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Kootenay National Park

Hours, Fees and Passes

Kootenay National Park is open year-round. The peak season is during July and August. Some Parks Canada services are only available from mid-May to early-October.

Kootenay National Park Visitor Centre

Free admission in 2017

2017 Discovery Pass

Parks Canada is inviting Canadians and visitors from around the world to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary at our national treasures from coast to coast to coast. To mark this special year, we’re offering free admission.

Regular fees still apply for other experiences and services.


Visitor Centre

The Kootenay National Park Visitor Centre is located in the Village of Radium Hot Springs just outside the park’s west boundary. The visitor centre shares a building with Tourism Radium and the Friends of Kootenay.  (Map)

  • October 11, 2016 to May 17, 2017:  Closed *
  • May 18 to October 9, 2017: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

* Tourism Radium offers information services daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed Dec. 25, 26 and Jan. 1.

Campgrounds, day use areas, and roads 

  • Kootenay National Park’s campgrounds operate from mid-May until early October.
  • The Banff-Windermere Highway (Hwy 93 south) runs the length of Kootenay National Park and is maintained by Parks Canada staff year round.
  • All day use areas are located along the highway and are open during the summer.
  • Many of the trailheads with outhouses are open during the winter.

Seasonal closures and restrictions

This is a list of planned closures and restrictions in Kootenay National Park. However, closures and restrictions may happen at any time, in any location, and without prior notice. See the Important Bulletins page for a current listing.

Where Activity When Why Closure Restriction
Various Various 2015-2020 Infrastructure improvements
Sinclair Creek and
Kindersley Pass Trail
Hiking Late summer and through the fall  Grizzly bears frequenting the area  
Picnic and Day Use Areas:  Numa Falls, Vermilion Crossing, Olive Lake, and Sinclair Creek* All Use Mid-October until Early May Closed for the season
Campgrounds All Use Mid-October until Early May Closed for the season

*All other day use and picnic areas remain open, though they may not be plowed immediately after a snowfall.