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Kootenay National Park

Interpretation - July 1 to August 31, 2016

Lake Louise Yoho Kootenay Interpreters
Park interpreters are excitedly waiting to welcome you! You don't need to be staying in the campground to join in the fun. © Parcs Canada

Evening Programs | Guided WalksActivity Stations | Xplorers Program | Club Parka

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Evening Programs 

Wildlife Jenga

Redstreak Theatre
Thursdays and Saturdays, July and August from 8:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

Stack up a giant Jenga game of building blocks for endangered species.

Sunset Ramble Guided Walk

Redstreak Theatre
Fridays in July from 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Fridays in August from 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.

Fire, flowers and fossils: join us for an easy, 1.5-hour walk.

Zoologist in Training

Redstreak Theatre
Wednesdays, July and August from 7:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Search for animals signs, cast a track and more at this fun family event.

Fireside Tails

McLeod Meadows Campground
Thursdays, July and August from 8:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

Share animal stories around the campfire.

The Bear Essentials

Redstreak Theatre
Tuesdays, July and August from 8:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

Explore what bears need to survive and how we can help them.


Guided Walks

Into the Secret Canyon

Radium Hot Springs Pools
Saturdays, August from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m.

Take in an easy, 1.5-km adventure for the whole family.


Activity Stations

Coffee (or Tea!) and Hands-on Activities

Redstreak Theatre
Sundays, July and August from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.

Bring a cup and your burning questions.

Learn to Geocache

Redstreak Campground
Thursdays and Sundays, July and August from 2:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m.

Navigate through bighorn country to hidden habitats.

Junior Naturalist Program – Friends of Kootenay

Redstreak Campground
Thursday July 7, 14, 21, 28 and August 4, 11, 18, 25 from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
Friday July 8, 15, 22, 29 and August 5, 12, 19, 26 from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
Saturday July 9, 16, 23, 30 and August 6, 13, 20, 27 from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

Kids! Go on explorative hikes, play interactive games and examine cool artifacts with the Friends of Kootenay. For registration and prices, contact: friendsofkootenay@gmail.com.

Learn-to Camp

Radium Hot Springs Pools
Fridays, July and August from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

Learn how you can spend safe and enjoyable nights camping in the mountains with your family! Develop the skills you need to appreciate the joys of this truly Canadian experience.

Canada Day

Radium Hot Springs Upper Pool Deck
Friday July 1 from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

Play our Stayin’ Alive life-sized board game and take a wild “I love Kootenay National Park” selfie.

Parks Day

Radium Hot Springs Upper Pool Deck
Saturday July 16 from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Play our Stayin’ Alive life-sized board game and take a wild “I love Kootenay National Park” selfie.


Xplorers Program for Kids aged 6-11

Girls participating in an interpretive program

Are you aged 6-11? Do you like to hike or bike, complete a quiz or crossword puzzle, or use your GPS to find a mystery location? Then the Xplorers program is just the right adventure for you!

Xplorer kids and their families discover cool facts about Kootenay National Park by completing activities from the Xplorers Booklet while visiting Kootenay.

There are 16 pages of activities in the Xplorers booklet and you need to complete at least 6 of them to receive a souvenir.

Where do I get information and pick up the Xplorers Booklet?

Visit one of the following locations or speak to a park interpreter to pick up an Xplorers booklet and learn about other activities and programs for kids in Kootenay National Park. 

  • Kootenay Visitor Centre, Radium, BC 
  • Lake Louise Visitor Centre, 201 Village Road, Lake Louise 
  • Parks Canada Campground Kiosks

What happens after I’ve completed 6 activities in my Xplorers Booklet?

Kids and their families should head to one of the following locations to receive an Xplorers certificate and souvenir. You can choose to participate in an informal Xplorers ceremony acknowledging your achievements.

  • Kootenay Visitor Centre, Radium, BC 
  • Lake Louise Visitor Centre, 201 Village Road 
  • Parks Canada Interpretive Programs (summer only)

Can I participate in the Xplorers Club Program if I’m not visiting Kootenay National Park?

The Xplorers Club is best experienced while in a national park. There are also Xplorers booklets for: Yoho National Park, Banff National Park, the Icefields Parkway, and the Cave and Basin National Historic Site. Do them all!


Club Parka Program for Preschool Kids

Hey parents!  

Parka Parka
© Parks Canada

This busy little beaver is ready to welcome you and your family to Canada’s national parks, national historic sites and marine conservation areas. There is so much for preschoolers to see and do.

Parka encourages kids to explore the world around them, whether on a hike along wilderness trails or a step back in history at a site or fort. Spending time in nature has many benefits for young children – including increased fitness levels, powers of concentration, creativity, sociability and empathy – and visits to historic sites cultivate an appreciation for our country’s past and of those who have come before us.

Parka is eagerly waiting to introduce your child to the wonders of Parks Canada places. Ask a park interpreter or at any Visitor Centre for a copy of the new Club Parka activity booklet!