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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Wasa Lake Provincial Park - Wasa Lake

40 Km North Of Cranbrook
Wasa Lake, British Columbia
V0B 2K0

A vacation destination with one of the warmest swimming lakes in the Kootenays. This park offers camping, swimming, hiking, cycling, boating & nature viewing. There is an 8 km wheelchair & bike trail around the lakeshore & a self-guided interpretive trail.


Whiteswan Lake Provincial Park - Canal Flats

Access Off Hwy 93/95
Canal Flats, British Columbia
V0B 1B0
Toll-free877-878-9601 (Reservations only)

Whiteswan & Alces lakes, natural hot springs are the focal points of this park. Lakeside or riverside campgrounds, boat launches, a historic lakeside hiking trail & abundant wildlife viewing opportunities makes this a excellent camping holiday destination. Great location for fishing, hiking, hot springs, kayaking & canoeing.


Yoho National Park - Field

Yoho National Park
Field, British Columbia
V0A 1G0

Named for a Cree expression of 'awe and wonder', a trip to Yoho is truly awesome! The park's towering peaks, expansive glaciers and impressive waterfalls have attracted visitors for over a century.

These same features were the curse of railway engineers and inspired the construction of the Spiral Tunnels, an engineering marvel. Although many of its highlights are accessible by road, Yoho is also a hiker's dream. Discover half a billion year old fossils on a guided hike to the restricted Burgess Shale fossil beds or take an afternoon stroll around Emerald Lake or to Wapta Falls. Grab your hiking boots for an epic day or multi-day adventure on the park's high-elevation Iceline Trail.

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