Kootenay National Park


Kootenay National Park Photography Guide

The Kootenay National Park Photography Guide describes the best photo opportunities in Kootenay National Park, including from Highway 93 and hiking trails.

From north to south, here are our favourite roadside photo spots in Kootenay National Park:

  • Marble Canyon
  • Paint Pots
  • Numa Falls
  • Vermilion River at Vermilion Crossing
  • Kootenay Valley Viewpoint
  • Olive Lake
  • Sinclair Canyon

Paint Pots, Kootenay National Park

The furthest paint pots along Paint Pots Trail are the most photogenic.

For Kootenay day hikers looking for the best photo opportunities, here are our recommendations, each of which are covered in our Kootenay National Park Hiking section:

  • Stanley Glacier
  • Marble Canyon
  • Floe Lake (strong day hikers only)
  • Kindersley Pass (strong day hikers only)
  • Kimpton Creek
  • Juniper Trail

Kootenay National Park Wildlife Photography

For Kootenay National Park wildlife photographers, we recommend:

Canadian Rockies Wildlife Photography, an eBook by renowned wildlife photographer Wayne Lynch.

The book is divided into two sections:

HOW TO PHOTOGRAPH THE CANADIAN ROCKIES is an easy-to-understand instruction manual on Canadian Rockies wildlife photography, with chapters dedicated to equipment, composition, lighting, and destination-specific techniques.

WHERE TO PHOTOGRAPH CANADIAN ROCKIES WILDLIFE covers the entire region species by species, with Wayne Lynch describing specific locations ranging from Jasper in the north to Waterton Lakes in the south.