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Posted: May 16, 2014

What’s happening in Kootenay this long weekend

Despite snow and winter conditions throughout most of the mountain parks, spring is in full bloom in Kootenay National Park.

Kootenay River in KNP. Above: Olive Lake. Ian Cobb/e-KNOW
Kootenay River in KNP. Above: Olive Lake. Ian Cobb/e-KNOW

Redstreak Campground opened May 15, and non-reservable sites are still available.

New this summer, rent an oTENTik tent-cabins. Equipped with comfy foam mattresses, an indoor sitting area, a beautiful deck, Adirondack chairs and an outdoor fireplace for cooking, the oTENTiks offer the best of a home-away-from-home and traditional camping. Wildlife opportunities abound here –  including migratory birds, ground squirrels and bighorn sheep.  The nearby hot pools are open from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. throughout the weekend.

Many of Kootenay’s day use areas and low elevation trails are snow free and ready for your outdoor adventure.

Wildlife grazing alongside the Banff-Windermere Highway (93 South) provides excellent viewing opportunities for a family excursion.

RHSVICPack a picnic lunch and stop at the Kootenay River or Olive Lake Day Use Areas. Gaze out over the Columbia Valley on the Valleyview trail or travel deep into the Sinclair Canyon on the Juniper trail. Cobb and Olive lakes open for fishing on May 20.

For more info visit… The Parks Canada website for the latest trail conditions and campground information, as well as to find out where they can purchase a fishing license required in national parks. We also encourage visitors to seek information from our friendly and knowledgeable staff at the Visitor Centre in Radium Hot Springs.

And a friendly reminder, there will be a liquor ban in our campgrounds over the May long weekend to ensure all campers can peacefully enjoy the great outdoors.

Trail report: www.parkscanada.gc.ca/kootenaytrails

Online reservations: https://reservation.pc.gc.ca/

Radium Hot Pools: http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/voyage-travel/sources-springs/radium/radium.aspx

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