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Kootenay National Park

All waterbodies are closed to watercraft and fishing in Kootenay and Yoho National Parks.

To prevent the spread of whirling disease, all waterbodies in Kootenay and Yoho National Parks are closed to watercraft and angling until March 31, 2025.

This closure is necessary to protect vulnerable fish populations and sensitive ecosystems from aquatic invasive species. There is no treatment for whirling disease. Once established, it is very difficult to eradicate. Protect park waters. Respect all closures.


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 239 reviews
“Great Drive”
Great Drive
July 22, 2023, by Christina B
There’s a few sights to see along the way. There may be some hiking trails but since we did not do any I can’t comment on that. We did stop at Vermillion Crossing, Numa Falls and Marble Canyon. It’s...
“Underrated Kootnay ”
Underrated Kootnay
June 26, 2023, by John B
Lovely part of Canada with wonderful views of the Mountains etc. We were lucky enough to see a Bear there and Big Horn Sheep just after the Kicking Horse rest area. Underrated beauty.
“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.