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Kootenay National Park

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Replacement of Stanley Glacier and Paint Pots trails’ footbridges

Parks Canada will be replacing the Stanley Glacier and Paint Pots trails’ footbridges this summer. We anticipate that access to the Stanley Glacier trail will be closed from July 14 through August to allow bridge replacement work to proceed safely. The Paint Pots trail footbridge will be installed beginning in August through to October.

Both day use areas will remain open with access to washrooms and picnic tables while construction work is underway. Access to the Paint Pots is currently accessible via Marble Canyon Day Use Area, approximately 3 km north on Highway 93S. A variety of alternate hiking trails are available in Kootenay and Banff national parks, including Dog Lake, Kindersley-Sinclair, Floe Lake and Boom Lake. The Rockwall trail remains accessible via Floe Lake and Marble Canyon and Helmet Creek trails.

Updated trail reports are available online or by visiting the Kootenay National Park Visitor Centre in Radium Hot Springs.

July 7, 2014


Fishing in the Cambrian

A key piece in the puzzle of the evolution of vertebrates has been identified, after the discovery of fossilised fish specimens, dating from the Cambrian period (around 505 million years old), in the Canadian Rockies. The fish, known as Metaspriggina, shows pairs of exceptionally well-preserved arches near the front of its body. The first of these pairs, closest to the head, eventually led to the evolution of jaws in vertebrates, the first time this feature has been seen so early in the fossil record.

Fish fossils from the Cambrian period are very rare and usually poorly preserved. This new discovery shows in unprecedented detail how some of the earliest vertebrates developed – the starting point of a story which led to animals such as later fish species, but also dinosaurs and mammals such as horses and even ourselves. The findings are published in the 11 June edition of the journal Nature. Royal Ontario Museum

June 11, 2014


Female grizzly bear with cubs at Olive Lake

A female grizzly bear with cubs has been frequenting the vicinity of the Olive Lake Truck Stops. This family group is actively searching for food and is focusing on the fresh vegetation in and around the viewpoint. If you see these bears return to your vehicle and please move on to provide them the opportunity to graze during the important spring season. More information.

May 21, 2014


A new Burgess Shale fossil site has been unearthed in Kootenay

In a discovery described as "epic" a new Burgess Shale fossil site has been unearthed in Kootenay National Park. The discovery appears to be equally important as the world-renowned sites in neighbouring Yoho National Park. One day, it may even surpass them. Learn more about the Marble Canyon discovery from the Royal Ontario Museum.

February 11, 2014


Discover Parks Canada with Street View on Google Maps

Parks Canada and Google Canada are proud to jointly launch the first batch of Street View imagery collected this summer, showcasing nearly 50 Parks Canada locations to start. These panoramic images were published live in Google Maps, a platform visited by more than 2 billion people world-wide every month.

November 30, 2013