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

Our interpretive programs have concluded for 2022, and we look forward to seeing you next year!

Thank you to everyone who visited Parks Canada places, and joined our interpreters for inspiring programs this season.

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.

Park guardians

Keep your eyes peeled for Park Guardians.

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. Park Guardians 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!

Club Parka

Hey parents!


This busy little beaver is ready to welcome you and your family to Canada’s national parks, national historic sites and marine conservation areas. There is so much for preschoolers to see and do.

Parka encourages kids to explore the world around them, whether on a hike along wilderness trails or a step back in history at a site or fort. Spending time in nature has many benefits for young children – including increased fitness levels, powers of concentration, creativity, sociability and empathy – and visits to historic sites cultivate an appreciation for our country’s past and of those who have come before us.

Parka is eagerly waiting to introduce your child to the wonders of Parks Canada places. Ask a park interpreter or at any Visitor Centre for a copy of the new Club Parka activity booklet!

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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