"Canyons and Hot Springs" Kootenay National Park by mht_in_la

Kootenay National Park Travel Guide: 78 reviews and 131 photos

If you visit Kootenay National Park from the southwest, you first receive a warm welcome from Sinclair Canyon when you pass the entrance (see photo above). If you visit from the north like me, you probably have seen Banff and Jasper and are hardly impressed. Many visitors to the Rockies never make it to Kootenay. After all, compared with the biggies, Kootenay's canyons are not as steep and springs not as hot. Just count the number of VT pages posted by members and you'll see Kootenay has less than one tenth of either Banff's or Jasper's.

On the other hand, National Park is just an artificial boundary. Here in Kootenay you can enjoy the Rockies without running into busloads of tourists. Instead, I saw more locals here -- moms driving kids to swimming lessons in Radium Hot Springs, plus plenty of wildlife.

  • Last visit to Kootenay National Park: Jun 2003
  • Intro Updated Jul 7, 2003
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