Summer: June 29 to September 1, 2019

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

All programs are free of charge.


Heritage Firehall interpretive centre

Seven days a week, noon - 6 pm
Centrally located in downtown Jasper

The Heritage Firehall is a central hub for hands-on learning and interactive programming. Interactive displays, hands-on activities, theatre and indigenous programs.

Searching for fun things to do outside of town and in the park? Our Interpreters can point you in the right direction.

Program schedule
Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
12 pm Firehall opens
12:30 pm Don't bug me! Before metal Don't bug me! Kahkiyaw K’wâhkohtonaw Tipi teaching Don't bug me! Tipi teaching
2:30 pm Bats in the Dark Moving through the mountains Kahkiyaw K’wâhkohtonaw Tipi teaching Before metal Kahkiyaw K’wâhkohtonaw Before metal
4:30 pm Tipi teaching Don't bug me! Before metal Don't bug me! A bird’s eye view A bird’s eye view Bats in the Dark
6 pm Firehall closes

Programs

Don’t bug me!
Theatre program
Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday: 12:30 pm
Tuesday and Thursday: 4:30 pm
The Mountain Pine Beetle is on everyone’s mind! Come see this variety show that explores the beetle’s side of the story.

Bats in the dark
Theatre program
Monday: 2:30 pm
Sunday: 4:30 pm
When the night gets dark and the park gets quiet a little friend emerges to fly through the park– come and meet the little brown bat!

A bird’s eye view
Theatre program
Friday and Saturday: 4:30 pm
How is climate changing affecting the birds in Jasper National Park? Come discover aerial insectivores and their place in the mountains!

Moving through the mountains
Tuesday: 2:30 pm
Come and explore how people have gotten around the mountains throughout history!

Tipi teaching
Indigenous program
Monday: 4:30 pm
Thursday: 2:30 pm
Friday and Sunday 12:30 pm The Tipi’s beauty is far deeper than its structure. Every pole has a meaning that links to the foundations of indigenous culture. Stop by for a listen and see for yourself.

Before metal
Indigenous program
Tuesday: 12:30 pm
Wednesday: 4:30 pm
Friday and Sunday 2:30 pm Life before contact wasn't as hard as you might think. Come find out about pre-contact life and some tools that were used for survival in these mountains.

Kahkiyaw k’wâhkohtonaw
Indigenous program
Wednesday and Saturday: 2:30 pm
Thursday: 12:30 pm
We are all related: come for an interactive Indigenous teaching on kinship with nature and all living things!


Campfire programs

Thursday to Sunday, 7:30 pm
Wabasso Campground, at the campfire circle

For thousands of years humans have been gathering around campfires to share food, music and stories. Continue this tradition with us! Bring a mug for hot chocolate or tea!

All park visitors are welcome to attend.

Program schedule
Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
7:30 pm - - - Paddling together Keep the wild in wildlife Caribou yeah! Indigenous campfire

Paddling together
Thursday: 7:30 pm
Want to sing the songs of the voyageurs and experience what a campfire would have felt like for an Early French Canadian traveler? Come check out this campfire program and discover the legacy of the voyageurs!

Keep the wild in wildlife
Friday: 7:30 pm
Jasper is a place where you can have amazing wildlife experiences. Join us as we share stories, talk about animal behaviour, and meet some of Jasper’s roadside celebrities!

Caribou yeah!
Saturday: 7:30 pm
Come discover one of Jasper’s most elusive animals – the woodland caribou!

Indigenous campfire
Sunday: 7:30 pm
Come for a taste of life in the bush with traditional tea and hand-games at the Indigenous Campfire Program!


Guided walks

Join a park interpreter for a free guided walk in Jasper National Park.

Program schedule
Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
10 am Indigenous plant walk
How to hike in bear country
- English
Indigenous plant walk
Indigenous plant walk
How to hike in bear country
- English
Indigenous plant walk
How to hike in bear country
- French

Indigenous plant walk
Date and Time: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday 10 am – 11 am
Location: 6th Bridge Parking Lot (P8)

Indigenous peoples have been living in the Canadian Rockies since time immemorial, developing a deep connection to and knowledge about the plants, animals and landscapes. Take a hike and explore the vital plants that Indigenous peoples relied on for food, medicines and tools.

No registration necessary, hikes capped at 12 people – first come first served
Level of difficulty: Easy

How to hike in bear country
Program offered in English: Tuesday and Friday, 10 am – 11 am
Program offered in French: Sunday, 10 am – 11 am
Location: Parking lot for the Saturday Night Loop (Trail #3) off Cabin Creek Road in the town of Jasper (P2)

Walking in bear country doesn’t have to be scary! Join a Park Interpreter for a guided walk. You will discover how to look for signs of bear presence to avoid negative encounters, read bear behaviour and what to do should you encounter a bear on the trail.

No registration necessary, hikes capped at 24 people – first come first served
Level of difficulty: Easy


Xplorer programs

Xplorer programs are group activities for kids, but anyone can join in. Parents must accompany children. Programs last for about an hour.

Program schedule
Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
7:30 pm Xplorer caribou Xplorer indigenous games Become an honorary wildlife guardian Xplorer sensing jasper Xplorer gps treasure hunt Become an honorary wildlife guardian Xplorer gps treasure hunt

Xplorer gps treasure hunt
Friday and Sunday: 7:30 pm
Discover how to use a GPS and find out all about the plants and animals in the park!

Xplorer caribou
Monday: 7:30 pm
Join Jasper’s Caribou Interpreter for stories, trivia, and games created to help you understand “What Caribou Do”.

Xplorer indigenous games
Tuesday: 7:30 pm
Come and play games that teach skills that were used by Indigenous people to overcome unique obstacles of this land.

Xplorer sensing jasper
Thursday: 7:30 pm
We rely heavily on our eyesight to get around. Join us and use your other senses to discover how some of Jasper’s animals explore the world.

Become an honorary wildlife guardian
Wednesday and Saturday: 7:30 pm
How can you be safe around the wildlife in Jasper? What does it mean to be a Wildlife Guardian? Come play and discover with us!

Xplorer and club parka booklets

Xplorer booklets (for kids from 6 to 11) and Club Parka Booklets (for kids under 6) help families discover the park and do activities together. Pick up the free booklets at the Information Centre, campground kiosks, and at interpretive programs. Once you have completed the required number of activities in the Xplorer Booklet, stop by an Information Centre or the Heritage Firehall to be awarded a souvenir as token of your success.

Want to learn more?

Email: brian.catto@canada.ca
Call: 780-931-7200

All programming subject to change.