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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 205 reviews
“Amazingly Beautiful Park - Spend Some Time Here”
Amazingly Beautiful Park - Spend Some Time Here
August 09, 2019, by kris-goes-places
We had two days in Radium and we spent the better part of both of them in the park. I’m so glad we had time to explore it! Of course we went to the hot springs, but we also hiked quite a bit. We did...
“Awe inspiring views and wildlife.”
Awe inspiring views and wildlife.
July 29, 2019, by araxas
An incredible park and a must see. A route from Radium Hot Springs to Lake Louise and Banff takes you through both the Kootenay and Banff National Parks. On a one day trip, saw black bear, 5 grizzly...
“Gorgeous park with many great hikes!”
Gorgeous park with many great hikes!
July 15, 2019, by nylady21
The Paint Pots - Ochre Trail was fascinating. Wonderful views of the mountains, glaciers, and streams too. There are many viewpoints on the drive through the park. Getting up early will reduce the...