Kootenay National Park Visitor Information Centre open 7 days a week May 15 through October 12, 2015
Kootenay National Park Visitor Information Centre is located in the Village of Radium Hot Springs just outside the park’s west boundary.
The Kootenay Park Visitor Information Centre shares a building with Tourism Radium, the Radium Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce, the Radium Hot Springs Visitor Centre, and the Friends of Kootenay.
The Kootenay National Park Visitor Information Centre Centre / Parks Canada Visitor Centre services; including backcountry reservations, national parks fishing licences, park information and pass sales.
All visitors are required to purchase a daily or annual pass when visiting Canada’s national parks. Passes for Kootenay National Park may be purchased from any national park entry gate or visitor centre. User fees collected through pass sales help support park improvements, trail maintenance, interpretation programs and information services.
In addition to selling passes and providing information about Kootenay National Park and the Columbia Valley, the Kootenay National Park Visitor Information Centre is home to a number of interpretive exhibits that illuminate the fascinating cultural and natural heritage of Kootenay National Park and the Columbia Valley with a special focus on the local Ktunaxa First Nations’ culture.
Listen to the Ktunaxa creation story and admire gorgeous beadwork and a stretched elk hide mural created by local First Nations artists. A large tabletop map of the region provides a bird’s eye view of the Rocky Mountains, Purcell Mountains and wetlands in between. Historic photos, stained glass, paintings and artifacts in the discovery drawers and on the walls show the history of the Ktunaxa peoples and newcomers to the area.
The “Great Salmon River” exhibit pays homage to the mighty Columbia River that runs from the Columbia Valley to the Pacific Ocean. Touch the model of the 20 kg Chinook salmon and learn about the river’s importance the Ktunaxa First Nation. The “Fire on the Land” exhibit shows the important role fire has played on the landscape within Kootenay National Park and the Columbia Valley.
Kootenay National Park Visitor Information Centre is located at 7556 Main Street East; Radium Hot Springs, B.C.
Open Daily – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm between mid-May through mid-October
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