PARK PICK

KOOTE­NAY NA­TIONAL PARK

2017 Travel Guide to Canada - - British Columbia -

Icy water­falls and steamy hot springs. Deep canyons and tow­er­ing moun­tain peaks. Re­mote wilder­ness, within easy reach. Koote­nay Na­tional Park, part of a UNESCO World Her­itage Site, is a place of beau­ti­ful con­trasts. It is long and nar­row, run­ning eight km (five mi.) on ei­ther side of Hwy 93 in south­east­ern B.C.

Its quirky shape is the re­sult of a 1920 agree­ment be­tween the provin­cial and fed­eral gov­ern­ments that cre­ated the park in ex­change for a high­way through the Rocky Moun­tains. As a re­sult, rugged though it is, many of the park’s great­est at­trac­tions are eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble, even by wheel­chair, in­clud­ing the pop­u­lar heal­ing Ra­dium Hot Springs (www.parks canada.gc.ca/koote­nay).

For­get the map, use the app: To ex­plore Koote­nay Na­tional Park, down­load Parks Canada’s first guided driv­ing tour app, Ex­plora Koote­nay.

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