Kootenay National Park turns 100 this year!

Kootenay National Park began as eight kilometres of wilderness on either side of the Banff-Windermere Highway or Highway 93 South.

When the road opened in 1923, more than 4500 vehicles travelled the highway.

Today, more than 500,000 people visit every year!


On April 21, 1920, the Government of Canada agreed to build a road connecting the Bow and Columbia valleys. As part of the agreement, eight kilometres of land on either side of the road was set aside for a national park.

Today the park continues to delight visitors with spectacular hikes, Burgess Shale fossils and the Radium Hot Springs pools. The park is a world leader in wildlife and forest conservation. And, it’s still an amazing drive.

There are many ways to celebrate Kootenay National Park’s centennial. Bookmark this page for updates on centennial activities and events and for more stories from this unique national park!

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