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Kootenay National Park forms part of a large continuous national park area including three other parks in the Canadian Rockies.
The park takes its name from the Kootenay River that flows through its core, which in return was named after the native Ktunaxa people. Kootenay National Park was created in 1920 and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984 as part of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks.
Start your park experience with a visit to the fabled Marble Canyon. The gentle hike takes about 30 minutes and crosses several bridges, which all offer different viewpoints of the narrow canyon. You are rewarded with a waterfall at the end and stunning scenery along the way.
Head a bit farther along the road and you will find the unusual Paint Pots. These brightly colored ochre beds contrast against the vibrant colors of the surrounding landscape. Read the displays to learn about indigenous use of the area and its geological formation.
Take your time as you wander through the park for a chance to spot some of the fascinating wildlife that calls the park home. Black and grizzly bears, badgers, bighorn sheep, Canada lynx and a wide variety of birds are some of the animals that can be seen by the keen observer.
Get your neck muscles working with a hike at Sinclair Canyon and The Redwall Fault. Gaze down into the canyon and up at the cliffs of the fault as you make your way through these unusual and impressive geological formations.
After some strenuous activity, revitalize your aching bones during a visit to the Radium Hot Springs. Thought by many to have healing qualities, the warm waters of the springs will certainly provide a rejuvenating experience. It is a family-friendly facility with plenty of space to spread out and relax.
Kootenay National Park is open year-round. Note that mid May to early October is the time of year with most facilities and best access. The Kootenay National Park Visitor Centre is located in the township of Radium Springs on the western edge of the park’s boundary.
Make the most of your time at Kootenay National Park. Here is a list of the most popular things to do:
Trying out a Snowshoeing Tour to the Paint Pots will help make the visit to this celebrated attraction all the more memorable!
For many more things to do, take a look at our Invermere things to do page.
Situated in Vermilion Crossing, this cabin is 7.9 mi (12.7 km) from Kootenay National Park and 10.4 mi (16.7 km) from Numa Falls. Paint Pots Trailhead and Kootenay Valley Viewpoint are also within 32 mi (52 km).
Situated in the mountains, this cabin is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Columbia Mountains and within 9 mi (15 km) of Columbia Wetlands and Cleland Lake. Sinclair Canyon and Radium Hot Springs Pools are also within 20 mi (32 km).
Located near the slopes, this Sunshine lodge is in the mountains, 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Sunshine Village, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Sunshine Meadows and Banff National Park Information Centre. Banff Lake Louise Tourism Bureau and Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity are also within 12 mi (20 km).
Situated in Radium Hot Springs, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Columbia Mountains and Sinclair Canyon. Radium Hot Springs Pools and Radium Resort - The Springs Course are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated in the mountains, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Columbia Mountains, Sinclair Canyon, and Radium Hot Springs Pools. Radium Resort - The Springs Course is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) away.
Situated in Radium Hot Springs, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sinclair Canyon and Columbia Mountains. Radium Hot Springs Pools is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) away.
Situated in Radium Hot Springs, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Columbia Mountains, Sinclair Canyon, and Radium Hot Springs Pools. Radium Resort - The Springs Course is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) away.
Situated in Radium Hot Springs, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sinclair Canyon and Columbia Mountains. Radium Hot Springs Pools and Radium Resort - The Springs Course are also within 3 mi (5 km).
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