshoe

Time of program: 11 am to noon
Dates: Saturdays, January 14, 21 and 28 and Sunday, January 15

Snowshoeing is one of the best ways to get around the valley bottoms and shallow slopes of Jasper National Park. The best part? It’s not even that hard! Join a park interpreter for this “learn to hike”. We will cover all the basics from what a snowshoe does, their cultural significance, how to walk with them, how to dress for winter weather, and how to look for terrain hazards. When you’ve learned all you can we’ll put it to the test with a snowshoe race!

Wildlife Camera Safari

Time of program: 3 pm to 4 pm
Dates: Saturdays, January 14, 21 and 28

Take a peek into the world of wildlife research in Jasper National Park. 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.

Dark Sky Snowshoe – Night Vision Edition

Time of program: 7 pm to 8 pm
Dates: Saturday, January 14 and Friday, January 20  

Immerse yourself and experience the star rich dark skies or moonlit skies of Jasper National Park and learn all about some of the nocturnal adaptations that help the animals of the park (including us!) see in the dark.

Red Dog Sled Dog School Demo

Time of program: 1 pm to 3 pm
Date: Sunday, January 15

A great way to enjoy the parks with your pet! Great for anybody interested in: hands free dog-walking, cani-cross, ski-joring or bike-joring. Bring your dog and learn some techniques to teach your pet to pull productively and safely. By donation to Hinton RSPCA.

Fire Starting and Bannock Bake

Time of program: 1 pm to 2 pm
Dates: Sundays, January 15, 22 and 29

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. We invite you to bring your own treats to roast over the fire as well, the fire will stay lit for most of the afternoon. We’ll provide hot chocolate and tea.

Cooking in the backcountry

Time of program: 1 pm to 3 pm
Date: Saturday, January 21

This special feature for appetites week will teach you all you need to know about 4 season backcountry cooking. Not only modern cooking, but we’ll also get you involved with preparing a meal over the fire. Learn some valuable skills for your next winter outing! Feel free to bring your own treats to roast over the fire.

Wildlife Winter Adaptations

Time of program: 11 am to noon
Date: Sunday, January 22

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.
Jasper in January Programs

The art of fire starting

Time of program: 1 pm to 2 pm
Date: Saturday, January 28

For some, starting a fire in the summer is enough of a challenge let alone doing it in the winter! Join park interpreters around our campfire as we learn proper techniques for fire starting in the winter, material you can use from the world around you, and some traditional techniques that will leave you nice and warm. We will also have tea, hot chocolate, marshmallows and bannock on hand.

Wildlife Winter Adaptations – Photography Edition

Time of program: 11 am to noon
Date: Sunday, January 29

Jasper National Park is one of the best places in the province for wildlife photography. Our park interpreters will be leading their regular Wildlife Winter Adaptation Hike, but with a little twist! Bring your point and shoot/cell phone camera and we’ll share all the information we know about wildlife photography for simple cameras.

February 3 to 12

Winter Interpretation Program

All programs are free and offered at Marmot Meadows Winter Hub.

Dark Sky Snowshoe – Night Vision Edition

Time of program: 8 pm to 9 pm
Dates: Friday, February 3 and Saturday, February 11

Immerse yourself and experience the star rich dark skies or moonlit skies of Jasper National Park and learn all about some of the nocturnal adaptations that help the animals of the park (including us!) see in the dark.

Learn to Snowshoe

Time of program: 11 am to noon
Dates: Saturdays, February 4 and 11

Snowshoeing is one of the best ways to get around the valley bottoms and shallow slopes of Jasper National Park. The best part? It’s not even that hard! Join a park interpreter for this “learn to hike”. We will cover all the basics from what a snowshoe does, their cultural significance, how to walk with them, how to dress for winter weather, and how to look for terrain hazards. When you’ve learned all you can we’ll put it to the test with a snowshoe race!

Fire Starting and Bannock Bake

Time of program: 1 pm to 2 pm
Dates: Saturdays, February 4 and 11 and Sundays, February 5 and 12

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. We invite you to bring your own treats to roast over the fire as well, the fire will stay lit for most of the afternoon. We’ll provide hot chocolate and tea.

Wildlife Camera Safari

Time of program: 3 pm to 4 pm
Dates: Saturdays, February 4 and 11

Take a peek into the world of wildlife research in Jasper National Park. 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.

Dark Sky Stories

Time of program: 8 pm to 9 pm
Dates: Friday, February 10 and Saturday, February 4

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 inside our tipi with bannock and tea.

Winter Wildlife Adaptations
Time of program: 11 am to noon
Dates: Sundays, February 5 and 12

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.


Family Day Weekend: February 17 to 19

Winter Interpretation Program

All programs are free and offered at Marmot Meadows Winter Hub. 
Dark Sky Stories

Time of program: 8 pm to 9 pm
Date: Friday, February 17

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 inside our tipi with bannock and tea.

Learn to Snowshoe

Time of program: 11 am to noon  
Dates: Saturday, February 18 and Sunday, February 19

Snowshoeing is one of the best ways to get around the valley bottoms and shallow slopes of Jasper National Park. The best part? It’s not even that hard! Join a park interpreter for this “learn to hike”. We will cover all the basics from what a snowshoe does, their cultural significance, how to walk with them, how to dress for winter weather, and how to look for terrain hazards. When you’ve learned all you can we’ll put it to the test with a snowshoe race!

Learn to Winter Camp

Time of program: 1 pm to 3 pm
Date: Saturday, February 18

Feeling adventurous this winter? Park interpreters will be sharing their knowledge of winter camping in both the front country and the backcountry winter camping offers in the park, as well winter camping safety, what gear to bring, how to layer properly, what food to bring, and various tools you may need along the way. We will also be building a traditional winter Quinzhee shelter. If the thought of winter camping has left you “freezing” in the past drop by and talk to us. Don’t worry, we have tea and hot chocolate on hand to keep you warm.

Wildlife Camera Safari

Time of program: 3 pm to 4 pm
Date: Saturday, February 18

Take a peek into the world of wildlife research in Jasper National Park. 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.

Dark Sky Snowshoe – Night Vision Edition

Time of program: 8 pm to 9 pm  
Date: Saturday, February 18

Immerse yourself and experience the star rich dark skies or moonlit skies of Jasper National Park and learn all about some of the nocturnal adaptations that help the animals of the park (including us!) see in the dark.

Fire Starting and Bannock Bake

Time of program: 1 pm to 2 pm
Date: Sunday, February 19

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. We invite you to bring your own treats to roast over the fire as well, the fire will stay lit for most of the afternoon. We’ll provide hot chocolate and tea.