COVID-19 and your visit to Kootenay National Park
Openings and services differ across the country. Please check the Parks Canada national information portal dedicated to COVID-19 for regular updates.
Important information about your visit to Kootenay National Park
Based on public health information, Parks Canada will build on the safe, gradual opening of some outdoor locations in national parks, national historic sites, and national marine conservation areas, which started June 1.
Only places and activities where health and safety risks can be mitigated will be available for visitation.
Visitors can safely and confidently visit the parks, however, it will be a different experience with COVID related safety measures in place.
Now, more than ever, it is important to be prepared for your trip to the national park. Come prepared with your own “COVID-kit” including water, snacks, hand sanitizer and toilet paper.
New reservations are open for Kootenay National Park.
Not all services or facilities are open, so please see details below before you reserve
What's open (as of September 17, 2020)
- Day use areas that are accessible based on road and avalanche conditions are open.
- Hiking and biking trails.
- Washrooms that are accessible based on road and avalanche conditions will be opened.
Radium Hot Springs pools
- Visitors should expect a very different experience than what they have had in the past.
- To make the most of your visit, please come prepared for the following:
- Reduced hours to allow for additional cleaning by staff;
- The number of visitors that can be accommodated at one time has been adjusted to meet public health guidelines to enable physical distancing. This is likely to result in delays entering the pools at peak times;
- Increased safety protocols in place, additional hand sanitizing stations, plexiglass guards and signage to help visitors move safely through the building.
- Wearing a mask indoors is required by BC provincial health order. Those without a mask will be denied entry.
- For more information, please visit: https://www.hotsprings.ca/
- Trails are open and trail conditions will be monitored and updated here: trail conditions
Kootenay West Gate
- The Kootenay west gate is open for fee collection
What's closed (as of August 6, 2020)
Parks Canada is resuming services in a phased approach where health and safety risks can be mitigated. Further details on the resumption of other visitor services will be made available as they are confirmed.
The Kootenay visitor centre is closed for the season.
Backcountry camping is closed for the season.
- Redstreak Campground
- Mcleod Meadows Campground
- Marble Canyon Campground
Your safety when visiting
Going outdoors is a great way to maintain health and wellness as long as you are following physical distancing practices. Visitors are asked to continue to follow the advice of public health experts on personal hygiene and physical distancing while enjoying the national parks. Visitors should be conservative in their choices and try to avoid injury or the need for emergency response.
As visitor facilities will still be limited, visitors should come prepared when visiting the national parks. Bring hand sanitizer and masks, avoid touching high-use surfaces, and if you are unwell, stay home.
Parks Canada will continue to monitor the situation and put in place appropriate measures to help Canadians follow the advice of public health experts, however continuing to flatten the curve is all of our responsibility. If we all work together, we can keep our families, friends, neighbours and communities safe and healthy while enjoying our time outdoors.
Parks Canada is working with our partners to keep visitors and residents informed and safe.
For the most up to date information, visit: