Established in 1920 as part of an agreement to build a new road across the Rockies, Kootenay National Park is a place of unique contrasts, from icy mountain rivers to steamy hot springs. Take a 60-minute scenic drive and discover a new surprise around every bend. Spend the day exploring deep canyons and tumbling waterfalls just a short stroll from the road. Or, plan a vacation traversing the park’s backcountry trails.

Featured things to do

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Camping in Kootenay National Park

Relax with the family and reconnect with nature. All campgrounds are within walking distance of gentle trails and natural attractions such as the historic Radium Hot Springs.

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Take a scenic drive

Sample all of Kootenay National Park in a single day with a drive along the 94-kilometre Banff-Windermere Highway. Download the new Explora Kootenay App from iTunes or Google Play and enjoy a guided audio tour of one of BC’s most scenic highways.

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Camp in style with oTENTiks

Cook dinner over an open campfire, roast marshmallows beneath the starry sky, then enjoy the comforts of home when you turn in for the night in your oTENTik, a combination tent and cabin.

Getting here

Visitor Centre
7556 Main Street East
Radium Hot Springs BC V0A 1M0

Hours of operation

The park is open year-round. Visitor services are available mid-May to mid-October. 

Visitor Centre


Free admission in 2017. Other fees still apply.

Detailed fees list

Contact us

Mid-May to mid-October 


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    Yoho National Park

    In the shadow of the Great Divide, Yoho’s towering rockwalls, spectacular waterfalls and soaring peaks reveal the secrets of ancient life, the power of ice and water and the stories of plants and animals that continue to evolve today.

  • Two people sight seeing in Banff
    Banff National Park

    Founded in 1885, Banff is Canada’s first national park and part of the first national park system in the world. With its soaring peaks, azure lakes and abundant wildlife, this Rocky Mountain park attracts millions of visitors every year.

  • Jasper National Park

    Jasper astonishes visitors with its vast wilderness, dotted with glaciers, lakes, waterfalls, rivers, mountains and deep-cut canyons. Hike, paddle, swim, ski, fish, and take in soothing hot springs, scenic drives and extraordinary wildlife.

  • Rogers Pass National Historic Site

    Discover the role Rogers Pass played in the transcontinental Canadian Pacific Railway. Follow an abandoned rail line to the ruins of a Victorian-era resort, where legendary Swiss mountain guides forged popular trails and climbing routes.