Kootenay National Park (Parks Canada) Guide 2020 : National Parks Navigator

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Kootenay National Park

What to visit?

Kootenay is West of Banff Nationl Park and was created in 1923 soon after the completion of Banff-Windemere Highway (Route 93) crossing the Continental Divide via two mountain passes: Vermillion Pass (at the Continental Divide) and Sinclair Pass . This has been a First Nations travel route for thousands of years following the Kootenay River and Vermillion River. Kootenay is named after the Kutenai First Nations People. The Route is one of few east-west highways through the Rocky Mountains and connects Banff, Alberta to Radium Hot Springs, British Columbia. There is plenty to see here with glacial waterfalls and hot springs. The Park also contains some of the world's oldest fossil beds: Burgess Shale found at the base of Stanley Glacier. 505 million year old shale contains soft bodied fossils of ancient sea creatures from the Cambrian Seas. Hiking adventures abound in this wilderness.


How to get to the Park?

Access by car via Highway Route 93. Kootenay is accessible via Greyhound bus . By Air travel to Calgary and rent a car (Enterprise Rent-a car) to access the Park. .

Where to stay?

Accomodations: Camping: Kootenay National Park has 4 campgrounds in season.

Hotels: Suggested in Kootenay: Bighorn Meadows Resort , Prestige Radium Hot Springs Resort , and nearby Radium Chalet .

Kootenay Campgrounds

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