Free Parks Canada Activities
July 1 to August 28, 2016
Park Interpreters love sharing their passion for park stories and want to ensure you and your family are able to make memories which help build your connection to nature and history. Through our 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 at Wabasso campground, performing street theatre in town, doing short guided walks at Miette Hotsprings and the Columbia Icefield, 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, Indigenous programs, along with evening music and street theatre.
For most visitors, a highlight of their trip to Jasper is seeing wildlife. To help ensure safe wildlife viewing, Jasper National Park’s Wildlife Guardians patrol the roads looking for “wildlife jams”. Look for them this summer in the Maligne Valley, the Icefields Parkway, and around the town of Jasper.
When you see this sign it means the Wildlife Guardians are broadcasting on their Wildlife Guardian radio. Tune in to 96.7 FM to hear the latest updates about wildlife on the road.
414 Patricia Street - Downtown behind the Information Centre
Wednesdays to Sundays: 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Videos, Displays, Activities, Street Theatre and Indigenous Programming
The Sweet Nutcracker – Street Theatre
Wednesdays to Sundays 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
A romantic tale of the Clark’s Nutcracker and the Whitebark Pine; two species that were made for each other and depend on each other for survival.
Burning News: A Special Report – Street Theatre
Wednesdays to Sundays 3:30 p.m.
The plants and animals that live on the shore of Medicine Lake want you to know that they’re not homeless after the Excelsior wild fire burned through their valley. As a matter of fact they’re thriving! Gather around and listen to some of their stories of survival and the changes to their homes in the Maligne Valley.
Wednesdays to Sundays 3:00 p.m.
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, Saturdays and Sundays 4:00 p.m.
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.
Pink Tea Politics
Wednesdays and Fridays 4:00 p.m.
Dress in your best and join our tea hostess for a few minutes of a Victorian “Pink Tea”. Once you arrive you’ll learn what a “Pink Tea” was REALLY for.
Rocky Mountain Music Jam
Thursdays and Saturdays 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The mountains have and will always be a cultural crossroads. Celebrate our love of the mountains with original lively music. Bring your instruments and voices to join in the fun.
Mother Earths Heart Beat an evening of Drumming and Dance
Sundays 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Experience and partake in an evening of First Nations drumming, from the history and culture surrounding the drum, to the steps of the round dance.
Paddling in Unison
Wednesdays 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The waterways were their highways and their vehicle the canoe! The fur trade shaped the early days of Jasper, learn some of the stories from the Voyageurs who travelled through here through an evening of traditional Voyageur song and dance
Jasper's Ghost Deer
Fridays 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Built to survive in Jasper's harsh Alpine, features that make Caribou unique also make them vulnerable to a changing environment. Come explore cool Caribou features, and discover how research is guiding Park's actions to protect these iconic and elusive animals.
Wednesdays to Sundays at 7:30 p.m. (programs last for about an hour)
The Xplorer’s tent is located beside the playground and shower building. All park visitors are welcome to attend programs in the campground. These programs are for kids, but anyone can join in. Parents must accompany children.
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 little fact scavenger hunting in the park.
Talk about a great souvenir from your vacation! Star in a video filmed at Whistlers Campground with your fellow Xplorers.
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.
Challenge yourself and your friends with these traditional Métis activities.
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.
7:30 p.m. at the Campfire Circle (bring a mug for tea)
All park visitors are welcome to attend programs in the campground.
Wednesdays and Fridays
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. Continue this tradition with us!
Keeping the Wild in Wildlife
The bears of Jasper are never too far away, especially from the road sides. Join our Wildlife Guardians and their very own bear as we discover what it means to drive with the wildlife in mind!
It's a 61 km drive from town via Highway 16 east and the Miette Road. Watch our for wildlife along the way!
Sheep Have Cooties
Saturdays and Sundays 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Join a Park Interpreter for conversation and discovery of the wildlife and geology of the Miette Hotsprings area.
Guided Hike – Hike to the Source
Saturdays and Sundays 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Join us for some fun science on an easy walk to the source of the hot springs.
Columbia Icefield Centre
Travel the Icefields Parkway, one of the most scenic drives on the planet, 103 km south from Jasper along Highway 93.
Thursdays and Sundays 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Visit our display in the Glacier Gallery to learn how the glaciers have affected the landscape of Jasper National Park and why they’re so important to the natural and cultural history of the area
Guided Hike – Just what is a Moraine Anyway?
Thursdays and Sundays 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The Athabasca Glacier is the most accessible glacier in the world so what better way to experience its majesty by taking a hike to the toe of the glacier with Parks Canada staff. Along the way you’ll discover how glaciers form, why they’re so important to the ecology of the region, and how they’ve helped define the Canadian Rockies as one of the adventure capitals of the world.
All programming subject to change
All programs are in English
Other Learning Experiences