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Park interpretation

Interpretive theatre programs, guided hikes & activities

2016 team of interpreters
Our 2016 team of interpreters © Parks Canada

We are planning a variety of guided hikes, fun family activities and drop-in programs for 2016.

Spring guided hikes

Join a Parks Canada interpreter on a free guided hike this spring!

Spring bears and blooms guided hike along Blakiston Creek

On this guided hike along Blakiston Creek, you will learn about grizzly and black bears in Waterton Lakes National Park. Identify various flowers and plants that bears eat, understand bear behaviour and take home tips on how to hike smartly in bear country.

  • Day: Saturdays - June 4, 12, 18, 2016
  • Time: 9 am to 12 pm (2.5 to 3 hours return)
  • Skill level: Easy
  • Distance: 6 km / 3.7 miles return (half-day hike)
  • Where: Look for the park vehicle at the pull-out about 400 metres along the Red Rock Parkway
  • What to Bring: Snacks, water (at least 1 L), sturdy footwear, sun protection, camera and raingear

Rising from the ashes guided hike to Lower Waterton Lake

Discover the relationship between prescribed fire, aspen and elk on this guided hike. Walk along Wishbone Trail, through a forest that burned in spring 2015, to the shores of Lower Waterton Lake.

  • Day: Saturdays - June 4, 12, 18, 2016
  • Time: 1 pm to 4 pm (2.5 to 3 hours return)
  • Distance: 6.5 km / 4 miles return (half-day hike)
  • Skill Level: Easy
  • Where: Meet at Wishbone Trailhead on Highway 6
  • What to Bring: Snacks, water (at least 1 L), sturdy footwear, sun protection, camera and raingear

Spring into Waterton! Guided hike into Horseshoe Basin

Waterton is a tiny park with big designations. Discover what our scientists are doing behind the scenes this spring, and who they partner with to manage this special meeting place. Experience park science with hands-on activities on this guided hike and enjoy eating your lunch in a stunning mountain meadow.

  • Day: Sundays - May 22, May 29, June 5, June 12
  • Time: 10 am to 3 pm (5 hours return)
  • Distance: 8km (5 miles return)
  • Skill Level: Moderate with challenging short uphill sections
  • Where: Horseshoe Basin Trail, please meet at the gate to the trailhead. Drive to the end of the Bison Paddock road off of Highway 6 where there is a cul-de-sac and two port-a-potties
  • What to Bring: Lunch and snacks, water (at least 1 L), proper footwear, sun screen, camera and raingear
Summer interpretation programs

Summer interpretation programs will be offered to visitors from June 27 to August 30, plus Labour Day weekend. This includes entertaining programs every evening at 8 p.m. in Cameron Falls and Crandell Mountain Campground theatres. Please check back here by early June to find more details on our 2016 summer programs.

The Waterton Lakes National Park interpretation team would like to thank all visitors who continue to participate in our events. Your feedback also helps us create better programs. 

We look forward to seeing you in Waterton Lakes National Park this season.

Some visitor feedback from last summer's theatre programs and guided hikes:

Theatre programs:

"I've gone to many programs at different national parks across the United States and this one was excellent: fun, exciting and new. I'm 16 years old but I really enjoyed it. Awesome presenter!"

"The best interpretive program I have ever been to! Wonderfully presented. Very creative. Thank you!"

"Best ranger program ever. Agent Red was very creative - really engaged audience by involving them. The CSI story wove in facts in a meaningful way. 100% better than a traditional lecture."

"So much fun, loved the puns, great for kids and adults, lots of audience interaction, cute props, loved it. You all do so great!"

Guided Hikes:

"Staff was beyond phenomenal, so knowledgeable, friendly, interesting ... and brave! The ranger-led hike was great for small groups and singles with the prevalence of bears in the area."