Kootenay National Park
Kootenay National Park

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A Dose of Nature, Peace, and Fun Activities in Kootenay National Park, B.C.

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A Brief Look Into Kootenay National Park’s Past

The first nations people known as the Ktunaxa (also spelled the Kootenai) lived in the area long before the fur traders and explorers arrived in the mid 1800’s. The homesteaders and businessmen who saw the potential of the region (mainly the hot springs) followed them. In the 1900’s, local businessmen wanted to build a road through the area to link Windermere to Banff, Alberta. The government agreed to the construction of the road in exchange for a strip of land located on each side of the route. In 1920, this land became known as Kootenay National Park.

The Sights and Sounds of Kootenay National Park, Canada

The park’s main attractions include the Hot Springs, Olive Lake, Marble Canyon, and the Paint Pots.

The Paint Pots are a group of iron-rich cold mineral springs. They bubble up through several small pools and stain the earth a dark red-orange colour. The Paint Pots were a major source of the Ochre paint pigment for a number of First Nations groups prior to the 20th century.

Olive Lake is a popular destination for those who like to picnic. It is surrounded by hiking trails, and is located ten minutes from the Radium Hot Springs.

Marble Canyon is located near the Fraser River. It’s aptly named because of the limestone in the walls. But it’s not real marble–it’s sedimentary rock instead of metamorphic rock. In any case, it’s a unique view and worth a visit.

Great Activities and Things to do in Kootenay National Park, BC

Hiking and backpacking are very popular in Kootenay National Park. Within the park boundaries are more than 200 km (120 mi.) of trails, they vary from full day hikes and overnight treks to short interpretive walks.

You can go fishing, golfing and swimming. Boating and canoeing are all favorite outdoor activities. Horseback riding is permitted on designated trails and there are horseback rental facilities within the park. During the winter you can enjoy cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, but trails are not groomed and some are trails are for ski mountaineering only.

Whitewater Rafting is also a very popular activity in Kootenay National Park, BC. There are tons of resources that you can use to find the perfect rafting adventure for you and your family.

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