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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 237 reviews
“Nature at its best”
Nature at its best
November 24, 2022, by JennC1212
This park is beautiful. Tons of hiking and wildlife. A lot of great places for family outings and picnics with waterfalls.
“Loved the park”
Loved the park
September 01, 2022, by RandyRoss
Highway 1 was closed due to a mudslide (or so we heard) and so we had to take a detour through Radium Hot Springs on our drive from Kelowna to Calgary. Instead of making the relatively short drive...
“Doesnt get any better”
Doesnt get any better
August 15, 2022, by 370grant
Whilst Banff and Jasper get all the press, Kootenay is equally magnificent, but without the crowds. The hikes are magnificent, and the lack of crowds are a dream.....