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Naato'si's Path - Guided Tour

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Naató'si (the sun) gives light and life to Na'a (Mother Earth) and her inhabitants. Join a park interpreter for a 1.5 hour tour that looks at Blackfoot ways of life at Áísínai'pi and the importance of Naató'si in Blackfoot storytelling. It also explores the sun theme in the rock art.

 

Total Length of Program: 1.5 hours

 

Difficulty: Low to moderately difficult walk involves some stairs with no handrails. Walking tour is approximately 4-6 city blocks in length over the period of 1.5 hours.

Wheelchair accessible: No

Stroller accessible: No

 

Ages: Content recommended for ages 8 and up.

Note: No smoking or pets allowed in the preserve or on tours.

This program has been modified to ensure the safety of staff and participants alike. All participants will need their own vehicle to drive behind our Interpreter into the preserve. Please note we are not able to accommodate trailers or motorhomes on our tours. Pets are not permitted in the preserve and due to extreme heat conditions, are not allowed to be left in vehicles in the preserve. Vehicles cannot be left running in the preserve due to the fire hazard.

 

The content of this program is recommended for individuals ages 8 and up. Please note that children 5 years and under may not be allowed on afternoon tours in heat conditions that exceed 26°C. This is at the interpreter's discretion

Due to the reduced capacity of our programs, we recommend booking in advance to guarantee your spots. In light to that, we have reduced our booking fee from $8 to $5.

All participants will need to arrive at the Visitor Centre a minimum of 15-20 minutes in advance of their program start time to pick up their tickets. Please use washrooms and fill water bottles before your departure time.

 

We are not responsible for missed programs. If you miss your program departure time, we cannot accommodate catching you up with your program due to limited staff and locked gates. We will not provide a refund for missed programs.

 

Be prepared for this program:

For your safety and comfort, please bring 1 litre of water, sunscreen, hat and insect repellent. Note footwear restrictions on this program: participants must wear sturdy closed toe and heel footwear; NO sandals or flip-flops allowed due to uneven surfaces and cacti.

Hand Sanitizer is recommended, as we do not have access to running water during the programs. You may also wish to bring a facemask for this program.

 

Program Cancellations:

In the event of rain, wet conditions, unsafe road conditions, or other conditions that threaten the safety and comfort of participants, programs may be cancelled or replaced with alternate programs at the regular ticket price. Content of program is the same or similar. Refunds are available if visitors choose not to participate in the alternate program.

 

Cancellation Policy:

Participants may cancel up to 24 hours before the event and receive a refund of their program fee; however, the $5 booking fee is non-refundable. Events cancelled by the participant with less than 24 hours notice will not be refunded. Program cancellations may only be done by calling (403) 647-2364.

Rock Art of Áísínai'pi

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The cultural landscape of Writing-on-Stone / Áísínai pi, a UNESCO World Heritage site, integrates the natural environment, cultural features, human experiences and spiritual perceptions into one. Here in this unique setting, Indigenous people came for centuries and recorded their experiences and visions on the sandstone cliffs of the Milk River Valley. This extensive rock art collection depicts generations of knowledge, traditions and history. Join a Park Interpreter for a guided walking tour of the Archaeological Preserve where the history, stories and the language of the Niitisippi people are woven together to provide insight into the meaning of the carvings (petroglyphs) and paintings (pictographs).

 

Total Length of Program: 1.5 hours

 

Difficulty: Low to moderately difficult walk involves some stairs with no handrails. Walking tour is approximately 4-6 city blocks in length over the period of 1 hour.

Wheelchair accessible: No

Stroller accessible: No

 

Ages: Content recommended for ages 8 and up. 5 and under may be restricted based on extreme heat conditions.

Note: No smoking or pets allowed in the preserve or on tours.

This program has been modified to ensure the safety of staff and participants alike. All participants will need their own vehicle to access the preserve. They will be required to drive behind our Interpreter into the preserve. Please note we are unable to accommodate trailers or motorhomes in our preserve. Pets are not permitted in the preserve and due to extreme heat conditions, cannot be left in vehicles in the preserve. Vehicles cannot be left running in the preserve due to the fire hazard.

 

The content of this program is recommended for individuals ages 8 and up. Please note that children 5 years and under may not be allowed on afternoon tours in heat conditions that exceed 26°C. This is at the interpreter's discretion

Due to the reduced capacity of our programs, we recommend booking in advance to guarantee your spots. In light of that, we have reduced our booking fee from $8 to $5.

All participants will need to arrive at the Visitor Centre a minimum of 15-20 minutes in advance of their program start time to pick up their tickets. Please use washrooms and fill water bottles before your departure time.

 

We are not responsible for missed programs; if you miss your program departure time, we will not be able to accommodate catching you up with your program due to limited staff and locked gates. We will not provide a refund for missed programs.

 

Be prepared for this program:

For your safety and comfort, please bring 1 litre of water, sunscreen, hat and insect repellent. Note footwear restrictions on this program: participants must wear sturdy closed toe and heel footwear; NO sandals or flip-flops allowed due to uneven surfaces and cacti.

Hand Sanitizer is recommended, as we do not have access to running water during the programs. You may also wish to bring a facemask for this program.

 

Program Cancellations:

In the event of rain, wet conditions, unsafe road conditions, or other conditions that threaten the safety and comfort of participants, programs may be cancelled or replaced with alternate programs at the regular ticket price. Content of program is the same or similar. Refunds are available if visitors choose not to participate in the alternate program.

 

Cancellation Policy:

Participants may cancel up to 24 hours before the event and receive a refund of their program fee, however the $5 booking fee is non-refundable. Events cancelled by the participant with less than 24 hours notice will not be refunded. Program cancellations may only be done by calling (403) 647-2364.

 

Rock Art Tour - All Ages

 

Length of Program: ~ 2 hours

 

Difficulty: Low to moderately difficult walk involves some stairs with no handrails. Walking tour is about 6-8 city blocks in length.

 

Ages: All ages welcome

Wheelchair accessible: No

Stroller accessible: No

 

Note: No smoking or pets are allowed on tours.

 

For centuries, First Nations peoples left a record of their history and culture by incising Rock Art on the cliffs of Writing-On-Stone. The Rock Art is composed of numerous carvings (petroglyphs) and paintings (pictographs) on sandstone cliffs. Here at Writing-On-Stone/ Áísínai'pi, visitors are able to explore Canada's most extensive rock art site and discover the significance of this history written in stone by joining a Park Interpreter for a guided walk into the Restricted Area (Archaeological Preserve). Áísínai pi is the Blackfoot word for Writing-On-Stone and means  where the drawings are .

 

Be prepared for this program:

For your safety and comfort please bring 1 litre of water, sunscreen, hat and insect repellent. Note footwear restriction on this program: participants must wear sturdy closed toe and heel footwear; NO sandals or flip-flops allowed due to uneven surfaces and cactus.

 

Program Cancellations: In the event of rain, wet conditions, unsafe road conditions, or other conditions that threaten the safety and comfort of participants, programs may be cancelled or replaced with alternate programs at the regular ticket price. Content of program is the same or similar. Refunds are available if visitors choose not to participate in the alternate program.

 

Cancellation Policy: Participants may cancel up to 48 hours before the event and receive a refund of their program fee, however the $5 booking fee is non-refundable. Events cancelled by the participant with less than 48 hours notice will not be refunded. Program cancellations may only be done by calling (403) 647-2364.

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