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A Summer Drive in Kootenay National Park

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Enjoy a leisurely day taking in the views as you drive through Kootenay National Park. This scenic drive will provide you with lots of opportunities to see some amazing mountains tops and wildlife. As you are enjoying this scenic drive, please be cautious when encountering wildlife. Remember to stay at least three bus lengths away. Visit our Concierge Desk for recommendations and up-to-date conditions. Take it slowly and enjoy the views!

To commence your drive, take Highway 93 south towards Radium 30 km west of Banff off Highway 1.Distances are noted from the Highway 93 junction.

This provincial boundary marker also denotes the division of the flow of waters between Western and Eastern Canada, in addition to the boundary of Banff and Kootenay National Park. The Fireweed Trail is a wonderful study of forest regeneration from the 1968 forest fire.

A short 1.5 km loop trail takes you along the top rim of steep and narrow Marble Canyon. This nature trail provides a dizzying glimpse into the depths of the canyon, demonstrating the intense power of water and it's role in carving out this dramatic canyon. You are also in the midst of the burn from the 2003 forest fire; the re-growth is both spectacular and colourful. 

The Paint Pots, also known as the Ochre Beds are reached along a 1km trail that crosses over the Vermilion River and leads through the forest to this unique area of brilliantly coloured earth. Upon reaching the Paint Pots, the interpretive displays will outline the role that these vibrantly coloured soils have played over centuries.