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Kootenay National Park

Activities

Fog envelopes a peak in Kootenay National Park during the winter. 
© Parks Canada / Alan Dibb

Enjoy the thrill of the open road on a 90-minute scenic drive through the mountains or soak in the hot mineral waters of the Radium Hot Springs. Some hiking trails are suitable for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing but the park is a natural area and travel is at your own risk. Restrooms are open at popular backcountry trailheads all winter long. Beautiful views and winter wildlife are plentiful.


Featured Activities

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.
Skiing and Snowshoeing
Beautiful views and winter wildlife are plentiful. Parks Canada does not maintain or patrol winter trails in the park. Not all signed summer destinations are safe for winter travel, so check with a Parks Canada Visitor Centre for advice on safe and fun options.
Radium Hot Springs pool in winter
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