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The following information is intended to give a brief description of possible back country adventures possible in Kootenay Park. For more detailed information on these, and other, trails please visit the Parks Canada Kootenay National Park Page.

Paint Pots

An enjoyable 1.5 km (0.9 mi) trail leads along the Sinclair River to the bubbling, natural pools where iron-rich mineral springs have colored the water and earth an ochre color. Native Indians used this area as a source of paint for their arts, pictographs, and ceremonies.

Marble Canyon

This 0.8 km (0.5 mi) steep interpretative trail takes hikers past the scenic limestone canyon and cascading waterfall. Tokumm Creek has eroded the canyon walls to such an extent that in some places it is 39 m (127 ft) deep and only 3 m (10 ft) wide.

The Continental Divide and Fireweed Trail

The 0.8 km (0.5 mi) Fireweed Trail is an interpretative journey to the summit of Vermilion Pass, the dividing line between Kootenay and Banff National Parks. This area was also the site of a large wildfire in 1968 that has altered the parks' ecology.

Valley View Interpretative Trail

This 2.8 km (1.7 mi) trail which begins near the Redstreak Campground entrance, provides views of the Columbia Valley, and an opportunity to learn about the Douglas fir forest that is common in the Radium Hot Springs area.

Kootenay Valley Viewpoint

This vantage point provides a dramatic view of the Kootenay River Valley along with the mountain peaks of the Mitchell and Vermilion ranges.

The Stanley Glacier

An enjoyable day-trip, the 4.4 km (2.8 mi) trail starts from a parking lot on Highway 93, and ends up at the foot of the Stanley Glacier.

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