Plan your visit
Kootenay National Park
The historic Highway 93 South runs through the centre of Kootenay National Park in British Columbia. It is the only major route through the park. Kootenay is accessible from the east via Highway 1 (the Trans-Canada Highway) from Banff, AB (40 km) or Calgary, AB (167 km), or access via Highway 95 at Radium Hot Springs, BC. Full amenities are available in the village of Radium Hot Springs, just outside the park’s west entrance. Plan in advance as cell service is not available in the park.
Cost of daily park admission, Parks Canada Discovery Pass, camping, backcountry permits, Burgess Shale guided hikes, Radium Hot Springs and fishing...
Kootenay National Park is open year round. The peak season is during July and August. Open dates for visitor centre, campgrounds and seasonal closures.
Plan ahead for the best travel experience in Kootenay National Park. See our pre-arrival checklist, bonus tips and local recommendations for things to do.
Download the visitor guide, trail guide with hiking maps, fishing guide, safety and wildlife information brochures for Kootenay National Park.
Book your overnight stay in advance. Choose a hotel, guesthouse or campground in the Columbia Valley, around Radium Hot Springs, and in the park.
Discover how to get to Kootenay National Park by car or plane. Check out distances and road conditions before you start your road trip.
Radium Hot Springs is the closest town just outside the park. About the visitor centre, pool, restaurants, accommodation, accessibility, shopping and gas.
Stay informed about forest fires and wildfire management in Kootenay, including wildfire status, fire bans, prescribed fires and fire protection projects.
Current and upcoming road construction and improvement projects that may affect your visit to Kootenay National Park.
Follow visitor guidelines and regulations when you visit Kootenay National Park. Learn about wildlife, nature, bear safety and find contact information.
Highway 93 South (also called the Banff-Windermere Highway) runs 94 km through the centre of the park. It is the only major route and can be accessed from Banff National Park to the east and Radium Hot Springs to the west. Vehicle rentals are available in Invermere, B.C. as well as in Banff and Lake Louise, Alberta.
Calgary and Vancouver are the closest airports serviced by major national and international carriers. Connections may be made to Cranbrook, 145 km south of Radium Hot Springs, B.C. Airport shuttles from Calgary, Alberta are available to Lake Louise and Banff near the park's east entrance.
Services and amenities
Natural hazards are a part of the national park experience. Reduce the impact of an unfortunate circumstance by being well informed and prepared.
Whether you’re going frontcountry or backcountry camping, planning ahead is essential. A valid park pass and camping permit are required.
Download the comprehensive visitor guide as a PDF to explore what the park has to offer.
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