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Kootenay National Park

Activities

A hiker high above a valley
© Parks Canada / Paul Zizka Photography

Enjoy the thrill of the open road on a 90-minute scenic drive through the mountains or stop and explore more of what the park has to offer. Enjoy backcountry camping along a multi-day trail in the Rockies or relax in one of three frontcountry campgrounds. Soak in the hot mineral waters of the Radium Hot Springs Stretch your legs on a half-hour self-guided interpretive walk or push yourself to the limit on an epic day-long trail excursion.


Featured Activities

Two girls in a tent
Camping in Kootenay National Park’s Three Front-Country Campgrounds
Relax with the family and reconnect with nature at any of Kootenay National Park’s three campgrounds. All are within walking distance of gentle trails and natural attractions such as the historic Radium Hot Springs.
A interpretive guide shows a large fossil
Guided Hikes to the Burgess Shale Fossils
Join a knowledgeable guide as you hike through a forest naturally regenerating after wildfire en route to the recently discovered Stanley Glacier fossil site. Here, the remains of unique and sometimes bizarre sea creatures reveal the mysteries of early life on Earth.
A woman reads to children in front of an oTENTik
Camp in Style with oTENTiks, the Unique Tent-Cabin Hybrids
Cook dinner over an open campfire, roast marshmallows beneath the starry sky, then enjoy the comforts of home when you turn in for the night in your oTENTik, a combination tent and cabin.
Radium Hot Springs pool in the autumn
Radium Hot Springs
Steam rises as you descend luxuriously into a hot mineral pool. Chills melt away in the water’s embrace as you fill your lungs with clean, crisp air. The Radium Hot Springs are Kootenay’s most popular destination.


Summer and Fall

Hike among the purple blooms and spindled trees burned long ago. Picnic next to rushing rivers tumbling under picturesque bridges. Stroll as gentle grasses wave in dry, open woods. Dine over an open fire at a campsite or oTENTik.



For information about commercial guided tours, dining, accommodation and equipment rentals, contact the Radium Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce. Private licensed guides are available through the Interpretive Guides Association or the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides.  


Winter and Spring

Steam rises as you descend luxuriously into a hot mineral pool. Chills melt away in the water’s embrace as you fill your lungs with clean, crisp, winter air. The Radium Hot Springs are Kootenay’s most popular winter destination.

Not all signed trails are safe for winter travel. You don’t need to venture far to be in avalanche terrain. November through June contact any Parks Canada Visitor Centre for advice on where to ski, snowshoe or toboggan safely. Private licensed guides are available through the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides.


Prohibited Activities

  • Collecting natural (eg. wildflowers, rocks, mushrooms, berries) or cultural objects (eg. arrowheads)
  • Hunting
  • Motorized off-road travelling
  • Ice Fishing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Paragliding
  • Parachuting
  • Hang gliding or any heavier-than-air aircraft
  • Use of personal watercraft, (such as Sea Doos, Jet Skis etc.) or water skiing equipment