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Kootenay National Park

Activities

Vermilion River panorama © Parks Canada / Alan Dibb 
© 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 | Summer and Fall | Winter and Spring | Prohibited Activities


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.
Red Chairs
Grab a friend, go for a walk then relax and snap a selfie on one of Kootenay National Park’s Red Chairs. While some chairs are easy to find, others require more of an adventure. Each location offers views of exquisite views of nearby mountains, rivers or lakes.
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

In Canada, national parks enjoy special protections that may differ from other protected places. Please know “what not to do” in a national park:

  • Feeding or approaching wildlife, and littering 
  • Collecting natural objects (e.g. wildflowers, rocks, mushrooms, berries) or cultural objects (e.g. arrowheads) 
  • Using drones (i.e. unmanned aerial vehicles) without a permit 
  • Hunting or using weapons (e.g. firearms, pellet or BB guns, airsoft, paintball, archery, slingshots) 
  • Transporting loaded or unsecured firearms (see firearms transport regulations)  
  • Snowmobiling and ice fishing 
  • Motorized boats, personal watercraft, water skiing 
  • Motorized off-road travelling 
  • Paragliding, parachuting and hang-gliding