PROGRAMS:

Summer Programs
Program What to Expect Day Location Time Cost Frequency
Bare Feet on the Salt Plains Guided Hike Tuesday Salt Plains (Salt Plains Access Trail) 1 pm $13.70 Weekly
Mission to Mars Guided Hike Thursday Grosbeak Lake (Benchmark Creek Trail) 1 pm $13.70 Weekly
A Walk Through Time: Discover Fort Smith Walking Tour Friday Fort Smith 1 pm FREE Weekly
Frequent Flyers: Whooping Cranes Guided Hike Friday Wetlands pull-off, other locations 6 pm $13.70 Weekly
Guided Canoe Tour at Pine Lake* Guided Canoe Tour Saturday Pine Lake 1 pm $13.70 Weekly
Campfire Program Interpretive program Saturday Pine Lake 6 pm FREE Weekly
Xplorer or Club Parka Program Kids Program Sunday Various locations; to be determined 1 pm FREE Select Sundays

*This activity is weather-permitting. Equipment provided.

Register and meet at the Visitor Information Centre 15 minutes prior to all guided hikes, tours, and programs. For the Campfire Program, you can also watch for a Parks Canada truck at Pine Lake.

All programs are free for children 5 years old and younger, accompanied by a parent.

Call 867-872-7960 to register or enquire about meeting times or program details.

Add an additional $3.90 per person if you require transportation.

Bring a bottle of water and a snack and come prepared for the elements!

 

Bare Feet on the Salt Plains

Photo: © C. MacDonald/Parks Canada

 

Walk on the remains of a prehistoric sea, as you tread on the Salt Plains. Unique in Canada as the only salt flats in the entire country, they are also interesting because other salt flats are usually found in deserts. Try a few crystals from the naturally-occurring salt mounds or see if you can figure out which animals have left their tracks in the clay! While you enjoy a barefoot pedicure strolling in the clay, an interpreter will share the science, and history of humans at the Salt Plains.

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Mission to Mars

Photo: © Parks Canada

 

Allow us to take you on an intergalactic mission to the alien landscape of Mars. This version of Mars is much closer to home and found at Grosbeak Lake, the highlight of Benchmark Creek Trail (http://pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/nt/woodbuffalo/activ/randonnee-hiking). Learn about the causes behind the unusual surfaces and textures found on this extraordinary terrestrial feature. The displaced rocks arranged in a treeless clearing, covered with salt deposits, tell a story of an ancient prehistoric sea. Millions of years of history is distilled in this extraterrestrial guided hike.

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A Walk Through Time: Discover Fort Smith

The history behind the existence of Fort Smith will become clearer in this walking tour around town. From its unique placement to its purpose as a gathering place, it might be a puzzle at first! Take a stroll with the lovely Town of Fort Smith interpreters as your travel on a journey through time, recounting the stories, the people and the places that encompass Fort Smith.

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Frequent Flyers: Whooping Cranes

Photo ©: Klaus Nigge/Parks Canada

 

Every year, whooping cranes travel over 4,000 km from their summer home in Aransas, Texas to return to their nesting grounds in Wood Buffalo National Park. Understand more about these endangered, migratory birds and why there is nowhere else in the world they go to lay their eggs and raise their chicks. A knowledgeable guide will help you get familiar with everything from the type of wetland habitat they prefer, to their favourite travel itinerary and foods they like to eat. The fortunate and astute observers may spot a whooping crane flying overhead or in the distance. For a guaranteed glimpse of a whooping crane we recommend the Calgary Zoo or a wintertime boat tour in Port Aransas, Texas – only a very lucky few will catch sight of them in their summer home.

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Paddle Your Way Canoe Program

Photo: © Parks Canada

 

Paddle your way through the crystal clear waters of Pine Lake and experience Canada’s most iconic mode of transportation: the canoe. Canoes, paddles and portable flotation devices are all provided. Spend a relaxing Saturday afternoon on the lake.

Basic swimming skills are required and children must be accompanied by competent adult swimmers.

*This activity is weather-permitting. Equipment provided.

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Campfire Program

Photo: © J. McKinnon/Parks Canada

 

Gather round the campfire with interpretive staff or an indigenous storyteller at Pine Lake on Saturday evenings. Share a story, a song and a snack with your comrades travelling from near or far. Enquire at the Visitor Information Centre or watch for the Parks truck at the Pine Lake campground.

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Xplorers’ Program
 hiking-randonée

Photo: © Parks Canada

 

The Parks Canada Xplorers’ Program is an exciting opportunity for youth to connect with nature and culture. Explore Wood Buffalo National Park with an interpretive guide and try new activities on select Sundays throughout the summer. Parks Canada Xplorers’ are rewarded with a chance to get to know Wood Buffalo National Park, as well as a special activity booklet, dog tag and certificate at the end!

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