Kootenay National Park Information
The best source of Kootenay National Park information when you arrive is KOOTENAY VISITOR CENTRE (250/347-9615, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily in summer, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily in spring and fall), outside Kootenay National Park in the town of Radium Hot Springs, at the base of the access road to Redstreak Campground. Here you can collect a free park map with short hiking trail descriptions, find out about trail closures and campsite availability, get the weather forecast, browse through a small gift shop, buy park passes and maps/books, and register for overnight backcountry trips.
For further information, check the Kootenay National Park section of the Parks Canada website.
Kootenay National Park Pass
Permits are required for entry into Kootenay National Park. A DAY PASS is adult $10.50, senior $9, to a maximum of $21 per vehicle. It is interchangeable between national parks and is valid until 4 pm the day following its purchase.
An annual DISCOVERY PASS, good for entry into national parks and national historic sites across Canada, is adult $73, senior $62, to a maximum of $146 per vehicle.
Passes can be bought at the Kootenay Visitor Centre, at campground kiosks, and online at the Parks Canada website.