Kootenay National Park

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Kootenay National Park offers visitors incredible views of nature and plenty of wildlife. From majestic Rocky Mountain views to dense forests and calming lakes and rivers, visitors to this national park in British Columbia will see a variety of amazing Canadian Scenery. Kootenay is located next to two other national parks – Banff National Park and Yoho National Park along the historic Banff-Windermere Highway (Highway 93). Weather in Kootenay National Park is varied and unpredictable. The best time to go for hiking is July and August, as many of the higher elevation trails are still under snow in June. The park is open year round but many services aren’t available during the colder months. Check the park’s website for trail closures and avalanche warnings before heading out in winter. And even if you’re visiting in summer, bring an extra layer in case the weather changes! Spend your time in Kootenay National Park hiking through the forests, grasslands, and tundra, then relax in the mineral hot springs to soothe your sore muscles. Drive the scenic highway and visit the viewpoints or stop and camp awhile to see all that 543 square mile park has to offer. And be sure to keep an eye out for the local wildlife such as elk, deer, Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, and mountain goats.

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  • Spring 12-57 F
  • Summer 34-70 F
  • Fall 11-59 F
  • Winter -2-27 F
Location & Hours
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Park Info
  • Adult: $10.5
  • Children Under 17: $0
  • Senior: $9
  • Family/Group: $21

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Kootenay National Park Hiking Trails

Kootenay National Park Hiking Trails

Kootenay National Park has over 124 miles of trails throughout the park, many easily accessible from the highway. The trails range from easy to difficult, and many trails in the high country are under snow until late June. If you’re looking to hit the trails at this park, the best time to go is July through mid-September. Since the weather can change quickly, check for trail conditions and closures for the park before you go.

Kootenay National Park Trails

Things to do Outside Kootenay National Park

Things to do Outside Kootenay National Park

For great views of the park without having to leave your vehicle, drive the 65 mile long Banff-Windermere Highway. The highway connects to Banff National Park, making it a great way to visit multiple Canadian national parks in one trip. Yoho National Park is also adjacent to Kootenay and offers more fantastic hiking opportunities. Local outfitters offer whitewater rafting trips down the Kootenay River, Toby Creek, and Kicking Horse River. There are also many great outfitters that offer tours like guided mountaineering excursions, guided hikes, and guided paddling trips. You can also take to the skies and try out the local zipline adventures. And once you’re finished adventuring, don’t miss the Radium Hot Springs pools. These mineral hot spring pools are open year round and are full of naturally heated water. You can also explore the village of Radium Hot Springs and stop by the Kootenay National Park visitor center located there. There are also several great Provincial Parks in the area that provide more opportunities for hiking, biking, fishing, and exploring. Some even offer campsites. Spend some time Dry Gulch, James Chabot, Whiteswan Lake, and Bugaboo provincial parks.




RV Resorts & Campsites near Kootenay National Park

Redstreak Campground. Redstreak Campground is located near Radium Hot Springs on 90 acres of woodlands. You can choose from unserviced sites or 15/30 amp electric hook ups. RVs must be shorter than 35 feet. The campground offers potable water, fire rings, toilets, playgrounds, open kitchen shelters, and food storage. There are also seasonal interpretive programs held at the campground theater that are hosted by Parks Canada, and a network of trails that connect the park to the village and the hot springs. The campground is open from the end of April to the beginning of October and reservations are recommended. Marble Canyon. The Marble Canyon Campground is situated in the northern part of Kootenay National Park and is great for those with small RVs who don’t need full hookups. The location makes it easy to access the fantastic trails and is also close to both Banff and Yoho national parks. The campground has 61 unserviced sites and are first come first served. RVs and trailers cannot be over 15 feet in length. There are washrooms with flush toilets and fire rings at the campsites. There are no hookups and no cell phone coverage at this campground. McLeod Meadows. McLeod Meadows Campground is located by the banks of the Kootenay River. There are 80 sites, some are available to reserve and others are on a first some first serve basis. All sites are unserviced and have a fire pit. These sites are best for RVs and trailers under 30 feet. The campground has washrooms with flush toilets. The campground is open from June to September and has no cell service.

RV Resorts & Campsites near Kootenay National Park
Find the Best Dumpstations Near Kootenay National Park

Find the Best Dumpstations Near Kootenay National Park

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How to get to Kootenay National Park

How to get to Kootenay National Park

From Eureka, Montana take US-93 N across the border to Canada. Continue on BC-93 N/BC-95 N to Radium Hot Springs. Continue on BC-93 to Kootenay National Park.