Kootenay National Park Travel Guide
Views from Kootenay valley viewpoint
Radium Hot Springs
RADIUM HOT SPRINGS
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...
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...
WOW! Sinclair Canyon, this was impressive! The actual highway were were travelling on, passed through a narrow opening between extremely high cliffs, this is called Sinclair canyon.Once through this area, we could pull off the road, DO THIS as it is a chance to get out and...
KOOTENAY VALLEY VIEWPOINT
Kootenay Valley Viewpoint, located 16 km from Radium, Hot springs is another place you "Must stop."The views are wonderful, lots of fir trees, which would be beautiful in Autumn, and the snow capped Mountain Peaks of the Mitchell and Vermilion mountain...
Only a short distance further on from Sinclair Canyon was another stop, this was at the Iron Gates parking area to take a photo of the stunning Red cliffs. The Cliffs have been stained by Iron oxides contained in the mineral waters that have bubbled to the surface here over...
Marble Canyon trail
This trail is less than 1 kilometre each way. The trail goes over a deep (up to 40 metre) deep narrow gorge. Every time we drive down Highway 93, we do hike the Marble Canyon trail. It is very scenic, and not a difficult hike and well worth trying out.If we have more time,...
Eleventh Stop: Simpson's River Trail
We followed the trail only a short way to stretch our legs after a long day in the car. If you follow the trail long enough you will reach Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park which is unusual because the park can only be accessed by foot or by helicopter.
Tenth Stop: Hector Gorge
A great overlook taking in the Kootenay Valley and several massifs. The large mountain across the gorge is a well-known mountain goat haunt. We were advised to train our binoculars on the area just above the tree line and searcg for moving white dots. Not an easy trick. At...
Marble Canyon (9): a wall of water
This is it. The big falls at the top of the canyon. Roaring water deafens the area and a fine mist slickens the the rocky trails. I almost took a mighty spill and succeeded in wrenching my back catching my footing, but no lasting damage.I love how the camera was able to...
Last Stop: a pond previously overlooked
The road from Vermillion crossing to the village of Radium Hot Springs is 95 kilometers (about 60 miles) one way. And Vermilion Crossing is a good 60 or so kilometers from Banff. If you want to do Kootenay in one day, I strongly suggest an early start because stopping to see...
Last Stop: back at the beginning
Since Kootenay just has the one road, you must retrace your route or face an extra hundred miles by taking Highway 95 up to Yoho. That would be a fine option, but we had already seen Yoho a few days previous. So we went back the way we came, which isn't all that bad. By the...
Eleventh Stop: forest fires
It is an interesting walk through a recently burned forest. There were fires in Mount Shanks area in 1991, 1994 and 2002. Flames can flare fifty meters into the sky during a burn. But new life returns to the area immediately. These woods just brimmed with wildflowers.
We saw a female moose, but as soon as she caught sight of us she bolted into the brush and therefore I could not get a photo. I'm sort of glad she did that because we saw far too many animals in the Canadian parks that have become accustomed to people. Wild animals should be...
same buck zoomed
I didn't get all that close to the buck, but my zoom lense brought him in nicely. Even so, I twisted my ankle twice as I was busy trying to frame the buck in my camera sights.This was along the deserted trail to Dog Lake. Nice camping grounds. A picnic area. But not a human...
Radium Hot Springs Pool
It must have an allure, but I can't really see it. Just two normal looking swimming pools. One is a cool pool where kids play their normal swimming games and splash around and make a bunch of noise. The other pool is a hot springs pool which is warm enough, I guess. But then so is my bathtub at home. I don't understand why anyone would want to travel thousands of miles to take a hot bath with a couple hundred strangers. My loss, I guess.
Written Jul 14, 2003
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We did not find fireweed on the Fireweed Trail. I suspect that it was still too early in the season at that high altitude. However, we did find fireweed in the Kootenay Valley off of the Simpson's River Trail. Fireweed gets its name because it is one of the first plants that...
Flora: take some time to look down as well as up
The mountain vistas are magnificant--of that, there can be no doubt. But the meadows and woodland also provide a splendid habitat for wildflowers of all shapes, sizes and colors. This photo portrays the Shrubby Cinquefoil.
Best Tent Site
Floe Lake has probably the most beautiful tent sites in all the Canadian National Parks out west.These sites are perched above the beautiful alpine pristine lake, with a 3000 foot wall of rock behind it...just stunning.Most National Park sites for tents are not near lakes....
A marriage of roadway and parkland
Kootenay was not a park until the rise of the automobile and the need for transcontinental highways. Neighboring Banff and Jasper had been founded decades earlier and wealthy Canadians came by the railcar full to enjoy the glorious Canadaian Rockies. But the B.C. mountains...
Share your travels with someone close to you
I know that there are proponents of solo travel. However, I cannot imagine seeing all the lovely places in the world without sharing the experience with Becky. A perfect mounatin meadow is only perfect when I am standing next to the person that I love.Becky: thanks for being...
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