Kootenay National Park

A land of ice and fire, Kootenay National Park is a place of contrasts, with valleys and canyons carved by glaciers and grasslands marked by fire. Take a scenic drive along its historic highway. Step out to experience ancient fossils and steamy hot springs.

Father and son setting up a tent


Immerse yourself in nature at a frontcountry or backcountry campground.

Two women hiking on trail

Trail conditions

Find the latest trail condition reports and closures for Kootenay National Park.

A couple enjoy the hot springs

Radium Hot Springs

Spend a relaxing weekend in the Radium Hot Pools.

fire fighter at work in the forest

Fire information and updates

Do your part and stay informed! Your actions can help prevent unnecessary human-caused wildfires.

Safety and guidelines

You can reduce the impact of an unfortunate circumstance by being well informed and well prepared.

Parks Canada staff welcomes a visitor at the park gate

Pre-arrival checklist

Here are Parks Canada's top tips to help ensure you spend more time enjoying the park. Great memories? Check!

Visiting Kootenay National Park

Activities and experiences

Things to do, camping, hiking, trails, Burgess Shale fossils, guided hikes, backpacking, points of interest and Lake O'Hara.

Plan your visit

Maps and directions, visitor centre hours, park fees, local attractions, accommodation, facilities and services, fire information and visitor guidelines.

Camping and overnight accommodations

Types of accommodations, equipped camping, and nearby accommodations.


Cost of daily park admission, Parks Canada Discovery Pass, camping, backcountry permits, Burgess Shale guided hikes, Radium Hot Springs and fishing...

Safety and guidelines

Important bulletins, mountain safety, trail conditions, weather and avalanche conditions, bears and wildlife safety, camping, hiking and driving safety...

About Kootenay National Park

Indigenous connections

Culture and connections, working together, partners and cultural use.

Nature and science

Research and monitoring help protect Kootenay’s mammals and birds. We manage forest fires, restore habitat for species at risk and protect rare...


History, architecture and cultural landscape of Kootenay including Kootenae House National Historic Site, Floe Lake warden cabin and Radium Hot Springs.

Stewardship and management

Planning and management guiding documents, public consultations, information for businesses and residents, filmmakers, photographers and special events.

Contact us

May to mid-October
Phone number: 250-347-9505
Email address: kootenayinfo-infokootenay@pc.gc.ca

Phone number: 1-888-773-8888 toll free
Email address: information@pc.gc.ca

Hours of operation

The park is open year-round. Visitor services are available May to mid-October. 

Visitor Centre


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