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
Visitors can safely and confidently visit the parks, however, it will be a different experience with COVID-19 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.
Expect increased traffic volumes from April 12 to June 1, 2021. Motorists from the Trans-Canada Highway are being diverted through Kootenay National Park due to scheduled highway improvements west of Yoho National Park. Visit Kicking Horse Canyon Project for more information.
What's open (as of March 18, 2021)
Kootenay National Park is open year-round. The peak season is during July and August. Some Parks Canada services are only available from mid-May to early-October.
Highways and day-use areas
- Highway 93 South is open. Speed, food and garbage kill wildlife. You can keep wildlife alive by obeying speed limits, binning your garbage (including organic waste), and by never feeding wildlife.
- Day-use areas and washrooms that are accessible based on road and avalanche conditions are open.
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, plexi-glass 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 are updated here: Kootenay Trail Conditions
- Parks Canada does not maintain or patrol winter trails in the park. Some trails are subject to avalanche hazard from early November until late May. Consult the trail report or a Parks Canada visitor centre for safe and fun options.
Kootenay Visitor Centre & West Gate
- The Kootenay Visitor Centre is open with information provided by Tourism Radium. Parks Canada’s seasonal information services here will resume in spring 2021. For Parks Canada trip planning advice please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (403) 522-3833.
- Park Passes are available at the Kootenay Visitor Centre and Kootenay West Gate. Alternatively, Park Passes can be purchased online prior to your visit.
What's closed (as of March 18, 2021)
Camping and COVID-19 (as of February 5, 2021)
- Frontcountry campgrounds will open for the 2021 season. See Frontcountry Camping for individual site opening dates.
- Reservations for the 2021 season launch: April 13, 2021 at 8 am MST and can be made online through the Parks Canada Reservation Service or by telephone at: 1-877-737-3783.
- Most backcountry campgrounds are open with no capacity restrictions. Reservations are required.
- Where applicable, common cooking shelters are closed. Food lockers are open.
- Many trails and backcountry campgrounds remain snow-covered. 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 April 16, 2021 at 8 am MST.
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.
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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