Spend some time in Kootenay National Park and experience a place rich in variety – from hiking glacier-clad peaks along the Continental Divide to finding cactus on the dry grassy slopes of the Columbia Valley. Take a break along the way and enjoy something new around every curve.


Map: Map of Kootenay National Park
Map of Kootenay National Park

  1. Olive Lake day-use area Picnic table symbol Washroom symbol Hiking symbol Disabled access symbol

    A forested picnic area at the summit of Sinclair Pass next to a bright emerald green lake.

    Olive Lake trail Hiking symbol Disabled access symbol 

    0.5 km return, no elevation gain.
    Look for brook trout as you walk the boardwalk around the lake.

  2. Kootenay Valley viewpoint Viewpoint symbol Hiking symbol

    Enjoy breathtaking views of the Mitchell and Vermilion mountain ranges.

    Cobb Lake trail Hiking symbol 

    5.4 km return, 190 m elevation gain
    Descend to Swede Creek, then continue along to the banks of a quiet lake encircled by forest.

  3. Kootenay River day-use area Picnic tables symbol Washroom symbol

    Spread out a picnic blanket or access the river for fishing and watersports.

  4. McLeod Meadows day-use area Picnic tables symbol Washroom symbol Hiking symbol

    Take advantage of this cool, shaded picnic area on a hot day.

    Dog Lake trail  Hiking symbol

    5.2 km return, 40 m elevation gain
    Cross two bridges over the Kootenay River and meander through old-growth forest. End at a lake with a beautiful backdrop of mountains.

  5. Dolly Varden day-use area Picnic tables symbol Washroom symbol exhibit symbol

    Learn about wildlife fences and underpasses with self-guided activities. Fun for kids!

  6. Simpson River Trail Hiking symbol

    3 km return (interpretive trail section), 10 m elevation gain

    New! exhibit symbol

    Interpretive signs are being installed along the first 1.5 km of the Simpson River Trail (anticipated completion date: June 30, 2020). Walk through a valley marked by fire and learn about incredible forces of nature: lightning, wildfire, regeneration and succession. The entire family will enjoy the interactive, self-guided activities. Past the signs, the trail continues another 7.3 km to the park boundary.

  7. Vermillion Crossing day-use area Picnic tables symbol Washroom symbol

    Enjoy a picnic lunch and explore along the scenic banks of the Vermilion River.

  8. Paint Pots trail Picnic tables symbol Washroom symbol Hiking symbol

    2 km return, 25 m elevation gain
    An easy walk takes you to three iron-rich mineral springs that stain the surrounding earth a vibrant ochre colour.

  9. Marble Canyon trail Picnic tables symbol Washroom symbol Hiking symbol

    1.6 km return, 20 m elevation gain
    Admire the shapes and sounds of carved chasms as you hike along the trail. Relax in the Red Chairs at the end.

  10. Stanley Glacier trail Hiking symbol

    8.4 km return, 365 m elevation gain
    Hike up to a stunning alpine basin and watch glacier meltwater tumble down massive rock walls.

    Guided hike

    Visit reservation.pc.gc.ca to book your spot on a guided hike of the Stanley Glacier Trail. Your Parks Canada guide will reveal secrets in the surrounding landscape and help you find fossils over 500 million years old.

  11. Continental Divide day-use area Picnic tables symbol Washroom symbol Disabled access symbol Hiking symbol exhibit

    Stand on the dividing line between the Pacific and Atlantic watersheds.

    Fireweed Loops trail Hiking symbol exhibit

    0.5 and 2 km loops, 20 m elevation gain
    Walk through a quiet, shaded forest. Interpretive signs along the shorter loop tell the story of regeneration after the wildfire of 1968.