Meet our interpreters
Parks Canada's interpreters are here to entertain, educate and inspire you with daily guided walks, street theatre programs, evening theatre shows and family fun activities.
Meet the 2019 team in Waterton Lakes National Park.
Anna, who is from Calgary, is returning to the interpretation team in Waterton Lakes National Park for a fourth consecutive summer. She has been with Parks Canada for nine years. Anna started doing interpretation as a student while getting her sociology degree. Since then she has loved working for different parks and museums. Her favourite spot in Waterton is Linnet Lake, where she can lounge by the water and take in the view. One interesting fact about Anna is that she is a certified yoga teacher! You can find her this summer guiding the Walking with Wildlife walk, or across the international border at the Many Glacier Hotel in Glacier National Park talking about post-fire renewal.
Travel tip: Slow down and enjoy the day. There’s lots to see and do in Waterton Lakes National Park, don’t let the hustle stop you from taking in what the park has to offer.
Heather is from Edmonton and has a background in animal biology. This is her first year with Parks Canada as an interpreter. Hiking is her favourite thing to do in Waterton Lakes National Park, so she can get up close to plants and observe various landscapes at different levels. If Heather were an animal, she would be a hyena because of their complex social dynamics and modes of communication. She believes they are often misunderstood and loves an underdog. Join Heather this summer on the Fire: A Force of Nature hike to Bertha Falls, or check out her Falls Theatre show on post-wildfire wildlife.
Travel tip: Get out into the park and explore, there’s lots of interesting stuff to see after the 2017 Kenow Wildfire. This is a dynamic ecosystem, renewal is taking place, and the fire has opened up some new and spectacular views.
Laura has been with Parks Canada for seven years, and this is her first summer in Waterton Lakes National Park. After studying anthropology and theatre and the University of Victoria, she has spent her time travelling outdoors, on mountain tops and occasionally underwater. Her favorite place to go in Waterton is Avion Ridge. One interesting fact about Laura is that she won a contest for drawing the best picture of Ron Weasley! You can find Laura at the green space in the Waterton townsite exploring archaeological discoveries, or at Falls Theatre talking about dark skies.
Travel tip: Bring your bike. Cycling is a great way to get around town, see the park and get some exercise.
Nick is from Vancouver and grew up hiking, biking and studying trees. Nick has worked in Waterton Lakes National Park for four seasons. His favorite thing to do in Waterton is ride his bike on the various bike-friendly trails around the park. If Nick were an animal, he would be a caterpillar because they get to eat all day! You can join him this summer on a Photography 101 guided walk, or check out his Falls Theatre show on whitebark pine.
Travel tip: Come prepared for changing weather and gusting winds. While the summer seasons are warm in Waterton, it’s also the second-windiest place in Alberta!
Natalie is from Lethbridge and has been with Parks Canada in Waterton Lakes National Park for five years. She has a background in geography and leading environmental educational activities. Natalie’s favorite place in Waterton is Boundary Bay because it’s secluded, has spectacular views of the mountains and crystal-clear water. Natalie loves rocks! She is happy to spend her day combing through beaches in search of interesting rocks. You can find her this summer at the green space in Waterton townsite talking about the park’s unique deer population, or join her on the famous International Peace Park hike.
Travel tip: Get up early and experience the park when it’s quiet: listen for birds and capture spectacular sunrise photos on the landscape.
This is Rebecca’s first summer in Waterton Lakes National Park with Parks Canada. She’s from Fraser Valley in British Columbia, has a BSc in ecological restoration and has been working in outdoor education and interpretation for seven years. Rebecca loves fishing, bird watching and looking for bugs, which is why her favorite spot in the park is the Maskinonge wetlands. If she were an animal, she would be a banana slug because they are a little shy but can also be friendly and charismatic! You will find Rebecca teaching the Learn to Fish program this summer, or at the Falls Theatre talking about the aquatic ecosystem.
Travel tip: Practice safe wildlife viewing. Learn more about how to safely coexist with wildlife. See our wildlife safety page for some good information.