Heli-hiking in Bugaboo Provincial Park
(Albert Normandin photo)

Kootenay Rockies


Bugaboo Provincial Park (CMH/Toper Donahue photo)

Bugaboo Provincial Park (CMH/Toper Donahue photo)

Epic mountain ranges, sparkling lakes, old-growth forests and wildflower meadows – there are hundreds of parks in BC to explore.

The Kootenay Rockies region encompasses four mountain ranges – the Rockies, Purcells, Selkirks, and Monashees. Within these ranges, seven national and provincial parks are UNESCO designated, "Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Sites."

Four national and more than 75 provincial parks of the Kootenay Rockies region feature amazing mountains, lakes, ancient fossil fields, old-growth rainforests, and alpine meadows renowned for their colourful displays of late-summer wildflowers. 

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Bugaboo Provincial Park - Radium Hot Springs

Gravel Road Off Hwy 95
Radium Hot Springs, British Columbia
V0A 1M0

This park situated in the Purcell Mountains of southeast British Columbia continues to draw climbers from around the world to its airy, glacier sculpted granite spires. With many peaks over 3,000 m the Bugaboo's offer awe-inspiring mountain & glacier terrain. Great location for climbing, hiking & horseback riding trails.


Cody Cave Provincial Park - Ainsworth Hot Springs

Hwy 31 - 2 Km North
Ainsworth Hot Springs, British Columbia
V0G 1A0

Cody Cave Provincial Park is located in the Selkirk Mountains above Ainsworth Hot Springs. In the Cody Cave system an underground stream flows for 800 m through ancient limestone. Guided tours provide an introductory caving experience & visitors see fragile calcite formations such as stalactites, soda straws & draperies.


Elk Lakes Provincial Park - Sparwood

104 Km North Of Sparwood
Sparwood, British Columbia
V0X 1L4

Located within the western ranges of the southern Rocky Mountains, this is an easily accessible wilderness park characterized by outstanding sub-alpine landscapes, remnant glaciers, rugged peaks & productive lakes. Fishing, hiking & horseback riding trails available.


Glacier National Park - Golden

80 Km West Of Golden
Golden, British Columbia
V0A 1H0

Once seen as a rugged, inaccessible place where only the wild spirited & adventurous would dare enter, Glacier National Park is home to some of Canada's most fascinating transportation & mountaineering stories. Backcountry enthusiasts can enjoy Glacier's challenging peaks & deep snow while those looking for a more relaxing experience can take a leisurely stroll along the many short trails. At the Rogers Pass Discovery Centre visitors are invited to 'try on some history' as they pose in a new interpretive sculpture exhibit celebrating over a century of women's 'skirtless' mountaineering.


Kokanee Glacier Provincial Parks - Nelson

Hwy 3A 19 Km NE Of Nelson
Nelson, British Columbia
V8T 6X2

Perhaps the best known alpine park in the Kootenay region, the boundaries encompass 32,035 ha of some of the most scenic country found in the Selkirk Mountains. Comprising a picturesque mosaic of high peaks, snowfields, cirques & colourful lake basins ideal for hiking & fishing.


Kootenay National Park - Radium Hot Springs

Kootenay National Park
Radium Hot Springs, British Columbia
V0A 1M0

Kootenay National Park is a land of startling contrasts. From glaciers to grasslands, broad vistas to narrow canyons, icy rivers to steamy hot springs - this place has it all!

Every twist and turn of the historic Banff-Windermere highway reveals something interesting to explore: Camp in comfort in one of Kootenay's new oTENTik tent-cabins. Relax and soak in some history at the famous Radium Hot Springs Pools. Marvel at the dramatic colours and sounds of Marble Canyon as you crisscross a narrow gorge and wander into the heart of a recent wildfire. Grab your backpack and lace up your hiking boots for an epic multi-day adventure on the Rockwall Trail or watch the 'slow fireworks' of colourful wildflowers along the Stanley Glacier Trail.


Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park - Radium Hot Springs

48 Km SW Of Banff
Radium Hot Springs, British Columbia
V0A 1M0

Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park offers hiking, mountain climbing, wilderness camping & spectacular mountain scenery for backcountry hikers, horseback riders & cross-country skiers. No roads penetrate this unspoiled wilderness, with trails providing the only land access.


Mount Revelstoke National Park - Revelstoke

Trans Canada Hwy
Revelstoke, British Columbia
V0E 2S0

Home to Canada's only inland cedar-hemlock rainforest, Mount Revelstoke is the only national park in Canada where you can summit a mountain five minutes from your vehicle. Visitors are invited to stroll amongst giants on the Giant Cedars & Skunk Cabbage boardwalks, or enjoy a panoramic view & meadows of subalpine wildflowers from the summit of Mount Revelstoke. Cycling enthusiasts can try riding 26 km (1600 m elevation gain) up the Meadows in the Sky Parkway. During the winter months outdoors enthusiasts can explore the Meadows in the Sky Parkway on skis or snowshoes.


Top of the World Provincial Park - Kimberley

48 Km Northeast Of Kimberley
Kimberley, British Columbia
V1A 3A9

An area of great beauty, the park is part of the Top of the World Plateau, most of which is at an elevation in excess of 2,200 m. Although remote, the park is popular with hikers & backcountry campers. Also a good location for fishing & cross-country skiing.


Valhalla Provincial Park - Slocan

Hwy 6
Slocan, British Columbia
V0G 2C0

This park protects a diverse topography typical of the Selkirk Mountains. There is waterskiing, canoeing, beaches, varied & abundant hiking opportunities (short walks, wilderness treks & mountain climbing). The park also offers fishing & wildlife viewing.

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