Nature and science
From grasslands and glaciers to narrow canyons and extensive mountain ridges, Kootenay National Park is a land of contrasts. In summer, brilliant fields of fuchsia fireweed mark where naturally occurring wildfires once raged. These sites provide important habitat for bears, lynx, and moose and offer visitors a look into the forest’s regeneration process.
We are working to maintain and restore the park’s ecological health to ensure that Kootenay National Park remains intact for future generations:
National Parks help protect uniquely Canadian landscapes along with the ecosystems that wildlife depend upon for their survival. From dry grasslands to moist subalpine forests to alpine tundra, Kootenay’s habitats support many animals.
Kootenay’s alpine is where some of the world’s most important fossils, the Burgess Shale, can be found.