COVID-19 and your visit to Kootenay National Park
The health and safety of Canadians, visitors and Parks Canada team members is our top priority. In June and July, some Parks Canada places began a safe, gradual reopening of outdoor areas, some camping services, and some indoor areas at national historic sites.
We are only opening places and activities where risks can be managed, according to the advice of public health experts. For your safety, at all times, avoid all places and areas that are closed.
Openings and services differ across the country. Please check the Parks Canada national information portal dedicated to COVID-19 for regular updates.
We continue to deliver services critical for Canadians, including highway maintenance, fire response, dam operations and water management on historic waterways, and avalanche control, among others.
Update for July 30, 2020 - Non-medical masks and face coverings
We strongly encourage all visitors to wear a non-medical mask or face covering when visiting indoor public spaces at any Parks Canada place. When you visit a Parks Canada place, you may see signs reminding you that this is what we recommend.
An indoor public space is any space with walls and a roof that can be accessed by the members of the public.
If a Parks Canada place is within a jurisdiction where wearing a non-medical mask or face covering is mandatory, visitors will be asked to follow this requirement.
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.
Beginning June 22, 2020, some front and backcountry camping offers will resume in Kootenay National Park. Front country campground cooking shelters and showers remain closed. Washrooms are operating at a limited capacity to support physical distancing measures
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. These measure currently range from reduced campground capacity and continued closure of communal facilities and shower buildings, additional signage, enhanced cleaning protocols in washrooms, to limiting parking and monitoring visitor numbers in high use locations.
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 August 6, 2020)
- All day use areas that are accessible based on road and avalanche conditions are open.
- Parking lots and trailheads are open though capacity may be restricted to help enable safe physical distancing measures.
- Hiking and biking trails.
- All washrooms that are accessible based on road and avalanche conditions will be opened.
- Trails are open and trail conditions will be monitored and updated here: trail conditions
- The Kootenay visitor centre is open 9:00am to 4:45pm 7 days a week.
- Please reach out to our Visitor Centre staff for trip planning questions and to find out more information regarding Parks Canada’s phased reopening over Facebook or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 250-347-9505.
- Visitors are encouraged to plan ahead and use the Parks Canada website for current facility openings and trail conditions.
Kootenay West Gate
- The Kootenay west gate is open for fee collection
- Redstreak campground is open at reduced capacity to tents and RVs. Reservations are required and must be booked by 2:00 PM MST the day prior to arrival
- McLeod Meadows and Marble Campgrounds are open to tents and RVs. Reservations are required and must be booked 2:00 PM MST two days prior to arrival
- Shower buildings and kitchen shelters remain closed.
- The Parks Canada Reservation system isopen to new reservations for frontcountry camping in Kootenay National Park.
- Backcountry campgrounds are open with no capacity restrictions. Existing reservations are required
- Where applicable, common cooking shelters are closed. Food lockers are open.
- Many trails and backcountry campgrounds rare not maintained or experience unexpected damage due to natural hazards. Please check trail reports prior to visiting.
- The Parks Canada Reservation system will open to new reservations for backcountry camping in Kootenay National Park on June 24, 2020 at 8 AM MST.
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.
Radium Hot Springs pools
- The Radium Hot Springs pools remain closed under direction of local health authorities.
- All in-person interpretation programs and guided hikes are cancelled at this time.
- Crook’s Meadows group camping remains closed for the summer.
- oTentik camping at Redstreak campground will remain closed for the season.
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.
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