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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.


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 - 20)


Family Day Weekend

Come celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday with us at Marmot Meadows Winter Hub and learn to LOVE winter! We’ll be offering complimentary winter programs, food, live entertainment, fat biking demos, cabane à sucre and delicious ‘Canada 150’ cake!

Note: Each Parks Canada program will last one hour with the exception of “Learn to Winter Camp” which will run for two hours.
Friday, February 17
Dark sky stories
Time of program: 8 pm
Saturday, February 18
In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday we will have food, hot beverages, cake and live entertainment from noon to 3 pm today.

Learn to snowshoe
Time of program: 11 am

Learn to winter camp
Time of program: 1 to 3 pm

Wildlife camera safari
Time of program: 3 pm

Dark sky snowshoe – Night vision edition
Time of program: 8 pm
Sunday, February 19
In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday we will have food, hot beverages, cake, fat biking demos and live entertainment from noon to 3 pm today!

Learn to snowshoe

Time of program: 11 pm

Fat biking demos
Time of program: Noon to 3 pm

Fire starting and bannock bake
Time of program: 1 pm

Wildlife camera safari
Time of program: 3 pm

Dark sky stories
Time of program: 8 pm
Monday, February 20
Learn to snowshoe
Time of program: 11 am

Fire starting and bannock bake
Time of program: 1 pm

Program descriptions

Dark sky stories
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.

Dark sky snowshoe – Night vision edition
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.

Fat biking demos
Mountain biking in winter? You betcha! Freewheel Cycle will be at Marmot Meadows with their fleet of rental fat bikes for you to try for free. Explore the meadows at your own pace and learn from the best as you try out this exciting winter sport.

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. 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.

Learn to snowshoe
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
Feeling adventurous this winter? Park interpreters will be sharing their knowledge of winter camping in both the front country and the backcountry winter camping areas offers in the park. As well you will learn 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
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.