Established in 1920 as part of an agreement to build a new road across the Rockies, Kootenay National Park is a place of unique contrasts, from icy mountain rivers to steamy hot springs, from cactus in the Rocky Mountain Trench to glacier clad peaks, this park is home to a rich diversity of landscapes and ecology. It is one component of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site.
The most popular attraction in the park, is the Radium Hot Springs hot pools, located at the southern end of the park. These natural mineral springs are heated deep in the earths crust and are the perfect remedy for travellers’ weary bones.
There are numerous short walk trails and hiking trails – something for everyone. From about 15 minutes to a 3 day hike, every trail is spectacular. There is even a guided hike to the Stanley Glacier, home of the famous Burgess Shale fossils.
For all of the walking and hiking trails, and for maps, go to: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/bc/kootenay/activ/randonnee-hike.
And no matter how cute that little cougar cub is – pay attention to signs of cougar sightings (don’t be that kind of tourist). Cute – Yes. Cuddly – No.
Coming up: Yoho, Banff and Elk Island National Parks