Alberta Family Day Weekend: Learn to Love Winter

Sure we all know the winter season can be a little long, but it doesn't have to be. Embrace it and "Learn to Love Winter" with us this Alberta Family Day Weekend. Our Park Interpreters will be offering free guided snowshoeing for the whole family throughout the weekend.  *All programs are free and offered at the Whirlpool Winter Hub, south of the Jasper townsite.

Dark sky snowshoe/Night vision edition: February 16th, 8 pm to 9 pm

Immerse yourself and experience the star rich dark skies or moonlit skies of Jasper National Park. Learn all about some of the nocturnal adaptations that help the animals of the park (including us) see in the dark!

Learn to snowshoe/Snowshoe game: February 17 and 19, 10 am to 11 am

Learn to Love Winter-Portrait, children snowshoeing.
Learn to Love Winter-Portrait, children snowshoeing.
Parks Canada - Katrina Turcot photo

Snowshoeing is one of the best ways to get around the valley bottoms and shallow slopes of Jasper National Park. The best part? It’s not even that hard! We will cover all the basics from what a snowshoe does, their cultural significance, how to walk with them and how to look for terrain hazards. When you’ve learned all you can, we’ll put it to the test with some snowshoe games!

Pine beetle snowshoe: February 17th and 19th,  2 pm to 3 pm

Why are there so many dead trees in Jasper? If you’re asking yourself this question, then this is the activity for you. Explore the pine forests of Jasper with a park interpreter and discover the good and bad side of this tiny endemic insect with a big punch.

Learn to winter camp:  February 18th, 10 am to noon

Have you ever thought about camping in the winter? Learn about winter camping safety, the extra gear you’ll need to bring, how to layer properly and what food to bring. Then we’ll cook up a hearty meal to share.

Wildlife snowshoe: February 18th, 2 pm to 3 pm

Take a peek into the world of wildlife research in Jasper National Park. We’ll do some basic tracking, use some of the equipment our experts use, visit a wildlife camera site and learn how these tools help the park better understand the wildlife populations..