Kootenay Parkway Bow Valley to Radium Hot Springs

Radium Hot Springs, British Columbia

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The Kootenay Parkway is a 100-kilometer (60-mile) drive through Kootenay National Park, one of BC’s two Rocky Mountain national parks. Although lesser known than Banff National Park to the east, Kootenay is every bit as beautiful. Along the way, Highway 93 passes through the western edge of the Rockies alongside two major rivers and beneath scores of towering peaks. The main feature of the park is two major river valleys, the Kootenay and Vermillion, and the mountain crests paralleling them. The park encompasses a wide variety of landscapes from the glacier-clad peaks near Vermillion Pass to the arid canyons near Radium Hot Springs. The entire route is downhill from the heights of the Continental Divide all the way to the hot and dry Columbia River valley. Special attractions: Mountain peaks; the famed Rockwall; numerous day hiking, backpacking, and climbing opportunities; wildlife viewing; Radium Hot Springs; and less congestion than the other Rocky Mountain parks.
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Scenic Driving British Columbia

by Scott Pick (Falcon Guides)

The Kootenay Parkway is a 100-kilometer (60-mile) drive through Kootenay National Park, one of BC’s two Rocky Mountain national parks. Although lesser known than Banff National Park to the east, Kootenay is every bit as beautiful. Along the way, Highway 93 passes through the western edge of the Rockies alongside two major rivers and beneath scores of towering peaks.

The main feature of the park is two major river valleys, the Kootenay and Vermillion, and the mountain crests paralleling them. The park encompasses a wide variety of landscapes from the glacier-clad peaks near Vermillion Pass to the arid canyons near Radium Hot Springs. The entire route is downhill from the heights of the Continental Divide all the way to the hot and dry Columbia River valley. Special attractions: Mountain peaks; the famed Rockwall; numerous day hiking, backpacking, and climbing opportunities; wildlife viewing; Radium Hot Springs; and less congestion than the other Rocky Mountain parks.

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Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Radium Hot Springs
Distance: 60
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: BC Parks, Kootenay District
Driving Directions: Directions to Kootenay Parkway: Bow Valley to Radium Hot Springs

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May 2018