Hours of operation for 2018 will be published as soon as the dates are confirmed.

Visitor centre

The Kootenay National Park Visitor Centre is located in the Village of Radium Hot Springs just outside the park’s west boundary. (Map) The visitor centre shares a building with Tourism Radium and the Friends of Kootenay.

  • January 1 to May 17:  Closed *
  • May 18 to June 18:  9 am to 5 pm
  • June 19 to September 4:  9 am to 7 pm
  • September 5 to October 8:  9 am to 5 pm
  • October 9 to December 31: Closed *   

*Tourism Radium offers information services daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Dec. 25, 26 and Jan. 1.

Campgrounds, day use areas, and roads 

Kootenay National Park is open year-round. The peak season is during July and August. Some Parks Canada services are only available from mid-May to early-October.

  • The Banff-Windermere Highway (Hwy 93 south) runs the length of Kootenay National Park and is maintained by Parks Canada year round.
  • Kootenay National Park’s campgrounds operate from mid-May until early October.
  • All day use areas are located along the highway and are open during the summer.
  • Many of the trailheads with outhouses are open during the winter.

Seasonal closures and restrictions

Additional closures and restrictions may happen at any time, in any location, and without prior notice. See the Superintendent's notices page for a current listing.

Annual closures and restrictions in Kootenay National Park.
Where When Activity Why Closure Restriction
Various 2015-2020 Various activities Infrastructure improvements Yes Yes
Sinclair Creek and
Kindersley Pass Trail
Late summer and through the fall  Hiking Grizzly bears frequenting the area - Yes
Picnic and Day Use Areas:  Numa Falls, Vermilion Crossing, Olive Lake, and Sinclair Creek** Mid-October until Early May All activities Closed for the season Yes -
Campgrounds Mid-October until Early May All activities Closed for the season Yes -

**All other day use and picnic areas remain open, though they may not be plowed immediately after a snowfall.