The Kootenay National Park Visitor Centre is located in the Village of Radium Hot Springs just outside the park’s west boundary. At 7556 Main Street East; Radium Hot Springs, B.C.
Tourism Radium providing information about Kootenay National Park and the Columbia Valley. Services including backcountry reservations, national parks fishing licences, park information and pass sales. Open Daily – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm – April through mid-October
Please visit Kootenay National Park Visitor Centre website to update hours of operation
Kootenay National Park Visitor Center also 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.