Radium Hot Springs and Kootenay National Park (KNP) are filled with natural beauty — breathtaking vistas, snow-capped mountains, lush forests, incredible wildlife, aqua-coloured water — and endless opportunity for exploration.
Here are five of Radium and KNP’s most Instagrammable spots.
An impressive welcome to Radium Hot Springs (via Hwy 93), the road cuts through Sinclair Canyon with towering walls that open into a stunning scene of the Purcell Mountains.
You can park at one of the pull-outs to take a picture and listen to the sounds of Sinclair Creek rushing underneath, or walk the sidewalk from town. For a birds’ eye view, hike the Juniper Trail and stand above the canyon walls.
Old Coach Trail
Accessible from both Radium and Dry Gulch (5km south of Radium), the Old Coach Trail offers expansive views of the Columbia River, Purcell Mountains, and wind- and water-sculpted hoodoos.
Olive Lake gets its name from the brilliant emerald colour of water. It is 13km east of Radium Hot Springs and a short, flat stroll from the parking area. Take the boardwalk on a short, interpretive loop to get another vantage point.
Marvelous Marble Canyon in KNP is a photographers’ dream. The water is a brilliant blue, the canyon walls are steep, there are waterfalls with mountain backdrops, and bridges make it easier to get the right angle for the perfect shot.
Stop at the Red Chairs for a classic Parks Canada photo.
An iconic multi-day hike in KNP takes you to a massive limestone cliff, towering nearly 3000 feet above the trail. Although not easy to get to, and not recommended for inexperienced hikers, it is worth it for views that will leave you speechless.
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