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Impressive Landscapes With The Only Reserve Protecting Plant Life and Wildlife

 

Kootenay National Park Canada

In 1985, Kootenay, Yoho, Banff, and Jasper national parks First Rockwalltogether with Mount Robson, Mount Assiniboine, and Hamber provincial parks were designated UNESCO’s Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site, one of the largest protected areas in the world. Kootenay runs along the western edge of the Rockies on the slopes of the big rift that separates them from British Columbia’s interior Columbia Mountains. The southernmost of the four national parks, Kootenay is the only reserve protecting the plant life and wildlife of the western ranges of the Rockies. In addition to its impressively high glacier draped peaks, the 1406 square kilometre park safeguards a landscape that includes wild rivers, glaciers, canyons and hot springs. From prehistoric habitation to the park’s establishment in 1920, a rich cultural heritage has evolved amid its distinctively unspoiled beauty.

Kootenay National Park, which covers 1,406 sq. km. in the Canadian Rockies, is minutes from the village of Radium Hot Springs, British Columbia.

Kootenay

 

Top 6 Attractions in Kootenay National Park

1. Sinclair Canyon and the Redwall Fault

One of the most impressive gateways to a national park in Canada, offering views of Sinclair Canyon below and the Redwall Fault cliffs above. Trails on both sides of the highway can be accessed at the north and south ends, from the Redstreak area to the east, and Juniper Trail to the west.

Entrance to Kootenay NP

Redwall Fault

Canyon

Canyon Falls

 

2. Numa Falls

Walk to the bridge over this impressive waterfall on the Vermilion River, carving a path between the glistening black canyon walls. This is a perfect place to stretch your legs just a few steps from Highway 93 South. The trail beyond connects in ~6.5km to the famous Rockwall Trail, a popular backcountry destination.

Numa Falls

Numa Falls

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Numa Falls

 

3. Radium Hot Springs

Soak in the naturally-heated, mineral-rich hot pool between the sheltering walls of Sinclair Canyon. Radium is one of three thermal swimming pools in the Rocky Mountain National Parks – luxurious in summer and magical in the winter.

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Radium Hot Springs In Winter

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4. Marble Canyon

Turquoise, glacial waters and startling canyon walls grow ever more impressive along this short trail. Multiple bridges span the narrow gorge, crossing several times for spine-tingling views of the river below. Watch for fuchsia fireweed and mountain bluebirds in a landscape shaped by fire, erosion, and mountain-building.

Marble Canyon In The Fall

Marble Canyon In The Fall

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marble-canyon

 

 

Get Around and Things to Do In Kootenays

 

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