Kootenay National Park Things to Do

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    Kootenay Valley Viewpoint

    by PinkFloydActuary Written Jul 22, 2014

    Continuing the return trip to Banff, we stopped at this scenic lookout. From here, you'll be treated to wide open views of the Mitchell and Vermilion mountain ranges. Down in the valley, you'll be able to spot the river as well. It surprised me that we had places like this all to ourselves. The views are incredible.

    Kootenay Valley Hanging out...

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    Olive Lake

    by PinkFloydActuary Written Jul 22, 2014

    When we passed this lake going west, we knew we had to make a stop on the way back. The water is incredibly clear, and has that olive-green color to it that surely inspired its name. There's a small parking lot and some picnic tables - from there, it's an extremely short, flat trail to a small overlook of the lake. There's a worn trail that seemed to head off around the lake (across from the highway), but with numerous warning signs about bears and a large pile of fresh scat on the trail, we decided to just forgo that and take in the views from the platforms.

    Olive Lake Another vantage point of the lake

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    Numa Falls

    by PinkFloydActuary Written Jul 22, 2014

    As is mentioned in many places, this may not be the biggest waterfall you will run across in the Rockies, but it is extremely accessible, and the view of the falls with the mountains in the background is still a beautiful sight. There was a trail that started past the bridge that crosses over the falls. You literally only need to walk about 100 yards from the parking area to get here (although I did have to traverse a mud hole...but it was worth it!)

    Numa Falls

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    Marble Canyon

    by PinkFloydActuary Updated Jul 22, 2014

    This was the first real hike of the trip. Our guidebook said the trail is 1 km each way, but I have to wonder if that was on the short side, or as the crow flies. In any case, this is a relatively easy hike (as I recall, only one modest staircase towards the beginning.) After that, you can criss-cross the canyon on a number of bridges, getting higher and higher. It seemed like every time we came around a bend, you would see the path continue on into the distance. Eventually, you hit a powerful waterfall that marks the end of the trail, and from there you can loop back to the parking lot. This is a very picturesque trail - not only the canyon, river, and falls, but the surrounding mountains and even the remnants of a forest fire. A great introduction to the park.

    Near the beginning of the trail Forest fire area Waterfalls at the end of the trail Getting deeper

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    The Continental Divide

    by PinkFloydActuary Written Jul 22, 2014

    As you enter the park from Banff, this is the first roadside pull off - a marker that splits the park, and tells you towards which ocean the rivers now flow. You have the opportunity to read the marker, take a picture, and if nature calls...there is a pit toilet available.

    The continental divide

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    Meet the bears

    by shavy Written Jun 26, 2014

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    During our drive in Kootenay National Park, we didn't expected to see bears as what we've heard from the others, they said bears are not visible of that time
    And all of a sudden we've seen many of them here in this park and in Whistler areas

    This is all I wanted to see coming to this part of the country, I never seen wild bear so closed
    As I look to the beast they're so adorable and brave, the baby bears are so cute the mother is so protective to her babies
    I would say I have a complete vacation this time beautiful landscape and of course I've seen the bears

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    The lake is everywhere and its so amazing

    by shavy Written Jun 25, 2014

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    Wherever we go in this part of the country the water or lake is everywhere to find
    And it gives a wonderful views, the trees and mountains around, Kootenay national park is very big and if you do some hiking you need at least a few days here

    We didn't do any hikes during this trip, we have a very limited time on this journey, there so many to see and while we have so little time
    I'm sure we come back some day and spend more time in each places

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    More to discover around the park

    by shavy Written Jun 25, 2014

    Never get enough to see the landscape every corner were photogenic, the only thing you'll get enough if you run out of memory card of your camera

    We have plenty of extra memory card this time, as we know before coming here it will be clicking here and there
    Its an amazing views and nature were so natural and so peaceful, the mountains around there were still snow hanging

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    Admire the landscape

    by shavy Updated Jun 25, 2014

    Just like other national parks, Kootenay offers a wide variety of landscape, a fascinating combination of forested valleys, grasslands, lakes and hanging glaciers attracts visitors from all over the country

    Visitors can explore the many nature trails that wind through the dense forest, marvel at tranquil lakes, spend time watching wildlife or simply enjoy star gazing while camping at the various Park Camping sites
    Besides hiking, Kootenay offers boating and rafting on the Vermilion and Kootenay rivers, fishing, biking, and horse riding

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    The bridges at the park gives a nice view

    by shavy Written Jun 25, 2014

    The narrow gorge that the bridges take you over gives you a better view of how Tokumm Creek has slowly cut and carved its way through the limestone over thousands of years, almost in a snake like manner, although it is tempting to lean over to get a better view of the intricacy and depth of the canyon

    The trail starts off in the signed Marble Canyon parking lot, the trail itself offers a couple ways to complete, bridges criss-cross the canyon and a wide path heads up each side of the canyon
    Chain link fencing help keep the little ones from wandering to close to the edge while the bridges afford great views to the growing depth below

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    Marble Canyon

    by shavy Updated Jun 25, 2014

    Marble Canyon is located in Kootenay National Park along highway 93 if you are traveling from the Trans-Canada highway, head south on highway 93 for 17km and you will see the signed parking lot for Marble Canyon from Radium Hot Springs the distance is about 88km heading north on highway93

    This is a very popular spot with well maintained gravel trails stairs and interpretive markers along the 1.4km circuit
    Above the energetic waters that rush through Marble Canyon is impressively deep and the water is incredibly blue

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    Walking or hiking to Marble Canyon

    by shavy Written Jun 25, 2014

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    Walking or hike is a unique trail that is ideal for families and people of all ages what gives this hike its uniqueness is the interpretative geological signs along the trail which provide descriptions of how the canyon was carved out over time

    The falls you see at the end of the interpretative hike are part of Tokumm Creek as it pushes its way through the narrow gorge and cascades down into the canyon,
    The signs that you see along the way explain how and why erosion occurs, how the canyon was carved out by glaciers and as well as some educational facts on how mountains came to be
    Marble Canyon is one of the most colorful canyons in Kootenay National Park with its green dwelling cliff plants

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    The Continental Divide

    by Jim_Eliason Written Aug 16, 2013

    Right near the Banff/ Kootenay border is where the Continental divide sits, the boundary line for where water runs east into the Carribean/ Atlantic and West into the Pacific ocean. A large roadside marker marks the spot. This is also the dividing line between Alberta and British Columbia.

    The Continental Divide The Continental Divide
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    RADIUM HOT SPRINGS

    by balhannah Updated Jun 1, 2010

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    After departing Invermere, we followed Highway 95 to the small village of Radium Hot springs. The village is named this, and there are popular thermal springs here to!

    Radium Hot Springs are odourless as much of the gas has dissipated before it emerges at the outlet at the Springs. The water is 44deg C at the source, then is chlorinated and enters the hot pool at 39deg C.
    At 39deg C, the soaking pool is meant to ease sore muscles and relax the mind, body and spirit, however, much too hot for me!
    The cooler pool, at 29deg C was much better!
    There are hot pools and cool pools.

    The Radium Hot Springs are open year-round, with last admission being a 1/2 hour before closing.

    The actual Springs are located 3 km from the village of Radium Hot Springs.
    Locker rooms, showers, bathing suits, towels and massages and a cafeteria are available.

    HOT POOL .....
    May 21, 2010 - October 11, 2011... Daily....9:00 am - 11:00 pm

    October 12, 2010 - May 19, 2011
    Sunday - Thursday.... Noon - 9:00 pm
    Friday & Saturday.... Noon - 10:00 pm

    ADMISSION.....Adult...$6.30...Child/Senior..$5.40
    $8.55

    National Park Entry fees do not have to be paid while visiting Radium Hot Spring.

    The Kootenay National Park Information Centre: 3 km from Radium at the Radium Hot Springs Pools, has park information, maps, brochures, passes, permits and a gift shop.

    Radium Hot Springs
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    NUMA WATERFALLS

    by balhannah Written May 30, 2010

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    Numa Falls, and another wow! when we saw the amount of water rushing down and over the falls, sure was impressive!
    The falls, formed by the Vermilion River, are a short walk from the parking lot, where there are picnic tables. It is a lovely place to stop for a tea break.
    The old bridge gives the best view of the falls and Vermilion Canyon below.

    These are only a very short walk from the roadside, so make sure you stop for a look.

    Numa Falls Numa Falls
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