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Kootenay National Park

Kootenay National Park

 

 

 

Location: British Columbia  Map

Area: 1,406 km²

Park Info Center

May- Sept daily

Tel. (250) 347 9615

www.pc.gc.ca

 

 

 

Description of Kootenay National Park

Kootenay National Park covers an area of British Columbia in Western Canada. Kootenay National Park covers an area of 1,406 km². Kootenay National Park is situated in the Canadian Rockies in the Western Canada. It was established in 1920 and originally encompassed an area around Kootenay river. Kootenay National Park is open all year, however campgrounds are open only from early May to late September. The only exception is at the Dolly Varden campground.

 

 

 

Kootenay National Park is located in southeastern British Columbia, Canada. It is part of the World Heritage. Kootenay is one of the four contiguous mountain parks in the Canadian Rockies, with the other three being Banff National Park, directly to the east, Yoho National Park, directly to the north, and Jasper National Park, which does not share border with the Kootenay National Park. Initially called "Kootenay Domain Park", the park was created in 1920 as part of an agreement between the province of British Columbia and the Canadian federal government. It is part of the natural set called Canadian Rocky Mountain Park that was declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1984.

Although Kootenay National Park is open all year, the busiest tourist season lasts from June to September. Most of the camps are open from the beginning of May to the end of September, while winter limits are only available for camping at the Dolly Varden campsite. The park takes its name from the Kootenay River, one of the two great rivers that flow through the park, the other is the Vermillion River. While the Vemillion River is completely within the park, the Kootenay River has its headwaters just outside the boundaries of the park.

 

 

Kootenay National Park covers an area of 1,406 km² (543 sq mi), which is almost the size of Greater London. It is one component of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site. The park includes parts of the Kootenay and Park mountain ranges, the Kootenay River and the entirety of the Vermilion River.

While the park is open all year, the major tourist season lasts from June to September. Most campgrounds are open from early May to late September, while limited winter camping is available only at the Dolly Varden campground.

Contact the park office:

Mid-May to mid-October +1 250-347-9505 or email kootenay.info@pc.gc.ca

Year-round toll-free +1-888-773-8888 or email information@pc.gc.ca

 

 

Fees and permits

All visitors stopping in the park (even just for gas) require a park permit. No pass is required if driving straight through. Day passes and annual passes are available.

Daily admission fee (2018):
Adult $9.80
Senior $8.30
Youth and children under 18 free
Family/group $19.60
Fishing permit valid at Banff, Jasper, Kootenay and Yoho national parks (2018):
Daily $9.80
Annual $34.30
Parks Canada Passes

The Discovery Pass provides unlimited admission for a full year at over 80 Parks Canada places that typically charge a daily entrance fee It provides faster entry and is valid for 12 months from date of purchase. Prices for 2018 (taxes included):

Family/group (up to 7 people in a vehicle): $136.40
Children and youth (0-17): free
Adult (18-64): $67.70
Senior (65+): $57.90
The Cultural Access Pass: people who have received their Canadian citizenship in the past year can qualify for free entry to some sites.

 

 

 

 

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