Kootenay National Park of Canada

Kootenay National Park

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VISIT Kootenay National Park:

Park Details

Kootenay National Park was established in 1920, and has a total area of 347,520 acres (543 square miles, or 1,407 square kilometers).

Address 7556 Main Street East, Radium Hot Springs, BC, V0A 1M0
Hours24 hours, 365 days a year
Entrance FeeFree to $11, depending on age
Learn MoreOfficial Website

When to Visit: Weather vs. Peak Visitation

We crunched 30 years of historical weather and/or park service data to find the best months to visit Kootenay National Park. We looked for the optimal temperatures, the least amount of snow and rain, and stayed away from peak visitation months if we could help it. All this data then helped us paint a picture as to what the absolute best time to visit Kootenay National Park is.

Our data shows the best months to visit Kootenay National Park are September, July, August & May.

Park Visitsdata unavailable
Avg Temp343642526472797870543933
Max Temp424352678084909083715042
Avg Temp222330374451565447392921
Min Temp-3192432414443352390
Temperature values in °F; Precipitation in Inches

Kootenay National Park Road Trips

Many family vacations consist of stringing one or more national parks together during a week-long trip. Creating these types of trips is our specialty! Here are the road trips we've created where Kootenay National Park is visited.

Trip NameTrip MilesTrip Days
Glacier to Canadian Banff & Kootenay1,0359

Other Nearby National Park Sites

From national monuments, to historic sites to seashores and more, here are the other parks closest to Kootenay National Park.

Banff National Park54 km
Jasper National Park54 km
Yoho National Park66 km
Glacier National Park100 km
Mount Revelstoke National Park134 km
Waterton Lakes National Park240 km
Glacier National Park313 km
Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area344 km
Elk Island National Park376 km

Nearest Ski Resorts

For those of you who are the diehard outdoors type, visiting a national park on a ski trip can be quite the adventure. Here are the ski resorts within 100 miles of Kootenay National Park:

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Banff Sunshine VillageBanff, AB8,957 ft79%39 km
Panorama Mountain VillagePanorama, BC7,875 ft71%51 km
Mount NorquayBanff, AB8,038 ft47%54 km
Lake LouiseLake Louise, AB8,652 ft64%58 km
Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Ski AreaFairmont Hot Springs, BC5,200 ft42%71 km
Kicking HorseGolden, BC8,033 ft82%71 km
Fortress Mountain ResortKananaskis, AB8,400 ft55%72 km
Nakiska SkiKananaskis, AB7,415 ft58%75 km
Summit Lake Ski AreaNakusp, BC3,018 ft11%131 km
KimberleyKimberly, BC6,500 ft60%138 km

Nearest Airports

When visiting a National park, many people are faced with either a very long drive across country, or a much shorter flight. For those of you looking to fly into Kootenay National Park, we've listed the closest airports in the area.

Large Airports

A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airports to Kootenay National Park.

Calgary International AirportYYCCalgary, AB155 km
Edmonton International AirportYEGEdmonton, AB321 km
Vancouver International AirportYVRVancouver, BC532 km
Seattle–Tacoma International AirportSEASeattle, WA586 km
Portland International AirportPDXPortland, OR757 km
Medium Airports

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airports to Kootenay National Park.

Cranbrook/Canadian Rockies International AirportYXCCranbrook, BC149 km
Castlegar/West Kootenay Regional AirportYCGCastlegar, BC207 km
Kelowna International AirportYLWKelowna, BC248 km
Lethbridge County AirportYQLLethbridge, AB282 km
Penticton AirportYYFPenticton, BC290 km
Kamloops AirportYKAKamloops, BC297 km
Glacier Park International AirportFCAKalispell, MT323 km

Credits: Campground data provided by USCampgrounds.info. Map shapes from CartographyVectors. Weather data from NOAA. Airport data from OurAirports.com. Images from Unsplash, Flickr and Parks&Trips. All data has also been updated and augmented by Parks&Trips.