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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 229 reviews
“Lovely Drive”
Lovely Drive
May 25, 2022, by calgaryguy
We drove from Radium to Highway 1 without stopping, and, as always, were blown away by the scenery. The drive feels different, with rock walls enclosing the highway for some distance. Very different...
“Sometimes the longer route is the more enjoyable route”
Sometimes the longer route is the more enjoyable route
February 13, 2022, by amanda5805
Due to the forest fires we ended up having to take a different route home from Calgary for the first time. We fell in love with the drive through Kootenay National Park and actually would prefer to...
“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...