Interpretive program

Kootenay National Park

Explore. Learn. Connect. Park interpreters are here to share fun experiences with visitors in the park. Join us for an evening program or outdoor activity during your visit to the park! Programs are available to everyone, and you don't need to be staying in a campground to join in the fun.

 Programs and services are limited this season; additional restrictions may apply. Please check the Kootenay National Park information portal dedicated to COVID-19 for regular updates.

Evening programs

Redstreak Campground Theatre – Redstreak Campground

Join us nightly at the Redstreak Campground theatre from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm for fun theatre, games and activities.

Bear Necessities

Come one, come all for activity night at the campground theatre! Learn about wildlife in the park and how we can keep them and us safe.

Free with national park entry fee
Tuesday and Thursdays
8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Burn Baby Burn

Doctor’s orders, this old forest has been prescribed a burn! Come help a forest go through the process of a prescribed burn and see what new species it welcomes along the way.

Free with national park entry fee
Wednesdays and Fridays
8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Murder in the Canyon

Tonight, you become detectives, sleuths, and protagonists in a gripping tale of murder. Your task is to unmask the culprits and bring them to justice. May your instincts guide you, your judgment remain sharp, and your actions be swift

Free with national park entry fee
8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Mussel Invasion

An invasion is marching its way forward to Kootenay National Park and we must prepare for a long battle. The Mussel Queen and her army are known to be ruthless in their destruction and expensive in their aftermath. It’s up to us humans to protect waterways from invasive mussels, both in Kootenay National Park and beyond.

Free with national park entry fee
8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Paleo Puzzle Adventure

Come help piece together a half-a-billion-year-old puzzle. Putting the pieces together will give you a better understanding of what life on earth looked like five hundred million years ago in the Cambrian Sea!

Free with national park entry fee
8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

*Some dates may change with little or no notice

Activity stations and roving interpreters

Activities with Interpreters

Keep an eye out as our interpreters can be found at stationary activity tables or with traveling displays roving around the trails and campgrounds this summer.

Living with Wildlife Interpreters

Keep your eyes peeled for Living with Wildlife Interpreters.

These specialized interpreters are here to help you have safe experiences in our parks. Discover more about backcountry safety, human-wildlife coexistence, aquatic invasive species and more. Living with Wildlife Interpreters can be found at busy trail heads, day use areas and on the road, patrolling for wildlife jams.

Explore on your own

Geocache Challenge: Space for Species
Thank you to everyone who participated in our self-guided geocaching program in 2021. Join us again in 2022 to discover more about Parks Canada places! 

Xplorers 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 you get information and pick up your 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, B.C.
  • Lake Louise Visitor Centre, 201 Village Road, Lake Louise
  • Parks Canada Campground Kiosks
What happens after you’ve completed 6 activities in your Xplorers Booklet?

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, B.C.
  • Lake Louise Visitor Centre, 201 Village Road
  • Parks Canada Interpretive Programs (summer only)
Can you participate in the Xplorers Club Program if you're 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!

Guided audio tour

Enjoy the brand new Kootenay guided audio tour as you travel one of BC’s most scenic highways. Hear behind-the-scenes stories from Parks Canada staff and get insider tips on where to stop.

On the app you’ll find maps, photos, information and quizzes that will make your visit even more memorable, informative and fun! This app is your perfect travel companion.

Explore the app to find:

  • GPS-triggered guided tours
  • Location-specific photos and information about each site and its history
  • Quiz questions to challenge your knowledge and observation skills
  • Insider information from experienced interpreters and Parks Canada staff

Download the Parks Canada app from the App Store or Google Play.

Remember to download the app before you arrive, there is no cell coverage or Wi-Fi in Kootenay National Park!

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