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Posted: May 17, 2019

Mountain parks ready to welcome visitors

Banff, Yoho and Kootenay national parks are ready to welcome visitors over the May long weekend and throughout the summer.

With new transit and shuttle initiatives across Banff, guided hikes to see the Burgess Shale fossils in Yoho and Kootenay, and more campgrounds available to reserve in advance, there is something for everyone to do, from youngest to wisest!

New this year, all campgrounds in Kootenay National Park accept reservations, as does Kicking Horse Campground in Yoho National Park.

Redstreak Campground in Kootenay National Park is now full for the May Long weekend. Check Parks Canada’s Reservation Service website for more information when looking to book or for possible cancellations.

Parks Canada’s places belong to all Canadians. That is why the Government of Canada is pleased to continue to offer free admission to all Parks Canada’s places for youth aged 17 and under.

In celebration of diversity, Parks Canada continues to offer free admission to new Canadian citizens for one year through the Institute for Canadian Citizenship’s Canoo mobile app. Visiting Parks Canada’s national heritage places is a great way for Canadians to experience the outdoors and learn more about our environment and heritage.

Parks Canada’s staff at Banff, Yoho and Kootenay national parks are excited to welcome new and returning guests back to experience everything that the national parks have to offer. Wildlife are active for the season and we ask all visitors to watch wildlife safely from inside your vehicle, secure food in your vehicle, and never feed wildlife. Anxious to hit the trail? Don’t forget your bear spray and a reminder that many higher elevation trails remain snowbound with avalanche hazard.

Check the trail report or visit any Parks Canada’s Visitor Centre for safe and fun destinations.

Lead image: Radium Hot Springs in Kootenay National Park. e-KNOW file photos

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