Kootenay National Park FAQ

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Written by Patrick J. Smith posted on Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

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KOOTENAY NATIONAL PARK — BRITISH COLUMBIA, Canada — Planning a Canadian Rockies vacation in British Columbia and not sure where to go, or what to do? Look no further. Read on to find out all the answers to the questions you have about traveling to Kootenay National Park.

1. Where is Kootenay National Park?

Kootenay National Park is in British Columbia, Canada. There are no towns located in this Canadian Rockies national park — the closest towns are Radium Hot Springs, British Columbia and Banff, Alberta.

2. How do I get to Kootenay National Park?

By vehicle, the only major route that accesses Kootenay National Park is Highway 93 South. This is also known as the Banff-Windermere Highway. Note that there is no public transportation within Kootenay National Park, so you must have a personal vehicle. You can rent one in Invermere, British Columbia or in Banff and Lake Louise, Alberta.

3. When is Kootenay National Park open?

The Canadian Rockies national park is open all year round. The most popular months are July and August. Parks Canada services are available in the tourist season, from mid-May to mid-October.

4. Do I need a park pass to enter Kootenay National Park?

Yes. A day pass will provide entry not only to Kootenay National Park, but also to Banff, Yoho, Jasper, Glacier, Waterton Lakes national parks. Purchase the pass if you are planning on spending time within the park. You can buy the pass when you reach the Canadian Rockies national park gate. Year-round passes are also available from Parks Canada.

5. Where can I stay in Kootenay National Park?

Kootenay National Park has campgrounds that operate during tourist season. See the where to stay section for more information.

6. What things can I see in Kootenay National Park?

The Radium Hot Springs pools, the paint pots, Marble Canyon are all great sightseeing opportunities in Kootenay National Park. See our activities in Kootenay National Park section for more detail.

7. What other things should I keep in mind when visiting Canadian Rockies national parks?

Sometimes weather affects trail conditions–check with Parks Canada to ensure the hiking trail you want to do is not closed or restricted.

Wild animals should not be provoked. Enclose all food in sealable containers and elevate it from the ground if possible. Do not bring smelly foods like fish with you on your camping or hiking trip.


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