Explore, engage and experience Waterton Lakes National Park.

Join us as we reveal stories of the park through a wide variety of visitor programing from June 24 to August 30, 2019.

No matter how long your stay, our team of interpreters are prepared to make your trip an unforgettable experience. Enjoy a theatre show, head out on a guided interpretative walk or jump in for some family-fun activities.

Best of all, our daily summer programs are free!

Guided interpretive walks

Explore the unique landscape and discover more about Waterton Lakes National Park by joining a guided interpretative walk. Make sure to bring lots of water (about 2 litres), sun and bug protection, rain gear, lunch and snacks as needed, a camera and wear layers and sturdy footwear.

Photography 101

When: Mondays at 9 am

Where: Meet the interpreter at the entrance to the Emerald Bay picnic area for this 3 km guided walk with minimal elevation gain. Additional parking is available a short walk away in the townsite

Level of difficulty: All ages

Time/distance: 2 hours/1.7 km

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Join a Parks Canada interpreter on a photo walk

Join Parks Canada interpreter, Nick on a guided walk around the Prince of Wales Hotel where he will help improve your photography skills in capturing scenic landscape shots and exciting wildlife photos.

Sense-sational scenery guided stroll

When: Tuesdays at 2 pm and 4 pm

Where: Meet the interpreter at the Linnet Lake trailhead for an easy, family-friendly stroll along an accessible, flat, 1 km trail. Note: there is some damage to trail handrails.

Level of difficulty: All ages

Time/distance: 1 hour/1 km

Engage all your senses to discover ecosystem communities and connections. Join a park interpreter on this activity-based stroll around Linnet Lake.

The Linnet Lake loop is a short stroll on a paved path

Fire: A Force of Nature

When: Sundays at 9 am and Wednesdays at 1 pm

Where: Meet at the Bertha trailhead

Level of difficulty: All ages

Time/distance: 3 hours/5.2 km (round trip), with some elevation gain

Experience first hand the effects of the 2017 Kenow Fire on the landscape. Discover the processes of ecological renewal and change on this guided hike to Bertha Falls.

See how the Kenow Wildfire has changed the landscape on the Bertha trail

Horseshoe Basin Hike

When: Thursdays at 9 am

Where: Bring a bagged lunch and meet at the Horseshoe Basin trailhead. Drive North on Highway 6, towards Pincher Creek, and take the first left hand turn to a viewpoint. Continue from the viewpoint to the end of the gravel road

Level of difficulty: Adults and older youth

Time/distance: 5 hours/7 km

The Kenow Wildfire dramatically changed the landscape. Join this guided hike through the Foothills Parkland ecosystem to discover how ecosystem renewal will shape Waterton’s future.

Waterton Lakes is the only Canadian national park where the Foothills Parkland ecosystem is represented

Walking with Wildlife

When: Fridays at 9 am

Where: Meet the interpreter at Linnet Lake parking area

Level of difficulty: All ages

Time/distance: 2 hours/3 km, with minimal elevation gain

Join a Parks Canada interpreter on a stroll around the Prince of Wales Hill. Searching for wildlife isn’t easy. Learn how Parks Canada keeps an eye on the wildlife near the townsite and the best ways to enjoy viewing the animals that live in Waterton Lakes National Park.

Learn about the wildlife in Waterton Lakes National Park

Footsteps Through Time

When: Saturdays at 9 am

Where: Meet the interpreter at the entrance to the Emerald Bay picnic area

Level of difficulty: All ages

Time/distance: 2 hours/3 km, with minimal elevation gain

Have you ever wanted to time travel? This might be your chance! Join a Park Interpreter and journey through the last 10,000 years at the site of Waterton’s Prince of Wales Hotel.

The Prince of Wales hotel hill

From the end of the last ice age, right up into the present day, we will learn how people have used this area for millennia. Note: No actual time travel will take place!

International Peace Park Hike

When: Tuesdays: July 2 to August 27. Fridays: July 5 to Aug 30; 10 am

Where: Meet the interpreters at Bertha trailhead

Level of difficulty: Adults and older youth

Time/distance: 8.5 hours/12 km (7.5-mile)

Did you know that Waterton-Glacier became the world’s first International Peace Park in 1932? Join in the long-held tradition of cooperation and goodwill on this all-day hike, co-led by a Parks Canada interpreter and U.S. National Park Service ranger.

This hike is co-led by a Parks Canada interpreter and U.S. National Park Service ranger

The hike begins at the Bertha trailhead in Waterton Lakes National Park at 10 am, and returns by 6:30 pm. The hike follows the shore of Waterton Lake to the international boundary, and returns along the same trail.

Advance reservations are required and will be accepted starting Tuesday, June 25 at the St. Mary visitor center in Glacier National Park (406-732-7750) or the Waterton visitor centre in Waterton Lakes National Park, (403-859-5133). Equipment packing lists will be shared upon registration.

Street theatre shows and family programs

Do you have a half-hour to spare? Join us every afternoon for free, family-friendly shows and drop-in programs at the green space beside the lakeshore (located beside 117 Waterton Avenue, across from the RCMP building). Some programming may be cancelled or relocated to Falls Interpretive Theatre in cases of harsh weather.

Oh Deer, A Doe!

When: Mondays 1 pm and 2:30 pm

Where: Green space beside the lakeshore

Doe, a deer, an aggressive deer! Follow along the adventures of Doe, a mule deer who is protecting her fawns. Learn ways in which to coexist with wildlife within the park and create safe wildlife viewing opportunities.

Although Waterton's deer may look harmless, they can be aggressive

Blackfoot Drums and Dance

When: Tuesdays 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Where: Green space beside the lakeshore

Take in the sights and sounds of traditional drums and dancing by local Indigenous people. *This program is not offered on June 25, July 16, Aug 20 & Aug 27. Archaeology discoveries after the wildfire will be discussed instead.

A traditional Blackfoot dancer

Pine Ranger

When: Wednesdays 1 pm and 2:30 pm

Where: Green space beside the lakeshore

Saving the endangered whitebark and limber pines is a complex and difficult job. Challenge yourself, friends, and family with activities to discover what it takes to save these ancient trees.

Whitebark pine is listed as endangered in the Species at Risk Act

Mountains and Waterfalls

When: Thursdays 1 pm to 3:30 pm

Where: Green space beside the lakeshore

Being a species at risk can be tough! Join an interpreter to unwind with a combination of interactive animal yoga and a life sized snakes-and-ladders style game to learn how some species at risk in Waterton Lakes National Park find their Zen, from the mountains to the waterfalls or somewhere in between.

Interactive yoga - Waterton style!

Sticks, Stones & Bison Bones

When: Fridays 1 pm to 3:30 pm

Where: Green space beside the lakeshore

Did you know people have lived here for thousands of years? Drop in to ‘unearth’ the work of an archaeologist. Practice your archaeological skills at piecing together artefacts and clues from the past, throw an atlatl, and learn more through this activity-based, family program.

Learn about archaeology in Waterton Lakes National Park

Firefighting 101

When: Saturdays 1 pm and 2:30 pm

Where: Green space beside the lakeshore

Fire is fascinating AND a hot topic! Experience what it is like to be a wildland firefighter through demonstrations, challenges and activities at Firefighting 101. This program covers firefighting techniques, tools and safety. It is suitable for all ages and abilities.

Parks Canada uses science and up-to-date practices to manage fires

Mussel Invasion

When: Sundays 1 pm and 2:30 pm

Where: Green space beside the lakeshore

The Mussel Queen and her invasive mussel army are on the move, and they’re threatening ecosystems across North America. Waterton Lakes National Park is next on their list! This could spell trouble for Waterton, and everything downstream – even outside of the park. Our native aquatic species want to protect their habitat, but they’ll need help from Parks Canada and park visitors to do it!

Learn how you can help reduce the risk of invasive mussels

Learn to Fish

When: Mondays at 9 am and 11 am (no program on June 24)

Where: Meet the interpreter at the end of the Hay Barn Road

Level of difficulty: All ages

Join a Parks Canada interpreter to learn about fish identification, Waterton’s fishing regulations, and how to correctly reel in and release a catch! This fun program will give you the skills you need to become a responsible angler. The Parks Canada employee delivering the program carries a valid WLNP fishing licence, so ages 15 and under can try fishing for free.

Waterton Lakes National Park offers a great recreational fishing experience

Ages 16 and up must purchase and carry a WLNP fishing licence from the temporary visitor centre at the Lions Hall. A daily permit is $9.80 or season permit is $34.30. Rods, reels, and lures are provided for this program.

Blackfoot Crafts and Stories

When: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 am

Where: Meet at the Townsite campground teepee, between C & G loop

Level of difficulty: All ages

Join our Blackfoot Interpreters at the Townsite campground teepee for new 2019 crafts and indigenous stories! Learn about contemporary and historical Indigenous culture, language and connections to Waterton’s plants, animals and more.

The program starts promptly on the hour. Please plan to be there for 2 hours.

Join our Blackfoot interpreters and learn about Indigenous culture

Discovery Tables

Where: All around the park

Engage with us at our pop-up discovery tables! All around the park, our team of interpreters will reveal what makes Waterton Lakes National Park so unique.

They may have an elk antler or animal pelt for you to touch, or stories of the deep lakes and dark skies to share. Our interpreters know all kinds of things about the park, from history to wildlife safety. Be sure to keep an eye out for them on your visit and say hello.

Look out for our pop-up discovery tables!

Evening Programs at Falls Interpretive Theatre

Parks Canada offers educational and entertaining programs every evening at 8 pm in Falls Interpretive Theatre

Join us every evening at 8 pm in Falls Interpretive Theatre for informative and entertaining programs created by our dynamic team of interpreters.

Learn insider tips about Waterton Lakes National Park's natural and cultural history and share some laughs along the way. Bring a jacket or warm blanket for comfort.

Blackfoot Storyteller

Mondays, 8 pm

Experience traditional Blackfoot culture through stories, song or dance demonstrations from members of the local Indigenous communities.

Whitebark Pine Survivor

Tuesdays, 8 pm

Over the years, high on mountain tops, whitebark pine trees have endured centuries of ecosystem change but now they face their greatest threat! Join interpreter Nick for an intense and interactive show to discover why whitebark pine is the ultimate subalpine survivor.

Aquatic ER

Wednesdays, 8 pm

Waterton Lakes National Park's aquatic ecosystem is long overdue for a medical check up and has finally scheduled an appointment with the parks biologists. Learn how different creatures that inhabit our waters can tell us a lot about ecosystem health and how you can help aquatic species thrive!

Flat Hat Chat

Thursdays, 8 pm

Surprised to see U.S. Park Rangers in Waterton? Join us for a theatre talk by a Glacier Park Ranger to discover ‘behind the scenes’ stories from our neighbours across the International border. Together, Waterton and Glacier formed the world’s first international peace park.

Bring Back the Night

Fridays, 8 pm

Waterton’s nocturnal creatures need the night - but in a lot of places, the night is disappearing! How does this affect wildlife, and how does it affect humans? How can you help? Join a park interpreter on a nocturnal adventure to explore the night and why it matters to all of us.

Bodyguards of the Biosphere

Saturdays, 8 pm

In a post-fire landscape that is near apocalyptic, a squirrel prepares for the worst but finds all types of animals surviving in drastically altered landscapes with a new threat on the rise. What if fire isn’t the real enemy after all?

Rising from the Ashes

Sundays, 8 pm

Explore the processes of renewal and regeneration of Waterton’s ecosystems after the Kenow Wildfire. Landscapes can be severely impacted by fire, what rises from the ashes may be different than what was there before. Discover how key information collected during the renewal process is helping Parks Canada make ecological restoration decisions for the future.

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