Columbia Valley & East Kootenay
Kootenay National Park
Kootenay National Park covers 1,406 sq. km (543 sq. mi) in the southwest region of the Canadian Rocky Mountains in British Columbia. The park is famous for its diversity of landscapes, ecology and climate. Glacier mountain peaks along the Continental Divide give way to semi-arid grasslands and everything in between, and are home to abundant flora and fauna typical to alpine, sub-alpine and montane ecological zones.
The scenic drive
The park begins at the Great Divide on the 94km drive from Alberta to British Columbia along Hwy 93 South. The Great Divide is the continental spine of western North America. This spot separates two watersheds, two provinces and two national parks. If you stop and get out of the car, you can stand in two provinces at the same time!
Visitors may see grizzly and black bears, elk, moose, coyote, cougar, lynx, wolverine, marten, white-tail and mule deer, mountain goats, Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep and wolves as they drive through the park. The animals often graze by the roadside in early morning or evening.
Whatever the season, there is always an abundance of adventures to be had in Kootenay National Park.
In summer, you can enjoy backpacking, hiking, camping, mountaineering, boating, canoeing, picnicking, guided and self-guided tours and various interpretive programs which offer all ages fun and educational experiences.
In winter, ice climbing, hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing provide plenty of opportunities to get out in the pristine beauty of the park, breathe the fresh, crisp mountain air and make great memories.
For more information about Kootenay National Park, you may visit the Radium Hot Springs office and bookstore at 7556 Main St E or visit:
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