Guidebook

Kootenay National Park’s Best Day Hikes

Find canyons, waterfalls, lakes, and glaciers that too often go overlooked.

Description

Of the four national parks in the Canadian Rockies, Kootenay probably gets the least attention, but it doesn’t deserve to be overlooked. Despite having only one main road and relatively few trailheads, there are many miles of trail to be explored, reaching unspoiled and unique places in the mountains. While most park-goers concentrate on nearby Banff, Yoho, or Jasper, you can enjoy comparatively uncrowded––yet equally impressive––scenery in Kootenay. Here are some of the park’s best hikes for doing within a day, including something for hikers of all abilities.

Marble Canyon
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Marble Canyon

1.5 km
40 m
40 m
Walk along a remarkably narrow gorge flowing with water.
Easy
Private
Juniper Trail to Sinclair Canyon

Juniper Trail to Sinclair Canyon

5.4 km
301 m
301 m
Forest hike with scenic overlooks, leading to waterfalls hidden in a narrow gorge.
Moderate
Private
Dog Lake

Dog Lake

5.4 km
222 m
222 m
Family-friendly hike to a scenic lake, with chances at spotting wildlife.
Moderate
Private
Kindersley Pass - Sinclair Creek Loop

Kindersley Pass - Sinclair Creek Loop

5 - 6 hrs
16.8 km
1,045 m
1,045 m
A plethora of views and a backcountry feel, packed into a concise but challenging loop from the highway.
Difficult
Private
Stanley Glacier Trail

Stanley Glacier Trail

2 - 3 hrs
10.9 km
581 m
581 m
This out-and-back valley hike takes you through stands of young pine trees before opening up onto a massive moraine leading toward Stanley Glacier.
Moderate
Private
The Rockwall: Floe Lake
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The Rockwall: Floe Lake

10.0 km
176 m
867 m
The southern terminus of the Rockwall trek, or an excellent overnight backpacking trip with a lakeside campground.
Difficult
Private