Kootenay National Park
Kootenay National Park
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MarkColwell
Hamilton, Canada64 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Spent the day hiking, swimming and fishing here. There is beauty all around you and space to find quiet. Prepare a lunch, options are very limited but there are multiple paces to enjoy and incredible view while having space to breathe. You need a park fishing license but the river is loaded with trout.
Written August 31, 2020
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Amanda
Edmonton, Canada196 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
Juniper Trail is a gorgeous hike of moderate intensity. We parked near the hot springs and walked down to the “starting point” past the canyon, this way after completing the trip we would end up where we parked. The beginning is all downhill where you get to see the beautiful Sinclair Falls. You can proceed to the rest of the trail where it’s an uphill hike from there. The trail is well cleared and it zig-zags up so the incline is easier. Once you’re at the top you can see over Radium. I was sad to see it end so quickly as its a very enjoyable hike! Throughout the hike it looks as though there are shortcuts, please don’t take them as it hurts the integrity of the soil and plant life, there are also signs posted regarding this!
Written July 2, 2020
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Lorea T
Langley, B.C.32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
I always get overwhelmed when something is so beautiful. This park is a must do. There are frequent pull outs for picture taking and rest stops. When you go through the rock walls in the beginning there is a parking lot immediately to the left. Stop and go back and take a picture.
Written July 10, 2021
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pipes
Maple Ridge B.C.15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
Kootenay National Park is one of the overlooked parks in the Canadian Rockies. That being said it is a bit quieter and less crowded. We have stayed at the campsite above the hot springs and have always enjoyed the walks/trails in that area. This trip we concentrated on Marble Canyon and spent a 1/2 day exploring this amazing spot. Cool looking water and an incredible waterfall at the top of the trail. You can do a short hike down to the pots from this location also. All in all a great spot to explore.
Written July 31, 2020
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goochypapa
Yarrow, Canada93 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
We stayed at McLeod Meadows campground for 3 nights and will not be coming back but will look at Red Streak campground instead.

For being a campground in a national park McLeod Meadows is a disappointment. You arrive and everything is rundown. Nothing is cared for here. Picnic tables are worn out, bathrooms are subpar and most other buildings look dilapidated or have graffiti on them. This campground should be invested in more but instead it’s forgotten and left to rot away. Pretty disappointing.

McLeod Meadows does have a beautiful river running by it with a nice mountain backdrop and that’s about it.
Written July 26, 2022
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vacationspecialist4
Vancouver, Canada73 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
We had a good 5 days in Radium and we visited Kootenay National Park and explored it for the first time. Have driven through before but this time stopped and did some hiking. We had to choose which days we hiked because we were there when the smoke from the U.S. Fires was bad. We hiked the Stanley Glacier trail which was very good. Also walked up to Marble Canyon. Our only complaint with the trails on these hikes is that they are not well signed. We have hiked a lot in Switzerland and their trails have lots of signage telling you how far you have to go in distance and time. On the Paint Pots Trail after you have crossed the Bridge the sign there does not mention which trail to walk along to the Paint Pots someone had scratched on the sign which trail to take this is poor parks management. Numa Falls are great falls to stop and look at.
Written September 30, 2020
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KellyNagle
553 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
10/10!!!
An approximately 20km round trip hike with extremely underrated status. Park at Floe Lake parking lot, but go where no one else is - across the street to Hawk Creek/Ball Pass Hike. Rated difficult due to overall length and 850m elevation gain, but would be fairly “easy” for experienced hikers.

Variety:
Fire burned forest in 2003 - regrowing.
Creek crossing on log bridge.
Valley views of awesome mountains both ways.
Scree path across avalanche paths.
Evergreen forest.
Sub alpine meadows.
Millions of wild flowers of at least 50 different types.
Waterfalls.
Marmots, toads, birds, deer tracks, chipmunks.
Sun and snow.
Lake which you can wade across (or go around.)
Avalanche viewing across sweet vista.
Glacier.
Almost no other people.

A WOW for both of us who have day hiked much of Banff, Jasper, BC coast.

Dog friendly.

If you enjoy the long trail less travelled, you might like to tackle this.
Written July 12, 2020
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Brittany
Winnipeg, Canada3,237 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
I visited Kootenay National Park in September 2020 for a day trip from Canmore (it was approx. a 45 minute to 1 hour drive), just over the BC/Alberta border, and hiked Stanley Glacier and Marble Canyon.

This was my first time venturing into Kootenay and it was a beautiful park! Stanley Glacier was a moderately difficult, 8.5 km hike (not including the loop at the end) that led through forest and opened up to amazing views of the mountains along the way. It was not a busy trail and I enjoyed it mostly to myself, with only a few other people on the way back.

Marble Canyon was a short drive from Stanley Glacier. It was a 1.5 km loop trail leading alongside the deep and narrow canyon and over a series of foot bridges. There were incredible views and photo opportunities and it was amazing to see this canyon. Again, it was not busy here at all and I visited during midday. Kootenay had gorgeous natural beauty and I liked that the park was quieter than Banff. Note that there is no cell service at all in the park so make sure to plan accordingly. There were outhouses at the trailheads for Stanley Glacier and Marble Canyon.

Would love to visit Radium Hot Springs during a future visit and explore more of the area.
Written October 2, 2020
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DisneyMama
Toronto, Canada87 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Beautiful and in my opinion, very underrated national park!! Some trials were still closed so we did not get to do everything I wanted (just means I have to return I guess - shucks!) we hiked Dog lake and Simpson River. Did not get a chance to do the paint pots or Juniper which I had on my list. Such a nice park to hike and drive through and then to be abel to stop at the hot springs after a day of hiking is really just the icing on the perfection cake
Written May 30, 2022
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Christina B
Louisiana6,209 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
There’s a few sights to see along the way. There may be some hiking trails but since we did not do any I can’t comment on that. We did stop at Vermillion Crossing, Numa Falls and Marble Canyon. It’s a long road with not a lot to see so if interested in the falls only, those are closer to Castle Junction entrance… or that last section of highway.
Written July 23, 2023
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