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Kootenay National Park

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Kootenay National Park

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BrittanyAdventures wrote a review Oct 2020
Winnipeg, Canada3,181 contributions437 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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vacationspecialist4 wrote a review Sep 2020
Vancouver, Canada73 contributions45 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Russ W wrote a review Sep 2020
13 contributions15 helpful votes
We spent a long weekend here and it was beautiful. Definitely recommend the hike to Floe Lake, if you can. It's a solid 7 hours of hiking to get there and back, with quite a bit of vertical gain as you ascend to the lake itself, but it's an extraordinarily beautiful place. Plan your day so you have some time to spend at the lake too. The Canadian Rockies, worth the visit every time.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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MarkColwell wrote a review Aug 2020
Hamilton, Canada71 contributions15 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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pipes wrote a review Jul 2020
Maple Ridge B.C.15 contributions5 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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