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Jasper National Park

Free Interpretive Activities 

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Join a park interpreter for fun facts, interesting insights, amazing kid activities and educational entertainment!  

June 27 to October 21, 2015

2015 Interpretive Program Calendar 



Campfire Programs

Wabasso Campground

Campfire Circle (bring a mug for tea)

Friday 7:30 pm
Sing-Along -
Campfires and music go together like bears and berries. For thousands of years humans have been gathering around campfires to share food, music, and stories. Join us for some fun singing about Fred the Moose, Joe Wolf and more of their wildlife friends.

Saturday 7:30 pm
Keeping the “Wild” in Wildlife -
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. Come hear their stories and find out more about the different animals you may see along the roadways of the Canadian Rockies.

Wilcox Campground (south of the Columbia Icefield Centre)

Campfire Circle (bring a mug for tea)

Friday 7:00 pm
Keeping the “Wild” in Wildlife
- 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. Come hear their stories and find out more about the different animals you may see along the roadways of the Canadian Rockies.

Sunday 7:00 pm
Songs for the Road
- The 75th Anniversary of the Icefields Parkway is here. Join us around the fire to hear stories of how the Icefields Parkway transformed a remote wilderness into an accessible world class destination.

**All park visitors are welcome to attend programs in the campground.


Videos, Displays, Activities, and Street Theatre

Wednesday to Sunday Noon - 5 pm & 7-9 pm
At the Heritage Firehall (414 Patricia Street) - Downtown behind the Information Centre.
 

Aboriginal Programs

Featured Aboriginal Programs Featured Aboriginal Programs
© Parks Canada / O. Robinson

At the Heritage Firehall (414 Patricia Street) - Downtown behind the Information Centre.

Sunday 2:30 pm to 3 pm Tipi Teachings

The magnificence of the Tipi not only lies in the eye but in the symbolic teachings of the structural foundations. Learn to set up the tipi while listening to traditional teachings passed down from generation to generation.

Thursdays 2:30 pm to 3 pm Medicine Wheel
The Medicine Wheel teachings are rooted in family patterns of behavior; linking people, communities, and the natural environment in a web of relationships. An interactive cultural experience that connects everything and everyone in balance and harmony.

Friday (except for July 31) 2:30 pm to 3 pm Jingle Dress
Learn about the meaning and history of the Jingle Dress as participants observe how the dresses are

Tuesday 2:30 pm to 4 pm Hand Drum Making Workshop
*
Advance tickets can be purchased at the town Information Centre $175.00
Create your own drum to take home while learning about Aboriginal history and traditional ways of life. Materials include elk rawhide and a 12” drum along with instructions and teachings that connects with Mother Earth.


Historical Hikes

Far from the front lines, Jasper still has war stories to share.

Wednesdays at 9 am
Historical Hikes Historical Hikes
© Parks Canada / B. Morin

July 8, 22 & August 19: Remembering WWI – Meeting point at Old Fort Point parking lot. Moderate 1.6 km hike return with 250 m elevation gain. Duration of the walk: 2 hours. Go over the top of Old Fort Point and see the First World War from a Jasper perspective. Hear stories from the past as a Parks Canada Interpretive guide leads you on a moderate hike to this scenic peak.

July 15, 29, August 12, 26: Remembering WWII
– Meeting point at Pyramid Stable parking lot on Pyramid Lake Road. Moderate 4.6 km loop around Patricia Lake. Duration of the walk: 2-3 hours. Hike back in time to the 1940's with stories of Jaspers contribution to the Second World War. In this moderate hike you will find Jaspers own defending their country, whatever the cost, fighting on the beaches, in the fields, and in the streets, never to surrender."


Miette Hotsprings

Thursdays and Saturdays

10:00 am to 12:00 pm join a Park Interpreter for conversation and information about the wildlife and geology of this area.

1:00 pm
join us for a hike to the source of the springs with a bit of fun science.


Xplorer Programs

Whistlers Campground at 7:00 pm
The Xplorer’s tent is located beside the playground and shower building. These programs are for kids, but anyone can join in. Parents must accompany children.

Xplorer Programs Xplorer Programs
© Parks Canada / O. Robinson

Fun with Fire – Fire plays an important role in Jasper National Park. Hear the story and learn how to safely light a spark in the park.

Geocaching
- Do you have your sights set on discovering all about the plants and animals in the park? Then arm yourself with a GPS
and do a lit

Discovery Hike
- A treasure map has been found. This is the beginning of a great adventure. Build a small raft, let it float down the creek and let it take you to the treasure.

Adventure Video
– Talk about a great souvenir from your vacation! Star in a video filmed at Whistlers Campground with your fellow Xplorers.


Sunday Morning Yoga 10:00 am

At the Xplorer’s tent located beside the playground and shower building.

Join a park’s interpreter for a 45 minute morning stretch and catch up on what’s happening in the park for the week. Yoga mats are provided on a first arrived first served basis (limited number). Bring your coffee mug to enjoy a hot tea at the end of the session.  


The Darker Side of Jasper National Park

It’s dark sky season in Jasper and we are celebrating with two months of programming showcasing the darker side of Jasper National Park. Program topics will vary from nocturnal ecology, cultural interpretation of the night sky and good old fashioned astronomical viewing. Most programs will take place at the Jasper Heritage Fire Hall
(411 Patricia Street) and will run about an hour in length.

The dark sky programs will be offered during the months of September and October with a variety of topics:

The Darker Side of Jasper National Park   Jasper's Dark Sky Experience 
© Parks Canada / R. Bray
  • Jasper's Dark Sky Experience
    Immerse yourself and experience the star rich dark skies of Jasper National Park. On very dark nights, we'll venture out into the park for the ultimate dark sky experience. Carpooling will be required (30 km return). Please account for a three hour outing - hope you are a night owl!

  • Kakasitipiskak
    Dark Sky stories that reflect the richness and diversity of Canada's Aboriginal peoples.

  • Moon Viewing
    Sidewalk astronomy in the town of Jasper! We will have telescopes set up at the Jasper Heritage Fire Hall for moon viewing.

  • Jasper Dark Sky Festival
    The month of October is dark sky month and what better way to celebrate than a festival. The 5th Annual Jasper Dark Sky Festival runs from October 16 – 25, 2015. Our Parks Canada Dark Sky Interpreters will be running programs throughout the festival. For a list of events and special guests, visit Tourism Jasper’s website at: http://jasperdarksky.travel/ and stay tuned to additional programming being offered by Parks Canada.

  • Halloween Ghost Stories
    Do you get spooked easily? Want to learn more about Jasper’s history with the supernatural? On October 31st, we’ll be sharing some haunting stories at the Jasper Heritage Fire Hall.
Dark Sky Program Schedule (September 5 - October 21, 2015)
September 5: Jasper’s Dark Sky Experience
Meet at the Jasper Heritage Fire Hall beginning at 10:00 pm.: be prepared to carpool

September 12:
Kakasitipiskak
At the Jasper Heritage Fire Hall beginning at 10:00 p.m.

September 19:
Moon Viewing
At the Jasper Heritage Fire Hall beginning at 10:00 p.m.

September 26:
Moonlight Hike
Meet at Jasper Heritage Fire Hall at 10:00 p.m.: be prepared to carpool

October 3:
Jasper’s Dark Sky Experience
Meet at Jasper Heritage Fire Hall at 10:00 p.m.: be prepared to carpool

October 10:
Jasper’s Dark Sky Experience
Meet at Jasper Heritage Fire Hall at 10:00 p.m.: be prepared to carpool

October 17:
Kakasitipiskak
At the Jasper Heritage Fire Hall beginning at 10:00 p.m.

October 24:
Dark Sky Festival
More information to come

October 31:
Halloween Ghost Stories
Jasper Heritage Fire Hall beginning at 10:00 p.m.

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


Other Learning Experiences


Contact Information

Email: brian.catto@pc.gc.ca
Phone: 780-931-7200

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.