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Kootenay National Park

Kootenay National Park is a place of unique contrasts, from icy mountain rivers to steamy hot springs. Explore deep canyons and tumbling waterfalls just a short stroll from the road or traverse the park’s backcountry trails.

Highlights include the Continental Divide; the spine of western North America, the turquoise, glacial waters and startling canyon walls of the Marble Canyon, the Kootenay Valley Viewpoint and Radium Hot Springs. 

Kootenay National Park Fast Facts

  • Established in 1920 as part of an agreement to build a new road across the Rockies.
  • Situated on the west side of the Continental Divide.
  • Most of the park’s waters are glacier-fed.
  • The park spans almost 350,000 acres (140,600 hectares).

For more information visit Kootenay National Park.



TripAdvisor® Traveler Reviews
4.5 based on 228 reviews
“Really nice drive”
Really nice drive
July 20, 2021, by mattpF1394SW
With so many things to see and do on this route, it also offers just a peaceful slow drive through. Generally traffic is rather low in the park and nobody ever seems to be in a hurry. Far less hustle...
“McLeod Meadows Campground & Floe Lake Hike”
McLeod Meadows Campground & Floe Lake Hike
July 11, 2021, by KellyNagle
McLeod Meadows Campground: You can reserve online or arrive first come, first served. This is difficult to tell from the booking system - Half the sites were actually empty on a summer Saturday...
“Stunning beauty everywhere.”
Stunning beauty everywhere.
July 10, 2021, by Lorea T
I always get overwhelmed when something is so beautiful. This park is a must do. There are frequent pull outs for picture taking and rest stops. When you go through the rock walls in the beginning...