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Kootenay National Park

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Mountain view from  the Paint Pots 

Driving through Kootenay National Park? There’s an app for that!

The Explora Kootenay app is free for Apple and Android devices and features behind-the-scenes stories about fires, wildlife and a unique rescue as told by park staff. It also includes insider’s tips on the best places to stop, and provides photos, information and quizzes to help families explore the park beyond the highway. At the hot springs, a special augmented reality walking tour provides a glimpse into the past.

Explora is Parks Canada’s official guided tour app. Explora Kootenay is the first driving tour in the series.

Kootenay App – iTunes | Kootenay App – Android

There is no cell service in Kootenay, so please download and launch the app prior to visiting. Content on the app is GPS triggered.

May 18, 2016


No-Stopping Zone Ahead - Sinclair Canyon

Watch for signs marking the start of a no-stopping zone. In the Spring, both black and grizzly bears gather to feed on newly sprouted grass and dandelions along an 11 km stretch of highway near Olive Lake. A temporary, no-stopping restriction protects bears during this period of intensive roadside feeding. Watch for park staff monitoring bears. Parks Canada may ask you to slow down or stop to allow bears to cross the highway safely. Stay alert. Follow their instructions. Watch for distracted drivers. Map

May 12, 2016


Parks Canada’s Infrastructure Program 

Over the next five years, Parks Canada will invest $2.6 billion to rehabilitate infrastructure assets within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas across Canada. This historic investment supports conservation while promoting visitor experience and making our infrastructure safer and more appealing to visitors. When visiting or driving through Kootenay National Park you may encounter one or more construction zones or reduced services while we complete this important work. Please plan ahead before you travel to avoid inconvenience. 

April 14, 2016


Sinclair Ecosystem Restoration

What’s happening?

Parks Canada is restoring open forest and grassland ecosystems opposite the Radium Hot Springs pools in Kootenay National Park. The third season of this restoration project has begun and includes the following work:

January – March 2016 

  • Crews are thinning the forest on the lower slopes of Mount Berland and burning piles of branches, bark and other wood debris. 
  • All trails and facilities in Sinclair Canyon remain open. 
  • The forest where crews are working is closed and clearly marked. 
  • Intermittent smoke may be noticed in the area of the hot springs and the community of Radium Hot Springs during this work.

April – June 2016 

  • A small-scale, spring prescribed fire is planned for the thinned area, when weather and burning conditions permit. 
  • Burning will take place over a 1-3 day period and cover up to 60 hectares – roughly half the size of a golf course. 
  • Fire managers will be working hard to minimize smoke in the area by only igniting during good venting conditions. Smoke from this fire is not expected to extend beyond the southern area of the park and adjacent communities.

Why?

Forest thinning and prescribed fire are helping restore open forest and grassland ecosystems, including critical Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep habitat.

The meadows created will act as firebreaks and reduce the risk of wildfires spreading to park facilities and the community of Radium Hot Springs.

If you are sensitive to smoke…

Parks Canada has a smoke notification list for anyone who is sensitive to smoke and would like to be notified in advance of burning. Please contact Lori Horrocks, Parks Canada, ph. 250-347-2205 or e-mail lori.horrocks@pc.gc.ca to add your name to the list.

January 21, 2016


Government announces new investments in Kootenay National Park

David Wilks, Member of Parliament for Kootenay—Columbia, on behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today announced infrastructure investments totalling $44.9 million in several Parks Canada projects across Kootenay National Park. This major investment includes... (more)

July 18, 2015