Points of interest

Kootenay National Park

Spend some time in Kootenay National Park and experience a place rich in variety – from hiking glacier-clad peaks along the Continental Divide to finding cactus on the dry grassy slopes of the Columbia Valley. Take a break along the way and enjoy something new around every curve.

Download the Parks Canada app from the App Store or Google Play. Enjoy the new Kootenay guided audio tour as you travel one of BC’s most scenic highways.

Map: Map of Kootenay National Park
Map of Kootenay National Park

  1. Olive Lake day-use area

    A forested picnic area at the summit of Sinclair Pass next to a bright emerald green lake.

    Day-use facilities
    Picnic table symbol Washroom symbol Disabled access symbol

    Hiking symbol Disabled access symbol Olive Lake trail 

    0.5 km return, no elevation gain.
    Look for brook trout as you walk the boardwalk around the lake.

  2. Kootenay Valley viewpoint

    Enjoy breathtaking views of the Mitchell and Vermilion mountain ranges.

    Day-use facilities
     Viewpoint symbol

    Hiking symbol Cobb Lake trail 

    5.4 km return, 190 m elevation gain
    Descend to Swede Creek, then continue along to the banks of a quiet lake encircled by forest.

  3. Kootenay River day-use area

    Spread out a picnic blanket or access the river for fishing and watersports.

    Day-use facilities
    Picnic tables symbol Washroom symbol

  4. McLeod Meadows day-use area

    Take advantage of this cool, shaded picnic area on a hot day.

    Day-use facilities
    Picnic tables symbol Washroom symbol

    Hiking symbol Dog Lake trail  

    5.2 km return, 40 m elevation gain
    Cross two bridges over the Kootenay River and meander through old-growth forest. End at a lake with a beautiful backdrop of mountains.


  5. Dolly Varden day-use area

    Learn about wildlife fences and underpasses with self-guided activities. Fun for kids!

    Day-use facilities
    Picnic tables symbol Washroom symbol exhibit symbol

  6. Simpson River trail

    Walk through a valley marked by fire.

    Hiking symbol 3 km return (interpretive trail section), 10 m elevation gain

    exhibit symbol  Self-guiding interpretive trail

    There are interpretive signs along the first 1.5 km of the Simpson River Trail. Learn about incredible forces of nature: lightning, wildfire, regeneration and succession. The entire family will enjoy the interactive, self-guided activities. Beyond the signs, the trail continues another 7.3 km to the park boundary.

  7. Vermilion Crossing day-use area

    Enjoy a picnic lunch and explore along the scenic banks of the Vermilion River.

    Day-use facilities
    Picnic tables symbol Washroom symbol

  8. Paint Pots trail

    An easy walk takes you to three iron-rich mineral springs that stain the surrounding earth a vibrant ochre colour.

    Hiking symbol 2 km return, 25 m elevation gain

    Day-use facilities
    Picnic tables symbol Washroom symbol 

  9. Numa Falls day-use area 

    Feel the cool breath of the Vermilion River as it tumbles over Numa Falls.

    Day-use facilities
    Picnic tables symbol Washroom symbol

    Hiking symbol Rockwall trail access

    Numa Creek trail remains closed for trail and bridge repair work. Access to the Rockwall backpacking route from Numa Falls is expected to be restored in summer 2021. Check the trail report for current conditions.

  10. Marble Canyon trail 

    Admire the shapes and sounds of carved chasms as you hike along the trail. Relax in the Red Chairs at the end.

    Hiking symbol 1.6 km return, 20 m elevation gain

    Day-use facilities
    Picnic tables symbol Washroom symbol 

  11. Stanley Glacier trail 

    Hike up to a stunning alpine basin and watch glacier meltwater tumble down massive rock walls.

    Hiking symbol 8.4 km return, 365 m elevation gain

    Guided hike

    Visit reservation.pc.gc.ca to book your spot on a guided hike of the Stanley Glacier Trail. Your Parks Canada guide will reveal secrets in the surrounding landscape and help you find fossils over 500 million years old.

  12. Continental Divide day-use area 

    Stand on the dividing line between the Pacific and Atlantic watersheds.

    Day-use facilities
    Picnic tables symbol Washroom symbol Disabled access symbol exhibit

     Hiking symbol exhibit Fireweed Loops trail

    0.5 and 2 km loops, 20 m elevation gain
    Walk through a quiet, shaded forest. Interpretive signs along the shorter loop tell the story of regeneration after the wildfire of 1968.

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