Take the scenic route from Radium Hot Springs
and enjoy the Rocky Mountain splendour of Kootenay and Yoho national parks. In Kootenay National Park
, trek the classic multi-day Rockwall Trail or hike to the Paint Pots, where iron-rich springs have turned the earth a brilliant orange. At CrossRiver Wilderness Centre just outside of the park, choose from heritage cabins or teepees, and mix hiking and rafting with a wilderness skills workshop or an inter-cultural sharing experience with a First Nations elder. Learn and challenge yourself with a knowledgeable guide, or relax and share stories around the campfire or hot tub.
Further north, hold history in your hand with the shale fossils at Yoho National Park
. Take a guided hike to see the Burgess Shale
, an ancient fossil bed and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Yoho also boasts such iconic photo ops as turquoise-green Emerald Lake and Takakkaw Falls (one of Canada’s highest waterfalls). Create a base camp at Emerald Lake Lodge
or the cabins of Cathedral Mountain Lodge
in the park.